Daily Archives: November 10, 2008

Personal grooming in public?

People do some of the strangest things. And I’m not talking about the kids. At a recent sporting event, I stood next to do a man who proceeded to whip out his fingernail clippers and trim his fingernails.

Initially, I glanced over when I heard the “clip” sound and thought he might have had a hangnail or one that was split or tearing or something…y’know, just temporary repair. I know that I can’t stand to have a nail that has split or is chipped. However, when clippings began to sail three or four rows up and whiz by my face and I looked over again, he was simply trimming his nails. (Although, I really believe he left his left pinky nail untrimmed…your guess is as good as mine why!)

You see some nails that appear to have been cut halfway up the finger and looking sunk-in to the flesh. How do they do that? I hate cutting my fingernails too short—makes my fingers sore and that’s hard on the typing…but I don’t like having long fingernails—they get bent and broken too much when I don’t cut them in a timely manner. And I’ve never liked cutting my kids’ fingernails, either. I’m always afraid I’ll hurt them because I can’t actually feel their nails.

But nail-clipping gent got me thinking…doesn’t trimming nails fall under the personal grooming category? Isn’t that something that is supposed to be done in the privacy of your own home? Isn’t anything that’s considered “personal grooming” supposed to be done like that?

It’s not unusual to see young ladies pull a brush out of their purse or handbag –or whatever politically correct term it is these days—and start brushing their hair. What they don’t think about or have never considered is that they’re sending strands of hair floating all around them. Now maybe if they’re standing off over in a corner or something…but sit behind one and you may as well prepare yourself to remove strands of hair from yourself!

Brushing your teeth also falls under the personal grooming category. Thankfully we don’t really see anyone doing this—except on television (ever noticed how much Brad Pitt always eats during his movies?). Nothing worse than watching someone foam at the mouth like they’ve got rabies.

Does picking your nose fall under personal grooming? Why is it that automobiles seem to make nose-pickers think they can’t be seen? Does the auto give them the “I’m in private” illusion so that they just pick away? I think it must be a bad habit and not personal grooming.

But I say all this to say it’s called “personal grooming” for a reason.

I’m just glad the nail-clipping gentleman didn’t whip off his socks and begin clipping big hairy toes!


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