Yes,according to the law of economics as business is slow,you lower the prices.BUT we are talking
about the dominican mentality,which is the opposite.:tired:
There is a thick line separating Dominicans abroad from the Locals.
funny ! I dont like it when people try to overemphasise their firm handshake
Wow, Scorpion, you need to relax a bit. You do not want to say the name of the barber, because people could figure out where you live? What is the big deal with that? You on the wanted list of Interpol, or what?
Anyways, my barber in Sosua charges me 75rds for trimming beard, moustache, eyebrows, nosehair, etc... Have to ask him to include the pubes next time, although sitting in an open air barbershop with my pants down. I don't want all the girls come running around the corner. I pay 125rds for hair, and the whole works.
He does call me "amigo", but that is ok, as that is the habit here, and he doesn't mean it. We have never shaken hands, but have touched fists. But next time, Scorpion, I will insist, as I also like a firm handshake. On the other hand, I would be more worried if his hands were shaking...
And now you got me worried, he also sits outside a lot, with the place empty. Mind you, not all the time. And I discovered it is a very bad idea to go to the barber on Friday afternoon, or Saturday as then all locals go.
So, my hiding friend, relax, find another barber, and start enjoying life.
LAWS.....there are no laws down here
Dominicans living abroad have greater experience and exposure to the outside world, giving them a balanced worldview. My family in the U.S. acts the same way that locals here act, and that is because most of them have never left the U.S. For instance, I don't even think my mother or brother knows where the DR is, I'm not kidding. My mom knows its in the Caribbean, but I'm almost willing to bet if I showed her a blank map of the Caribbean islands she wouldn't be able to pinpoint the location of the DR, despite it being the second largest island in the region...
Bronzeallspice, this phenomenon isn't just seen in local Dominicans. I'm sure the poor farmer living in Azerbaijan has the same mentality. My mother acts like many local Dominicans, she doesn't know much about the world outside her home. I've asked her about visiting the DR but I know my mom and I know she never will. A lot of it has to do with fear and people just don't want to leave their comfort zone. Dominicans who become expatriates or Americans who expatriate to the DR are unique and exceptional people. Truth is, anyone who is willing to leave the country of their birth, their comfort zone, to go to a new place where they must learn a new culture and language are exceptional. I've read that at least 70 percent of Americans never set foot outside the U.S. I'm thankful I'm not among them. Anyways, I'm reading this book on Dominican culture and I can't put it down, will probably be done with the entire book this week, I'm learning so much, glad I picked it up.
I went to the local barber yesterday to get my hair cut(and my mustache trimmed), and though the barber did a good job, I'm thinking of switching because I suspect he overcharges and he made several mistakes in dealing with me. When greeting him near his place of business he shook my hand and his grip was totally weak, I mean his handshake was a joke. A man with a weak handshake is a weak man that can't be trusted, and I have little respect for men who have soft handshakes.
The second mistake he made was in telling me that he is my "friend." This is only my second time using this guy's service and I don't even think he knows my first name. How on Earth can you call yourself someone's friend when you don't even know him? I'm also suspicious of people who emphasize friendship through words; if you're truly a friend you don't have to say it, you will show it. What do you guys pay for a haircut down in the DR? Letting me know the rates you pay will let me know whether I'm being overcharged, which I suspect that I am.
There is another thing about this guy that bothers me. His barbershop has been practically empty each time I've gone by. That makes me even less inclined to do business with him. If other people are not patronizing his business, why should I? Anyways, I've been pretty observant since moving down here. I size up businesses and individuals fast.....and if they don't measure up then I stop dealing with them forever. Anyways, the barber yesterday totally failed. The sad thing about it is that I was planning on using his services for many years to come, even taking my future sons there to get haircuts.