Posted by paulrivas on:
I'd always thought of Fairview Barbers as a white man's barber shop: Gaucho Joe O'Brien used to say that the Fairview Barbers did the only good flattops in town, and when Herr E.F. Dyrenforth went there recently and asked for a "high and tight", "the peckerwood behind the chair didn't hesitate for a second."
Although your Santa Barbara Man About Goleta is as white as he is Mexican, as a matter of custom I like my barbers Mexican, or at least as Mexican as I am, like fellow half-Mexican John Salvador of Amigos Haircutting, who cut my hair from age 0-29. Lately, I've been partial to the all-Mexican Goleta Barbers, where only the hardest and downest white boys go.
Yet when I found myself in the Fairview center the other day and needing a haircut, perhaps feeling extra white after a running shoe purchase at SB Running and an ultra-soft toilet paper purchase at Vons, I didn't hesitate to head straight for Fairview Barbers. There I was welcomed by not only three good white barbers but also a token Mexican one, and what I presume to be the lowest regulation haircut prices in town at $14.
Seeking to establish my credibility as a local, if not a regular in that place, I regaled those gathered in the little shop with tales of some of the Santa Barbara Man About Goleta's more colorful adventures. The subject of baseball arose, prompting the Head White Barber In Charge (HWBIC) to consult the publication formerly known as Santa Barbara's local paper. He found what he was looking for, but it gave him no pleasure: "Here it says these boys played together since Little League! Well no they haven't - they don't play Little League in Santa Ynez, they play Pony League."
"You're damn right," I said. "And as a former member of the Pony League Mustang Division all-star team that stomped the Santa Ynez boys 11-5 in the summer of '88, I take offense to that! Little League, sheeeit!"
"Atta boy!" the barber said. "You can take a leadoff in Pony League, which you can't do in Little League..."
The conversation continued for the duration of my haircut and even into the standard Oster handheld massager shoulder massage that has always come free with every trip to Fairview Barbers. Afterwards, whites, browns and half-breeds alike thanked each other profusely, each glad for this intersection with the other's world, and promised to keep keeping it real, Pony League style.
[Other members of that Mustang all-star team: Brian Lopez, Charlie Van Dyke, Dino Campanella, Ryan Lopez (white), Tony Zuniga, Everett Schroeder, Joey Cordero, Adam Webster, Carlos Lopez, David Amerikaner, Joey Holguin and Ben Owen]