Basic economics is an interesting subject. Take my head for example. I have roughly 42 hair. If I had a smaller head (in square centimeters not in ego size) like, let`s say Jessica Simpson, those 42 hair would be enough to cover most of it. I could even have a fringe that starts a few centimeters above my eyes and not at the back of my head, maybe even a Man Perm. I digress, economics and my head.
It came to my attention that I was paying WAAAYYY too much to have my head shaved at my normal spot. I had to fork out R120 for this MASSIVE job. For my international readers, I have done a quick exchange rate calculation.
R120 = 14.66 US Dollar
R120 = 8.25 British Pound
R120 = 10.36 Euro
R120 = 18.49 Aus Dollar
R120 = 22.28 New Zealand Dollar
R120 = 53.38 Quatar Rial
R120 = 1538.69 Japanese Yen
R120 = 1,657,789,876,878 Zimbabwe Dollar
Now if I had the luxury of a full head of hair, I think that price would be reasonably fair. I don`t however, so the haircut works out to R 2.86 per hair! Suze Orman would soil herself and would have to go see Dr Phil for counseling. I do not wish that on anybody, let alone Suze who just wants to help me. So, we needed to make a plan.
And that is exactly what we did. Hayley and I bought a shaver. Not just any shaver, a round one that fits in the palm of your hand and which you can use to shave your own head. Incredible! I made a decision based on simple economics that would save us a lot of bucks. The shaver will pay itself off in roughly 2.67 shaves.
So, on Saturday night we get home, I whip the shaver out, chuck the Operating Instructions in the bin, plug it in, aim it down the middle of my head and away I go.
Now what I failed to do during all the excitement was check what number the attachment was. It was a very low number I soon found out, a very, very low number. All I could see was a lot of hair falling to the ground. I realised that something was amiss. So, I went to a mirror, which in hindsight (which is 20/20 by the way) I should have done to begin with.
This was what greeted me. Tah-Daaaaahhhh!
Ok, not the best move ever, I realise that now. The shock was so much that I had to take a step back and reassess things. I decided to wait until Sunday to make my next move, so this was the look I was rocking in my house on Saturday night.
I now know that errors in judgement cost me (see how I effortlessly threw the Economics thing into a sentence? "cost" - get it?). For starters I should have read the Operating Instructions. I did go fetch it out the bin. Unfortunately for me, the part that shows you how to "clean and reassemble" is covered in some kind of foodstuff. All I can make out is, "clean" and "BEWARE". Secondly, never ever do more than one thing at a time. "Thinking" and "shaving" are verbs and there`s 2 of them. I cannot multi task like that. So from now on, I am putting my brain in "sleep mode" until I`m done shaving. Thirdly, cut out the bit where it tells you how to "Clean and reassemble" before throwing the Operating Instructions away.
The most important lesson I learned from all of this? Do not make a decision based on Economics, you`ll regret it for a week, maybe two.
To get Hayley`s perspective on the situation, read this.