I take her back to the Versa Spa spray tan machine. I show her where to put the barrier lotion. (Between the fingers, beds of the nails, palms, between the toes and soles of the feet.) That’s where you don’t want the solution to go. I show her how to wear the hair net. (Above the hairline so you don’t get a weird crescent on your forehead below your hairline.) Then I show her the four poses you have to do while getting sprayed. It looks like we’re “Vogueing” in the hallway together.
I tell her there’s a woman’s voice that will guide her through the whole process.
“How long is the process?”
“The whole session is only four minutes. If you can follow directions, you can get a great spray tan. Any questions?”
“I think I got it.”
“Then go to it Sabrina.”
In she goes, and I head back up to the front of the salon. I’m thinking how great Sabrina looks. She’s come a long way at thirty-four years of age. I remember she told me she was addicted for ten years! How did she survive and look as good as she does? That’s fucking heroin! I’m so proud of her!
Fifteen minutes later, lovely Sabrina emerges from Room 8 and approaches the counter. I tell her she has to stay dry for the next 6 hours. She thanks me profusely and gives me a hug.
She’s so sweet to me and tells me that she wants to go to Gran Caffe L’Aquila for dinner for her 1 year anniversary of sobriety.
I’m honored to be the man that will sit across the table from this beautiful woman on that day. (God, my blog has gotten so much better and so have I!)
Sabrina heads out and I wish her a Happy New Year and I remind her she must stay dry for the next six hours for the tan to develop.
Later Update: Sabrina wrote a glorious 5 Star Yelp review about me and our salon. (Better than money!)
I text her and thanked her and wished her a Happy New Year. She texted me back that she had done something bad.
I was terrified. Had she re-offended with drugs?
“I slept with my ex.”
Oh… But technically you’re not divorced yet so you just slept with your husband.”
Oh yea.. Thank you for that. But now he’s not texting me or anything.”
“I know you said the sex was fire between you guys and I get that, but if you guys hooked up, I think that’s all it was.”
“You’re relationship was toxic and dangerous for over 10 years. If you slept with him I think that’s all it was. I’m sorry. But steer clear so you don’t re-offend. He’s not going to get back to you because you can never go back to that toxic relationship that destroyed you. ”
“No. Resist and stay sober. I hate the holidays.”
“I know Sabrina. Go forward. I know it’s hard, but let go of the bars of your addiction and walk out of your cell. You’re doing great.”
“Thank you! I love you and value our friendship! Hope you know I plan on being in your life for a long time.
What a lovely person.
“Promise? Because that’s what I want Sabrina!
“Thank you… Hey, I know what I did was wrong but because of my awesome spray tan I looked awesome naked thanks to you! (And thank you for that delicious visual, Sabrina!)
I love Sabrina and I would love to see more of her because she’s a beautiful person. Not just on the outside.
I can’t wait to see her again.
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