Sunshine on My Shoulder

I was feeling really down earlier this week. Things weren’t going my way. In fact, I’m home sick today, trying desperately to stop the pounding in my left eye and get at least half a nostril to work. But then I dragged myself to the grocery store for some Cran-Grape juice and I saw something that changed my outlook, possibly forever.
As I was choosing between chocolate and tapioca pudding Snak-paks (I ultimately got both), I looked over and saw a man standing by the milk. At first, he looked like any other man – a regular Joe – but then I noticed something on his head. He was mostly bald, and had his head shaven like all the hip guys do, but along the top of his head he had grown the tiniest of blonde faux-hawks. It was no more than three hairs wide.
I initially thought, “Who in their right mind would try to grow a faux-hawk with only three hairs?” but then I realized what a triumphant tale this really was. Here was this man who had barely any hair on his head, but he said to himself, “I want a faux-hawk, and dammit, I’ll have a faux-hawk.”
And so he did.
I guess what it made me realize is that it doesn’t matter if you only have three hairs on your head or one-half of one functioning nostril, life is what you make of it. So I’m just going to pull myself up by the boot straps, keep sucking on these ginger-ale flavored Vitamin C drops, and start packing my bags, because tomorrow I’m going to TequilaCon. I’m not going to be at my best and brightest, but fortunately, there will be another 50 people there to keep the party going.
I’ll try to post some highlights along the way… but will save all the juicy details for when I return. Be good while I’m gone, and keep rockin’ it 3-hairs wide!

17 Responses to “Sunshine on My Shoulder”

  1. shari Says:

    Three hairs wide? Dude, that’s not a faux-hawk… it’s just a bad barber. But don’t let me rain on your “life is what you make it” parade. Because this weekend? Life for me is going to totally be what the kind folks over at Dalwhinnie made it… about 15 years ago.

  2. Cheryl Says:

    If he’s bald except for the ‘hawk, there’s nothing faux about it. It’s a real, live, miniature mo’.

  3. delmer Says:

    Does the illness mean you won’t be lifting and carrying the other attendees?

  4. Hilly Says:

    Rock out with your three-prong out!
    I hope you feel a little better and see you sooooon!

  5. jenny Says:

    shari: sweet, sweet, dalwhinnie. although make mine a balvenie 12-year anyday. :)
    cheryl: good point. so does that make him more hardcore?
    delmer: actually, i’m hoping someone will carry me most of the night. :)
    hilly: thanks – and i can’t wait to hang out again!

  6. claire Says:

    BreatheRight strips might help with the nostrils (The tan ones work better for me). Nice because they help me breathe without getting dosed up with pills or sprays.
    That said, if you’re flying tomorrow, use some Afrin before you fly! (Or something similar.) The pressure changes can make head congestion feel a lot worse (if you’re me anyway).
    Also, yea for tiny mo/fauxhawks!

  7. sizzle Says:

    I bet being around all the fabulous bloggers will clear that cold right up. Or your head will explode. Either way, good blog material, right?
    Have double the fun for me since I can’t be there.

  8. You can call me, 'Sir' Says:

    OK, but no making out. I ain’t be needin’ no cooties, yo.

  9. You can call me, 'Sir' Says:

    OK, but no making out. I ain’t be needin’ no cooties, yo.

  10. churlita Says:

    Wow. That is a beautiful life lesson for all of us. have fun there for those of us who can’t make it. Once everyone else is hungover, you’ll all be on the same level anyway.

  11. Fiorello La Guardia Says:

    Save me a tattoo, OK?
    Have a grrrrreat time!
    Sending some good cold-killing wishes to you…

  12. Karl Says:

    Packing as we speak. Well, not really, I’m actually typing, but I shall continue packing when I’m done here. Woo hoo!

  13. asia Says:

    shoot, at least you get to go. i hope you magically feel better before the big event. don’t forget to drunk text me.

  14. jenny Says:

    claire: yeah, i’m sitting at the airport now, not looking forward to the pressure changes. fortunately it’s only a 2-hr flight!
    sizzle: no pain, no blog, i always say. have fun at sizzlecon!
    sir: whatevs. i’ll find someone who’s not so squeamish.
    churlita: i still don’t know why you’re not in philadelphia. i promise not to practice my mime act in your presence!
    fiorello: it sounds like our tattoo purchasing team has gone overboard, so i think we’ll have a few left over. :)
    karl: woo hoo is right! see you soon!
    asia: drunk text, sober text, hopped-up-on-nyquil text… expect them all!

  15. mike Says:

    Hey, have a great time at TC’08… Wish I could be there with all of you.

  16. churlita Says:

    I know. I wish. Imagine how many human sandwiches we could make there? It’s just those rotten teenagers I have that Keep me from going out of town to have fun…

  17. Tobi Says:

    Hope you feel better and have fun at tequilaCon!!

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