20 Questions: Gregg Beard, Charlotte

Gregg Beard is originally from Lenoir, N.C. As a teen and young adult he was a champion ice skater who held several titles during his career. A subsequent marriage produced a girl, Ashley, and a boy, Brad. For many years he owned and operated Park 51 Salon in Charlotte. He says the stress of having 20 women in his life every day eventually drove him to sell the salon. With his children grown, he realized that simplifying life was his first priority. Today, Gregg finds great pleasure working as a single stylist at Mosaic Salon. Last summer, he moved to a new home with his partner, David, and they have since added a tiny, furry addition to the family — Julian, the American Eskimo pup.

How often do you eat ice cream in the winter?

Almost never. I love the stuff, but it doesn’t love me — explanation enough?

If you were a tie, would kind would you be?

String tie. A little conservative, but substantial enough to get the job done.

When was the last time you had a client with a mullet?

Too recently to admit. I tried to talk them out of it, I swear!

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What is your favorite musical group with a female lead singer?

Hmmm, Jon Bon Jovi if he counts.

Have you ever touched a tarantula?

Seriously? Ugh!

How do these films rank based on the number of times you’ve seen them: “American Pie,” “Fast Times At Ridgemont High,” “Porky’s,” “Superbad”?

I hate to admit it, but “American Pie” is the only one I’ve ever seen. But, I love it and would watch it again — maybe tonight. LOL!

What food do you always eat with cornbread?

Beans of any kind are always better with cornbread.

Do you know how to roller skate backward?

Doesn’t everyone?

Which breakfast cereal is your favorite?

Honey Bunches of Oats. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and supper.

What’s the last full album you bought or downloaded?

I recently snagged the entire discography of Christina Aguilera. I love to look at Adam Levine, but Christina has the pipes.

Would you rather play a game of horseshoes or cornhole?

Cornhole. That comes off badly as a gay man, doesn’t it?

On a scale of 1-10, how scared of the dark are you?

19. But It’s not the dark, it’s the crazy people in the dark that scare me. LOL!

Can you recite the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution from memory?

Every word. Wait a minute, does that make me a Republican? God, I hope not.

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Have you ever had a female client ask you to shave her head?

Yes, many times, due to cancer. It’s probably one of the worst parts of my job.

Who is your all-time favorite TV detective (the character, not the actor)?

It has to be Columbo.

Green bean casserole, macaroni casserole or sweet potato casserole?

Sweet potato casserole because it reminds me of the holidays…and, of course, it’s sweet.

Do you put your clothes on in any particular order?

Always. I’m a creature of habit and I do things very methodically.

Which is/was the ideal decade to be a teenager in America?

The ’70s for a gay male. HIV wasn’t around yet. Nuff said…

What word or phrase do you exclaim to show frustration?

You can’t print it here, but it begins with “mother.”

Do you cut your own hair?

All but my neck. No one else seems to want to deal with me. Does that make me seem a bit picky? Hmmm. : :

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Posted by David Stout

David Stout is the associate editor of QNotes. He can be reached at editor2@goqnotes.com.