On the importance of having a good haircut

Note to future self: Don’t get haircut the week before important events take place.

After my last day of work at GeoEye, I went to get my haircut at a nearby salon. I asked for it a little shorter. Between the time I gave this brief instruction, and the time she lifted her hands to my head, a seismic, cosmic, interrupting event took place that transformed my words into: “Kindly shave my head, I have no need of hair. Please don’t ask for confirmation.”

At least, that’s what I assume happened. Before I could say anything, an electric razor had taken quite a bit off the top. It wasn’t to the skin–thank goodness. But I was on my way to a whole new look.

It was too late to fix it, so I went with it.

The next day we flew out to Seattle to look for housing with our new realtor. I had to excuse myself for looking like a skinhead.

Of course, the next Monday I started at Microsoft and had my badge picture taken. That one will be alive for a while…

And my drivers license…

And all the pictures of my wife and I in a new location…


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7 thoughts on “On the importance of having a good haircut

  1. Jon Limjap

    What’s so bad about having hair like that and looking like Jon Galloway and me, other than, having to change your name to Jon as well?

    Kidding! 🙂

  2. Ian

    Heh. This is timely advice. I have a new job interview on Monday, and I could use a little trim up. Perhaps I’ll hold off and just make sure I style it nicely. I’ll leave the haircut for after any new pictures are taken. 🙂

  3. Ben Post author

    I think it means that you should have a haircut that you’re comfortable with and is “you” — a buzz cut certainly isn’t for me, so it’s the wrong image to put in others’ minds.

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