Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Bald Spot

Just last week I discovered something I never knew before, and never would have guessed: I've got a bald spot on the crown of my head.

Someone took photos of our Youth Fellowship bowling outing, and in one of the pictures there was a shot of me from behind... that had to be me, didn't it, no one else around here answers to the description of a big fellow in blue jeans and a blue denim work shirt... a shot of me from behind, with a very visible bald spot!

I nearly flipped. I don't have a bald spot, do I??!

Well, the mirrors around the house were no help. They only deliver a frontal view of me. Until at long last I obtained a handheld mirror, and held it behind my head while standing in front of the bathroom mirror.

I looked in the handheld mirror in disbelief. Sure enough, there on the crown of my head was a very definite and very noticeable bald spot.

A bald spot!

I'm still coming to grips with this latest sign of my aging and my mortality. How long have I had this bald spot? I never would've imagined. Looking at my hair from in front, I do have to admit that my hair is not as thick, and my hairline not quite as low down, as they were when I was in my 20s. But still, you know, I have a full and rather thick head of hair. I've always thought to myself that I'm one of those men who's in no danger of ever going bald.

And then I found out that I have a bald spot... :-(


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how often that happens to people ... And lets just say upfront that we (your faithful readers) will be organizing an intervention if you suddenly start writing posts about the wonders of that hair-spray-paint stuff. Friends don't let friends spray-paint fake hair on their heads.

The suprise-bald thing also happened to a woman I worked with. She was short and her husband was tall. He had a bald-spot for at least 5 years before she noticed. One morning he happened to be sitting on the bed and leaned over to tie his shoes at the exact moment she walked in through the door! She screamed and he jumped. It must have been an interesting moment for both of them.

But back to you ... SO, are you going to go completely bald? Anytime soon? Naturally or assisted? You know, BruceWillis looks MUCH better than DonaldTrump. Embrace the bald. Stay away from the toupee. OR you could shave your head and grow a really wild ZZ-Top kinda beard. THAT would look kinda nifty in the pulpit.

Or you can start a HUGE collection of hats. Which you can then use every day. Or you can stop brushing your hair. Period. An aquaintence of mine tried that and swore that it made his hair fall out more slowly. I'm not sure I'd recommend it. He was rather ... odd. With bad hair.

You can just hang out with short people. VERY short people. Midgets. Or hang out with average height people, but wear lifts in your shoes. And always remember, your hair on its worst day is better than DonKings. It might help to remind you of that if you keep a picture of him on your fridge. Just trying to be helpful :)

Wednesday, May 02, 2007 11:22:00 AM  
Blogger Paul Burgess said...

LOL! My attitude on hair (or the lack thereof) is, let nature take its course. It's just that it's such a surprise— how could I have gone this long without ever noticing that bald spot?!

Because when I mentioned it to my folks, my Mom's response was that she had noticed my bald spot for a long time now, but she never thought anything of it.

I repeat: it's evidently been there for a long time now.

Both of my Grandfathers were bald on top, just a fringe of hair around the sides and back. But my Dad is well into his 70s, and he's still got a full head of hair. And except for that bald spot, I give every appearance of being the sort of fellow who's going to hang onto his hair.

I just can't figure out how I missed it all this time.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007 1:09:00 PM  
Blogger The Tetrast said...

My mom says that a man inherits baldness/non-baldness from the mother's father. Then of course there's also disease baldness.

My hair started coming out too much and the local haircutter noticed. I started using Progaine, same folks as Rogaine but it doesn't make your hair grow, and since then my hair has been back to normal.

I've had a tiny bald spot toward the back of the top of my head since I was young, because of a scar from some fall, I forget how I got it.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007 6:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmmmm... then again, all four of my Great-Grandfathers had full heads of hair. Plus the one Great-Great-Grandfather of whom I have any report— he of the gold pocketwatch— who lived to age 96 with a full, bushy, "Stalinlike" head of hair and mustache.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007 8:51:00 PM  
Blogger The Tetrast said...

Maybe your great grandfathers' potential baldness went unactualized for some reason.

People aren't evolved for shampooing every few days, much less every day. Even during those millions of years by the river. It's not just about your great grandfathers or mine. The sweep of all human history is why I recommended a much gentler shampoo formula.

Thursday, May 03, 2007 5:43:00 AM  
Blogger The Tetrast said...

I meant to say, that your great grandfathers probably weren't using latter-half-of-20th-Century shampoos regularly all their lives.

Thursday, May 03, 2007 5:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

like they say hair today gone tomorrow :)

Thursday, May 03, 2007 12:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A bald spot on the crown of the head can be due to your body producing excessive levels or testosterone. Your body then converts it to Dihuydrotestosterone. As it goes through your body it reaches the hair folicles and it interferes with their ability to grow and retain the hair. See a dermatologist or a doctor. The application of a particular type of cream can help remedy the problem. Their are pharmaceutical grade remedies and natural remedies. Note, that other things can cause baldness also.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010 7:05:00 PM  

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