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The wisdom of the barber

Much of the gossip and all the knowledge of a neighbourhood flows through the local shopkeepers, none more so than the hairdressers and barbers, where customers are most likely to have an extended conversation.

The two nuggets of information from my haircut last week?

I already knew this: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If the body doesn’t get food within a couple of hours of waking up, it reasons that no more food may be forthcoming, therefore everything should be stored as fat for later.

The other one: according to another customer who is involved with high finance, the sharemarket’s heading for another fall, and this month would be a good time to move your superannuation out of most shares, into blue chip or other investments. And it must be true, because this guy saw the GFC coming.

Hmm. I’m not totally convinced, but on the other hand, if I don’t adjust my super, and it drops, I’ll be kicking myself.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

4 replies on “The wisdom of the barber”

Perhaps combine both pieces of information and move your share portfolio away from banks and resources and into breakfast cereal companies?

It took me many years to find a barber who doesn’t talk. Well, I exaggerate – the chatterbox says “the usual?” at the beginning and “thank you” at the end.

Haircuts are so much more relaxing now.

In my local area it is the butcher. He knows everyone in the area and everything about them and will lean over the counter, call you towards him to make it look like he has something private to tell you and then tell the gossip in such a loud voice that everyone in the shop can hear. I just LOVE going in there!

Your body has to get energy from somewhere. If there is food in your stomach it will use that first. If there’s not then it will use muscle tissue. if you are exercising enough to preserve your muscle tissue then it will use up fat cells. Physics doesn’t care what time of day it is.

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