So in case you didn’t know, I actually used to have long hair. We’re talking “down to the middle of my back” long and that lasted for about 3 years total. I actually enjoyed having it quite a bit – though getting it to the length it was at definitely felt like a chore. Back then, I was a bit more of a metal-head – I was playing bass in a band and kinda liked the “image” of having long hair, so it all worked well, but after a time – I just realized how much maintenance long hair took and I realized that it had to go.
Since trimming it – I’ve had those moments where I thought “I’m doing it! I’m growing it long again!” but then on that first ultra-hot day of the summer, I seem to always falter. The same was true with my partner Mike. He’d get his hair long enough to put in a ponytail and then we’d go out on a long camping trip and it was guaranteed he’d be coming home with a shaved head.
It takes a commitment to have/keep long hair. So folks do it well and I have to give them all the respect in the world… but others really don’t know what they’re getting into or how to take care of it. Look at the SCA or a gaming convention for examples of this. Your hair should never look like a greasy bird’s nest. That’s not sexy. At least not to me. Sorry.
Hugs and haircuts.
Really, though – I’m probably gonna buzz myself bald again another time before Bear Pride. Even the mohawk usually takes a bit of upkeep, and honestly – with my job disallowing it now, it’s just kinda pointless to do for one weekend. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t miss working for a retail company, even if they did let me get away with a little bit of “individuality”, but sometimes I wish that my corporate environment would take a page from our European overlords and just learn how to relax.
It’s always funny when we get visitors from Germany or France and they look at us and question why we’re in “business casual” attire, given that they wear jeans and t-shirts to work every day. The argument being a that it’s a cultural difference and that American executives expect it, so we fulfill their expectations… Though given that Europe pulls the strings, I’m thinking that if I worked hard enough, I could relax their grip over our “fashion sense”.
Maybe I’ll make that my project for the next year…
Regardless, I am getting more and more excited for the trip to Chicago as the weeks roll by. The moment I get in the car and start driving – it will actually feel like a vacation, and damn if I don’t need one! 3 more weeks until it’s ON!
OH! And one more thing: Apparently, I made it into the actual “tournament” part of the ComicMix May Mayhem NSFW Comics Tourney! Go and vote, if you would – everyone gets a free vote, and if you donate, you can vote even more. Apparently, it’s 10 cents an additional vote, so if you’re so inclined, every vote counts! I’m up against Toonhole, which I’m not gonna lie: is pretty damn good and far more mainstream than I am. It’s always hard being the big ol’ gay bear comic on the block when it comes to these things, eh?
If you are so inclined, though – steal the link and post it up and try to rally me some votes! The longer I stay in the tournament, the more amused I’m honestly going to be at this point. Who would figure that a comic designed for such a narrow audience would even get this much notice… Lovin’ it!