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Sunday, May 13, 2007

That Saloon Thang

There's loads of saloons in Al Ain, in fact there are loads of them in the UAE. They have to round the cowboys up at closing time when they're all swinging on them saloon doors having drunk too much wallop. Often you'll find a guy playing honky tonk in the corner, the gas lights flicker and then in walks the local hoodlum, guns a-blazin'. Everyone ducks under chairs, the buxom broad upstairs starts screaming and then it all goes quiet. The lights go back on and it appears that the hood has left and everything returns to normal once the glass has been cleared up and the sawdust changed.

We don't have this kind of excitement in Al Ain saloons. Oh no, just a quick trim and a splash of scent. The rest of the world call them SALONS. Hats off to the one place in Al Ain that's got it right: Lou Lou Salon near Choithrams and that's coz the lady who runs it knows French. They do a great eyebrow thread, by the way...

Getting ready for guns at high noon.....

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Blogger just a mom said...

Unfortunately Lou Lou Salon is filthy and the "owner" is moody.....the quality of your cut depends on her mood (at least in my experience).

5/22/2007 08:06:00 pm  
Blogger kaya said...

I gotta quit hollering at the top of the stairs.
(spoken by the buxom broad)
Cmon! on over heah ansd see me sometime big boy!
So now that summer is LOOMING, Ah say LOOMIN on our doorstep, and school threatening to close for summer vacation its time to but Prozac in bulk.
Hey there Al Ain Taxi.
Dropping in to say HELLO!

5/23/2007 01:28:00 am  
Anonymous alaintaxi.blogspot.com said...

Prozac? Where? Gimme

5/24/2007 07:49:00 am  
Anonymous Al Ain Taxi said...


I never get a cut there, wouldn't trust them but they do a good eyebrow thread, the Filipino girls are fast, neat and friendly. I like the Lebanese owner, she's a bit of a character and I can imagine disagreeing with her over what kind of hair cut I wanted.

5/24/2007 07:53:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you ever wonder what exactly is a "saloon"car?

5/24/2007 01:14:00 pm  
Blogger Al Ain Taxi said...

A car full of cowboys perhaps... this sounds like a RR response. BTW, RR is that you making your first comment here on Al Ain Taxi?

5/25/2007 12:53:00 am  
Anonymous kochumanavalan said...

Well, it's called Saloon (and spelled that way) all over South India, and I imagine the rest of that great nation as well. Back there, they all (mostly) have the swingin' saloon doors as well. the standard term is "Hair Cutting Saloon".

Most of the butchers here (...oops! sorry, barbers) are from either Kerala or Pakistan. You could try telling them it's spelled 'Salon', if you like being laughed uproariously off the premises! ;)

5/26/2007 03:35:00 pm  
Blogger Someone in Al Ain said...

Thanks for posting..

i didnt know before this information..smile

6/04/2007 01:09:00 am  
Blogger Sandra said...

u know i went to LouLou Salon ...n i had the best hair cut ever by the way shez not moody at all....shez a sweet heart n very kind....i loved the job i tried so many other places all over uae n she got the skills n talent....anywayz ppl have different choices. (at least in my experince).

11/24/2007 04:24:00 pm  

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