Land of a Thousand Hairdos
From The Green Stool Café Went Belly Up. Self-published in 2015. Jill Mandrake writes strange but true stories and leads Sister DJ’S Radio Band, featuring rhythm and blues covers, post-vaudeville original tunes and occasional comedy bits.
Why were so many hairdressers called Diane?
Hailing a cab right after the six-thirty rush
Making it home in time to watch Carol Burnett
Blue light so welcoming, glowing from inside the den Reflecting along the wet sidewalks with echoing heels Spilling on puddles of mud, and puppy dog tails
And husbands all home from the legion early enough To chuckle in front of the telly before dozing off Hairdressing school had provided a ticket away To beehives and pixies, pageboys and bangs and bouffants Born at a time when the popular pink-blanket names Were Jennifer, Sylvia, Beverly, Joyce and Diane