A Shave and a Haircut

Sorry for the long hiatus on the blog.  We just said goodbye to my parents, yesterday, after a wonderful two week visit.  With all our touring and hanging out it took twice as long to get a comic out.  I had the false impression that our long bus rides would be great times to draw and write but I found myself on the verge on motion sickness for the first time in my life during those trips.  Maybe it is the height of the seats, and the aggressiveness of the drivers, that got to me.  Oh well.  Working on our kitchen table, back in Ortahasir, was familiar and easy, especially since everyone slept in as a result of all our adventures.

During my parent’s stay we gave my dad his birthday present, a trip to a Turkish barber.  It may not seem like a great present but my father came home beaming and couldn’t stop talking about it.  I couldn’t stop talking about it after my first visit, either.  Men from surrounding villages come to ours for their haircuts so the barbers are particularly good here.  I’d suggest booking a flight, and a room in our home, and experiencing it yourself.  Unfortunately it is a male-only experience.  For the women, Jocelyn will take you to Mirella in Urgup.   That’s a whole other story she’ll have to tell.


  1. unmitigated me (m.a.w.) October 10, 2010

    That’s a very happy triangle/smile. All that service here? Whew! I shudder to think what all that would cost.

  2. rcazares56 October 10, 2010

    We have the head-tingling massage thingy and you’re right, it tingles everything! But what a complete service they offer. Even knuckles popped. Wow. Almost makes me wish I wasn’t female!

  3. Steve October 15, 2010

    Fireballs! Are you kidding me? I have to tell my barber, Dennis. He’s got to upgrade! You made my day.

  4. Byron October 16, 2010

    @Steve–Duluth certainly needs to get on the fireball boat with regards to personal grooming. A trip to the barber’s isn’t fun unless their is an element of danger, right? Getting the ear nicked by the electric razor just doesn’t seem exciting anymore.

  5. lime October 16, 2010

    i hope mirella is as attentive, thorough and skilled as umit and hakan. this comic was especially fun. made me smile to imagine your bemused self during your first visit.

  6. Barb October 18, 2010

    Okay. I must admit, the fireballs have me intrigued. I’m imagining a sort of circus act with tiny torch and your nose/ears in the mix. It sounds a lot easier (and more entertaining) than the nose hair trimmer that when it dulls yanks instead of trims. Yikes. Thanks for the wonderful images, I too am smiling! bb

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