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Adobe Ridge.....part 1.....Molly Writes
By m j . hollingshead
Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2003
Last edited: Sunday, April 02, 2006
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A single mirror was set in the center of the back wall. Fellers liked to take a peek and see how they looked when Bob was finished with their shave or hair cut.

Fort Stockton, Texas

Bob Powers continued whetting the straight edge razor he held against the wide canvas strop. He liked the feel of the bone handle. A thick nail pounded into the wall where the dark wooden paneling met the grey and white stripped wall paper behind the barber chair secured the strop itself. Pale dawn-tinted roses dotted the wall covering. A single mirror was set in the center of the back wall. Fellers liked to take a peek and see how they looked when Bob was finished with their shave or hair cut.

Out on the boulevard a flurry of vehicles and people together with assorted animals passed the tonsorial parlor in a steady stream. Far in the distance the faint whistle of a train engine signaled the nine o’clock out of California was coming in right on time. The Amarillo run had pulled in not fifteen minutes ago as well. Fort Stockton was really beginning to take on the appearance of a real growing community.

With a steady motion Bob Powers continued honing the edge. The grizzled beard Powers’ customer wore was going to take a real good edge. Powers got all kinds. Everything from cowboys just in off the range and sporting a beard that hadn’t seen a razor in days or weeks, oil workers fresh from the oil fields and storekeepers right next door all made their way to his Powers’ Tonsorial Parlor on a regular basis. Powers didn’t mind. All in a days’ work he figured. As long as the feller in the chair had the six bits for the shave that was all that Bob Powers cared about.

Day was going to get hot. Whooee, the thin barber wiped the back of his hand across his forehead. Powers had already opened the big windows on the front of the building. And he had the back door leading out into the alley standing wide open. His big old rangy hound lay on the floor in the little bit of cool in front of the screen door leading out onto the boardwalk. Fool dog was going to have to move when folks started coming in. Powers couldn’t blame him though.

The smooth Mexican tile was about the nicest place to lay when the air was real hot. Powers wasn’t sure just how it happened but even on the hottest day the tile did feel a tad bit cooler than the rest of the floor. West Texas during spring got good and hot and summers was even hotter.

If pressed Powers would always admit that he kinda liked it. He always said he liked it a whole lot better than the cold and snow in Minnesota where he grew up.

From his perch in the new hair-cutting chair Powers had received by rail not a month ago Bill Davis grinned at the tonsorial artist.

“Gonna make me look real purty are ya, Barber?” Davis opened one eye to ask as a low husky chuckle rang.

“Going to give it my best effort Sir.”

The slight bespectacled man with a faint smile settling on his face replied while smoothing lather across the cowboy’s face.

The cowboy and the barber were about the same height. Davis outweighed Powers by a good eighty pounds. Might be Powers considered, why Davis works out in the open and why I cut hair and give shaves.

Powers’ Maw always said there was a place for everything and everyone. It was just a matter of finding that place. Powers figured she was probably right. Applying the honed blade to the man’s beard he cut a nice swath through the stubble. Right here in this tonsorial parlor was the right spot for Bob Powers the thin man thought. A slight smile lit up his expression. Yep, right here, right now this was the best spot for Bob Powers.

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Reviewed by JMS Bell 2/28/2012
Reviewed by Inspire Hope 2/10/2011
Excellent storytelling MJ! I will be back soon to read more of these power packed stories! Thank you for sharing and for caring! Thank you for your prayers, I am feeling much better! May the Lord always bless and surround you with His presence!

Much Love,
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/21/2008
You are a fine storyteller, Molly. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Sandie Angel 2/24/2007
Oh, Molly!!!!! This is just FANTASTIC!!!!!!

I'll tell you why: This story began with a strong scenic description. Then came the strong definition of characters. I could envision the thin Bob Powers inside my head.

A strong opening of the story that is to be unfold that held the readers captivated. I absolutely adore this!!!!!!

Thank you for sharing!!!!!

Sandie May Angel :o)
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 12/23/2006
I am sorry I have not read this sooner, but I am glad I came across it tonight, keep writing these wonderful stories and be blessed
God Bless
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 1/28/2005
M J,

"Molly" writes perfected stories ... outstanding!!

Best wishes,

Reviewed by Pam Potter (Reader) 2/21/2003
a good start to a story, I have tried to shave old men as a health aide, it not easy, youare worried you are going to hurt them.
Reviewed by Bruce Humphrey 2/21/2003
As I read it was very easy for me to see the old barber shop and the barber working. Very Good.
Reviewed by Janet Terry 2/21/2003
You are real good at this sort of writing Mj. I like this story.
Reviewed by Walker Jackson 2/20/2003
Another fine beginning Molly. It really feels like the west. I ain't never had a tonsorial shave me. Might just have to try it. Does Power's give permanents. I've had one of those. My wifes idea. My! The raised eyebrows I got.
Reviewed by Walker Jackson 2/19/2003
ah the good old days when I used to go to the barber and see him honing his razor. What a description. Top marks, Molly.
Reviewed by Walker Jackson 2/19/2003
Fort Stockton! LOL! Having been born and raised in Stockton, CA., were it sometimes gets as hot as West Texas (wince), how could I help but like this? One comment: "Might be Powers considered, why Davis works out in the open and why I cut hair and give shaves." (maybe a comma before "Powers considered"?)
Reviewed by Melissa Rives 2/19/2003
Outstanding....felt like I was peeping through the windows, and into his mind! Love this...makes me want to read more!
Reviewed by Laura Coleman 2/19/2003
Great beginning Molly. Can't wait for the "The rest of the story", as Paul Harvey likes to say.
Reviewed by Ruth Kerce 2/18/2003
Good beginning, Molly. I look forward to reading more, more, more!
Reviewed by Maria Osborne Perry (Reader) 2/18/2003
Sure makes me want to find out all the "whys" here! Great beginning, Molly!
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 2/18/2003
I felt as if peeking into Powers’ Tonsorial Parlor outstanding Molly!!
Reviewed by Brian 2/18/2003
Nice start to a story. I like how the ground work is laid...and how you feel as if you are truely reading a real man's it a "real" feel to it.

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