Wednesday, June 13, 2007

maybe the fumes finally got to them

Every so often I indulge in a pedicure. I sometimes can't resist those few moments of peace and acetone' plus it's clinically impossible for me to paint my toes red. Other colors I can manage, but red always ends up looking like a crime scene. So I decided to try a new place this time, a spot that opened near my home.

It was spectacular: posh seats perched high over gleaming footbaths complete with massaging chairs and yummy smelling water. It wasn't too crowded, there were only two other indulgers in various stages of repose. About halfway through the process I was lulled out of my revelry by raised voices behind a door across from my seat, an office or storage room perhaps which was making a lot of noise. The conversation steadily escalated and as it wasn't in english I couldn't tell what it was about, but the tones were angry and getting louder. I noticed the other employees starting to squirm, nervous glances and hushed tones when all of a sudden the shrieking was joined by slaps and thunks and thuds....alrighty then, ladies...we have a nail parlor brawl.

One of the other customers got up and left, and the two of us left were not so easily disentangled and besides, it was rather interesting. I am certainly used to homeless shelter fights but this was a whole new experience. I cast a look at my comrade in insanity and she offered me the universal gesture known as WTF?: an arched eyebrow chased by a smirk and I reciprocated in kind. As another minute or so passed the noise kept rising, a full on brawl was ensuing. The door flew open and both women tumbled out, one intent on attacking the other. The other women moved to break them apart while my comrade and I sat transfixed, feet surely waterlogged by now but neither of us quite sure what to do about it.

Since the entire transaction occurred in a language other than english, I can't say what the fight was about. But speculate I must. Perhaps one of the women slept with the other woman's partner. Or stole her tip money. Or took her customer. Or took her customer and slept with her/him and pocketed the tip.

Sex or money, friends? Because you just know it had to be about one or both. I can't think of much else that would lead to a back room nail salon brawl in the middle of a sunny afternoon.

40 comments:

Julie Pippert said...

I'm going to say breach of promise.

One woman promised something---money, scheduled work times, coverage, split tip or fee over referral---and renegged, provoking the scene you witnessed.

See now? We won't know. So you? Should ask for gossip from your nail lady. ;)

Christine said...

wow. Maybe they were sisters. Sisters can really go at it. . .

Sober Briquette said...

And I was just freaked out at the thought of someone touching my feet. You people will never, ever convince me that pedicures are bliss.

Tabba said...

I hate to make these over-generalizations....BUT being around that culture for some time...things are just different.

I speculate they are Korean.
Even when Korean's aren't fighting, they sound harsh.
So I can only imagine how bad this sounded.

I would have to say they are probably related or close family friends.
And it was probably something not involving sex or money.
It was probably involving her work. Or lack thereof. Or a lack of respect....something like that.

From what I have seen in many Korean families, this loudness, and feeling free to hit like that is part of their culture.

And I think it's most shocking to Americans.
That's just my take......and I hope I don't offend anyone by it.

What a weird thing to witness though....

kristen said...

I would bet they were related and that it had something to do with one of them getting over on the other. I like to think that this is an age-old fight they have, something that comes up every month or so and that's why the ladies working on your toesies looked around but still kept working.
Personally I would have loved to see that - I think that kind of scenario is really funny, especially in a foreign language.

Gwen said...

Ooh! Good times! It was like two shows for the price of one. They were probably fighting about something else completely, something so inane, you wouldn't believe it if they told you. We were at a Chicago Bears game once and these two young women in front of us started the game as BFF. By the third quarter, they were literally pulling each other's hair out and had to be dragged off by security who had a difficult time untangling one woman's fingers from the other woman's locks. Crazy! And who knew why? There was no apparent reason, just some good old fashioned hostility.

Denguy said...

That's whack!
What kind of crazy--an afternoon brawl.

How are you feetsies?

Aliki2006 said...

I've never had a pedicure, and only one manicure. But I'm intrigued by the conversation/brawl you witnessed--who knows, but it's fun to speculate as to the causes of their disagreement!

pgoodness said...

LOL. What a strange pedi! I love to speculate. Indeed, back before I had kids I used to sit around (gasp!) parks or malls or whatever and make up stories about the people walking around. Sigh...I miss those days - thanks for giving me the same feeling in blogland!
Nail salon brawl...too funny!!

Oh, The Joys said...

So much for the peace and calm, eh?

Deezee said...

forget about the fight. I'm still laughing about describing your toes as a crime scene...

Orangeblossoms said...

I indulge in the occasional pedicure, too. Luxury. Pure luxury.... but how weird to have such a brawl break out in the least expected place. I think it would kinda wreck the relaxation of the thing.

Mrs. Chicky said...

A pedicure and a show? I'd almost pay extra for that.

Z said...

I've only once had a pedicure, in Madras. I also had a whole body massage, given by two ladies - now, that was an odd feeling, four distinct hands.

Sex, I think. A fight over money could lead to some pretty vicious screaming, but quarreling over a man surely leads to fisticuffs. What fun, I'd have stayed there too.

Blog Antagonist said...

Gawd, that happened to me the other day when I went to pick up the boys trophies. A couple people left, but I really needed my trophies! Unfortunately, the fight was in English, and I could hear every mean thing the guy was saying to his wife. It was vicious.

kgirl said...

Please tell me the pedicure was complimentary...

J Fife said...

My nails would be fabulous if a show like this were promised. Is that wrong? Oh, but catfights are amazing to watch.

Beck said...

Arguements between other people terrify me - one of the things that I'm scared of is watching people get into a fight, so that would have wrecked everything for me.
Having said that, I once watched two women get into a slapping match over immunization. Some people are just a little bit too intense.

flutter said...

Wow, and i thought that the time a naked guy ran through the nail place while I was getting a pedi was eventful...

Lawyer Mama said...

WOW! A pedicure *and* a show!

And woah, Flutter! You just can't drop a comment like that & run. Dish, woman, dish!

mayberry said...

One may have stolen the other one's lunch from the break room refrigerator. Or worse, found and plundered her secret candy stash.

You'll have to go back there and see what happens next time!

Hel said...

Jeesh, I always think its dangerous to go into a place where the smell of solvent lingers like a (I don't even know what but it is sure to be something evil).

Now I know I'm right, but it sounds like more fun than a tame smell of aroma theraphy oil facial - naked guys, women wrestlers. Where do I sign?

QT said...

I am getting a pedicure today and I could only pray for some entertainment like this!

Seriously - I bet they were related. And I wouldn't rule out sex.

Kyla said...

What a show!! Oh my, you got more than you paid for.

I second Julie's idea. Ask for the gossip next time you go in.

meno said...

Did they charge you extra for the entertainment?

KC said...

I just had a pedicure- sunday- my toes were looking so wrong, it was a public health measure.

Man, I can't imagine getting into a brawl like that. Fiesty ones.

mamatulip said...

Wow!

Did you get the hankering for some popcorn?

Her Bad Mother said...

I need to get a pedicure in your 'hood. Sounds awesome.

crazymumma said...

awesome. and you were ringside. I bet it was about money.

I love pedicures and I need one but bad! A rare luxury.

so, you in the middle, me and Hel on either side in Belize. I can think of a few others....wouldn't it be grand.

thailandchani said...

I can't even begin to imagine! Wow!

Not one for pedicures here so I've never been to those places but something tells me the competition is pretty fierce between operators.


Peace,

~Chani

Ally said...

Holy smokes! What a crazy scene! I'd bet money it was about sex. He he.

Gill said...

I'm inclined to think they are sisters - having watched my "little darlings" have a full go at each other last night, it's quite probable :-)

Jenn said...

Apparently I am getting pedicures in the wrong spot.

And by the wrong spot, I mean on my bed at 1:30 in the morning when the info-mercials come on.

I'll go for illicit kisses of a cousin's boyfriend.

PunditMom said...

Boy, there was nothing that interesting going on when I got my toes done this morning!

Bon said...

wow, i have NEVER ever gotten a pedi that came with a nailgirl fight on the side.

i think i'm jealous, at least of the momentary drama.

but then, i kinda like to nap through a pedicure, and that would've been distracting.

as to the source of the fight...so much depends on culture. one woman's sacred is another woman's drag-you-by-the-hair-to-wash-your-face-
in-acetone.

but the nosy part of me really wishes there were going to be an answer to this riddle. :)

thordora said...

I'm gonna say just plain annoying, and the one chick had just had enough.

I work in the same office as a woman who, if I needed to be in close proximity to, would get the beat down of a lifetime. She just...it's like nails on chalkboards....

but geez...Im happy if I get my feet rubbed..

Ruth Dynamite said...

This is your brain.
This is your brain on acetone fumes.

Any questions?

Man. You have all the fun.

Jocelyn said...

In my months of Jendom, you have never failed to delight me. Thanks for keeping it up here.

My brain works a whole lot like yours...and I've actually been considering getting a pedicure for the first time. Now I'm sure of it. I mean, brawls? Yea, baby.

theflyingmum said...

Money. Or sex.
But did your toes ever get done?

ewe are here said...

My pedicures are never this exciting.

sigh

But I'd put my money on a guy being at the heart of the dispute.