Changing it Up

My usual look.
Changing it up a bit.

Now that I’ve got all of this time on my hands, I should start working on a new book.  That would be the logical thing to do, but these are crazy times.  Don’t you find it odd that sometimes we get the most done when pressed for time?  I’ve always been a bit of a procrastinator. I wrote my college papers more than once at some ungodly hour when the rest of the world was sleeping. Never again!  Well, at least not until next week.

So here I am looking for ways to keep myself amused instead of watching another press briefing from the White House.  After you’ve seen a couple of episodes, they all seem the same.  What a misnomer “press briefing” is when you think about it.  First, for all of the talking that takes place, there’s not much “briefing” going on.  Or to look at it another way, there’s nothing “brief” about those drawn-out affairs.

I’ve started to develop somewhat of a routine since the stay at home order started.  I begin most of my days with a three-four-mile walk. (We’re allowed to exercise as long as we remain socially distant.) That would generally be a good thing as exercise often gets my mental juices flowing, but such has not been the case.  The remainder of the day is spent reading books, surfing the net, binge-watching Netflix, and thinking about all of the other things I should be doing.  It’s a vicious cycle.

I was going to clean out the garage, but that would involve actual work.  It would be nice to find those old P90X exercise videos with Tony Horton I used ten years ago, but the last thing I want to do is to spend three hours cleaning out the garage only to find that they aren’t there.  So instead, I’ll think some more about all of the stuff I should be doing.  That’s much more productive.

The other day I did something for the first time—I shaved my head.  Why?  I wish I could give you a better reason, but I just wondered what it would look like.  My reasoning was solid.  If it looks terrible, I’ll be at home several more weeks, grow my hair back, and nobody will ever know the difference.  You need to be creative when it comes to pandemics.  I did manage to get one of those looks from my wife—you know the one where she looks at you incredulously, wondering if her husband has lost his mind.

I also started growing a beard a couple of weeks ago.  I usually have a mustache, but it’s been a bit since I rocked a beard.  It’s now in that ugly, scruffy stage.  One of the funny things about being sixty-one-years old is all of the different hair colors I’m producing at this stage of life.  I’m like a human collage. 

I’ve never been that guy who pays a lot of attention to his appearance.  Don’t get me wrong—I do shower every day and brush my teeth.  It’s just that as I’ve gotten older, I realize that I don’t care (as much) about what others think about me.  That, in itself, is a great feeling of freedom.

While I was still teaching, I went clothes shopping with my better three-quarters once a year and purchased my entire wardrobe.  Debbie has much better fashion sense than me and would often recommend clothing choices. (Okay, I’ll admit it—she dresses me.)  My wife knows me better than anyone and understands that my patience meter runs out after ninety minutes of shopping.  Somehow, we’d always manage to get out in time with four pairs of pants, some stylish shirts, two belts, socks, and some comfortable dress shoes.  That was not an easy task, but Debbie is a professional.

I’ve got about as much patience with shopping as I do with going to the DMV.  I should qualify that remark by saying my last DMV appearance was remarkably efficient—much different from my past experiences. I’m used to standing in one line for a half-hour, only to be directed to a new row to wait another twenty minutes.

You’re the first ones to get a look at my new look:  Pete Springer—trendsetter.  I’m about to become an Instagram sensation, but you can tell others that you knew me before I became famous.

Enough with all of this foolishness.  Tomorrow is the day I start on that next book.  I have an obligation to live up to my standards as a procrastinator.

51 thoughts on “Changing it Up

  1. Loved the honesty and charm here. 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor April 24, 2020 — 6:38 pm

      There isn’t a lot of humor these days, but I enjoy poking fun at some of my idiosyncrasies.

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  2. ha, i so get this. i was going to read my pile of 30 books, and only reading a few pages at a time –

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    1. petespringerauthor April 24, 2020 — 6:34 pm

      That’s my trick, Beth. I get the pile down a little, and then I go on a run and buy a bunch of interesting titles. It’s like being a rat on one of those wheels.😊

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  3. Love your new “scruffy” look Pete! My hair is getting out of control, but I don’t think I could pull off shaving it off. You’ll be happy to hear that after yesterday’s WH debacle, today’s briefing was only 22 min. and word is that these daily excursions into the bizarre will be much shorter from now on. We can only hope!

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    1. petespringerauthor April 24, 2020 — 7:03 pm

      It might be a good time for stylists to raise their prices as there are going to be some big projects when this is all over. A 22-minute press briefing? That had to be a record!

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  4. The head shaving is a hoot! I am not that bored, yet. I have started another book, but I disappointed I am not being more productive. I am actually looking forward to the grass getting tall so I can have something to do outside! I agree with you, in that I am much more efficient when I have a lot to do.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 24, 2020 — 10:06 pm

      You should be getting lots of grass cutting practice. I can’t even go a week without cutting it these days.

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  5. The new look suits you, Pete. My husband cannot sit still. He painted the outside of the house over Easter, and is now currently on the roof scraping off moss. He says he wants to get all the jobs done which have been piling up so he has a free summer when we can finally get away!

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    1. petespringerauthor April 25, 2020 — 8:04 am

      I admire his attitude. I’ve done that moss scraping job before, and it is not a lot of fun. Some of this is a bit tongue in cheek. I’m restless but not entirely out of my mind.🤣

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  6. You look pretty good with a shaved head. Not all men do, it depends on the shape of their head. You are one of the lucky ones who it suits. I never procrastinate – actually, I’ll have to go and look that word up in the dictionary [haha!] Have a great weekend, Pete.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 25, 2020 — 8:10 am

      I’m not sure this will become my new look; I was just curious. My wife and I are getting stir crazy at this point.

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      1. Well, you had better stop procrastinating them and get writing [wink]

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  7. I love the new look Pete! I stopped shaving when this all started with the hopes of having a “I’m homeless” beard thing going on. You know, a visual representation of being trapped for months. But it gets to a certain point and drives me nuts, so I shave it off. My hair, well a few more weeks and I will be able to put it in a pony tail. I love your approach and demeanor about the whole thing. Stay safe and shaggy!

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    1. petespringerauthor April 25, 2020 — 8:18 am

      Haha! I wonder how many other people are going for “the homeless beard.” It is funny to look back at ourselves over the years. I used to wear my hair long but never got as far as a ponytail. There are a couple of different people who usually cut my hair, and I had to send it to them with a message—See what happens when you’re not around. Hang in there, Brad. I think this quarantine deal presents quite a mental challenge.

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  8. Not sure you’re the trendsetter–I saw a piece saying it’s the new popular thing. So that means you’re in rhythm with Brad Pitt and others!
    Sometime in the next few years it will be my turn to shave the pate. The receding hairline took a pause for three decades and came back 18 months ago in earnest. Before moving to the Southwest, I acquired the requisite pony tail and bought a pickup when I arrived. When the pony tail begins to resemble a martial arts sign, it all will go.
    I used to be a procrastinator, years ago. It still lingers there, beneath the surface and erupts if I don’t keep it at bay. It is harder to accomplish everything when you’re retired. But if you have goals, you just have to push. My Buddhist practice keeps me on the right track to make the causes for success. But I do enjoy TV.
    You did inspire me with the walk. I have an in-ground exercise pool with a treadmill. But this morning I walked down the hill and back with the dog–180 feet elevation change, mile round trip.
    Never watch the covid comedy club from the White House. Suggested to my wife that the UV bulb from the pool plumbing might take care of hemorrhoids but she wasn’t buying it. Probably would kill the virus in the lungs–but then you’d need a lung transplant for the cancer it might produce. Forget the disinfectant injection.

    Oh, the new look is good. Shows you’re in shape with the snug shirt over the other other one.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 25, 2020 — 3:32 pm

      I’m making fun of myself as a trendsetter. While I don’t want to completely be left in the dust, I travel at my own speed.

      What part of the southwest do you live in? We’re way up the California coast in the heart of the redwood country.

      The COVID Comedy Club—sounds about right from what I’ve seen. I saw the clip of the nonsense with the light and disinfectant treatment, which was made worse by the President’s remark that it was sarcasm.

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  9. How did you shave it? Inquiring wife needs to know to deal with previously tidy husband.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 25, 2020 — 3:59 pm

      Nothing too sophisticated. I have an electric razor with different sized attachments on it. I eventually got down to the setting with no guard on it, and that took it down to next to nothing. I picked up something called an Omni Shaver to finish it off. An Omni Shaver has two sets of blades that go in opposite directions, so you literally shave your head with back and forth motions. Here’s a quick clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQvP8e-5aWk I had watched some YouTube clips, and a few people swore by using a hair conditioner rather than shaving cream to avoid razor burns and bumps. That seemed a bit odd, but several others chimed in to say that worked for them, too. I had no irritation or razor burns. It’s too early to tell if I’ll keep it this way or not. I did the whole thing in under twenty minutes by myself. A handheld mirror helps a lot for the back.

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  10. We are cut from the same cloth in more ways than one. Why is it that my big plans of tackling jobs I’ve been putting off still haven’t happened? I’m much better under a deadline, too. And that pile of books I’m wanting to read? It’s still there. I can blame much of this on a heavier demand at school. That is big, yet in the words of Popeye, “I yam what I yam.” Best to you, Pete. Good thing you did head shave thing while stuck home alone. 😀

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    1. petespringerauthor April 25, 2020 — 7:08 pm

      Good old Popeye! I think I was introduced to what it meant to be a villain by Bluto. You’re still teaching—what’s my excuse? I had mentioned a week or two before to my wife that I was going to probably shave my head, but I don’t think she believed me. After she went to bed one night earlier this week, I suddenly felt my razor calling my name. I wish I was a fly on the wall when she woke up to the sleeping, bald-headed dude next to her. 🤣🤣🤣

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      1. That is so funny!! I would have loved to have seen her face, too. And yes, Bluto is the first bad guy I can remember.

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  11. the new look looks good!

    and clothes shopping once a year – are you a Rockefeller! I was more like once a decade. Like you, my wife cared more about how I dressed than I do.

    and by the way, when you become famous and are given access to the famous person’s phone list, could you send me a copy? 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor April 25, 2020 — 7:21 pm

      I’m not sure that I can accept compliments from a guy who seems to care about his clothes about as much as I do.
      By the way, I’m pretty sure you’re going to end up on the famous person’s phone list sooner than me.

      If there is a Guinness Book of World Records for the longest-running blog, you have to be in the running.

      You might appreciate this nugget from one of your earlier posts—one of my nightly routines is to see how long I can plank. I’ve still got a long way to go to catch you. Don’t tell me your influence isn’t far-reaching. One blogger at a time, Jim. 😎

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      1. I’d suggest starting an anti-clothing club, but that might give off the wrong connotation.

        As for the longest running blog – I’m not even close: https://jborden.com/2019/08/08/blogging-and-streaking-godin-wilson-and-kanigan/

        Love hearing about your planking – the current record holder better keep training!

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      2. petespringerauthor April 25, 2020 — 8:23 pm

        You still got time. Maybe if you stick at it long enough, you can be the oldest blogger as well.😊

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      3. well I do think I’m older than those three guys I wrote about… so I got that going for me…

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  12. I like your new look, Pete. Good luck with your book! Make it as good as your first.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 26, 2020 — 8:26 am

      I haven’t decided if I like it or not but talk about low maintenance! I finished the first three drafts of a children’s chapter book I’ve been working on (for middle grades). One of the more frustrating parts of the pandemic for me is that my critique group can’t meet.

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      1. That would be frustrating, especially when you just want things to move along. That’s exciting though, Pete. I wish you success with your book. Can’t your critique group Zoom in?

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      2. petespringerauthor April 27, 2020 — 8:58 am

        I may mention that to them to see if they would consider that, though our format might not be conducive. Thanks for the suggestion.

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      3. Our writers group has been doing that here, though I haven’t joined in one of the critique sessions though. I guess it does depend on your format.

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  13. Ha! Thanks for this fun post, Pete. Kudos on the “haircut.”
    I’m in a similar vicious cycle. I’ve heard many writers complain that during all this mess they haven’t been able to focus. That’s certainly true of me. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. petespringerauthor April 26, 2020 — 8:37 am

      I seldom get depressed, but I haven’t been myself since this pandemic started. It’s not as easy to be creative when we’re feeling upset either personally or when there’s chaos around us. The great thing about hair is you can do whatever you want with it. Right now, I’m in the mood not to mess with it. 😎 Thanks for stopping by, Teagan, and I wish you the best during this unsettling time.

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  14. Human collage…That made me smile…Love the new look…I am also sporting a shorter haircut I let my son cut it with the hair clippers he has actually done a good job…I may post the picture at some point r may not…How many words are you planning to write tomorrow? Just asking…Be well and stay safe 🙂 x

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    1. petespringerauthor April 27, 2020 — 9:23 am

      Desperate times call for desperate measures. I’m hoping the look grows on my wife and me because the whole lack of maintenance thing appeals to me. Now I’ve got to get used to applying sunscreen whenever I’m out and about. No more procrastination for me—it’s time to get something down on the computer screen.

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  15. Looking good Pete! Good luck with your new book writing!

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    1. petespringerauthor April 27, 2020 — 3:55 pm

      Thanks, Janie. It’s nice to be back at it again. I hope things are going well with you and your kids.

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      1. Thanks Pete! We’re all doing well here too! 🙂

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  16. I agree about the press briefings. I enjoy the updates on what is going on (because I won’t hear it anywhere else) but turn it off during the questions. They all seem pretty single-threaded.

    I understand you trying to stay busy because you are newly retired (I think–did I get that right?). Once you’ve fully integrated into a non-school life, I bet you end up with lots of busy-nesses.

    Good ending–tomorrow you start the new book! I feel that!

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  17. Lol Pete, I love your shares on thoughts. Funny, I just finished writing an article where I mention the importance of my taking over the dressing of my husband, lol. And seems we’ve got some procrastination in common. I too always did my best work under pressure. Btw, I think you look great bald., just maybe you should have consulted with your wife first? 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor April 28, 2020 — 5:40 pm

      Our consultation was something like this: I told her I thought I was going to shave my head soon because I needed a haircut and was looking to do something new. She looked at me skeptically, wondering if I was messing with her. (I have been known to mess with her from time to time.)

      When she decides to color her hair or make some other fashion change, she doesn’t consult me, but that’s fine. I just want her to be happy. It works for us, and I guess that’s all that matters. I have learned, as a well-trained husband, to compliment any of these changes. I think this falls into the category of, why sweat the small stuff? 🤣

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      1. I think you have been taught well. LOL 🙂

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  18. I was going to say that your ‘new look’ seems to be that you took hair from the top and pasted it to your chin… 😀 My husband’s going with growing his all out; hair, beard, and ‘stache. I’m not fond of it!

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    1. petespringerauthor May 2, 2020 — 8:11 am

      I think that’s the idea; a lot of guys often grow a beard to offset the emptiness from above. I know several other people who are going with your husband’s move and have opted not to shave until this whole thing is over. Can you imagine the business hairstylists and barbers will have?

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      1. I’m his hairstylist, but yes!

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  19. Change often comes from outside, isn’t it.
    Maybe it will find its way into an idea for a new book.

    Stay safe. 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor May 2, 2020 — 7:56 am

      So right, Patricia. I find it curious that so many of us have experienced this same phenomenon of not feeling creative during the pandemic. I think I’ve finally snapped out of it.

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  20. I’ve been considering the #2 cutter on my hubby’s hair clippers- my hair is driving me nuts! lol. You look great, Pete, not sure I could do the bald look very well 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor May 3, 2020 — 8:08 pm

      I don’t think my wife’s sold on it, but I sure like rolling out of bed in the morning, not looking like some wild animal. You might have to consider trying that #2, Jacquie. The good thing about hair is it will always grow back.

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