We Love You Rick Jones

April 11, 2010

Hello Million Friends,

The party last evening was a celebration of life and to show our love and support for Rick Jones.  Rick, a supremely wonderful human being in the fight of his life.  Please pray for him, prayers really do help!  What can I tell you about Rick?  Sum total, Rick Jones will give you the shirt off his back.  How lucky to know and love such a great man.  Did I forget to mention he’s handsome to boot!

rickRick Jones

As I write this post my heart swells with joy for the opportunity to see my many great friends in one room from the beauty industry last night.  These are friends I met while working as a manicurist before I was a full time artist.

We have a bond, it’s a kin to working with musicians.  And many of the stylists are artists themselves in their work or free time.

At work we fought, loved and disliked each other’s annoying habits, but after all these years…we’re a family.  The fact is, while working in close proximity to co-workers or passing by the coffee stand I couldn’t help but  listen.  Some talked too loud, or laughed so loud it made my ear drums beat intermittently.  Some were hot some were cold, it was a fight to the thermostat.  Everyone had different tastes in radio stations.  After working a long day the conversations would run around in my head and I couldn’t sleep.

ManicuristMy last stint (circa 1997). I look dazed and confused. The look I was born with.

I had many standing appointments consisting of Doctors, Lawyers and Indian Chiefs.  They never missed their appointments, it was their life sustenance.  Through rain, sleet, snow, and leprosy they were like the post office, never missing a beat. I often wondered how this all came to be, but I was grateful for the business.  Day after day, week after week, year after year, it was a revolving door of life progression before my very eyes.  Some hairstyles  looked better on the way in than out.

They all came for different reasons.  Some wanted to know the gossip of the week, some wanted me to entertain them, some wanted to keep me up to date on their colons and hot flashes.  I can’t neglect mentioning those expecting a perfect manicure or pedicure… YIKES!!  My favorites were the clients that came in for quiet time whether they needed a manicure or not.

Eventually I felt as if I was in a time warp or an Indy movie, watching wrinkles appear on their faces but not on mine.  After a few years I knew their life stories, illnesses, spouses habits, affairs, etc.  Ranging from a medical type person who was married multiple times and I manicured each spouse, to a government official’s spouse, and a man of the cloth who liked to flirt with me then preach a bit when I called him down on it.  Someone even asked me when I was getting my nose fixed.  It was a mixed bag, but I learned to roll with the punches, I had more TKO’s than Mike Tyson.

Early in my career a man walked in during a shift change and demanded money from the 19 year old receptionist.  She said “Are you kidding?” No came the response and he pulled out a gun.  That wasn’t a good day.

In the midst of this my father retired from his 30 year career at the gas company and worked part time at Salon Tino with me.  He was the 62 year old “towel boy” and he also swept hair.  At work Dad would frown, shake his head and say earnestly “I hate to see you working on peoples feet!”  So right back at him I would say “I hate to see you washing towels and sweeping the floor!”  Never the less he said it over and over so and I never forgot his little shame on you speech. 🙂

A very interesting job to say the least.

I wanted to give Rick something personalized so I created a charcoal portrait of him when he had long braided hair.

Rick Jones PortraitRick Jones Portrait in Charcoal

Rick Jones, Terri Walker, Faye Walker, Christel, Maryann Olig
Christmas Party 1994 or 1995
(Left to right) Rick Jones, Terri Walker, Faye Walker, Christel, Mary Ann Olig

Stephanie, Rene, Rick, Caroline
Stephanie Rowe, Rene, Rick Jones, Caroline Bredin (circa 1995)

Pray for peace,

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Faye Walker April 13, 2010 at 7:46 am

I loved it, Awesome Article!
**Please note that seated to the right of Stephanie Rowe is Mary Shea, it is not Rene as you have stated.

Chris April 13, 2010 at 7:53 am

Thanks for your kind words. If you know of anyone taking photos at the party of all the stylists we used to work with let me know. It would be fun to post the pictures on my weblog.

Here is a link to the menu of Faye Walkers esthetic services.

mk glassman April 14, 2010 at 8:16 am

I laughed out loud and don’t even know these people! You make life sound very fun!

Chris April 14, 2010 at 10:38 am

It was a fun career, great clients, very loyal! They called me names when I hung up my nippers, that’s love!!

Yellow April 15, 2010 at 1:48 am

Hugs wished his way from England. And for you too for being such a good friend.
.-= Yellow´s last blog ..Yawn! =-.

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