New Castle News

News Bloggers

October 1, 2013

Gary Church: Yeesh! The smell of a perm is enough to make my hair curl!

NEW CASTLE — You are never too old to learn something.

I recently discovered that the very first beauty salon in the United States was started in Philadelphia.

Aren't you excited?

I have a love-hate relationship with beauty parlors.

As a child I used to have to go with my mother when she got her hair done.

How well I remember sitting in the Temple building — waiting, waiting, waiting — while she got a permanent.

I have flashbacks to this day, from being left all alone in the waiting area for what seemed like an eternity.

Back then, it must have taken six to eight hours to get your hair done.

There was nothing for a boy to do.

Mom sat under that big dryer thing for hours, and there was no way to talk to her.

The only part I enjoyed was the ride up the elevator.

I have not been in very many beauty shops since.

You would think, after all of the years since the shop opened in Philly, that someone would have come up with a permanent that didn't smell awful.

The permanent industry must not realize that some man somewhere has to sleep with that stinky head of hair, right next to his nostrils.

Even Lysol realizes it needs different aromas in their sprays. Choices like Spring Waterfall, Crisp Linen, Summer Breeze, and Vanilla Blossoms are listed in the disinfectant spray’s product line.

Why can't Lilt or Toni home permanents come up with aromas like Hot Apple Pie, Fresh Out Of The Oven Peanut Butter Cookies, Niagara Falls Chocolate Fudge, or Theater Buttered Popcorn.

It would be a pleasure to crawl into bed beside someone who smelled like that.

Of course, the downside is, you may have to get up and have a little snack sometime during the night.

Beauty salons are a good thing, they just need to modernize a little and perhaps visit a few barbershops to see how to speed things up a bit.

If Mom were like me and went to Tommy the Barber to get her hair done, she would have been in and out in 15 minutes, and I wouldn't have these flashbacks today.

The only bad side is, Tommy doesn't have an elevator.


Text Only | Photo Reprints
News Bloggers
  • Church.jpg Gary Church: I tried to keep my cool, but if anyone didn't like my contribution to the party, I might have a meltdown
    Sometimes you get invited to an employee only luncheon. I recently went to one of these at the News office. There is only one rule, everyone must bring something. This is a little difficult for me, because I don't know how to cook anything.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Question-mark-scratch-head.jpg Tim Kolodziej: We’re swimming in information — and uncertainty

    “Who can you believe anymore?” I wish I had a nickel for every time someone has asked me that question. Let’s face it, there are no longer two sides to every story. In some cases, there are hundreds, if not thousands.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • Potato.jpg The Couch Potato: "The Bachelorette" semi-live blog

    Here we go folks: “The Bachelorette” finale is under way and of course we’re being inundated with sweeping helicopter shots of beaches and exotic locations while Chris Harrison is telling us how dramatic this upcoming episode will be. Classic opening for “The Bachelorette,” as always.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Huston.jpg Greg Huston: Readers (a few anyway) respond on Alvarez

    Last week I asked readers to share their thoughts on what the Pirates should do with the struggling Pedro Alvarez and we’ll get to that in a minute. For some background, Alvarez has two years left on his deal and makes a modest salary of 4.25 million this season (modest in terms of baseball salaries as paying me 4.25 million dollars for anything would be gladly accepted). His salary will likely increase the next two seasons through arbitration. 

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church.jpg Gary Church: As you may have noticed, I'm not Lisa
    Surprise, surprise, surprise! The big cheese called me, and asked if I would mind if my blogs appeared on Monday, instead of on Tuesday. I had no problem with that.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Drespling.jpg Josh Drespling: Time flies when you're growing up

    Where does the time go? Just a moment ago, it was Monday, and now here we sit at the opposite end of another week. Seems like a matter of seconds and this month has slipped off into oblivion. I swear I only blinked and spring had been stripped from our hands. I don't dare close my eyes for another moment’s rest or my whole life may disappear.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church.jpg Gary Church: Grab your sisters and your mothers, it's an ice cream 'convent'-ion
    To keep my nice figure, I like to go to Forbush's at least once a week. This is also my entertainment for the night.  We sit there for an hour or so, watching people. Last week, a group arrived that I had never seen before.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • johnnyswim.jpg Tim Kolodziej: What is your definition of The Dream?

    Johnnyswim. I know, I know. Me neither. I had no idea what that word meant until a couple of months ago, when a friend of mine on Twitter was absolutely gushing about a great concert he had just seen.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Potato.jpg The Couch Potato: Does "House of Cards" crumble or stand?

    The old Couch Potato has been methodically working my way through the hit Netflix series, “House of Cards,” over the past few weeks and let me just say, it’s pretty good. 

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church.jpg Gary Church: It was an uphill climb, but this driver was a real trooper

    It's always a tragedy when I have to cover a drowning for The News. I hope I never have to go to Kennedy Mills again for this purpose. It is located at the bottom of a twisty, turning hill on Frew Mill Road.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to authorize Speaker John Boehner to sue President Obama for allegedly overstepping his legal authority with the way he's handled Obamacare. Good call?

Yes. Obama's been overstepping his authority since day one in office. It's time he pay the piper.
No. The allegations are ridiculous and the law suit is a waste of time and tax payer money.
I don't know. I'm not a huge fan of Obama, but the suit seems a little extreme.
     View Results