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For a while when I first started working at Blue Haven Pools and Spas, most of my co-workers didn’t know I was also a pastor.  Our president and my fellow managers knew, but many of the hourly employees didn’t.  I can remember with fondness when they first discovered my real job while we were eating together in the customer service room.  It was a classic “He’s what?” / “you’re a pastor?” moment.

Today, I had a similar moment.  Since arriving in Highlands Ranch, I’ve been on a mission to find an inexpensive barber similar to the one I enjoyed in San Diego.  At $25 a haircut, I didn’t feel like I had succeeded my first two times.  I shaved $10 off that amount (sorry for the pun) at Lon’s Barber Shop in Littleton.  Lon is one of those barbers who likes to talk.  Normally, I like to settle in my chair, keep my head really, really still, and talk a little.  Lon talks a lot.  And he was letting loose of one salty joke after another.  I discovered a whole new genre of comedy: Little Johnny Jokes.  ‘Nuff said.

After my haircut was finished, another guy took my place and Lon kept going.  As I was about to leave, he asked me, “So, what do you do for a living?”  I smiled and said, “I’m a pastor.”  The look on his face was priceless.  I told him not to worry, I had heard most of those words before 🙂   That seemed to put him back at ease and we talked for another ten minutes or so.

Will I go back?  Absolutely.  I like my haircut, he shaved my neck with a straight-edge razor, and I’ll never be bored during a haircut.