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A couple months ago, I was heading home after an afternoon in New York City.

And I was starving. Not like, “Oh I wish I had an apple.” But more like, “I could eat three cheesesteaks… or an entire buffalo.”

So before I got on my train, I bought a $2 bag of baked pita chips. I boarded and just as the train is pulling away from Grand Central, I realize…

I forgot the chips. Left them right there on the counter. The guy next to me was lucky I didn’t eat his leg on the ride home.

So fast forward two months and this week I was back at that same deli counter, buying the same chips and I smiled and said to the guy…

“This time I’m taking the chips with me because the last time I paid and forgot them.”

And then he did something that doesn’t even happen on TV.

He gave me the $2 dollars back. He didn’t make me pay for the chips. He took me at my word.

I knew that $2 had some good karma and I promised myself that I would pay it forward in some way. Except when I got off the train in Westchester, I was really craving some frozen yogurt and I sort of ended up using my karma money to help pay for a delicious frosty fro yo. Damn, it was tasty.

The following day, I had my eyebrows threaded when the girls were at school. It’s like tweezing but they use some kind of magical thread and it hurts like bloody hell. But it keeps my brows in order. After she finished, the mad threader said to me, “Are you doing your upper lip today?”

What?! Now, I didn’t even know I had hair on my upper lip, let alone so much hair that it needed to be ripped out by its cuticle with a magical thread.

“Umm… no. Not today,” I uttered.

And of course, now I’m completely obsessed by the possibility that I may have a mustache. I don’t really see it. But it must be there. Maybe I’ve been so wrapped up in plucking chin hairs that I missed it?!

And I’m thinking that if I only had donated that $2 to charity, this never would have happened. So tomorrow I’m taking $2 and finding a way to use the money to put positive energy into the world. Once I’m done with that, I may need to find a new eyebrow person.

32 Responses to frozen yogurt is not good karma

  • mandy says:

    wow..i never get to be the 1st to post! cool!! well when i went to get my eyebrows done a couple of years ago the man did my upper lip without asking and said and i quote ” men dont like women with hairy lip” woah was i freaked. no tip for! and i keep an eye on the upper lip thing!

  • Kathy says:

    I always pay for food and leave behind. I get my brows threaded too hurts like a mother effer and they always ask if we are doing lip too. I say do I need it oh yes you do. But it is cheap here only 7 euros for both! But when I’m home in Utah I get brows waxed and I always ask how’s my lip and never once did she say oh yeah you need it done.

  • Melissa says:

    I was layin down on the table gettin my eyebrows waxed in a nail salon a few years back…
    Lady said to me
    “You want lip too?” but before i could respond, said “Ooooohhhhhhh yes… lip too”
    Luckily, there were already tears in my eyes from the eyebrow hairs being ripped out.
    Later my husband said She was just tryin to get more money honey…

  • I try to leave stores without my purchases all the time. I think it has something to do with the three children wedged in the cart. They make it look so full…

    I’ve never understood the threading thing… Does the hair take longer to grow back? Better for sensitive skin than wax?

    I’m sure your mustache is only noticable to professional hair rippers.

  • Marinka says:

    I don’t know what kind of TV shows you watch, but on quality television, you and the deli chips guy would fall in love. He’d never let some facial hair get in the way.

  • mackbeth says:

    I just had the SAME thing happen last weekend at a salon in Vegas! A couples trip and we girls decided to have false eyelashes applied, which immediately led into an eyebrow wax and while I was watching her apply the green wax to my eyebrows she went ahead and did my lip. OMG what do you do when it is already on there? Now I have a fresh new upper lip and it feels really weird and of course it was all red that night.
    I immediately used my $$ to buy $25 martinis all night long! The eyelashes were fabulouso!

  • TRACI says:

    Is that kinda like when the masseuse told my sister that next time she came back she should get the aestician to clean up the black heads on her back?

  • Wendi says:

    I’m fully convinced that the only reason my face is pretty hairless is because of all those donations I made to the Jerry Lewis telethon back in the 80’s.

  • Elisa says:

    So let me get this straight, excess hair comes from bad karma? Shit, and I always blamed my Italian genes.

    At least my karma I can work on.

  • hokgardner says:

    It always bothers me when the eyebrow lady asks if I want my lip done, because while I always say no, I can’t help but wonder if she knows something I don’t.

    I’ve wanted to try threading, but now maybe I won’t.

  • Megan says:

    I have had them say that to me too! It’s devastating. You go your entire life thinking you dont have mustache hair and you are so lucky unlike those “other women”…..and then, BAM!

  • sara says:

    Hilarious – I get threaded when I can – and am pretty used to them pointing out any extra hair, brown patches, zits, all the sexy stuff. It’s humiliating, but really – they are standing one inch from your face and don’t have a verbal filter…
    you look marvelous K!

  • Diane says:

    As a committed and proudly capitalist woman, I’d say that you DID put positive energy into the world today by buying that yogurt – you kept the economy going by spending, which is what Obama has been urging us to do. Don’t forget that yogurt vendor has kids to feed too! You probably put food in their mouths today by the simple act of purchasing your treat. That’s tremendous karma in my book!

  • BrooklynBaby says:

    Pluckily, one good thing about getting old is that I don’t need my eyebrows cleaned up so often anymore cuz a few stray grays are really hard to see.

  • christy says:

    I would definitely find a new eyebrow person! And give two dollars to the next homeless person you see, if they’re sleeping… I get too nervous to donate when they’re awake. What a freak, I know.

  • anna see says:

    dump the threader lady. that’s how i feel about facials. whenever i get one, the lady talks about what a wreck my skin is and how i need this and this. pampering, it’s not!

  • Pseudo says:

    And don’t worry about moustache hair. I think they just say that to drum up business, or at least that was what Itold myslef when the girl asked me.

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    As you get older, you lose your pubic hair and grow facial hair. Isn’t that wonderful? That’s what you have to look forward to.

  • Amy - LIParentSource says:

    At least the eyebrow lady didn’t talk about you to her friend in a language you don’t understand. And then laugh. Never good I tell you!

  • Amber says:

    EVERYTIME I get my nails done they ask me if I want my brows done. I NEVER get them done there (do them myself) so why oh why do they think my answer will ever be yes?

  • LT says:

    You don’t have upper lip hair. They ask everyone that because then they will make more $ (and tips). Will you ever go back to waxing? I have been too chicken to try threading. . .

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