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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Gavin Newsom: A Hard-Working, Coffee-drinking, Gelled Hair Kind of Guy.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 9:01 AM

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Gavin Newsom recently took time out of his busy schedule to give an exclusive interview to Jeremy Stoppelman and Nish Nadaraja of Yelp, and after answering a few questions about environmental initiatives, the interview quickly devolves into a discussion of boxers verses briefs and hair gel. Hard-hitting political editorializing in bold.

Gavin: I knew you were coming. I wanted to show that I’m more hip than the 3½ stars makes me appear.

[laughing]

Gavin: Okay, well… um, it’s hair gel not mousse. Boxers not briefs. Um, just for the record. I’m not proud of the hair. I’ll be the first to acknowledge that it’s wrong. [Acknowledging something’s wrong is the first step.]

Gavin: It’s an addiction. [The second step!] It gets worse with time not less. The days where I had a little dollop of gel are gone. I'm using quarter of a bottle at a time and I’m not proud of it. And I know that I need help! And I know I need to… this is a multi-step, multi-strategy… now let me just tell you what happened. 2 years ago, I went cold turkey. It was a big mistake and it was just floppy. I couldn’t do it.[Insert impotency joke here.] I tried, I was ridiculed, I was criticized, I was condemned, and some people thought I was going through some mid-life crisis thing. I didn’t look serious, people thought I lost it, so… I’m back. Right now I’m getting this $62 dollar haircut which is not cheap.

Jeremy: Who’s your hair therapist these days?

Gavin: It’s a guy named Edgardo. He wears Versace, he’s fantastic![Best. Quote. Ever.] He really is. I’ve been going to him for years. He’s watched my hair recede and he reminds me that all the time. He’s a very mean spirited person. [Edgardo works at Kamalaspa, whose Web site claims he is a "fabulous human being" and a "jack-of-all-trades" but says nothing of his mean spirits.]

But Gavin, what of your ties?

Gavin: …I swear to God, people don’t believe this, Banana Republic does some great ties. They’re inexpensive and they’re fantastic. I wore one yesterday. This one’s not. This one’s, uh, Luciano Barbera. But, you ever want to get me a gift it’s a Bulgari tie. Beautiful. They’re amazing. They’re outrageously expensive. But that’s when I’m really feeling good. [Bulgari ties run between $175-225.]

Gavin then goes on to insist that he hangs out in the Mission sometimes and namedrops Philz coffee, but refuses to name his favorite burrito spot because he’s "not willing to put [himself] on the line." Gavin will take a stand on one thing, though: "You know, you wanna be a hard-working, coffee-drinking, gelled hair kind of guy." Mission accomplished. -Andy Wright

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