Was there ever a more unmanly device than the blow-dryer? During high school, I traded in my greasy look for the wind-swept style-of-the-day - one epitomized by teen idol David Cassidy. I shampooed daily, parted my hair down the middle, and even feathered the sides back with my fancy Sears blow-dryer-with-the-built-in-comb-attachment. The blow-dryer was also a gift from my aunt. Her husband worked for Sears.
Hairstyles change, and right after college, mine changed again. I had a wonderful friend who made killer cheesecake and who cut my hair for free. She taught me some new styling techniques with a brush and a fancy blow-dryer she bought from a more exotic place than Sears. Soon, I was parting my hair on the side in a look that lasted for most of my adult life. My hairstyle was working nicely until the Grim Reaper introduced me to "male pattern baldness."
Now, with only a few, brave follicles remaining, I've been forced to give my current hairstylist a drastic request: "Just comb what's left straight back, but please don't make me look like a televangelist." And so, I've adopted my final hairstyle. My wife says she can see the change, but she's a saint and can't be trusted. I didn't really think there was enough hair to notice until one of my waitress friends said, "You look different today." A tiny tear formed in my right eye. "Oh, it must be my new hairstyle," I said slowly, shoving the Grim Reaper hard to the mat. Life was good again, and somewhere up in blow-dryer heaven, a little Sears-brand angel finally got his wings. Merry Christmas to all.
David McCoy, a notorious storyteller and proud Yellow Jacket, lives in Conyers, can be reached at email@example.com.