Gentlemen, I come before you seeking to find out if I am alone or not. Have others of you had either of these at least once before?
My girlfriend knew that I had a half-day today so she handed me a gift certificate for a manicure and a pedicure because she though it would go well as a treat with my Friday shave. While I do not feel immasculated, and I more than appreciated the treat, it did take a bit of psyching up to enter the establishment.
In all truth I should have gone before now, at least for the pedicure. A little over two years ago I had a bad nail/hangnail situation and it turns out this sent the cuticle of my big town on a pathway to hell. While it did not hurt to walk, my big toe has been sensitive ever since but I did not know how to help get rid of the problem. The lady at the shop took a look, almost died of shock and got right to work while I grimaced through 10 painfull minutes while she cleaned me right up...one toe, non stop ouch. By the time she got the rest of my toes done the first toe was already starting to feel better.
Overall I am impressed at the work that was done on the whole, and feeling a bit appologetic for looking down my nose for years at an industry I thought did not belong.
PS: When the lady broke out the odd razor-thing to shave off callouses and stuff from my heel and feet I did ask her if I could have T&H rose creme instead of their lather king stuff. The lady obviously got the reference because she replied that there was only Coates in the shop. No, they don't use creme but it helped me to toss a joke at that moment.