Wednesday, November 26, 2008

i know that i seem to make a lot of this...


shaved again, and not just my face this time. had an idea to shave off my beard again as i caught a glimpse of myself in the window walking down the street of nashville but really was not prepared for what was in store for me when i attempted to cut my hair. to save money and just as a matter of principle, i cut my own hair (there are certain services that one should pay for and there are others that are complete luxury, especially when one prefers a short haircut like the one i have sported around for the last couple of years). there are inherit dangers to this, however. as i fired up the clippers and proceeded to trim up my hair, i went into it with wild abandon. as i turned to look in the mirror i realized that i had put on the 1 guard instead of the 2 guard. though my wife strongly encouraged me to turn my mistake into a mohawk, i instead just continued on. a little chilly but not so bad. ironic, however, since i just left a conference which i claimed was the largest conglomeration of bald-headed white dudes with facial hair. for now i am just a statistic.

2 comments:

Jason said...

The greatest sign I saw at NYWC the one time I was there was a guy holding a sign which said, "HELP! I am youth worker and cannot grow facial hair." It made me laugh, but at that time I had only been in youth work for about three months and I had no idea the extent to which that comment rings true.

All in all I am hopeful NYWC might begin to move in the directions you are talking about, but I do not think that will happen any time soon. I have to remember that in the end Youthworkers is a business and the mindset of the majority of businesses is to make a profit. Thanks to Milton Friedman's influence in economics, the primary point of businesses is to make a profit. So as long as YW is a business they will be driven by the profit model, which I hate to say, will result in a slow push to get away from the flashy stuff I recoil at.

postmodernpilgrim said...

agreed. but there is still hope that the market needs will change from asking for the flashy/big group to more environmentally responsible and more small community-driven work of some wonderful thinkers, theologians, and authors.