I have always preferred the “one barber” option, given numerous opportunities to have my hair cut. When I arrived in Seattle in 1997, I found a barber, near campus, who charged high rates but gave a decent haircut. I decided that the price was worth the consistency. This barber was particular obsessed with trivia questions, and would always ask four or five during the course of a haircut. Being a trivial kind of guy, I’d do pretty well. A couple of times, though, he offered me a free haircut if I could answer a particularly question. Both times (these were about a year apart) the question was “What was Ladybird Johnson’s first name?” Both times, I failed, and had to pay for my haircut.
He was a fine barber, and I mourn him today.