...I'm bald now. Or, in the more specific, proper term, I'm "bald-by-choice". I naturally
have a thick head of wavy hair. When I was in high school, I used to spend a lot of time with a hot hair dryer and a brush
to make said wavy hair straighter. Since adulthood, I've opted for lower maintenance, and in more recent years,
my wife has been cutting my hair. She would always cut it as short as I liked it and as often as I liked, but it was
only perfect for about two weeks. At which point, the curls would begin to return and no amount of mousse or gel would
control it to my liking. I actually would receive compliments regarding my curls, but it always felt unkempt and unruly.
Additionally, I've always liked hats---fedoras and the like---but I've never worn one due to the inevitable "hat
For years I'd "threatened" to shave my head, but I never took the plunge. I was
concerned that to achieve a good slick bald look I'd have to shave daily. I'm not much of a fan of shaving my
face daily, so shaving my head too wasn't really appealing. Ultimately, that was the only
thing holding me back. Finally, I rationalized, with my thick head of hair, I had to periodically fuss with it
throughout the day and some days it just simply wouldn't cooperate. If I had to spend an additional five or six
minutes in the shower to shave my head daily, I would still save time not having to perform any further maintenance throughout
the day. My wife provided the final word of confidence by stating, "Your hair grows so fast anyway, if you don't
like it, it'll grow out within a month or so anyway." So on August 21, 2011, the decision was made. I
entered into a realm of freedom known as baldness!
After taking my hair down to a "burr" using my clipper
without a guard, I hopped in the shower, lathered up, and scraped the scalp bare using my trusty vintage double-edge Gillette
that has served my face so well over the years. I made a few rookie mistakes, i.e. spending too much time on a virgin
scalp trying to ensure complete slickness by making too many repeated passes resulting in some razor burn. All in all,
however, I was very pleased with the results.
I then ventured onto the internet for some tips. Little did I know
there's a wealth of information out there regarding head shaving. The first place I stumbled upon was HeadSHaver.org. It proved to be a nice informative site providing unbiased information about products and techniques. It's
a great place to check out even if you've been shaving for years. It's also a very informative those who think
they already know everything there is to know about face shaving. You will learn something.
HeadShaver.org recommended other sites, one of
which was the invaluable SlyBaldGuys.com. SlyBaldGuys is a great community of folks who are eager to share their experiences and advice about not only head
shaving but many other related topics as well. The site also helps those who suffer from male pattern baldness and serves
as support and encouragement for those with self-esteem problems related to the condition. For some, shaving their heads
provides freedom from feeble attempts to hide their male pattern baldness while others, such as myself, have gained freedom
from their hair.
So for the past four weeks, I've been experimenting with different razors and products to obtain the fastest, closest,
and most comfortable shave. I found many guys recommending the HeadBlade Sport. I was skeptical at first thinking it was a gimmick. It looks like a cross between a Hotwheels car and a toy spaceship. (Click thumbnail picture for a larger version). I probably never would have purchased
one had I not come across it in Walgreens for $13. What did I have to lose? So, I picked one up and tried it the next morning. I was amazed.
It fits on your middle finger and you simply swipe your hand across your dome in a motion similar to slicking your hair back.
The result is a very close shave within about 3 minutes after practice. I've been shaving daily for the past ten
days using this ingenious contraption. I highly recommend it!
Check out this video from HeadBlade spokesman,
Jack, giving a demonstration of the HeadBlade Sport:
Most of you know, I'm an RN that works in a hospital, but I don't work for the hospital.
I work for a cardiologist. It is not unusual for patients and patients' families to assume I work for the hospital,
even though my name badge clearly indicates differently. I've been known to answer the phone and help out a colleague
from time to time, but I do have my own job to do. As a result, when a patient or family member comes up to me to ask
a question, I generally avoid eye contact so they'll ask someone else. If they don't get the message and proceed
with their question, I'll usually preface it with, "I don't work here, but...", and then I'll usually
direct them. I've worked in this hospital for 15 years so, I probably know the answer.
Today, a patient's
family member approached me while I was sitting at the nurses desk, looking through a chart. I have a very effective
'I'm busy' look. This lady apparently, despite her years, was not familiar with this method of anti-communication.
She proceeded to ask, "Where is the ice machine?" She asked twice. The nurse sitting right next to me
- the nurse who actually works for the hospital - apparently has honed her 'I'm busy' look better than
mine and managed to completely ignore said nuisance. (Thanks Judith).
So, while getting up to leave the desk,
I pointed to the nourishment room, that is - oddly enough - labeled "nourishment room", and told her, "It's
over there in the nourishment room." Because I'm there as her servant, no "thank you" was offered
or even implied. I went my way and she headed for the nourishment room. I knew the room was locked, and that it
requires your pass key (which I have) or the ward secretary to push a button to allow access. Ultimately, this is just one
more pointless task the staff must endure, because I cannot see how this has squelched the inappropriate access to snacks
by the patients, families, vagabonds, and truants since implementing this procedure. I assumed this person would do what every
other semi-sentient being has done since implementing the procedure, and that is to abruptly shake and rattle the locked
door handle a minimum of three times before turning around and issuing a perplexed look at the ward secretary thus prompting
her to push the button granting access to the snack mecca that is the nourishment room.
About 30 minutes later, I returned
to the desk to discover that the nurse who was previously oblivious to everything around her now had an in depth account of
the circumstances following my departure.
Apparently, this lady fell apart, sobbing, and ranting to the charge nurse
and anyone else who would hear her plight about my complete lack of compassion by directing her to a locked door. Compassion?
You are able to derive my lack of compassion based on a single sentence uttered from my lips? A 10 second conversation,
the subject of which amounted to a bucket of ice? If this is how you want to play the game, fine. I will therefore
deduce from our soul-revealing encounter that you are a heartless, self-centered, individual who thinks everyone is around
you to be at your beck and call.
Now, before any of you bleeding hearts out there start to tell me how I don't
know what she's going through. Perhaps a loved one is in declining health and her emotions are on edge...
I suppose Facebook is causing independent, illegitimate, bloggers such as myself to neglect our meek little personal websites.
So, since I believe, someday, Facebook will become a paysite, I'm back. I'm still on Facebook, mind you. I'm also on Twitter, for what it's worth.
So, now there is only one moon...
I suppose that statement requires a little background.
I have a vision problem that I only notice while looking at bright objects against a dark background such as headlights at
night, end credits to a movie, or the night sky. The problem is such that when I look at the moon, I see a perfect crisp
image of the moon with a lighter, blurry, repeated image up and to the right of the "original".
About 5 years
ago, I went to an optometrist who diagnosed the problem an astigmatism. While she felt my degree of astigmatism was mild, she offered glasses. I asked her about contacts, but she said
they didn't make contacts for astigmatism. Otherwise, my vision was perfect. I opted for the glasses, but
ultimately they never really made much difference, so I rarely wore them.
I'd heard there are now toric contact lenses to correct astigmatism. Since my first visit with the optometrist, my insurance has changed, so I had to go to a different
doctor. The experience was incredible, to say the least. I saw Dr. Valerie Mace with EyeCare Associates of East Texas. She confirmed my astigmatism, but again indicated my visual acuity is still
perfect. I told her I wanted contacts partly due to wanting to be able to enjoy 3D movies, a technology that untreated
astigmatism sufferers cannot enjoy due to the inherent "stereovision" trick on the brain. Interestingly, she said
this was not the first time she'd heard this rationale for an individual's decision to correct their astigmatism.
what made this little visit to the optometrist an "incredible" experience? Never having worn contacts before
in my life, I walked out of her office within one hour with perfect vision! A patient put it best when she said, "You
can't even get an oil change done right in an hour." I can't say enough about Dr. Mace and her professional staff.
Now, there is only one moon.