September 12th, 2003


To pluck or not to pluck....

So I've been pondering this for a few days now. What is it about grey hairs that people find "bad" (aside from the obvious "you're getting older" thing) or objectionable?

In the last month no less than 5 seperate friends have a) noticed that I have a few grey hairs in my goatee and b) suggested that I pluck them. I've asked them why and no one has actually had a good response. I mean I'm not offended or anything, it just seems odd that the grey hairs are drawing so much attention lately (when I noticed them quite a few months ago).

I checked with other family members and figured out that this is apparently fairly normal in my family. Facial hair goes white/gray fairly steadily from mid 20s on, but head hair grays extremely slowly. My dad, the oldest data point, still has a decent bit of black hair (but a very white beard) in his mid-60s and so far all my siblings seem to be going along the same way.

Ummm... yeah, totally meaningless post, but it's a question that's been on my mind lately. I mean, I always thought a smattering of grey was supposed to make you distinguished looking, and yet the consensus (among my friends) seems to be that grey hairs should be plucked. It problaby doesn't help that my hair is very black and a single grey hair really stands out, but still.

So what's the deal?

PS - I did in fact contemplate plucking one out a couple of days ago (as an experiment) but I determined that it fucking hurts. No, not like "unbearable agony" hurts, but I'd have to pluck 3 hairs right now and look forward to doing it from here on out as new ones appeared... The cummulative pain associated with that seems a bit excessive for an aesthetic point that I don't actually get. However, I may cut the offending hairs very short if I remember to next time I trim the goatee.
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    Johnny Cash - Hurt

Friday Five, What's in a Name?

I don't do these often (or at all until now), but this one was amusing and I'm having a rough day so I needed amusement.

1. Is the name you have now the same name that's on your birth certificate? If not, what's changed?
Sort of. Technically yes, it is, but the name on my birth certificate isn't the complete name that my parents wanted. My parents had the name all ready when I was born, but when it came time to do the birth certificate the hospital only allowed first, middle and last name. In the hispanic/Mexican culture the mother's maiden name is also very very important (in some areas the proper way to introduce someone is by first name, fathers's last name, mother's maiden name) so they did first name, mom's maiden name, dad's last name on my BC. Generally only my family and fairly close friends know my "full" name.

2. If you could change your name (first, middle and/or last), what would it be
I actually really like my name (both official and unofficial versions)

3. Why were you named what you were?
Well, my parents had already used up the other appropriate "you were named after" type names with my older brothers and since I was a bit of a surprise they just went with names they liked.

4. Are there any names you really hate or love? What are they and why?
Nah. I find really odd spellings of names to be a bit silly/pointless, but I don't really care one way or another (the weirder the spelling on someone's name, the more of an excuse I have if I misspell it ;).

5. Is the analysis of your name at accurate? How or how isn't it?
Yeah. It's pretty surprisingly accurate. For anyone who doesn't want to bother, here's what it says:

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    Iggy Pop - Lust For Life

Friday friday friday...

Saw Once upon a time in Mexico. Hit ye olde Chines Buffet. Did the usual bit o hanging out on the porch. Figuring out how to solve the world's problems and establish world peace etc... Nothing too exciting.

Oh right. Having seen the trailer for the new Chainsaw movie (and being a bit out of it), the following title popped into my head:


Scary thing being that I can actually picture how it could work out as a somewhat amusing skit/parody. You know, Leatherface the beautician... Discussing methods for preserving maintaining skin and turning it into leather... errr exfoliating etc... Hair care tips for that cheery "I just killed 20 people and I'm still fresh" look.

Yeah, I was one of those kids that could be entertained by the box a toy came in at least as much as with the toy itself. The trailers were just entirely too amusing (and in several cases probably better and more satisfying than the movies they were advertising).

Anyways, sleep now.
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    Jerry Reed - Eastbound And Down