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This is Beth. Having a bad hair day. Looking forward to good hair days.

P.S. Links to the song:

The Shirelles

Van Morrison

This is Beth. The little hair/blog project has spurred more-than-usual self reflection. A recent article about the “end of history illusion” further fueled my thoughts.

It says, basically, that most of us have a pretty good idea of how we’ve changed from who we were in the past into the person we are today. However, most folks don’t have much of a concept of how much we’ll continue to change in the future.

I’m 44.

I know I’m a very different person than I was at 24. I was… shy. Now I’m much more of a geek. The kind of geek defined here by Simon Pegg, reposted from George Takei by a friend on Facebook:

Simon Pegg being a geek George Takei

Evidence – the little hair/blog project.

Who will I be at 64? Will I keep changing in the same direction? Or revert back to quiet and private? And what will my hair look like?!?

P.S. The loves of my life are my babes (happy birthday!). I probably wouldn’t have predicted them when I was 24. When I’m 64 they’ll turn 27. I do know of the future that I’ll still love them, other family, and good friends. Some of those friends have been around since well before my 24th birthday, others appeared more recently. What newer friends will I have by the time I’m 64? And about the elusive life partner…? Isn’t that what The Beatles song is really about?

P.P.S. Link to the song. And a version with ukulele and dog.

This is Beth. And it’s February.

1. The Do—Dark. Very dark. Inspired by famous females with shadowy tresses:

Alanis MorissetteAmerica FerreraAngela BassettAudrey HepburnCatherine Zeta JonesCherDiana RossIsabella RosselliniJennifer HudsonJoan CollinsKaty PerryLea MicheleLucy LiuNatalie WoodNaya RiveraPadma LakshmiSandra OhZooey Deschanel

New this month: inspiration from closer to home—friend and colleague Andrea generously gave me permission to share her image:


(Pics of others I know who have very dark hair to come in future posts.)

I’ll be doing my take on a very dark do soft & wavy most of the month, if the hair cooperates.

2. Music (what was playing at the salon during the doing of the do)—Note: music plays all the time at Bang, I don’t get to pick do-appropriate songs. This time what I heard, noticed, remember: Marvin Gaye Let’s Get It On and Al Green Let’s Stay Together. Like.

3. Drink (what I sipped at the salon during the doing of the do)—Note: I do get to choose the do-appropriate drink—I bring the mixin’s and mix. This time, Black Russian, the tall/dirty variety.

Feb drink mixin's Feb drinkin' Feb drink color card

Ice/Kahlua/vodka. A splash of cola makes it tall and/or dirty. Yum.

4. The Theory—Mysterious. Exotic. Stereotypes include: stormy, intense, angry.

5. Reactions—I’m pretty sure I can’t pull off exotic, we’ll see…

Feb done2

P.S. Title song: Led Zeppelin’s The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair (I do declare, yeah, she’s got long black wavy hair).

This is Beth. Dos start SOON. The blogging continues.

My process will include five components:

1. The do

2. The doing-of-the-do Music

3. The doing-of-the-do Drink

4. The theory behind the do (a stereotype to test)

5. Reactions – of friends and strangers recorded all month

Also – ongoing hair-related observations, guests posts, and of course – Liz dos.


This is Beth. When I tell people about this little hair/blog project, they often have their own do-related tale to tell. It often has something to do with how their hair has something to do with their identity.

Liz and I both work at museums; we recently saw this in an exhibit in Minnesota:

MN Hist

The label: “To many American Indians like the Dakota, long hair is culturally significant. By forcing children to have their hair cut, boarding schools were destroying a piece of the student’s identity.”

The reference to an enormously tragic part of history brought a few things to mind:

  • We’re lucky to pretty much control our own hair.
  • We should have control over the rest of our bodies too (I’m a big fan of women’s reproductive rights and can’t help but think of recent political debate).
  • How much of our identity has to do with our hair?
  • Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

This is Beth. It’s my birthday and I’m going to a party tonight. The party is not for me, and I hope not to cry.

I do expect to cry during 2013, however (and probably sooner). Sometimes over my hair.

I wanted to take this opportunity to document the starting do. This is how I look turning 44 on 12/10/12:

bday bday bow

(Thanks photo’ers Jilly & Mae)

What will I look like turning 45 on 12.10.13? Whatever the do, I do promise to redo the bow-on-head pic.

P.S. Links to the song: Lesley Gore Amy Winehouse

P.P.S. I just learned (thank you Google) that I share a birthday with Ada Lovelace. From “Female bloggers owe a lot to Ada Lovelace, the imaginative and intelligent “enchantress of numbers.” As the first person to envision the use of computers for purposes beyond mathematical computations — and considered by many to be the first computer programmer — Lovelace not only paved the way for all those who use the Internet to communicate and educate, but continues to serve as a hero for women and girls involved in math, science and technology.” Also, a nice do.


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