Saturday, September 27, 2008

Brownies anyone?

You can't judge a book by its cover. In the beauty industry you have the privilege of working with people from all walks of life. I have learned that no matter how "normal" I am or how hard I try to create a safe and comfortable working environment, some things are completely out of my control. A fellow stylist, let's call him Dave, often began each day with help from some mysterious substance. He had been to Hell and back, in and out of rehab, and was always trying to reinvent himself. Besides his on-again, off-again struggle with sobriety, it would be safe to say that he was no stranger to the wild side.

While at work one day, a new client -- very sweet, quiet and shy, the mother of two small boys -- and I were discussing how to make a particular no fail brownie recipe. We were talking when Dave interrupted to announce my client needed to hear his brownie recipe. He called them Heavenly Hash Brownies and proceeded to explain why the secret ingredient was the key to euphoria. You should know that my client had no idea what hash was or where to get it. She became very interested -- she had never made anything that brought one to euphoria. I shot Dave a few looks that could kill, but he just wouldn't stop. Finally I explained to her that I did not use or know how to get the main ingredient, which I warned her was illegal. That said, I was sure she didn't want the recipe. After all, she was a mom and as straight as an arrow.

Was I ever wrong! She thought it was brilliant and wanted to get detailed information on how to obtain this secret ingredient! (She couldn't wait to bake a batch for her bunco night.) Dave was more than happy to oblige! I never asked if she actually made the brownies, but she and Dave became the best of friends.

You can never judge a book by its cover.

Just another day in the life......