Thursday, September 27, 2007

Let Me Tell You A Story Bout A Man Named Ned...

4 years ago a man walked into my salon... tall, amazing eyes, incredible smile, full (extremely) kissable lips, and built like a brick shit house (southernese meaning; pretty fucking built)... He sat in my chair, we immediately clicked... We talked about everything from movies and motorcycles to workouts and our favorite beer... Well, clicked in almost every way... See... I like guys (I know, Big Shock for most of you) Ned on the other hand, is truly straight, but not narrow... He's been coming to me, rain or shine every 3 weeks since...
Over the years we've gotten closer, watched each other change and grow... hand shakes turned to hugs... It even became a joke in the salon... We would hug... He would walk out... 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... I would watch disappear around the corner... I love that man... then everyone would go back to what they were doing...
When he told me that he was planning to ask Kris to marry him... I told him... This isn't how its supposed to play out... You're supposed to dump her and come after me... He said... Don't worry Michael, you'll always be the other woman... but just in case... park the bike in front of the church, and if it goes south, we can haul ass (of course I thought about it)... Here they are 1 year later this past July... Aren't they cute...


Ned's been going through some shit lately... Multiple surgery's on his knee (hockey injury, he even took a puck to his throat)... the second surgery on his knee, they found a spot they wanted to check out... turns out, its a rare form of cancer called Liposarcoma... which they wouldn't have found, had it not been for the knee injury...
He called me, wanted to know if I could squeeze him in (He starts chemotherapy on Monday) He wanted me to shave his head...
So Ned came in... We talked, laughed, cried... and we shaved our heads...

As he was leaving... we hugged... I told him to take care of himself and that I would be checking in on him... He said you to, and that he would see me in about 7 months... He opened the door to leave... Ned... I love you... He turned, eyes welling up... I love you to... He looked around and waved... See you guys in a few months... 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... I watched him disappear around the corner...
I love that man


As Always... Be Kind To Yourselves... I'm Fine Thanks For Asking

28 comments:

Sh@ney said...

That is just beautiful...Heart wrenching...there really is no substitute for friendship...What an amazing relationship you have...I can almost feel your heart beating Syn...your such a wonderful person...xox

Steve said...

Beautiful post! I like the fact that you're such a big fan of hugging. It says a lot about you ;)

Donnie said...

What a great post! It's great how you get to touch so many lives. You're a lucky man, Synrgy.

Sue said...

You truly are a hero.

Christerbjorn said...

Hey Syn,
It's often said that many people have a closer relationship to their hair stylist than to their Doctor, you obviously have a Heart of Gold. Let us know how Ned gets on.
It was a beautiful post, I can see why he would visit you for a haircut every 3 weeks.
McDreamy.

Donnie v2.0 said...

You're a good guy. Truly.

Dwight said...

I'm totally welling up here at work, Syn! That is a great story. He sounds like a great guy. Keep us updated!

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brenton said...

that is incredibly sweet.
I hope he's fine! Very cool that you shaved your head with him!

Christopher said...

Love this post...I sorta cheated and scrolled to the bottom pic of you two, and was really hoping that you were going to announce that you've converted him...you look so butch & thuggish in the pic....HOT!

Rick said...

That is the saddest story. Oh my God...you write it so well.

publius100 said...

Thank you for that. And the pictures. Bad things happen to nice people. Does the guy need anything?

Naijadude said...

now that is a touching story!

SYNRGY said...

Shaney- Awww... I mean... Don't let that get out... It will ruin my reputation...

Steve- I'm touchy Feely...

Donnie- Yes, I'm lucky... But only because I am touched by so many lives...

Sue- Only on Wednesdays... :P

Christer- Yes... but I can't give exams... ;)

Donnie v2.0- Shhhh... don't let that get out...

Dwight- He is a great guy... I will keep you guys updated...

MJ- You cry at Hallmark commercials... Can't wait till your home...

Brenton- He's a wonderful man... Sweet spirit...

Christopher- butch and thuggish... awww... thank you

Rick- I'm not much of a writer... so thank you...

Publius- Positive energy, and prayers... and no, thank you... :)

Naija- Thank you for reading... and welcome...

katie said...

wow. i'm speechless. i've read this several times and i think it keeps getting sadder everytime i read it. cancer disgusts me...in every way imagineable. how is it that someone so kind can suffer from such a cruel disease?

as dwight said, keep us posted.

ps. you really are a sweetheart. but don't worry, i won't tell anyone.

SYNRGY said...

Katie- If you do I will turn your hair black and give you a mullet... ;)

katie said...

okay okay...our little secret. i'd still be hot with a femullet though.

Steve said...

Haven't seen ya in a hot minute! Hope you're well :)

JoAnna Ashbourne said...

I'll be home before you know it! I miss you soooo much! We'll be in town looking for houses on the 19th-21st. Want to see you!!!!

|דניאל| said...

truly moving :'(

SYNRGY said...

Daniel- Thank You...

Josh said...

Certainly a beautiful friendship at any rate.

thonnibg said...

That was beautiful,indeed!And the fact you shaved your head with him is just....I have no words!Hope you both are well now and all that will have a good outcome!
Kind regards
Toni

Wayne said...

Such a hot couple! Well, it's nice to wish right!
I've had several customers with cancer, but never shaved my head. But I haven't had a cancer customer like him!
You do look hot bald!

Anonymous said...

Friendships like this don't happen everyday...made me smile to read about it. Glad I stumbled upon your blog. Thanks for stopping by mine :-)

Tony (LT) said...

That was so wonderful to read.

Anonymous said...

We LOVE Ned! He's got such positive energy and MAJOR support. He's an amazing man. He'll be fine...

XXOO, Kaori

J Z Brooklyn said...

Any news on him? It's been close to a year. I hope he's ok.