Sal Padavano(SP), Yuri(Y), Anthony Trotta(AT) and Customer(C)
SP: My name is Sal Padavano. I’m 78 years old. I’ve been a barber now about 53, maybe 54 years.
Y: My name, Yuri. I’ll tell you, 45 years experience for barbershop
AT: My name is Anthony Trotta.
Y: Whoa, Italian guy! Eighty-nine years old, still working barber.
AT: Ha, ha. You make a living.
Y: My two son: barber. My two son-in-law: barber. My grandson, big guy, strong: working barber. Three brother: barber. Three sister: two is barber. My father: barber.
SP: My father’s father was a barber. He was supposed to have been a champion barber in Sicily . I didn’t want to be a barber. My father pushed me into it. He took me out of high school. But I didn’t want my sons to do that. It ends with me.
Y: Come, come, come, come! Sit, first chair.
SP: You’re like a psychiatrist. You try to make them feel good.
C: Oh, I’m sorry. I moved my head.
AT: Can’t cut when you’re going like this. You want your ear cut or their hair cut?
C: Leave my ears on where they belong.
SP: I try to kid around, try to make their day. I tell them I’m waiting for a horse named Durante. I figure it’ll win by a nose.
C: I’ve been coming to the track about forty years. I come like every five weeks, six weeks for a haircut. And I look for him. Because he knows what I want. You know? He’s my steady barber. I don’t know what we’re going to do when we’re both retired, huh?
AT: Tell him the truth! Tell him the price is right!
C: Oh, yeah, the price is right. Senior citizens is six bucks.
AT: Is it up?
C: You gotta turn on.
AT: You gotta turn it on, okay.
(Sound of racetrack from television.)
C: You got a couple of winners for me, Tony?
SP: Tony gives you tips all the time. He gave me a tip the other day. It came out last!
AT: The one horse in the first race.
C: One horse, yeah. I’ll give you the fifth race. One in five.
AT: One in five. You got it straight from the soul, huh? Right from the heart. Okay.
Y: Is massaging head. Is okay?
C: Yeah, beautiful.
SP: Like I remember when I went to barber school, a bunch of barbers said, ”You know we’re like prostitutes. Like somebody likes their favorite prostitute or something. And the guy wanted to hit him, but I knew what he meant. Some people like a barber, even if another barber maybe cuts better hair, he’s satisfied, just to be comfortable with him.”
Y: This cologne. The best. Please, thank you. Have a nice day. Good luck.
AT: Goodbye. Good luck.
C: See ya, Tony. See ya at Aqueduct. So long.