We finally got some rain! The weather is awful and the smoke has been replaced with mist. Come tomorrow we might have something resembling a view, just in time for the bikers to come to Crankworx and give Whistler one of its most profitable weeks of the summer.
It’s a breath of fresh air, literally, for Whistler. And not a moment too soon, between the bad weather and my lack of hours, my mental state has been in a really bad place for several days. Not since university have I struggled as much as I did, so now that things are making a turn for the better, it’s time to bite the bullet and do something I’ve been desperate to do for a while. Get a haircut.
For two years I’ve grown my hair so that it would be long enough to do funky colours. However, I’m now in a job that doesn’t allow them, and is so hot in the backline wearing a wig seems like a stupid idea. Plus, the dye I had done in Australia has now completely bled out leaving my hair an ugly dishwater brown/blonde. The smoke has just amplified my displeasure, making my hair hot and greasy with the humidity, trapping the heat in the valley. Honestly, I just want my short haircut back. So, I walk to a salon called Farfalla, and pay $60+tip to cut off the 8 inches or so of hair I’ve grown. Thankfully, the woman assigned to me doesn’t try to talk me out of it, and happily takes the scissors to the length.
God I’d forgotten how good short hair feels. There’s something enjoyable about a ponytail, but it pales in comparison to the lightness of a clipped scalp. I’ve still got some length, even longer than it was when I left the UK, but it’s a vast improvement over my damaged and dyed mop.
In the evening, I’ve got some more fashion related work to do – I’m on the Whistler Buy & Sell Facebook page constantly looking for any winter deals, and a woman is selling some boots and jackets at a very reasonable price. I take a walk along Alta Lake along the way, and when I make it to Blueberry Hills, managed to grab a pair of snow shoes for $20, a parka for $5, and a practically new snowboard jacket for $50. All things considered, a really good score – most snow shoes are close to $100, and the jackets not far behind them. Now I just need to grab a snowboard, some skis and some trousers, or try my luck at the Turkey Sale in October.