I think it was October when I last went to get a haircut in a salon.
They were open very sporadically over the lockdown periods in the past 16 months, but I know many of the smaller salons either went out of business or are struggling.
The salon in my big-city-little-neighbourhood corner of Toronto has four chairs in it. Back in October they had people make appointments and at no time was there more than one customer in the salon. But, they got shut down anyway. Because… of course they are the big culprit in transmitting deadly viral diseases… 🙄
Meanwhile the big box stores were kept open… 😐
Anyway, today we move into Stage 2 which means today is the first day the salons get to open. I called last night hoping to get an appointment in next week and she had an opening at 5 pm tonight which surprised me! Pleasantly!
I am going to have new hair tonight. 😀
I got vaxxed yesterday.
My appointment was at the same location as before, in the old empty Target at the end of a mall, at 11 am.
When I got there the lineup was all around two corners. I thought, what? Are they not adhering to appointments? Is there another option to walk-in, maybe?
I looked at the people in line and thought, no one looks resigned. This is what this pandemic has done to us – we no longer react to things like long lineups. It’s strange, isn’t it.
There was no choice but to line up. I took my spot and almost immediately, the line moved forward by three of four spots. At that point, I thought I’d check my phone to see if I got the inevitable “what can I eat” text from my son but the line moved again, and then again, and before I could wonder why the line was moving so fast, I was at the door.
“We just opened,” they explained and sent us in to go through all the usual questions about feeling ill etc.
In Canada, there was/is an ongoing issue with vaccine distribution or something. I got an email the day prior that if I had booked my first shot on or after June 16 I would be given a second shot of Moderna, not Pfizer.
If however my first appointment was prior to June 16 and I got the Pfizer then (I did) then I would get the Pfizer again for the second shot.
It’s approved in Canada, to mix vaccines. 🙄🙄🙄 (I would have declined to accept a mix.)
When I got to the second station where they scanned my health card and all that, they gave me a yellow sticker. I was then directed to follow this line, not that one. People without a sticker had to go somewhere else.
It became clear that the yellow sticker meant a station with Pfizer vaccines.
I must say it was extremely well organized and managed. Well staffed, clean, orderly. I love that part if it! Why can’t it always be like this? Anxious people like me will feel less anxious when there is no chaos or disorder…
Anyway, I got pricked, then sat in recovery for 15 minutes and that was that.
Lots of other stuff going on but I will leave this for another time. Thank you all for responding to my second post on the Tell me your favorite or least favorite thing about you – I have posted the answers for the first one and will compile a similar list for the second one in the coming days.
I also have other news to share…
Stay cool if you’re somewhere in North America – apparently the entire continent is on fire. We have A/C here in Ontario (not everyone does and I feel for these people, I grew up without A/C and remember it well) but people on the West Coast (my siblings) do not and they are struggling…
Ashley? You managing? Deb? Sending you cool vibes…