Sunday, September 18, 2011

Reflections From A (nearly) Bald Head

Ok, so I am no Tom Cruise. I get that... and well, he has been a little cracked over the past few years anyway so I think I am good with that. One of my wife's students last year looked at my photo and said I look like Billy Bob Thornton. I never have been able to work that one out.

Over the years people have often tried to tell me who I look like. For a while I had longer hair down to my cheekbones and I was laughed at and compared to Jack Sparrow. About 11 years ago I had a very short spikey do, with corrective glasses, and a neatly trimmed mustache. At that time I was referred to as, "Chucky's Dad" from the Nickelodeon Series... Rug Rats.

So I suppose that I am some combination of the three. I think I am ok with that. One part crazy, one part dork, and one part pirate. Yeah... sounds about right. And of course my love of hats often gets me compared with other folks. One in particular...

On this one I must protest... our hats are not the same style. Mine is a basic Minetonka Leather Roll Up hat. His is a Classic brown Stetson Fedora.

Mine costs about $40 in any rugged outfitter store. His will run you $64.95 on the Fedora Website.

As you can see...the nut does not fall far from the tree.  I will confess that my love for this hat originated with Indiana Jones (we own the entire box set) and I have dutifully transferred this love on to my son, who was Indiana Jones this past Halloween. He has his own authentic leather hat on, and my father's Harley Davidson jacket.

And so... here I am with my newly not-so-coiffed hair, waiting to see who I am compared to now. I figure Billy Bob Thornton might come up again... in the character of Sling-Blade. Uhmmm-huh. And, I apologize to those of you who are not fans of my new look... and I must also smile and ask you to try to get used to it.

Because I like it. And I am the one wearing it.

I reckon I like it. Uhmmm-huh.

"You got any Mustard?"

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