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January 4, 2005

Happy New Hair!

On day 3 of the new year in McMurdo, I decided it was time for a change. Not because it's a new year, but because my hair acheived its highest state yet of rats nestness. The combination of the static and the dry and the fact that I am sometimes too lazy to comb my hair...for several days at a time...is not conducive to having and appreciating long, healthy, tangle-free hair.

So I decided to cut it.

And, since it's pretty long, and since I'm in Antarctica, and since I can, I decided to have at least 10 inches chopped off so the hair could be donated to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that coordinates the making and distributing of wigs made with human hair for children suffering from medical conditions which cause them to entirely lose their own hair. So, hopefully, someone who will appreciate and better take care of my hair will be wearing it someday. While I enjoy not having to deal with the tangles that come with the Antarctic summer.

I did sleep on the thought, long hair intact. But only because there were no time slots open yesterday with the hairdresser. Today, at 4:45, I sat in Anita's hair chair and she began to work on my hair. She began the detangling process (short today, since I showered and combed it last night) and took my hair in her fist. 'My goodness!' she exclaimed. 'I don't know how long it's been since I felt this much hair. I mean, I could see your hair and see that it's long, but--it's so dense!' It's true. I have a lot of hair. I inherited this from my mom.

'It's so dry down here, though, that it gets tangled too easily,' I said. She agreed. 'That's why,' I continued, 'I'm chopping it off.'

Anita stopped. 'Excuse me?'

'I'm chopping it off,' I said.

'You want a trim, you mean.'

'No, I want it gone. I want at least ten inches off, so I can give it away.'

'Oh, you want to do Locks of Love?' Anita pointed towards the ad on the door. She brighted up immediately. 'Well, you are wonderful. We can get two ponytails out of this...'

And that we did.

[Two ponytails on the counter.]

[Anita and me, after.]

Anita herself is getting a buzz today. That's right, a buzz. She set up a raffle for a tsumani relief fund--$5 a ticket for a chance to buzz the barber's hair. Over $400 were raised, and she is probably getting her new do as I write....

Posted by beth at January 4, 2005 4:42 AM


How wonderful to have a fundraiser for the tsunami victims. I am amazed at the way that people, on every continent(!), are pulling together to help people in need after this horrible disaster. Kudos to you all!

Oh, and your hair looks mahvelous!

Barbara, in Missouri

Posted by: Barbara at January 4, 2005 5:12 AM

Two pony tails. WOW! Your hair DOES look great!
Happy New Year!!! May '2005' be a great year!!!

Posted by: Muriel Haupt at January 4, 2005 5:23 AM

this was a wee bit surprising to read, beth! bravo to you! even though i love your long hair, it's a wonderful thing that you do. i agree with the others that your hair does look great! but i was having some fears that i would being seeing a repeat of your tween college sophomore and junior year haircut. i hope anita too can say "everyone says i have a nice shape head" as you did then.

Posted by: wilma - mother of beth at January 4, 2005 7:10 AM

Wow that is an amazing hair cut. My friend Erica and I grow our hair out and donate it to locks of love once it is long enough. Unfortunatly my hair barely makes a full pony tail because I inherited my mother's thin hair. Happy New Year!
Your cousin,

Posted by: Gina at January 5, 2005 3:23 AM

(smiles) Looks wonderful, Beth! Yea! So, does your head feel, um, lighter?


Posted by: Michael at January 5, 2005 5:04 AM

beth was cute before
her hair shorn for a good cause
now she's beautiful

Posted by: anon at January 5, 2005 4:07 PM

we are all behind you. you look wonderfull .. and give you thumbs up on your donation..

rob and lisa and the lucky's 13

Posted by: romstead@yahoo.com at January 5, 2005 7:27 PM

wow dude, that musta been rough goin' in fer the chop shop. but really itll grow back aye?

Posted by: johnyboy at January 25, 2005 4:15 AM