Friday, June 10, 2011

Powder Your Nose

Beauty isn't worth thinking about, what's important is your mind. You don't want a fifty dollar haircut on a fifty cent head.

Garrison Keiller
Among some of the other noises I have encountered in this suburban life was the cleaning of the building across the stree. One day a crew of men showed up with ladders and other equipment and set about cleaning the bricks and repairing the mortar between them. It took them a few days.

In my naivete I assumed they would move on to the next side of the building and do the same. I was wrong. They packed up and left. When I asked why they didn't continue it was answered that there was no need to since no one could see the other sides of the building. So that's it. It was a cosmetic job only. The poor building. Three quarters of it has to remain dirty while it got just a face lift.

Now there is certainly nothing wrong with looking your best. People like you better when you present yourself as close to Prince Charming and Snow White as possible. But if behind the facade you're really Simon Legree and the Wicked Witch of the West all the hair dos, the make up and the fancy clothes, plus $2, will get you a ride on the subway. A fresh new paint job on the outside of the house is fine. But it's what goes on inside the house that matters.

I am amazed and amused at the constant advertisements for all the different varieties of soap, paint and gadgets to make our lives better and ensure success in business and love. Losing 20 pounds may change your attitude about yourself, and that is unmistakably a good thing, if it changes for the better. But your opinion of yourself shouldn't be related to your weight or shape. Some men who lose their hair wear hair pieces or grow a big thick beard to prove they have hair. But does that make them better men? Vanity is a trickster in the game of appearance and self respect.

Don't get me wrong. If a person wants to lose weight, or gain weight, if a bald man wants to grow a beard and if a woman wants to paint her fac, it's alright with me, but it should come from the inside and not pasted on to cover up what's there or not there.

I don't know of any barber who gives a fifty cent hair cut, but if there is one, and I have a fifty cent head, I would gladly let him do it.

DB - The Vagabond
Never give up.

(This is not a contest)

Come on. 11 diverse and interesting answers so far. Where's yours?

NASA has planned to send a two man mission on an 18 month trip to the planet Mars. It would take 6 months for the astronauts to get there and after 6 months of exploration another 6 months to return.

Should they do it and why, and if not, why not?

I eagerly await your answer.



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Ally Lifewithally said...

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Beth said...

This speaks to conversations I've had with various people about a certain half-term governor. There are some liberal guy friends of mine who find her attractive, but say they'd never vote for her. The vast majority find her a complete turn-off, because of her idiocy and her policies (as much as she can be said to have "policies"). It doesn't matter how good-looking something is on the outside...if it's ugly on the inside, it's just not attractive to me at all. In fact, it's repulsive.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Beauty is only skin deep.