November 7, 2005
so... i shaved my beard. yes indeed, i was super-duper attached to it, but its my moms birthday today, and i know she would appreciate a clean face on her oldest son. actually, she has even offered to pay me more than 200$ to shave it. so, i guess this was my opportunity to give her a gift much more than i could ever afford. the funny thing is, the next night, i ended up at pats place, which was hosting the overflow traffic of the annual michigan bear convention. if your not hip to the lingo, a bear, is a bit of a large burly gay man... often wearing leather, and always very visibly proud of their chest/facial hair. and there i was... freshly shaven, playing shufflepuck with my new bear friends, no beard on my chin to boast of. i had a great time, but i thought it was pretty ironic. almost like fate wanted to test my commitment to the new clean shave thing. i passed. i will always have my chest hair.
anyhow... i don't have much time to write. need to shower, get to 80's night for a drink, come back and go to bed. but... tonight was really weird. nora and i found what we though was a dead man in front of her apartment (right down the street from mine). we called 911... ambulance and firetrucks arrived, and they announced that he indeed had a pulse. so, it was a relief. but, im embarrassed. i was too scared to touch him, or try to wake him up. all i did was yell "hey sir... are you alright" before calling the cops. there was this really wierd glaze over his face that made me very anxious. i couldn't tell if he was real, or some mean prank/left-over halloween deadman prop. when the cops showed up with more lights, it turned out that the glaze was actually sweat/snot and his mouth was foaming. it was very disturbing. so... don't want to think about it anymore. i tried to take a picture with my camera, thinking i'd probably end up bloggin about it... but ended up only taking a picture (which didn't turn out) of the flashing lights.
in other news, none of my new crazy sweat shirts and winter gear look right on me now that i have removed the burly beard. at least i have an excuse to start wearing the awesome scarf sarah nit for me. so... click on the .gif animation for the video of me shaving. thanks nora for helping! thanks carrie for the trimmers! thanks luke for the music! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!
Posted by james at November 7, 2005 7:11 AM
man, i am so bummed i missed that. im glad the new pat's place is still sweet and bear friendly.
Posted by: george at November 7, 2005 12:28 AM
i'm so happy that pats place is back!!!
and james shaved.. you must be so cold now! but it's nice to see your face again!
Posted by: nina at November 7, 2005 2:25 AM
wow - that was crazy! the movie was lovely. I especially liked the sound. see you in calder...
Posted by: emma at November 7, 2005 5:02 AM
Whoa, you look so different. I like you without it better. You look so different.
Posted by: Cory at November 7, 2005 9:01 AM
Little Mistakes! I love that song! I really must get those two discs up at States Rights, it's just a matter of obtaining twenty bucks.
Posted by: Not that Luke at November 7, 2005 10:33 AM
The bear flag is so autumnal. I like it.
It seems like you have been having a lot of strange issues in your neighborhood lately. Why do you think that is?
Posted by: Anthony at November 7, 2005 12:14 PM
yeah guys... apparently the new pats place is related to the owner of divisions? which would explain the bear convention traffic... but i like to think pats place would have been condusive for that too. if anyone knows what the new pats plaec is really called... don't say it. i think it needs to always be called pat's place.
also... i don't know whats going on in my neighborhood. but nora has a nice big window looking over her whole block, and the parking lot behind that grocery store on cherry/madison (the name escapes me now, its across from the pizza place, who's name also escapes me)... anyhow, she has called 911 7 times now for various issues. people following her to the door, knife fights in the parking lot, ect...
and shes only lived there for like 4 months or something.
Posted by: james at November 7, 2005 2:42 PM
i like to think this was the big night out before the bears begin to hibernate. can't ride motorcycles now (or pretend to), cant wear buttless chaps anymore... must =, hole up, with other warm bodies for winter...
Posted by: james at November 7, 2005 2:43 PM
dude, i was great hanging with you in GR! you look so different withoutt the beard!
Posted by: e*rock at November 7, 2005 4:11 PM
I love beardless james!
Posted by: willow at November 14, 2005 1:48 AM
James!! what's your email address? just tried sending one to email@example.com and it got bounced back to me. i have something important to get ahold of you about!!!
Posted by: teacher jennifer at November 28, 2005 3:59 AM
i miss you man...
wanna pretend to DJ somewhere in Asia with me again some time???
Posted by: thomas at November 30, 2005 12:01 AM