Musings & Threads. 125 Haircuts to Go.
125 Haircuts to Go.
Over the course of one’s life there are many ways to measure the passage of time-- days, months, years, births, deaths, weddings, songs, historical events, surgeries, wars, presidential elections, vacations, embarrassing moments. It recently occurred to me that using a measure based on haircuts might reflect groundbreaking thinking.
Of course, for those who are bald, this could potentially pose a challenge in forecasting, however, I would note that most bald people still require a trim around the ears or some other maintenance on a periodic basis. They will have to figure it out.
And so, based on a life expectancy of 85 years at 12 cuts per year (1,020 in total in a lifetime), this may be as reliable a measure of time as a precision Swiss jeweled timepiece.
You may be wondering what exactly are the advantages of migrating to this time measurement methodology. I believe the benefits are two-fold. First, when you are having your hair cut, you have an opportunity to bask in your own image and to reflect on your life—past, present, and future; to take stock of yourself as you were, are and will be. Kind of like the evolution of mankind through hair, the mullet, the buzz cut, just a little off the top please. In the words of the late, great comedian Garry Shandling, "How's my hair?" Second, and perhaps even more radical in concept, just by missing or postponing haircut appointments, one might possibly be able to extend his or her life expectancy by as much as several years! Hair today, gone tomorrow. RIP.