It’s been 14 months since I had a haircut. Today it’s been two weeks since I got my second Pfizer shot, so to celebrate, I visited Shear Designs in Morris and had Solange shear me.

Yes, I’m wearing a mask, and so did she, the whole time she was lopping off all that shagginess. As our local paper reported this week:

In the past week, Stevens County more than doubled its number of COVID-19 cases for April from 22 April 11 to 48 as of the Minnesota Department of Health’s report Sunday. [Whew, that’s an inelegant sentence.]

Those quickly rising numbers reflect what is happening in much of western Minnesota this early spring as people begin to let down their guard. They are gathering again in crowded bars and restaurants, and other places, with few wearing masks.

[Health Commissioner Jan] Malcolm said new COVID-19 infections are up 60 percent in just the last two weeks and are hitting levels not seen in Minnesota since late last year.

It’s not over yet. I at least got my haircut, but now I’m retreating back into the hermitage and won’t be coming out again for a while.

Yikes. Speaking of the continuing pandemic, our local buffet/pizza joint is closed.

We have been notified today of a positive case in one of our employees. While this employee has not been around our full staff while working, we are going to be Closing today , and going through this Friday to clean and sanitize the store and equipment. We will re-evaluate our staffing situation as we get test results in. We plan to re-open on Saturday, but will make that decision more towards Friday when we know more from our staff.
We thank you all for your business and understanding! Each day I am finding more truth to the meme…
When Covid ends is sounding more and more like, “When the Vikings win the Super Bowl.”

I had no idea it was open! The thought of going in that place at any time in the past year gives me the heebie-jeebies.


  1. blf says

    … and had Solange shear me

    I didn’t realise there was a demand for spiderwool. (Not to be confused with Katherine Longly’s Spiderwool.)

  2. hemidactylus says

    I’m digging the new look. Cutting my own hair has become an evolving skillset over the past year so I’m in no hurry to go to the haircut place.

    BTW have a fever now. And slight headache. Thanks Moderna!

  3. kome says

    What a coincidence, I also got my haircut today for the first time in over a year, also to celebrate over two weeks since my second vaccine dose. It feels so nice to not have all that extra weight and insulation on and around my head. It was really frustrating to wake up in the middle of the night because my neck was sweating so much. I also took the opportunity to trim and clean up my beard, which I also hadn’t shaved in over a year. I ended up lopping off about a half-inch from it. Feels nice, and I almost look human again, instead of looking like I’d managed a GameStop since the mid-2000s and never shut up about my dream of moving to Japan to teach English.

  4. offthewall says

    I’ve been cutting my own hair for the past year. The salon I used wanted a signed waiver from customers. No way. There are many youtube videos about how to cut your own hair, but the trick I found is to have a cordless clipper (full size, not one of those little trimmers for the nether regions) and a good set of guards. Counting the cost of the haircuts and the tips that I would have given, I have recouped the cost of the equipment. Fortunately, my first effort occurred during lockdown; only my wife saw it. But I have improved my technique over time. I don’t mind being seen in public, especially with a mask.

  5. JimB says

    Kome, Moving to Japan to teach English. Interesting dream. Probably pays pretty good though. I was in the Navy and stationed in Japan from 79 to 81. My wife taught English to Japanese kids. She worked 12 hours a week and made more than my E5 salary.
    Japan is an interesting place to live. Lived there 27 months and we definitly had a blast.

  6. says

    The continuing advantages of the military haircut: One can do it at home, once a week, in the bathroom, as one has done for a few decades, and nobody will notice the difference.

    Hey, if it’s good enough for George Clooney (who cuts his own hair), it’s good enough for… well… someone like me who would never be mistaken for “one of the most-handsome men in the world.” Even if he cheats and uses a high-end specialty system instead of a $20 kit from the BX or Farm & Fleet.

  7. kome says

    I was just going for a particularly colorful description of how scraggly I looked after having my hair grown out for a year.

  8. JimB says

    Ahh. No worries then. Reading what you wrote just brought back a flood of memories. I rather enjoyed it! Thank you for that!

  9. davidc1 says

    I have had to cut my own hair three times so far ,i tried to go for the style shown in the opening scene of Full Metal Jacket .
    It takes me around 20 minutes to get down to around 1mm .Barbers have opened up again in GB .
    Went for a hair cut on Wednesday ,i asked them to trim my beard as well ,they said no we are not allowed to do that yet .
    I asked when will that happen ,middle of May they said .

  10. snarkrates says

    Teaching English in Japan used to pay fairly well. Not so much anymore. Less demand, more supply. I do recommend it over tending bar there. Met an Aussie who had worked 2 years tending bar, and it had made him more bitter than a Chicago homicide detective. When I asked him about it, he responded, “Mate, from now on, I celebrate August 6 and August 9!” The conversation pretty much died right there, because, how do you fricking respond to that?

  11. mastmaker says

    I just drag the Philips haircut thing with no.3 comb cover all over my head a few times and the haircut is done. The missus comes around trims a little here and there just for her satisfaction. I don’t really care for the looks. Been this way for about 6 years now.

  12. fishy says

    I got the J&J jab in early March and some weeks later there was this movie, “Nobody.” I went to see it.
    I picked the earliest matinee. There were only 7 others besides myself. It was good to get out in front of a big screen and loud audio. I thought the reclining chair was overrated, but once it was up I didn’t want to disturb the other patrons with the noise of lowering it.
    As to the movie itself I think it’s just another script written for the people who think we all want fight scenes and easily defined heroes with no real ambiguity.
    It’s worth watching once.

  13. publicola says

    Yeah, that first cut makes you feel like a million bucks. I, too, had been cutting my own for over a year with some help from my better half. I’ll still do it often enough so as not to have to pay for more than 3 or 4 cuts a year. (My brother calls me a cheapoholic–he’s right).