Should I care how short my hair is?

When it comes to appearances, there have only been a few times where I care what I look like. What You See Is What You Get.

While growing up, I didn’t care if I had mud on my face, dirt under my nails, or knees that weren’t scraped up.

I wasn’t a going out kind of person until college, and even then I didn’t pay particular close attention to fashion. Perhaps with my father and grandfather being clothing salesmen, and my dad was always fashionable when it came to when one is allowed to prance around in white shoes and belts and when they had to be put away. Perhaps there’s a gene that goes back to my grandfather’s sister, Vera Maxwell. I think I have the right familial connection, the fashion star way thirty to forty years before my star was even lit.

For my favorite fashion making statement, I was into sneakers and untucked shirts way before it was fashionable. And I hated when Izod up turned collars were the trend. Never, never was I willing to look like a vampire, especially at a bar.

As I said, I started late in life in having the desire to be out of the house, especially on a Friday or Saturday night, and that phase was over with before I hit twenty-eight. I don’t remember. I may have to do some journal searching for this answer. But since I’m half my life past that point, it has been a while.

For most of my life, I’ve had jobs or have been in school, where fashion doesn’t mean diddly-squat. Well, maybe the five years at Willamette Leadership Academy where I wore a uniform, but I resisted the formal outfit mostly because the dorky captain pilot hat, and had no problem with combat boots and a baseball cap. The BDUs gave me lots of pockets. Green isn’t my favorite color, but who cares? The ten years at the paper didn’t care if I wore jeans every day. As a substitute teacher, no one has ever said anything about my casual wear, especially during the early days of baseball season where it’s Red Sox clothes all the way.

I did mention that I have avoided looking like what I perceive as being a dork; so, there is a filter in my brain that says that I don’t like my look; there is a lot of not wanting others to perceive me as a dork as well, but not as much.

When it comes to make up, I have never ever gotten the point? I’d watch my mom put the stuff on, but I don’t ever recall wanting to do the same and be like her. When my sisters got married, I did let them “doll me up” though probably not very willingly the first two times. By Deb’s wedding, I knew it wouldn’t stain me or last very long. My dad got a kick out of it and kept asking me who I was.

He did the same thing the first time I came home with very short hair. He called me Seymour. I was a young twenty-something. I would get so mad when people, especially men, referred to me as male. The worst combined my under eighteen youthful appearance and looking like a boy, a young boy at that. It took me a long time to not get agitated. I just didn’t understand why gender even played a part in our dialogue or business transaction. A thank you or come shop again goes a long way. Sir or ma’am doesn’t have to be in the statement. Okay, so back up to WLA when all cadets had to include that in statements and questions. By then I wasn’t as concerned about it. I no longer cared what gender people associated me with.

The other day I went to a very gender specific hair-cutting place. Sports Clips could be the name. It’s great to be a guy is their logo. First time I went there, she massaged my head. And why shouldn’t I take advantage of watching sports while waiting or while I’m even getting a hair cut. I was worried that they wouldn’t help me. I had been in a place that was giving discounts on male hair cuts and they would not give it to me as if my hair is different. But this place said, no problem. Why not?

The second time, just recently, the woman said that she wished she could get away with a hair cut like mine. I didn’t ask her what she meant. Is it like getting away with a crime? A societal faux pa. (I don’t think the pa is spelled that way, but all my attempts kept giving me the red squiggle.)

For the women I have met with very long hair, most don’t get it cut because their husband or boyfriend wouldn’t like it any other way. It’s a lot of work. I should know. I never liked doing the work and didn’t do the work and would end up at my neighbor’s to get the knots and rat nests out of my hair. Very little girls could wear short hair, but aging and hair length seemed to go together. It was so frustrating during my hockey days when we were required to wear helmets and full face gear. Trying to tuck a bunch of hair out of my eyes was tough. Why boys at that age didn’t have to wear as much protective gear is another thing that got my goat. How about giving me a choice? It’s okay for a boy to get his nose broken, but not a girl?

I might be stepping into stereotypes, but I notice in a overall picture, that it’s okay for little girls to have short hair, though I also notice some people insist on putting a bow on the heads of girls that don’t have much hair. The girl might need a lot of therapy if they are misconstrued as being male, though it’s more horrifying to the parents. I would have been the baby constantly ripping the stupid thing off of my head. I had the same reaction with pink and flowers and dresses. Ick. Ick. Ick. From the beginning. The only reason I failed modern rhythmic gymnastics is because I had to wear a leotard and prance around with a ribbon. Double ick for that. I would have done it if allowed sweats and a T-shirt.

There’s a certain range when women mostly have long hair. It’s unusual to see high school and collegiate athletes with short hair. Pony tails. Braids. I’ve always believed a good team has at least one or two short-haired girls or women.

And then as we age, more and more women go to the short hair. It’s easier and more practical and there’s less to color the grey out. That’s another thing I could care less about. I don’t have much grey, so maybe that’s why I could care less, but somehow I doubt I would care.

I mostly like the fact that when I have short hair, it doesn’t look so bad even with bed-head. Okay, so that does show even I have my limits as to what is allowable.me on 7-11-16 at 1.35 PM #2

Boston Red Sox

In order for me to watch the Red Sox, I have to pay either MLB.com or my television provider for Extra Innings. It’s my one splurge. We’ll see how the season shapes up whether I resubscribe for next year. I’m not really getting my money’s worth and haven’t for a couple of years.

But I’m not the only one who isn’t getting their money’s worth. The Red Sox and many other teams try to buy a pennant. Sometimes it works. It seems that the Red Sox keep getting the short end of the deal when they attempt to buy a pennant.

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02/21/16: Fort Myers, FL: Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval arrived this morning and took part in workouts with other position players in camp. He is pictured getting his arm loose throwing in the outfield Spring Training for Red Sox players continued at Jet Blue South.(Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic:spring training

Pablo “The Panda” Sandoval was making $8,250,000 in 2014. I remember watching him hit up a storm in a World Series for the San Francisco Giants. The fans loved their Panda. The Sox needed something, so they wooed him over from the National side with a hefty contract.

“Pablo Sandoval signed a 5 year / $95,000,000 contract with the Boston Red Sox, including a $3,000,000 signing bonus, $95,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $19,000,000. In 2016, Sandoval will earn a base salary of $17,000,000.”

For six years, Pablo played for the Giants, though the last two, his batting average was going down. When he got to Boston, the Panda’s bat, nor his his third base fielding for that matter, didn’t support the mega contract. It certainly didn’t help keep the Red Sox out of last place. Could someone tell me why we traded Adrian Beltre away in 2011; he’s been a solid rock for Texas ever since. He’s a better hitter and a better fielder at third than Pablo any day. I remember asking a Giants fan if they would take Pablo back and she just laughed at me telling me I could keep that tub of lard. When Sandoval stands next to big Papi, he makes David Ortiz look svelte. There may be a slight exaggeration, but David uses his weight effectively; this year, his final year, Ortiz is shattering records.

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BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 05: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox hits a home run in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays during Game Two of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 5, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

This year the Red Sox got smart and put salaries aside and gave Travis Shaw the nod for third, allowing Pablo Sandoval to collect splinters while still racking in the dough. Travis Shaw was the better person and even though he’s cooled off from the beginning of the season, he’s still better than the big fat Panda.Shaw

I didn’t realize that Travis Shaw was drafted twice by the Red Sox. Out of high school, Boston signed him in the 32nd round, but he didn’t sign; he chose to go to college. Smart man.

“He was a ninth-round draft pick who never received top prospect billing in the Red Sox farm system, even as he frequently outperformed more highly ranked players.”

In the same article by Alex Speier for the Boston Globe, “The Rise of Travis Shaw: At every rung of the ladder to the majors, Shaw has had to prove himself, Shaw said that not much had been invested in him, nothing was given to him. Maybe he got that from his father who played on six different baseball teams in the twelve years he was a major leaguer.

I do love the underdog when it comes to sports. The Red Sox have had a few. Dustin Pedroia is one of my all-time favorites. I’m tired of telecasters always pointing out how small he is, though I’m sure the 5′ 8” guy is sick of it even more. How many times was he told from the very beginning that he couldn’t make it because of his small stature. The Red Sox believed in him when they signed him in the second round. He’s a spark plug; he’s the kind of player that all teams dream of having, the one who continues to be the first at the ball park regardless of him earning rookie of the year and followed that up with the American League Most Valuable player. Both awards came when he was making the least amount of money. I love Petey with all my heart, but his production has slipped since he signed a larger contract, though I’m not saying he didn’t deserve it.Pedroia

Travis Shaw and Dustin Pedroia are two examples of tenacious personalities, home-grown players. The Red Sox have a few more. Jackie Bradley Junior, JBJ, was drafted in the first round. it’s taken him a few years, but this year he’s having a break-out season. We’re only just about half-way done with the season and his numbers are amazing.

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BOSTON – JULY 9: Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. made a spectacular diving catch to rob Chicago’s Tyler Flowers of a hit in the top of the second inning. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Chicago White Sox in a MLB game at Fenway Park. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Another of the Killer B’s for Boston is Mookie Betts. Taken out of high school, the Red Sox took him in the fifth round and this outfielder has been groomed to play a key factor in the team’s future success. 092414-MLB-Red-Sox-Mookie-Betts-JW-PI.vresize.1200.675.high.28 (1)

The trifecta of Killer B’s would be Xander Bogaerts. Another high schooler that the Red Sox picked up and he’s been making progress every year.bogaerts

So far, for the home-grown talent, the only one who’s got a lengthy contract is Dustin, aka  dirty chicken or something like that, but he’s been around longer, but as I pointed out that he’s been on the decline since he got a hefty raise. The same could be said about another home-grown talent, a killer B that has lost it: Clay Buchholz. Clay must not have been in the cross-hairs of collegiate baseball, but after a couple years of college, neither I’ve ever heard of, the Red Sox picked Mr. Buchholz in the first round. In 2010, he had a record of 17-7. 2013, the last year the Sox won the World Series, Clay lost only one game.

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SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 25: Starting pitcher Clay Buchholz #11 of the Boston Red Sox pitches in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 25, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

It seems as though the wheels on the bus have fallen off. In attempt to get Clay back on the road, moving in the right direction, they took him out of the starting rotation this year and put him in the bullpen; he wasn’t very effective. So, what did they do? Powers To Be moved him back into the starting rotation. In 2014, Clay was only making seven million dollars a year. Were the Red Sox worried about losing Mr. Capable and practically doubled his salary? Some say this is the end of the road for Clay, but at this point, there won’t be many knocking at the door.

It just seems to me that the Red Sox would do much better with sticking with farm-raised players than trying to get bigger and better fish from elsewhere. Carl Crawford comes to mind. The jury is out on the most recent high-end ticket of David Price; he’s shown some sparkle to show that he deserves a million dollars every time he takes the mound, but he’s also been disastrous.

Maybe it helps for players to be a little starved and not as well paid and keep them hungry. Money doesn’t necessarily make a player play better.