Shave And A Haircut

I haven’t done either since September. Come to think of it, there are a couple of other “things I haven’t done in awhile” that I’d like to check off my list sometime soon.

Read Along With Me
Today’s passage from Notes To Myself.

Why this need to divide up, classify and neatly package every new acquaintance? For me to try to classify something so complex as an individual human being merely demonstrates my own shallowness. A judgement (sp) of another person is an abstraction that adds qualities that are not there and leaves out what is unique about him. If I classify someone I turn him into a thing. The only way for me to contact this other person is to experience him, not think about him.

To all who have helped me — Thanks.

Things Seen Over The Weekend That I Forgot About Yesterday
I drew up some notes about the oddities I encountered on my trip to Nashville over the weekend.

  • a camel (on the way up to Nashville)
  • llamas (on the way up to Nashville)
  • a fresh car accident (on the way up to Nashville)
  • an Abe Lincoln impersonator (in the bars of Nashville)

Of course I forgot to consult my notes yesterday.

ITP Flickr Pic
When I returned to my hotel room in Nashville on Saturday night I saw that my neighbors had a bit of a party in their room. I guess that I got an invite, but I wasn’t around to receive it.
Looks Like My Neighbors Had A Party And Didn't Invite Me
I shouldn’t put up photos like this when I am so hungry.

Time Passages
I don’t remember where I heard it or why I looked it up, but do you realize that Forrest Gump was released fourteen years ago? Four-Teen…

Forrest Gump may be my second-favorite movie of all time. I remember anxiously awaited seeing it in the theater with some of my friends in Huntsville only to find out that they went and saw it on opening weekend without inviting me. I was so disappointed.

What Is Your Plan “B?”
While driving alone forever through seemingly endless back roads on Friday I came to a serious conclusion — I need to define Plan “B.”

Plan “A” seemed simple enough

  1. Do well in school
  2. Meet a mate
  3. Get a good job
  4. Get married, buy house, have child(ren)
  5. Live happily ever after

but is not going to happen for me. Many of the singletons that I’ve hanging with over the past handful of years have paired-up and in some cases moved on while I have not.

I will be forty-three in three months. I have no prospect of coupledom and have not in ages. I estimate that I have fewer than thirty-five years to live and enough money to get me by for a little while in case of tragedy. I have no idea what I want out of life any longer and I need to start working out the details for the rest of my life.

You Look Nice Today
I’ve blathered about Merlin Mann in this space before. If you missed it, search for “Merlin Mann” on this site and you’ll see he’s been mentioned more than once.

Mann has gone and done it again; he’s started yet another podcast that I enjoy even though I fully expect him to lose interest in about ten episodes.

This time around Mann’s podcast is called You Look Nice Today. YLNT is a three-way stream-of-conscience between Mann, a guy named Scott, and a guy named Adam. I guess the only explanation that I have for liking the podcast is that the three seem to share a similar sense of humor and view of life that I do.

CD Pick Of The Week
There are a few interesting things being released today.

  • Billy Bragg “Mr. Love & Justice”
  • Blind Melon “For My Friends”
  • Elvis Costello “Momofuku” (vinyl/download only)
  • Elbow “The Seldom Seen Kid”
  • Flight Of The Conchords “Flight Of The Conchords”
  • Tokyo Police Club “Elephant Shell”

I really want to hear the Flight of The Conchords disc to see if their schtick is holding up. I would have immediately downloaded the Elvis Costello release today in order to prepare for next Monday’s concert had it not been canceled. How is Blind Melon releasing something new? Did they get a new singer to replace the long-deceased Shannon Hoon? Hoon died in October of 1995 — at least he lived long enough to see Forrest Gump.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – really, really hungry
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing M.I.A. — “Paper Planes” (I don’t want to like this song, but I do because it’s so damn catchy)
Website Of The Day – What’cha doing for dinner tomorrow night? Why not consider Dining Out For Project Open Hand?
Exercise (b)Log – running, 5 miles
Monthly Foot Mileage – 43.5 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car, but I thought about Marta today
Monthly Marta Rides – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 24 (24)

April Goals
1) Run no fewer than 75 miles
2) Ride no fewer than 100 road miles
3) Ride Marta no fewer than ten times (five round-trips)
4) Read at least one book
5) Make my bed every day

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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7 Responses to Shave And A Haircut

  1. StacyD says:

    Hmmm…Plan B…what a good way of looking at it. I’ve been trying to come to peace with my Plan A not coming to fruition and how do I not just be at peace with being alone, but perhaps even rejoice in it. Here’s what I came up with: by being a singleton, I get to have friends, travel companions, and lovers. Not everyone is appropriate for every situation. For instance, I have a friend who makes a great friend, but a lousy lover. He is great to sail with, but I would never take him to a hash campout.

    Also, when I was telling another friend about the wide variety of things I had done recently (ushering at the Fox, spending the night at a friend’s house, having friends over to drink wine, zipping down to the beach for a weekend of drinking & fun), they pointed out that if I were married, I probably wouldn’t get to do much of what I do because I would have to be considering someone else’s interests, wants, and needs.

    So I guess I will start my Plan B with those thoughts in mind…

  2. Barb says:

    So, are you gonna get a haircut and shave? is that what you are saying?
    I personally don’t like long hair or beards on guys, so maybe by making that change, your luck with women will change as well? Again, my opinion, but I don’t think girls in our age group (and I can say that, since I’m a week older than you) really like the scruffy look…..

  3. That is what I am saying. Actually, I have already shaved a haircut is scheduled for later. The beard had run its course for 2007-2008, I’ll probably keep the long hair for a while.

    My luck with women is non-existent… clean faced / bearded, short hair / long hair, it matters not.

  4. Bob says:

    Oh no! So I’m gonna be the only bearded guy now? Has Redneck Mutha held on to his beard? Actually I have a lot of gray in my beard so I don’t know how much longer it will last.

    Plan B? Dude, you are living the dream. Just look at how full your calendar is. Just keep enjoying life and do the things you love to do. Everything else will fall into place.

    And happy earth day everybody! Do something green today.

  5. I also needed to shave because of the gray and the number of “Sirs” that I’ve received.

    No baby yet Bob?

  6. Bob says:

    No baby yet. Laura has been walking twice a day to hopefully progress some but to no avail so far.
    We have also decided that all wives tales are crap! We even went to Scallini’s on Saturday night and nothin!

  7. Barb says:

    I went to Whole Foods (or Paycheck as Paulie calls it) and used a hippie bag for my groceries – so no paper or plastic went home with me!!!!! That is probably all the green I will be able to do. Maybe if I can get up early enough tomorrow, I will ride my bike to work.

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