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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

I'm reposting a part of my column from a year ago, relating to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. The deal is the same this year as last year: Want to see me bald? (Who wouldn't?) Then donate to a good cause.

I’m going to shave my head.

I got the idea from Ed Anderson, who works where I do at the Sheriff’s Department. Ed is the chairman of this year’s Noble County Relay for Life, and he came up with the idea as part of raising funds for the American Cancer Society. He, along with Mark O’Maley, the Community Representative for the American Cancer Society, has agreed to have his head shaved if Relay for Life teams raise $100,000 this year.

Fighting cancer is a pretty good reason to do anything, but Ed has one of those military type cuts, anyway – what we really need is someone with longer hair, someone who treasures it and would be truly bothered if it was gone, someone who, if bald, would frighteningly resemble Uncle Fester from The Adams Family.

Someone like me.

Personally, I’d rather urinate on a live electric fence instead, and don’t think I didn’t offer. Maybe that would have finally put some body into my hair.

So I e-mailed my girlfriend about it. Why not speak to her in person? Well, she likes long hair on men, and complains every time I get an inch cut off, so I was a little worried she’d take the idea badly. “So,” I wrote, “how do you feel about the idea of me allowing them to shave my head if the Relay for Life teams raise at least $100,000 to fight cancer?”

She replied:

“I will kill you.


“Until you die.”

Emily is a person of strong feeling.

Eventually we came to a compromise. You see, I like her hair, but she’s not satisfied with it at present. So, I can shave my head -- if she can get a Mohawk.

Here’s the deal: If this year’s Relay for Life raises $100,000, I will show up at the Relay as one of three people to have my head shaved, in public, for all the world to see. Yes, there will be pictures, which I will proceed to post in the newspaper and on the internet. Whether you’re willing to look at the pictures is something you have to decide for yourself.

So here’s all that info, one more time: go online at www.relayforlife.org/noblecountyin, join a team (or contact team recruitment chairperson Stacey Lang at (260) 894-1418, or by e-mail at esclang@hotmail.com), or contact Ed Anderson at speed95@ligtel.com or eanderson@nobbleco.org. (I'm on Team Spencer this year.)

For $100,000, I’ll be rewarded with a free haircut and another column, with pictures. Do it for me. Do it for the people who don’t have a choice but to lose their hair, during their personal fight against cancer.

Do it for the chance to make fun of me. Whatever makes you do it.


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Apr. 8th, 2010 10:50 am (UTC)
When will the head shavage take place? Because if it's after July 31st, I'll join you.
Apr. 8th, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
Sadly, if it happens it'll be toward the end of the Relay, meaning May 23. Also sadly, I don't have high hopes that we'll reach that amount, but I've got my fingers crossed.

I can't remember -- is July 31st the Big Day?
Apr. 8th, 2010 10:54 am (UTC)
I did a search and found four in my area. The only one that takes place after my wedding is the farthest away.

So I shall talk to Squirreltail and see how he'd feel about marrying a bald girl.
Apr. 8th, 2010 10:59 am (UTC)
There are always wigs! :->
Apr. 8th, 2010 11:04 am (UTC)
July 31st is indeed the big day.

And if my head gets shaved, the hair is getting donated to locks of love. Again.
Apr. 8th, 2010 11:23 am (UTC)
He said that he understands if I choose to do it, but he'd like me to have hair for the pictures.

But if I were to choose to cut my hair like that just for the heck of it... Well, let's just say that his reaction made Emily's look pale.
Apr. 9th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
Apr. 9th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
That's the way to do it!

I want to get married in spring or early summer; getting married in the winter sucks.
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Apr. 9th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
If you go to www.relayforlife.org/noblecountyin, click on "three ways to donate", and there you can "search for a participant". Type in my name and it'll take you to me, and clicking on my name will take you to where you can sponsor me for a donation. Gee, couldn't they have made that easier? :-)
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Apr. 9th, 2010 09:58 am (UTC)
Beats the heck out of me coming to your door with a clipboard. ;-)
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Apr. 9th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
Not as much as I do, man! :-) Don't worry, if it happens there will be multiple pictures!
Apr. 8th, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
Sounds interesting! Good luck with the fund raising!
Apr. 9th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
Apr. 9th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
Good luck. That's a really good thing you're doing.
Apr. 9th, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
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