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03 November 2011 @ 08:39 am
Poll: Should I lose the ponytail?  
I have a haircut coming up next week and I'm considering removing the ponytail I've worn for 20+ years. Is it time?

Poll #1792254 Lose the ponytail?

Should I cut off my ponytail?


Posted and emailed comments as to reasons are welcome.

Note: I do not promise to abide by the majority vote.
Jim C. Hines: Me!jimhines on November 3rd, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
I recommend a nice buzz cut...
Carlcarl_allery on November 3rd, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
I've answered yes, not because I necessarily think you should, but because if you're even considering it you're obviously thinking seriously about it. Given that hair *does* grow, if you don't like it, you can always grow it back. If the thought of doing it makes you uneasy, then it's probably not time.

I grew long hair twice to see if I liked it before realising I actually needed it *very* short. :)
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on November 3rd, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
I'm more interested in reading your reasons for a) having it in the first place, and b) considering not having it any more.
Twilighttwilight2000 on November 3rd, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
what he said :>
crazysophcrazysoph on November 4th, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)

Crazy(and occasionally having bouts of "cut it all off!!" for her own hair)Soph
Twilight: WOW (Rogue)twilight2000 on November 3rd, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
first - it's part of your iconic look
second - Jim's just wrong ;> - a buzz would look silly on you!
third - while hair *does* grow back, it grows a LOT slower at our age - and sometimes not as long.

OTOH - if you're really tired of it, we'll still love you ;>
KMSvgqn on November 3rd, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
My first inclination was to say no, but if you feel like making a change, then sure, go for it! (Just be aware that short hair typically requires more frequent maintenance.)
billeyler: touchupbilleyler on November 3rd, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
I voted 'no', because
- You're retired
- You're not interviewing for jobs
- You're a sci-fi geeky guy and it's expected
- You'd like more accountant-like without the mane
- Kate probably is used to it, whether she likes it or not.
- It's not distracting and proves you have hair.
- It's been a part of your persona since I've known you.

Bill Tyler in Sacramento and Fred Harke in Philadelphia both cut off their long-term ponytails some time ago, but when I think of them, it's with the added hair.

I would vote 'yes' if it were graying severely.
A Wandering Hobbitredbird on November 3rd, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
I should note that I encourage just about everyone to grow their hair long, so this isn't just about liking your long hair (though I do).
threeoutsidethreeoutside on November 3rd, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
I voted Yes, because hey, pony tails on men are so...1970s. I was there. They are.

But, you really and truly should do whatever you want.
M.K. Hobsonmkhobson on November 3rd, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
I voted yes, with this caveat ... I think you should shave it ALL off. You could totally rock the shaved head look.
M.K. Hobsonmkhobson on November 3rd, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
Though now that I look through the comments, and see Jim Hines', I do have a concern that if you went for the full-on shave, no one would ever be able to tell the two of you apart ...
Timapparentparadox on November 3rd, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
But, we are the 99%! If you don't obey us, we'll have to stage an "Occupy David" rally.

Is it currently long enough for donating? Would that be something that would help influence your decision?
dd-bdd_b on November 3rd, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't look like you without it. And few other styles cope so well with a receded hairline.
Lionesselisem on November 3rd, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
It does look good on you, but I bet that a really well-done short cut would also look fantastic on you. Plus you could scare all your friend; oops, maybe you should have done it for Halloween?

Seriously, though, you're good-looking and will be good-looking no matter what you do with your hair, so if you're feeling like a change, have fun with it. Just make sure you get a good cut, if you get it cut.
orangemike: speaksorangemike on November 3rd, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
With all due respect to the barbering profession (did you know that the Milwaukee Socialists once elected a barber from Bay View to the general assembly?), I don't understand why anybody amputates their hair voluntarily. Just an aging hippie, I guess....
They Didn't Ask Me: tangled-rapunzeldr_phil_physics on November 3rd, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
I voted NO on the basis that this is how I tell you apart from Jim Hines. (grin) On the other hand, if it's long enough for Locks of Love, you might consider it as a good work.

Dr. Phil
Allanallanh on November 4th, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
I voted yes, because as your hairline has receded over the years, I keep thinking that it looks like the hair is slipping down the back of your head.

Also, I will make the personal observation that totally shaving my own head was rather scary at first, but (a) I realized I could always let it grow out if I hated it, and (b) I liked the new look once I got over the shock.

You might also try trimming your sideburns down to turn your beard into a goatee. It would look very nice with the shaved head...assuming you DO try a shaved head rather than just cutting off the ponytail.
Grant Krugerthirdworld on November 4th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
I say yes... something new and exciting. A change is as good as a holiday and all that. And short hair is sooooooooo much less of a PITA.
e_bournee_bourne on November 4th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
Same answer I gave to Mark. Yes. Don't wait for a hospital nurse to give you the haircut you should have.

It's the 21st century, my dear friend.
the laughing leaping water: her3minnehaha on November 4th, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
I rather like it, but you should do what pleases you and the people who love you.

et in Arcadia egobooapostle_of_eris on November 4th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
(Why would I care?)
When someone does a radical change of hair style, I respond, "How do you like it"? which is the real point, not how I like it.
kathrynmicekathrynmice on November 5th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Big Grown-up Boys . . .
. . . cut there ponytails when and if they want to!

You will still be david with or without the ponytail but will it help you get more acting jobs?

I think you should think first and most about that.

It didn't seem to stop them from wanting you to be a very dour detective in whatever it was you were extraing for.