The older I get, the more effort it takes to stay presentable. This week I finally got into the hair salon for a cut and color, to the manicurist for a mani & pedi, and to the cosmetologist for a post-mask facial. I've also recently spent an hour with the dental hygienist, had my neck adjusted at the chiropractor's, and checked in with my primary-care physician at Kaiser. In short, I'm catching up on all the appointments that were ignored or delayed during the pandemic while trying to keep body and mind together . . . Admittedly, I'm losing ground no matter how many professionals I pay to hold back the dam. (How soon did you say my crowns need replacing?)
I don't like to think of myself as a "high-maintenance gal," but looking at the mounting charges, it's dawning on me that the escalating costs are so much more than they ever used to be. Remember when holding a gym membership pretty much covered the extent of "self care?" (I do.)
At what point, pray tell, did the scales tip?
"I need a post-Covid facial ASAP," I said to the pretty young woman behind the counter at the skin salon in Montclair. "Now that masks are coming off, it's downright scary what's behind there."
Sad to say, I feel like a teenager again but not in a good way. For better or for worse, those masks hid dark sunspots, double chins, sagging jawlines, and a host of other age-related issues most people over 50 begin to develop; so in retrospect, they weren't all bad.
"What can I get you?" the waitress politely asked.
"Hmmm, everything looks good, I can't decide between the waffle or the pancakes," my breakfast companion said. (Pancakes, of course).
"Let me give you a minute to make up your mind," the busy waitress replied. "I'll get you some coffee in the meantime."
Coffee or tea?
Pancakes or waffles?
Sausage or bacon?
If only buying a house was as easy as ordering breakfast.
"You're not going to need to do much with our place," the Seller said, "we'll take care of everything. And then she added, "so can you adjust your commission?" (Sure, I can charge you more.)
While we appreciate the offer, Sellers who "micromanage" the process actually make our jobs MUCH tougher. In fact, I could legitimately argue that our commission should go UP - not down - when Sellers insist on being "hands-on."
Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 15 years and has published more than 600 essays. She is also a frequent contributor to the Sound Off column in the Real Estate section of The San Francisco Chronicle.