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You never know what you'll hear at the barbershop.  ( Source:WAFF) You never know what you'll hear at the barbershop. ( Source:WAFF)
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

John Hawkins has been coming here to get his hair cut for about 15 years. 

There are other clipped clients who are 50 year patrons. 

"I mean some pretty prominent people that I've seen around town here that come here you know," Hawkins says.

He says most are return customers. 

"You look at all the decorations he's got around here and the people that come here. I can tell most all of them have been coming here for years."

Owner, Lynn Myrick is one of the reasons Hawkins comes back. Lynn came here in September of 1999. At age 76 he says he will be here until he dies. 

He pays homage to those who came before him, like Luther Standridge, a long time employee, who he points out in a photograph hanging on a wall. 

"The one here on the left, worked here until he was 91. He quit in '96 and I went to work in '97," Myrick remembered.

The business started in 1935. Like many of the items on display it's not considered old, just vintage. From the smoking chairs to pin ups. 

Lynn's good at recycling tales, according to Hawkins. 

"Now Lynn's real good at that you, you know, he's always got conversational pieces and I'm a real good listener," said Hawkins

Listen to Myrick's tale of his missing finger: 

"My brother cut it off. I was about two or three and he was three or five, something like that," says Myrick 

"We were chopping wood on a chop block," he explained.

 "I told him to cut my finger off and he whacked it off," he recalled.

The topics for discussion here have no limits, according to Myrick.

"Honey, we had religion, politics, why didn't they take that money and fix these pot holes?" he asked, "Cut down these limbs around these stop signs, it's bad, it's bad."

"Barber shops don't talk too much about the future, they talk about what's going on now,the things that are happening," Myrick explained, citing that barber shops always talk about the current events.

We are listening to philosophy and events of the day, all from the chair and the perspective of a barber. 

Little off the top, in Bobby's Bama.

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