Ask hair stylist Patrick Lomantini what his lucky number is these days, and he'll probably say "50." He is about to embark on a record-setting, hair-cutting, money-raising adventure that will cover 50 states and include going to 50 salons, doing 50 haircuts at each salon and benefiting 50 humane societies by asking for donations for each cut.
Before you wonder what this man is thinking, remember that he's the one who cut hair last year for 72 hours straight, setting a record and raising $1,625.
"I guess I've gone insane again," Patrick said with a laugh. "A buddy did the route so that I will end up back in Wichita."
He's saving Kansas until last and will do 50 haircuts at his salon, Lomantini Salon, 1812 S. Seneca.
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The plan is to leave Augusta, Maine, on Aug. 1, whip through the 50 states and be back here on Sept. 19.
"What is so fun is that all these people all over the country have the great love for animals, and they're excited about this," he said.
He also gets a kick out of the diversity of the salons he's going to. One is a chic salon on Broadway in Manhattan, but not all are like that one.
"I'll also be cutting hair in a little mom- and-pop shop in Mobile, Alabama."
The anticipation of the project with all the details and logistics is making the 43-year-old stylist a bit nervous.
"Thinking of the dynamics gets overwhelming, but it's going to be great. I'm ready to go."
Patrick says he's going to keep a journal and will get back to us when he gets home.
No doubt he'll have at least 50 hair-raising stories.
So, sew! —Janie Schoenborn and the folks at Midwest Sewing Center, 111 Pattie, have a great escape-from-the-heat idea for you.
They are hosting another Camp Sew Fun on Thursday and Friday at the downtown store. Call 316-262-3438 if you're interested in going for some sewing fun.
"This year, we are letting the moms and grandmoms know they are welcome to sit and sew with the kids. We have everything they need for the sewing project. The cost per child is $30, but they need to call and register as soon as possible," Janie said.
If you can't make it to that camp, consider attending the one at the west store, 7348 W. 21st St., on Aug. 3 and 4. Call 316-722-9737 to register.
"Last year our Camp Sew Fun was a huge success. Forty-five kids ages 10 to 17 came over a four-day period, and they all had a blast," Janie said. "And we did have one guy show up who had a blast and sewed circles around those girls."
She also promised me there would be no zippers involved in the activities.
In the sewing phase of my life, I slipped a lot of the garments I made over my head. Not always easy, but I didn't have to put in a zipper.