Ear Hair (and Other Unfortunate Signs of Becoming Less Hip)

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  1. David Wise says:

    You’re still a baby. I got my drivers license the year you were born. Btw, I always spell it “whack.” It looks better in print.

  2. Tez Anderson says:

    You’re 33. Try remembering what having mojo was like when you are 50. I know the BS that 50 is new 45 or whatever, but growing older, getting that AARP card, is a slap in the face that happens over years. Mojo. No one ever does, but believe me 50 arrives way faster than you can conceive so enjoy your thirties because, if you are lucky, your fifties and your sixties will be here tomorrow and you’ll look back and laugh remembering how young 31 is.

  3. Roger Durham says:

    So why is it that 3 guys who have stepped onto “The Good Ship 50-something” are the ones who feel the need to respond to this artilce? I’m still getting my sea legs, but other than the aches and pains, it’s not a horrible place to be. My trajectory is set for 120, so I am trying to pace myself, but what I can tell you, Henry, is this: “The insult of ear hair is only the beginning!”

  4. I would think, ear hair can be tricky and can go unnoticed by the person growing it. Carefully angled mirrors and bright lights may give the guy the hairy picture, but it can truly be hard to see just how much hair there is. I have a friend who would look better without it (well, wouldnt everyone?) Even though I’d be mentioning it for his benefit, is my recommendation insulting? And if so, what would be a tactful non-ego-damaging way to tell someone to “take care of that”?

  5. as an editor, i always want to spell slang terms correctly, too. it doesn’t make us old, just nerdy. plus, today’s slang words could become “real” words one day. think of how many words and phrases shakespeare made up that are now part of everyday life.
    p.s. no one has said “mojo” since austin powers in 1999, so you should feel proud that you didn’t know the meaning. ;) and good luck with the ear hair.

  6. I never recall how old I am, how many years I’ve been married, how many years I’ve lived in Atlanta…and on and on. However, it appears everyone else is counting so I have backups (but fortunately, no ear hair).

  7. Your next birthday is ALWAYS better than dead! I thought 30 was the best thing that ever happened to me. Then I reached 40. :) :) Woo hoo!

  8. paul kidwell says:

    Ah, age and aging; the great equalizer. Add to the hirsute nature of our beast the indignities we suffer through as our joints weaken and ultimately give into the sins of our more robust and athletic youth. I am a 50 year-old security risk at airports as my bionic hip sets off alarms that I once waltzed through. This time of our lives ain’t for sissies ; although I would not have taken back any of the tens of thousands of miles I ran as a athlete and former marathoner that sullied my body. There are; however, advantages to some of the physical changes we must endure as Father Time marches through our front yard. Take for instance the trimming of ear hair and, of course, the oft-forgotten eyebrows. I actually look forward to my monthly trim at the hands of my hairstylist. When she cradles my ears in her hands in order to get the right trajectory for her scissors; or adjusts my head by caressing my temple before swooping down towards my eyebrows with razor sharp shears; well, it’s all I can do not to nod off in her chair. Such is the feeling of bliss this creates. So, there are plusses to a time of life where many of us focus on the minuses.

    Oh, just to show that I am not that enlightened after all, it was only this year that I learned who Tina Fey was and this week found out that someone by the name of Jon Mayer or Meyer (or is it John?) is actually a popular singer. I have to think that the fact that aging immunizes me from attaining this kind of knowledge is probably a good thing.

  9. At least you can still see your ear hair… just wait until you need reading glasses to trim it. That’s a whole new level.

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