Monday, January 31, 2011

High and Tight and Sophomoric

I was sitting in the old-school, no-frills Brooklyn barber shop the other morning, waiting for Sarge to get his high-and-tight. Sounds dirty right? Not if you've ever been in the military, but I won't interrupt the image with an explanation.

So anyway. I was bored. The only reading material was a year's worth of issues of Maxim magazine, a "men's interest" publication not quite as naughty even as Playboy, but still chock full of those ubiquitous shiny-skinned knee-socked ladies with their racks and asses (see? I can talk like a proverbial "man") at 3/4 visibility.

Okay I'll admit I was intrigued if skeptical. Then more intrigued and less skeptical. Then completely won over. Maxim is my new favorite reading material. I laughed my way through two issues. And had a realization that my sense of humor is totally sophomoric. I'm not even going to analyze my enjoyment as I usually do.

But I am going to subscribe. Yes I am. And I look forward to seeing which mailing lists this puts me on. I will keep you updated.

25 comments:

savannah said...

LOL this is what i miss by cutting the MITM's hair at home! ;~D xoxox

Ponita in Real Life said...

Ha! That's great!! I guess you should never judge a 'book' by it's cover, huh.

Brandy Rose said...

My ex used to have a subscription and I enjoyed them myself.

Sue said...

So funny...it was just a couple of weeks ago that I was at John's haircutter (whom I love because he has this lovely, thick Italian accent and pronounces the word penguins as "penquinks") and I was enjoying Maxim magazine too. It was the issue that had Lindsay Lohan
"unleashed". I didn't realized that she's been leashed at all these past few years, but that's what they entitled it.
I liked the ads for sunglasses and ties, too!

Leah said...

OMG Sue!!!! Yay!!! Hi!!! Welcome. I'm so relieved to hear you fess up to enjoying Maxim. At least I'm not alone! Must be a barber shop staple, eh? Your comment made me lol.

Leah said...

Boy that was a lot of exclamation points but I meant every one of 'em.

Leah said...

Sav--I'm telling you, the barber shop rocks. Sarge won't let me near his hair anymore after I sent him to one of his Army Reserve weekends with a...shall we say... creative cut...

Leah said...

Ponita, it was highly enjoyable. : D

Brandy Rose--I wonder if I should pretend it's Sarge's subscription...

The Unbearable Banishment said...

Do you know the best thing about those old Brooklyn barber shops? The smell. Nothing like it. I use to go to the M&N Salon just off Atlantic Ave. by Tripoli. It's not there anymore. Did you know it?

Brian Miller said...

ha. womens magazines have the same affect on me...ok, not really...smiles.

mapstew said...

I miss thr barber-shop! :`(

xxx

mapstew said...

(thE)

Leah said...

Stew, you could go to get a shave and a hot towel!

Leah said...

UB, I think I remember it. It's so cool that you know the nabe! I love that.

Brian, you mean like Good Housekeeping? Lol

mapstew said...

True!

Last time I went was about three years ago, a present from Annette. Got the shave & hot towel, and a really close head shave. Dave, the barber, (A tattoo covered coke-head!) also gave me an Indian head massage! The whole thing took more than an hour and I was so relaxed I almost fell asleep! :¬)

xxx

Tracey said...

Wow! Two issues. That must have been the longest high and tight in history. (Yeah, that does sound dirty.)

I got a free subscription during their inaugural year. I guess I was on some mailing list and they assumed Tracey was a man. I sent them to a friend of mine in the Army oversees. I was much loved.

kylie said...

i dont know the mag but i think i have the sense of humour!

Scarlet Blue said...

I have given up Marie Claire in favour of Heat magazine. Sometimes you just need a laugh.
Sx

Sausage Fingers said...

High and tight just like the knickers on those lassies.
enjoy your subscription, won't be long before you are getting offers for playboy. I mean the magazine not for you to pose, not that there's anything wrong with that.
Cheers, Sausage...

Liza Ursu said...

thank you for not interrupting the image with an explanation,
lol!
you are going to pay for that?
well, I did subscribe to People magazine at one time, so who am I to judge!
please, please, please keep us updated.
you are one funny lady.

MJ said...

I always flip through it at the newsstand.

Leah said...

Stew, that sounds amazing!!!!

Tracey, it was a long high-and-tight! Sarge said that in the army they take four minutes for a nice clean high-and-tight. So it was more than that--plus waiting for the barber.

Kylie, you would definitely have laughed your ass off.

Scarlet, I had to look up Heat--maybe it's even better than Maxim!

Sausage, I wonder what a subscription to Playboy would bring me? And what would a subscription to Penthouse bring?! Maybe I should just keep stepping it up a notch!

Liza--I had a subscription to People once too! Maxim subscriptions are luckily cheap. I will keep you updated, lol!

MJ, lurking at the newstand is the best way to read that magazine!

MJ said...

Like Scarlet, I too read Heat magazine.

It's THE place to go for trashy news about British celebrities and footballers' wives.

And Katie Price.

Google her.

Tess Kincaid said...

We have a tiny local barbershop that's been there forever, directly across the street from the library. Maybe instead, I should wander in for some good reading material?

Target Parent said...

I've loved Maxim for years. So completely stupid, yet it gets you into the mindset of most men. Always a simple adventure, that.