Monday, February 11, 2019

himself, then and now

approx 35 yrs old
i lived in fortuna then. about 25 miles south of arcata, where i now reside. long hair was fun. david crosby wrote a song about it. almost cut my hair. i was a backwoods hippie back then. my resume was mainly about computer work. not much of that going on in humboldt county. i tried cutting firewood. really hard work for not much money. i went in with a friend buying an old barn to salvage for timbers and the ever so chichi aged barn siding. that worked out ok. then there was tree planting. hard work but fun to be outdoors. then i started doing residential remodelling, sometimes beginning with just a floor and one wall in a house partly begun. i learned pretty much the entire range of skills, beginning with plans and permits, necessary to build a house. as i recall i did scale back the hair and beard somewhat sometime in that era.

definitely 76 yrs old
some forty years later i now live in arcata, a retired geezer. i did get back to computer work. spreadsheets and database creation. and i did have fun working on a small construction crew.
i retired from programming and carpentry. tho i have done some major alterations on the houses robin and i have owned. more shingle project pics my hair is long now because i have never really liked getting a haircut. i am deficient in chatting skills. my hair has been much shorter in the intervening years but it grows very fast and quickly gets beyond the sort of length i like. then i put off a haircut til it annoys me too much. now i wear it tied back and don't care about it at all.

my current look while awake. i don't wear my glasses much in the house.


44 comments:

  1. oh my, but you have lux curls! Seems as if many of my - ah - older men friends are growing their hair out. You pull it off better than most! I like it tied back, too. I've seen many of your projects over the years, and you are quite good with your carpentry skills, and landscape skills. I coulda used you back when we had our house in Davis.

    You and my husband are the same age. You both look wonderful.

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    1. thank you for putting me in such fine company as steve

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    2. you both are very sweet and generous. Steve

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    3. and Robin too, of course! s

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    4. I just noticed, you look great, and very awake, when you are awake! s

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  2. Well hello there Roger. How nice to see you over the years. A very good morning to you and your gorgeous hair from Germany!

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  3. If only I was that brave to have my hair long, gave up with it many years ago and now it is almost buzzcut. BTW my hair was well past my shoulders

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    1. i'm not so much brave as relieved of care.

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  4. I recall that you moved an entire structure . . . with a pipe!

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    1. there was a bit more than one pipe. fun times tho.

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  5. What Paul said--that episode with the greenhouse (or was it a shed)was amazing. You have the smarts of an Ancient and the heart of hippie. Which you understand is a compliment coming from me.
    I love long hair. And I often set aside my glasses in the house and then spend five minutes trying to track them down when I need them for some reason.

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    1. thank you. i have specific places where i set down my specs. i'm in trouble when i set them aside momentarily and then walk away.

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  6. Nice getting to know you. You do long hair well. Must be the curls. Other than the gray, you look pretty much the same in these pics.

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    1. thanks. it is rather curly. the hair in the early pic obscures most of me.

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  7. Himself has had a major change over his lifetime...in looks and work!

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  8. Loved your mini-bio and then/now portrait photos. I'm the same age, and all I can say is, we sure have been lucky to live in this generation...going through so much turmoil but also having such great advances in science and technology, and social consciousness!

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  9. 76 years young!

    Thanks for the link to the 2000 version of "Almost Cut My Hair." Hearing that brings back 1970 as if it were yesterday:

    "... I feel like letting my freak flag fly ...

    ... But I'm not, I'm not giving in an inch to fear
    'Cause I've promised myself this year
    I feel oh, like I owe it, to someone ..."

    Timeless, as is this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQOaUnSmJr8

    Your sense of gravity and levity has been shining for these 40 years!

    While awake (-:

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    1. thanks. gravity and levity.. i like that.

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  10. Your hair looks good long. I had very long hair in my 20's, but it has thinned so much that it doesn't look good these days. I, too, dislike getting haircuts, so I only get one or two a year. But when I get one, I get it short.

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    1. i tried cutting my own hair a few years ago. didn't quite get the hang of the clipper attachment. hair was about 1/4 inch all over.

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  11. Liked your lionesque original look a lot. Great looking hair but honestly prefer the pulled back look today.
    One thing about the number of jobs you had is that you learned from each of them, especially the building ones.

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  12. Yup, it's definitely curly. I've had a beard or a goatee for most of the past 47 years. When we were coming back from Mexico in the early 90's, I shaved it off. When I saw my father looking back at me in the mirror I quickly began growing it back again!

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    1. mmmmmm something to consider. i think i started with a goatee about that long ago

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  13. Happy to have known you then and still my friend. The hair may change but that grin and those beautiful blue eyes seem to remain the same.

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    1. thank you my cosmic sister. it has been wonderful to know you all theses years.

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  14. Tara sounds a bit skeptical about us geezers sprouting hair. I grew mine out a couple years ago, not so much by design as through neglect. I'm thrilled to have it, and have it be black. A beard, otoh - I'll never do it, mostly because of the amount of gray it would reveal.

    My clients don't care(I've "curated" them well), although one woman who hadn't seen my flowing locks said, when I walked into her office, "So, are you driving a Lamborghini and banging a 23-year-old?"

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    1. how is that lamborghini? the obvious choice for us geezers. i think that a 23 year old is too fast for us

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    2. There are much worse ways to die...

      Until I Googled it, I thought Lamborghini was a pasta dish at Olive Garden.

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  15. Love your long hair, Roger. It's definitely your look. Don always had long hair too. Always seemed right -- living free.

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  16. I love the long hair!!! Looks great.

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  17. hi geeze, I love it. from one to another. Steve

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  18. I would have long hair if I could GROW hair, but alas, those days are over. You had (have) a great look! And yeah, the way computing has evolved, you could probably have a successful computing career now no matter where in the world you live.

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    1. mine does grow fast, but it is receding.

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  19. Love the before and afters, and the occupational overview. We live many lives in one, don’t we? Your many lives sound congenial, which I imagine is the result of your choice to experience it as such. Wise man.

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    1. thank you. sometimes choice. sometimes windfall.

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  20. It was nice to see you in the then and now views, Roger, as I am a relative new blog visitor. I also enjoyed the accompanying bio info and we may need to include similar info one of these days. My husband also is bearded and has no plans to be without facial hair anytime soon he tells me.

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