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08/23/2014

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Brian Fies

Your and Frazz's meditations on haircuts made me smile a "I thought I was the only one" smile this morning. A few weeks ago I got a summer buzz cut, the first one I've had since I was six years old. I like it a lot but it's a different look for me, and I waited until after a couple of high-profile public outings (my Baltimore graphic medicine conference and Comic-Con) to do it. I guess I just didn't want to look "weird." Over 50 and still in elementary school.

Nice thoughts, and a good metaphor, on age, too. I just try to appreciate whatever age I'm at, figuring that in 10 years these'll be the good old days. Looking too far ahead--particularly since I just finished Roz Chast's "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant"--is a mountain range too far for me.

Mike Peterson

I haven't got the Chast book yet, but even just reading the samples got me to start thinking about maybe gathering some papers and so forth on the basis that I'm the only one who knows what's in this haystack.

So I got a safe deposit box for all that stuff and made sure the son who lives in the area could have access to it.

So far, it's empty. And, actually, he and I haven't signed the papers that would let him get into it.

We're not avoiding the conversation. Just the details that follow.

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