Today I went to the barber for a beard trim. I do this about three times a year, often when I have let my beard get a bit too long. The barber trims it very well, and it feels so tidy afterwards. It is a fiver well-spent, and stops me feeling guilty for only having my hair cut twice a year (which my poor barber complains that if every customer were like me, he would be out of business http://thebanburyman.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/lambing-2012-prep.html )
I turned up, and the two brothers were sitting chatting. My favourite one got up and directed me to his sation.
"Just a beard trim today", I said.
"Ah, I thought your hair was too short. I only cut it a few weeks ago. I hoped you had decided to become a regular customer".
I settled down as he wrapped me up, put up the special head-rest for beard-trimming, and readied the trimmer.
"All off?" he asked, to my horror. He had clearly misunderstood!
"Oh no, just a trim, nice and short and tidy. If you take it all off, there will be nothing for you to trim nex time. A 3mm cut please!"
What a narrow escape! Needless to say, I had my trim, got given some beard oil, and hurried on my way. I shall be careful to be much more explicit next time.