To preface the post: I was a Marine and I'm still very particular about my haircut. I do keep it long by Marine Corps standards, but a #1 guard is still kinda short. I would rather not have one at all then have a bad one. At least then I can just claim lazy. I've been going to the same barber for about 10 years. I don't go in there a lot. Just about once a month. But it's often enough that she knows how I want my hair and she does a really good job. My hair never gets more than about 3/8" long on the sides. It's just something that stuck with me. Matter of fact, the last time I got it cut, I told her I was going to grow it out. And wanted her to leave it long. She says 'yeah whatever' and gives me my normal cut. Last year I moved away from the town my ex and my parents live in. I normally just wait and get my hair cut while I'm down there visiting. But last month I met a woman through a friend that owned a shop near where I live. She invited me to come in. And I tried to tell her that wasn't a good idea because I was so particular. She swore up and down that all her girls could do exactly what I wanted with no problem. So today I decided to go in there. I finally wound up getting it somewhat done the way I wanted after the 5th time of telling the girl what to do. She insisted that because I wanted it about 3/4" long on the top that there was no way she could use a #1 guard on the sides without leaving a line around my head. And I know this to be a lie because I've been getting it that way for years. My rant is basically just about people promising something as simple as a great haircut, with no ability to provide it.