Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A New Look

As some of you know, I've been in Dallas for the past four weeks, doing some work for our office up here. It's mainly field work (inspections), so I haven't been doing much shaving lately. As I stared at my Unabomber beard in the mirror this morning, I started to wonder if it was time for me to sport a new look.

When I first grew my beard three years ago, I was mainly trying to look older. I have a lot of responsibility in my day job, and the last thing I wanted a client saying was, "He's how old?" Thus, I decided to pull a Teddy Pendergrass and grow the beard.

But now that I'm a little older, I'm beginning to wonder if it's time to retire the beard. Plus, Mrs. V never liked it anyway--she said it was hard to cuddle because it always scratched her. (Of course, being that I'm anti-cuddling, maybe I should keep the beard). But if I did cut the beard, what new look should I go with? Here are the options:

1) The clean shaven look a.k.a. "THE DENZEL"

Pros: If I could look a tenth of how cool Denzel looks, it would be worth it. Plus, that'll give Mrs. V a chance to caress my baby smooth skin.

Cons: It'd be a pain in the ass to shave every day. And let's be honest--it'd take a lot more than a smooth face to look as cool as Denzel.

2) The full goatee a.k.a. "THE ANGRY BLACK MAN"

Pros: Sporting this look is just like hanging a sign around my neck that says, "Don't f@#$ with me."

Cons: If I don't shave it regularly, I'll end up looking like Jamie Foxx from Miami Vice.

3) The Van Dyke a.k.a. "THE CHAPPELLE"

Pros: I used to sport this in college, so I'm used to it.

Cons: I also used to drink Amaretto Sours and eat Ramen noddles in college. Some things aren't worth revisiting.

4) The Soul Patch a.k.a. "THE HERO"

Pros: Hiro, Phil Jackson, and R. Kelly have been seen sporting it. Why wouldn't I want to be like them.

Cons: A fictional superhero, a 66 year old man with a bad hip, and "the Urinator" sport this. My wife would never sleep with me again.


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

A Bit of Good News

In an attempt to be less dreary, I just wanted to quickly post that I've been awarded a merit scholarship for my upcoming fall semester at Vermont College.

Yay me!!


Monday, April 09, 2007

What I Believe

I haven't posted in a while because every time I've touched the computer, I've wanted to talk about Freeman or the war or something like that. And when I think too much about it, I just end up getting depressed all over again. But it's been a week since we buried Freeman, and I've slowly gotten out of my funk.

Freeman's service was beautiful. He was represented by not only many Alpha brothers, but by the military as well. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart (among other medals). He was also given a 21 gun salute.

My fraternity also performed what is called an "Omega Service" for him. The ceremony is performed for members that have passed away, and it includes both signing and speaking. I'm by no means a singer, but I've never sang as passionately as I did that day.

I don't like to think of Freeman dying in a war that I don't agree with, because I don't want to belittle his life's worth. I prefer to believe that Freeman died trying to protect the men in his unit. I prefer to believe that Freeman died trying to create a better life for his family. I prefer to believe that Freeman died trying to ensure a people's freedom, whether or not those being freed will ever understand his great sacrifice.