Wednesday, October 25, 2006

10 days later

Two Saturdays ago, I walked into the barbershop to lighten up my load. Please, no jokes about my receding hairline. Believe it or not, even small patches of grown hair can feel cumbersome and getting a nice haircut can be a therapeutic exercise.

I was in the throes of a stressful time, trying to catch up with the things that I had been putting off, and I thought getting a haircut would release some stress. I still have a few more things to knock out before I can declare victory.

"How would you like your hair cut done, sir?" asked the friendly barber.

"Nice and short," I murmured. Soon my mind wandered away thinking about the stacks of paperwork awaiting me back in my home office.

Then everything there after took place in slow motion. Instead of feeling his fingers and a pair of scissors, I felt something metallic and cold.

I think forgot to say businessman short.

Is that a buzzer? I looked in the mirror. YES, IT WAS A BUZZER.

Sensing a look of panic and terror, the barber abruptly stopped. A quick assessment of damage revealed a 1" by 2" swath of hair vanished with the wind.

With a grave look of concern, said the barber, "Does this look okay?"


Does anyone know where I can find this outfit? Halloween is just a few days away. Gotta do something that goes well with my new hairstyle.


At October 26, 2006 2:35 AM, Blogger Brian Buriff said...

Hey, consider it an upgrade. Old wise saying: "God don't put marble tops on cheap furniture."

At October 26, 2006 6:51 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

I'd look at K-mart..bedding aisle...maybe Martha Stuart? ha

I didn't know guys had traumatic hair experiences too? Good to know. I mean...sorry you had a bad cut, but good that us girls aren't the only ones to suffer!

At October 26, 2006 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I thought you took the photo down because you entered the witness protection program, or something like that...

In any event, make the best of the situation. If you have sweaters, sweatshirts, polo shirts, etc. on which the fabric has pilled, you can rub them across the bristles like a shoeshine cloth to remove the little knobby things. (No need to thank me for the household hint. Glad to help out.)

At October 26, 2006 8:22 AM, Blogger Bruce said...

You would be seeing more than panic and terror on my face if that happened to me; I don't think it would ever grow back and I don't look good bald. Of course, it's heading that way but I need to prolong it as much as possible. A friend of mine who is balding once told me he was being raptured one hair at a time.

I'm sure you look fine.


At October 26, 2006 8:59 AM, Blogger Amber said...

Ya know, there are guys who would love that cut. Maybe try out some new hats or a hoodie unitl it grows back?? Then people will just think you're really hip.

At October 26, 2006 10:51 AM, Blogger Jenny said...

:) Perhaps start at Linens 'n Things...

At October 26, 2006 11:57 AM, Blogger J.OTIS MERSTER said...

Bed, Bath and Beyond. They have a great selection of sheets of all colors. All kinds of sheet. Just becareful of the sheet they might try and sell to you. You don't have to put up with all their sheet!
Why did you drop the "HO" from your display name?

At October 26, 2006 12:01 PM, Anonymous BarBarA said...

you took your photo down! are you going to put a new one up so we can see the new "do"?

I like what Brian said! I'd never heard that before :)

At October 26, 2006 12:29 PM, Blogger Brian Buriff said...

I would like to see a picture of David with his new haircut in a toga riding his tripod scooter.

At October 26, 2006 7:47 PM, Blogger Mike Y said...

You totally cracked me up with the monk outfit. I'm not sure where to get it, but it's perfect :)

I remember getting my hair cut nice and short before heading off to boot camp. I thought they'd be impressed by my effort. Nope. Zip... zip... ziiip. All gone.

At October 26, 2006 8:31 PM, Blogger David Cho said...

Geez, Brian that makes me feel better.

sarah, I tried that with my own bedding and it kept slipping. How does one wrap it around the body perfectly so that it does not slip and you don't trip over it?

dave, what knobby things?

At October 26, 2006 8:35 PM, Blogger David Cho said...

bruce, "raptured hair at a time." LOL. How do you explain the extra pounds as we get older?

amber, nah... How I look isn't really my problem. I see myself in the mirror only 5 seconds a day.

jenny, so how does one wrap it around him/her?

merster, LOL. I will put HO back in my name.

And the photo will be back online.

mike, did you do it yourself? I don't think it would be too hard.

At October 27, 2006 5:57 AM, Blogger A thinker said...

teehee--David, I think you'd look fantastic in an orange Buddhist monk outfit!! Only thing is, we'd expect pictures. Stat.

And LOL-ing @ Bruce: "raptured one hair at a time"!!

At October 29, 2006 1:29 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

David, David, David...did you never attend a toga party in your youth? I'm sure you can find it online how to secure the sheet's pretty simple actually. We used to do it once a year in college.

At October 29, 2006 9:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David, a friend of mine was in Chicago with her husband for a conference. While he was in a meeting, she went shopping near the conference center. Spotting a beauty salon, she decided on a whim to get her hair done.

She was able to get right in, but thought it was a little strange when the bored-looking stylist didn't ask her any questions, but just started working. Colleen hoped that this was a sign of the stylist's consumate skill and expert confidence. Part way through the cut she belatedly noticed that all of the pictures on the walls showed hairstyles on African American women. She didn't think much of it though, even though it did finally begin to register in her mind that all of the other women in the salon were African-American.

However, when the stylist finished and turned her around, what she saw in the mirror was a pasty-white, rural, middleaged, midwestern housewife with her natural redhair in tiny ringlets close to her scalp with lots and lots of Afrosheen on it. It was not the look she had envisioned when she decided to get a cut.

The stylist just kind of smirked at her, as if daring her to say something. Intimidated, and feeling not a little stupid, Colleen paid the bill, and even left a tip. Then she slinked back to her hotel room, where she proceeded to wash her hair and try to return it to a more familiar style. And of course, when her husband returned from his meeting, he didn't even notice.

At October 29, 2006 10:57 PM, Blogger Friar Tuck said...

Hey there!
Very funny.

I will be in the OC next week or two. Let me know if you would like to get together.

At October 30, 2006 4:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


The knobby things would be the result of pilling fabric, not something on your head, though if he scalped you pretty close there could be razor bumps I suppose.

At October 30, 2006 7:43 PM, Blogger The Gig said...

Cho Cho -- why did you take your picture down? We want to see a picture of you with your new haircut.

At October 31, 2006 7:45 AM, Blogger David Cho said...

No pictures!!!

Sarah, as to how to secure the sheet, if you were my friend, you'd find the link for me. So is it okay to wear clothes underneath it just in case it slips?

Oh my anon, that is a funny story. So she was able to undo the damage?

At October 31, 2006 6:08 PM, Anonymous mad ethel said...


Oh, just give it a week. You guys' hair grows so fast you'll never even notice! Though, I would pay to see you in the toga on the scooter. Good times.

At November 06, 2006 2:19 PM, Blogger rubyslipperlady said...

RE togas: when in doubt use safety pins.

Although Sarah is by far the bigger expert with that sorority background.



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