February 7, 2017

A year and a half ago, my neighbor Norton stopped by my house.  He was looking for Oliver.

“Sorry, Norton, but Oliver is taking a nap.”

“Okay.  Thanks.”  He turned to walk away.

“Can I help you?”

“Well, maybe.  Can you speak Tagalog?”

“Yes.”  

He nodded in rel...

May 14, 2016

 

“Hey, how about that $100 doughnut?”

 

One of our massage therapists recently asked me that question while we were setting up a Flic Spa Signature Royal Package.  The four hour treatment is a combination of nearly every service we offer, to be lavished upon one lucky cl...

May 3, 2016

 

When I was ten years old, I woke up in the middle of the night in excruciating pain.  My left leg was throbbing, gripped in an invisible vise tightening by the minute.  I hopped to my parent’s bedroom for help.  They were in bed, lying face up, the blanket crumpled an...

April 28, 2016

   “My back is killing me.  Can you help me?”

 

   My client at Flic Spa was trying to point to an area under her shoulder blade, or if you want to be technical, the medial angle of the left scapula.  You can’t reach that area by yourself, so God created us mas...

April 21, 2016

 

 

 

   Last February, Oliver made an announcement.  “For our 24th anniversary, we are going on a cruise!”

 

   He might as well have told me I was getting open heart surgery.  For decades, I openly disparaged cruising -- even the gay kind in the 1970’s.  My...

April 7, 2016

     “Lerrick, client on the line.  She only speaks Spanish.”

 

      Our receptionist hands me the phone.  My heart starts to beat a little faster, because I know that I have a 50 percent chance of carrying a meaningful conversation.  Over the phone, bere...

March 4, 2016

 

When Oliver and I first opened Flic Spa, people would ask us what “Flic” meant.  Always up for a joke, I told people it was short for “Filipinos that Lick”.   Oliver used to get annoyed at that one, since he wanted the spa to be an oasis of beauty, elegance and peace....

February 25, 2016

 

I was massaging a client’s calf muscle when I felt something odd.  At first, I thought my client had forgotten to remove a sock.  It felt like skin, but the topography resembled the bottom of a sneaker.  Working in the dark, I effleuraged the area, trying to understan...

February 19, 2016

One day, Oliver’s gums started to bleed.  “it’s idiopathic,” said his dentist.  “Are you sure this just came on suddenly?” 

 

Oliver managed a tearful nod, foreseeing a future with dentures and glasses of water on the nightstand.  He endured a painful round of...

February 12, 2016

Valentine’s Day is this Sunday, which led me to thinking about love.  Romance is definitely in the air, since both branches of Flic Spa have been sold out for Valentine’s Day weekend, for months now.  I'm proud to say our spas have been venues for countless anniversary...

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