Seattle, Hair-Styling, & Blogging

 

  • I’ve got so much on my plate this February. I leave for the WSCA conference in Seattle in two weeks. I’m presenting three things there. The first is a 10-minute, autobiographical monologue about child molestation. The other two presentations are oral reviews of research that cover the fourth and fifth chapters of my book. I remember when I had the energy to present five papers at a conference. Those days are gone. I doubt I’ll ever do 3 presentations again. Too much memorization. I wish I could be one of those people who read directly from the paper and never made eye contact. But I’m not. I treat each presentation like it’s an important sales pitch.

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  • I’m going to a new hair stylist Saturday. The guy is a master at helping guys grow out undercuts (see image). My goal is to let my hair grow long. For the past 5 years, I’ve let the top grow out but kept the sides shaved at a 1. I was going down that path this year and thought, “Fuck it. Time for a change. I’m letting it all grow.” I found the new stylist while Googling information about undercut grow-outs and the awkward stage. So far, I’ve let the top grow out for 5 months and the sides for 3. It’ll likely be another year before my hair is where it needs to be but hopefully this guy will take the sting out of the wait. I’ve been posting monthly updates on my hair growth to give other people an idea of how long it takes to let it grow, let it grow, don’t cut it anymore. Check out months 1 and 2 below.
  • I’ve decided to try and pen more blog entries. I do long-form posts on Facebook, which feels incommensurable with that social network’s format. I initially came from the world of LiveJournal, which is all about lengthy, thoughtful posts. I’d like to get back to diary-type posts, so expect to see more posted here in the following months. This method of publication also gives me a much larger audience—something I miss from my LiveJournal days. I like to keep my Facebook friends to under 350.

Growing Out Undercut, Month 1:

Growing Out Undercut, Month 1: