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One ritual that continues to occur weekly, and has as long as anyone can remember, is Pa's trek to the local barber shop for a haircut and shave.

Now this particular activity is not one especially given to error, and together with Pa's routinely thin patience, the result is occasionally unpredictable.

Not long ago the shop underwent an expansion and considerable new trade had found its way there/. The proprietor was obliged to find new help. One such individual, clearly a bit fresh to the trade, was working with Pa and nicked him several times while giving him a shave.

The new man, in an effort to smooth thing over asked solicitously,

"Do you want your head wrapped in a hot towel ?"

"No thanks." replied Pa. "I'll just carry it home under my arm ..."