Off the top of my head.  

nightstogether 56M
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6/6/2005 12:38 pm

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Off the top of my head.

keithcancook has taken the challenge and asked me a question about whether hair grows on the top of my head and when I began to shave my head if it does not.

The first part is simple to answer. No, hair doesn't grow on the very top of my head any more, but it still grows around the edges.

About a year ago I was talking to a group of friends - one of those semi-intellectual things we men try to do now and then - and we got on to talking about appearances. I was unable, merely with words, to convince my friends that appearances make a great difference in the way that people react to one another in daily life. Being unable to convince with mere words, I resorted to deeds.

Accompanied by one of my friends, having shaved my head and dressed appropriately, I went to a bookshop in a nearby town where I had been several times to restock my reading supply. My friend went in some minutes before me and browsed.

As I came into the shop I was almost immediately asked whether I needed any help, in a tone that suggested I had probably wandered into the wrong shop and ought to find somewhere else. I assured the salesman that everything was fine, and I merely wanted to see if there was anything of interest.

Closely watched - my friend told me afterwards - I looked through some of the classics and picked out a copy of Die Gräfin von Parma by the Hungarian author Sándor Márai.

The salesman took the book from me as we approached the cashdesk, and asked if I wished it wrapped as a present. No, I replied, it is for me to read.

I was second in the queue to pay. Once the person before me had paid and moved on the salesman turned to me and asked me whether I wished the book wrapped as a present for someone else.

Obviously I looked, with my new appearance, like a person who would not normally be caught dead with a book, especially one such as I had chosen. Now, this is not the first title by Sándor Márai I have bought, but the third. The other two books I bought in the same shop a few weeks earlier. Then I had no problems being accepted as a person capable of reading such a work. This time, with my altered appearance, I must have looked like someone who had never had more than one book in his entire life, and hadn't finished colouring it in.

I shave my head almost as a matter of principle now!

Anyone else want to risk asking me a question?

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keithcancook 60M
17718 posts
6/7/2005 7:50 am

So are you suggesting that clean shaven pates indicate that one cannot understand deep thinking? I have heard of the skinhead phenomenom in Germany. Are you being equated with racists and xenophobia?

nightstogether 56M

6/7/2005 10:43 am

That was certainly the impression I got in this bookshop. By the way, the skinhead problem is not limited to Germany, it only gets more publicity because of the past. In France it is considerably worse, and England has many problems too.

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redswallow777 48M
6810 posts
6/7/2005 1:24 pm

"This time, with my altered appearance, I must have looked like someone who had never had more than one book in his entire life, and hadn't finished colouring it in."

Great line....will have to remember that one.

This was a very interesting made your point in a very dramatic I wouldn't have thought of trying.

I've gotten so used to your picture now. I can't imagine you with hair up there.

nightstogether 56M

6/7/2005 1:32 pm

I have difficulty imagining me with hair too, but, fortunately, I do have a few old photographs to remind me of the bad old days!

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