All Haircuts $5.00!
Calzada doesn’t own the shop, he just takes care of all the business while the owner Tony Montague, works up the hill at the casino. He has been on the job for 35 years and got started in the business on advice from his father who was employed by Southern Pacific Railroad. Dad told him to get a job out of the Southwest Desert heat, so after Jimmy graduated from Yuma High School in 1964, he attended barber school in Phoenix
“When I walked into the Village Barber Shop all those years ago,“ Calzada said, ”I knew I’d be here for the long haul. I’m happy here and I get to meet a lot of people. Lots of customers get to be good friends. They come by every day just to talk.”
The gossip is good at the shop and so is the counseling. It sort of goes with the territory in the field of hairdressing and barbering.
His hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. He likes to spend his spare time watching TV and with his daughters: a 13 year old and 9-year old twins. He was married late in life at 45 and never thought he’d be a father.
“People always say, ’Oh, those are your grandkids’ and I have to tell them, ‘No, they are my kids’.”
At age 59, his plans are simple! He’ll stay on the job cutting hair as long as he possibly can. “I’ve lived my life, I haven’t done much but I’m happy with what has already happened.”
This column has been edited for length and content based on an article in the May 11th “More in Yuma” section of the Yuma Sun, bylined Darin Fenger.
FROM THE LEAGUE OF RURAL VOTERS
Attached please find a memo asking your groups to join the fight to protect and preserve
Social Security for rural America and all of America. On behalf of the Americans
United to Protect Social Security, we have formed an ad-hoc coalition of
Family Farm and Rural Advocacy groups to speak out against attempts
to privatize Social Security and to slash benefits, including survivors and
disability payments. We are calling ourselves Rural Americans for a Secure Future (RASF).
The memo outlines the critical need to maintain benefits for rural Americans
and also contains a sign-on letter to members of Congress we'd like your
organization and any others you may know to sign on to.
Please call or email me with questions, comments or suggestions.
We hope to announce the effort on June 14 in Washington and then to
work on promoting the campaign in the states the following week.
We will have state-by-state reports on impacts for participating groups to
use and media support to help get the word out at home.
Please consider joining this important effort.
Niel Ritchie, Executive Director
League of Rural Voters
P.O. Box 80259
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Center for Civic Participation
2105 First Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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