First Day Back

Today was the first full day back at school since December 15, or something like that. A nice good long vacation, which was (as regular readers know) considerably fuller and busier than I would generally like, although in a good way.

Today was not busy in a good way. It was busy in a busy way. The one piece of good/neutral news is that I was covering a class for an absent colleague, and getting paid 50 bucks extra a week. So a new teacher is now covering that class, and I don’t have to cover it any more; but I’m not getting paid to cover it, either. And after taxes, it looks like my total pay for doing it for two weeks amounts to about $32.50. Which means its smaller than last year’s Christmas bonus, which we didn’t get this year at all, anyway.

In an effort to help my hair recover in the cold dry weather, I haven’t washed it since Saturday. I think I’m going to wash it tonight. It’s doing better, but it’s feeling kind of greasy at this point. I like having long hair but I wish it were longer on top, or that there was at least more of it there. Some folks have suggested it might be time to get it cut (and by extension, short), but I swore an oath (magic here, — please take note!) not to get it cut until my wife asked me to cut it short. So for the moment, it stays long. I do think I’ll try to wash it every other day or every third day rather than every day, though. Has anyone got any recommendations on maintaining long hair when you’ve got extremely frail, thin strands of hair?

The bane of my existence this year is sixth grade, I think. They are not polite, overly exuberant, mean to each other, and several of them have issues. I’m not talking a few copies of Newsweek-style issues, I’m talking the hardbound, multivolume National Geographic-style issues — with index. Anyway, we’re starting ancient Greece this week, and in some ways they’re easier to teach than the ninth graders . But on those days when some kid decides to be an asshole, it really ruins the whole day. And with twelve kids in the class, there are few days which are not ruined.

Thanks to iTunes, I have 6.44 GB of music in my computer, which is about four days of music. After several weeks of listening to music daily, I have finally managed to work through the entire collection of music, from Aaron Copeland to XTC. (Why Aaron Copeland counts as the first in my music when he’s clearly a “c” guy in a standard-issue catalog system is beyond me, but he is).

Things are going well with (Leah) and I. We had a great time together for the New Year, when we made a point of seeing lots and lots of people that we hadn’t seen in a while. It was as though we’d emerged from the cave where we’d been hiding while building our relationship, and now we’re trying it out in more public forums. I feel like we’ve laid a really solid foundation, and we have lots of possiblities and beautiful times ahead of us. Of late, though, she’s not been feeling well; a frog in her throat that seemed to be energy-related. She was coughing up green phlegm and goop, and running a temperature. Of course, the moment she talked through some of the communications issues she was having with an acquaintance, the symptoms of her cold began to vanish. Proof-positive that some illnesses are magical, psychosomatic, or call them what you will.

14 comments

  1. Re: Reality check, please

    I suppose I could say that mostly, this is a useful excuse for me not to cut my hair at all.

    Since I’ve sworn an oath not to get it cut to a ‘short’ length until my wife tells me so, and I’m not married, my employers can’t easily ask me to get it cut. Likewise, until it’s past my shoulders, and well past my shoulders, I have no intention of getting a trim, either.

    Does that explain matters more satisfactorily?

  2. Re: Reality check, please

    I’m having some trouble with your grammar here. How does the “until it was well past my shoulders” qualify “until I was married” … or does it?

    Either way, why would you grant future control over your appearance to someone you may not yet have met? And why would she suddenly have this power once you (plural) were married? This would be equivalent to her putting a mark of ownership* on you, would it not?


    *This kind of mark being quite distinct from, for example, turtle pendants. These are gifts and represent a fellowship. A whole different kind of thing.

  3. Hair

    I have used olive oil on my hair when it is in rough shape. I rub a small amount in and let it sit overnight. It does wonders.It is so good for us internally so why not use it externally.
    A trick my hair dresser taught me is to warm a towell in a microwave, condition hair with good conditioner, leave the conditioner in, and wrap hair in warm towell for 30 min. Then rinse.

    I like your long hair. Hope you keep it for a while.
    There also a supplement out there called Hair, skin and nail formula. Maybe with the diet you are missing a vitamin. Usually hair falling out is the sign of lacking a vitamin or mineral. It would be worth looking into. I will check some of my books later.

  4. Hair

    I have used olive oil on my hair when it is in rough shape. I rub a small amount in and let it sit overnight. It does wonders.It is so good for us internally so why not use it externally.
    A trick my hair dresser taught me is to warm a towell in a microwave, condition hair with good conditioner, leave the conditioner in, and wrap hair in warm towell for 30 min. Then rinse.

    I like your long hair. Hope you keep it for a while.
    There also a supplement out there called Hair, skin and nail formula. Maybe with the diet you are missing a vitamin. Usually hair falling out is the sign of lacking a vitamin or mineral. It would be worth looking into. I will check some of my books later.

  5. Re: Reality check, please

    You didn’t miss the advent of my marriage. I’m not married, but a year and a half ago when I started letting my hair grow, I decided that until it was well past my shoulders, I wasn’t getting a trim at all, or letting it get cut, until I was married and my wife told me it was too long.

  6. Reality check, please

    not to get it cut until my wife asked me to cut it short

    But this, presumably, means you need to have a wife first, right? I didn’t somehow miss the advent of your marriage, have I?

  7. Reality check, please

    not to get it cut until my wife asked me to cut it short

    But this, presumably, means you need to have a wife first, right? I didn’t somehow miss the advent of your marriage, have I?

    • Re: Reality check, please

      You didn’t miss the advent of my marriage. I’m not married, but a year and a half ago when I started letting my hair grow, I decided that until it was well past my shoulders, I wasn’t getting a trim at all, or letting it get cut, until I was married and my wife told me it was too long.

      • Re: Reality check, please

        I’m having some trouble with your grammar here. How does the “until it was well past my shoulders” qualify “until I was married” … or does it?

        Either way, why would you grant future control over your appearance to someone you may not yet have met? And why would she suddenly have this power once you (plural) were married? This would be equivalent to her putting a mark of ownership* on you, would it not?


        *This kind of mark being quite distinct from, for example, turtle pendants. These are gifts and represent a fellowship. A whole different kind of thing.

        • Re: Reality check, please

          I suppose I could say that mostly, this is a useful excuse for me not to cut my hair at all.

          Since I’ve sworn an oath not to get it cut to a ‘short’ length until my wife tells me so, and I’m not married, my employers can’t easily ask me to get it cut. Likewise, until it’s past my shoulders, and well past my shoulders, I have no intention of getting a trim, either.

          Does that explain matters more satisfactorily?

  8. Hair goo

    I swear by thge Aussie stuff — either the Instant Mega or the 3-Minute Miracle. I use it every time I shampoo (every 2-4 days) and it’s wonderful. You’ve seen my hair, and there’s actually not much OF it (curls, like wallpaper, hide a multitude of “sins”), and without good conditioner it goes dry and frizzy and brittle. Give it a shot, love.

    *smooch*

  9. Hair goo

    I swear by thge Aussie stuff — either the Instant Mega or the 3-Minute Miracle. I use it every time I shampoo (every 2-4 days) and it’s wonderful. You’ve seen my hair, and there’s actually not much OF it (curls, like wallpaper, hide a multitude of “sins”), and without good conditioner it goes dry and frizzy and brittle. Give it a shot, love.

    *smooch*

  10. Long Hair

    I can speak to the long, fine hair issue as mine is down to my waist. I wash mine once every two or three days and it looks just fine. Any more than that and it begins to resemble straw. I find it’s better to use a shampoo and conditioner rather than a 2 in one and I usually skip every other conditioning to prevent that lanky look. Another trick is to switch shampoos relatively frequently or have a good cleansing shampoo (they sell them at hair salons and they strip everything from your hair) that you use once every 2 weeks or so. If things get dry, buying a good deep conditioner and applying it (leave it on a few hours or even overnight before washing it out) is better, I find, that letting it get all greasy. Hope this helps.

  11. Long Hair

    I can speak to the long, fine hair issue as mine is down to my waist. I wash mine once every two or three days and it looks just fine. Any more than that and it begins to resemble straw. I find it’s better to use a shampoo and conditioner rather than a 2 in one and I usually skip every other conditioning to prevent that lanky look. Another trick is to switch shampoos relatively frequently or have a good cleansing shampoo (they sell them at hair salons and they strip everything from your hair) that you use once every 2 weeks or so. If things get dry, buying a good deep conditioner and applying it (leave it on a few hours or even overnight before washing it out) is better, I find, that letting it get all greasy. Hope this helps.

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