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Pedicure [Feb. 7th, 2005|07:34 pm]
I just had my first-ever pedicure.

See, I get these nasty uber-thick calluses on my feet, especially on the heels. When they get too thick they crack and then bleed, and it's just nasty and unhealthy. So I decided to try going to the nail salon over in the little mini-mallette across the street to see if they could fix it.

Wow. Being a boy, this was a mysterious and alien experience for me.

First off, you sit in this big comfy relaxo-chair with built-in vibro-massager and dangle your feet in a mini-whirlpool tub to soften everything up for about fifteen minutes. Then the nice Asian* lady attacks your cuticles with a pair of wire clippers.

(*Aside: It seems that, at least here in Colorado, the entire cosmetology industry has been taken over by women of southeast asian origin. I don't have anything against that -- they seem to be very good at it -- it's just a noticeable anomaly from the usual mostly-anglo-some-hispanic mix of workers you encounter on a day-to-day basis. The last time I got my hair cut by an anglo lady, I actually thought momentarily "Wait, is that allowed?" because it was so outside my usual experience...)

It all starts to get a little hazy after that; I blame the strange solvents that were wafting about the atmosphere. I do remember that there were definitely unguents involved. Possibly salves as well.

She took care of the calluses with this tool that was sort of like a miniature cheese slicer. There was a lot of professional scowling at my feet. I felt sort of like a block of wood being assessed by a sculptor. She also put some serious elbow grease into sanding everything down with a scrubby sponge near the end.

It was neat. Relaxing and giving a definite sense of pampering. My toenails are non-scraggly, and I think I have a normal amount of callus on my feet for once. And it was only 25 bucks! I will probably do it again sometime; for me, this may become one of the personal maintenance tasks (like haircuts) that is best left to professionals...

[User Picture]From: kung_fu_monkey
2005-02-07 07:24 pm (UTC)
Since I see said feet on a daily basis, I can say with certainty that his feet were alarming.

Now they are huggably soft. I am so happy that you went. You have permission to attend as frequently as you see a need (ie, when I start to complain, you go.)
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[User Picture]From: saintpookie
2005-02-07 07:40 pm (UTC)
Yay for pedial pampering.
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[User Picture]From: earthling177
2005-02-07 08:05 pm (UTC)
Nice to know they solved the problem for you. And I'd like to suggest "Heel Balm" as it is designed to deal with extremely dry skin. You can find it at places like Walgreen's for example.

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[User Picture]From: thedragonweaver
2005-02-08 08:24 am (UTC)
Sounds like something that 0nce_and_future could use... he's always thought the problem was not solvable.
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