On the Road Again: This Time, at The Graying Chronicles

photo credit: Pavel P. via photopin cc
photo credit: Pavel P. via photopin cc

Shave it, or save it?

That’s the question right now. I vowed years ago that if someone I loved ever told me I was going bald, I’d take it all off. Grow out a goatee (or Tim Howard beard) and go chrome-dome on everyone’s ass.

Today, I’m at Tammie’s place, at The Graying Chronicles.

Tammie’s blog is a wonderful look at life from early parenthood. I might be past the graying chapter and into the faltering-eyesight and thinning hair act. But in a graceful way. I can still rock a pair of cargos and a v-neck shirt.

I’m at Tammie’s place today for a little techno-talk.

It’s a ways down the line for her. At least 17,000 gray hairs away. My guest post is about the time your kids’ technology takes the jump from Leapfrog to smartphone, from Vtech to high tech. And dad gets brought along, kicking and screaming. And turning gray.

Or shaving it all.

I haven’t decided yet.

Feel free to impart any advice you have for me here in the comments. But only after you get to Tammie’s place. I have a feeling you’ll want to stay around a while, even.

I’d bet my hair on it.


  1. laurie27wsmith says:

    Shave or save eh? there comes a stage in life Mate where you think it’s better shaving it off. Then you look at what’s left and think that you can wait a little bit longer. I shaved my head once, it scared me. I looked like Lex Luther’s slightly backward younger brother. Wasn’t a good look at all.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thing is, I’m not really balding yet. Maybe getting a little thin. I can see it if I use too much hair product. Marie had an aerial view of me, and said, “you’re balding.” Trigger clause.

      I wish we had a picture of your Lex Luther look. I think a shaved head will drop me from a solid 6 to a 3 instantly. Even if I do grow a big beard.

      Well, especially with a big beard.

      1. laurie27wsmith says:

        Ah thinning. A terrible thing when the light gets in to your scalp and you need less teeth in your comb. There are no surviving pics of my Lex Luther look, it was destroyed for security reasons. I didn’t want people running out screaming into the streets when they saw it. I’ve had the whole lot Mate, beard, goatee, big sideburns, long hair, crew cuts and I’ll tell you one thing, I look bloody good in my Davy Crocket hat. Hmm, perhaps I could find a rabbit and sit it on my head and from a distance people would think it was a Hare.
        Beards are good until you spill yoghurt on them.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        All good stuff my man. I’m going to cling to the coif I have for as long as I can, I’ve decided.

      3. laurie27wsmith says:

        Hang on to it and bless it every day mate for it will fade away.

  2. 1jaded1 says:

    No advice, but your post over there was fun.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Hey thanks! It felt like a rant.

      I love that you have a celebration of Rawr going over there today. Can’t wait to read it all.

      1. 1jaded1 says:

        Head on over…she’d appreciate it.

        Lol about the texting. Roll with it, embrace it.and look for things that will make you laugh because of it…my niece earned the name Sasquatch because she tripped over her feet while texting. We still laugh.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        I did.

        While I was on campus at the University of South Carolina, a pretty girl ran into my while she texted. “Look where I’m going,” She smiled when she said it. I was impressed she was so quick on her feet.

      3. 1jaded1 says:

        It’s good to be able to laugh at yourself when you do something like that (you beat the other to the punch). What did the wing co-worker do when they saw the screen? Did they laugh and say, “Yup, I deserved that”? Or, did they get all angry? I hope it was the first option.

      4. Eli Pacheco says:

        I believe a friendly F bomb was lofted my way.

  3. Lyn says:

    LOL, I think your hair looks good the way it is. The style is ‘wash and wear’ what more could you want? 😀

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thank you. I’d secretly like to keep it. Wash and wear is right … i spend approximately 17 seconds on my hair. a week.

  4. Heading over now!! 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Janine – what’s your vote on my hair?

      1. I think your hair still has quite a bit of life in it, but as for mine as thick and long as it is f I didn’t dye it I could surely give Cruella Deville a run for her money!!

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        I think so too. You mean, the Cruella of “if she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will” fame? I don’t know … and it’s funny how a dude can go gray and feel he’s ‘distinguished,’ but women get gray, and dye it.

      3. That is exactly who I mean yup see terrible to be a woman and going grey. Like I said I thank god for hair dye more then you know!!

      4. Eli Pacheco says:

        My beard today looks like Brett Favre’s.

      5. And now I am picturing Brett Favre. Just saying lol!

      6. Eli Pacheco says:

        Is that good or bad?

      7. A little from Column A and a little from Column B!

      8. Eli Pacheco says:

        I think we’re getting to the bottom of some deep-seeded feelings here. Maybe you were sad when Favre’s Jets career lasted just a season.

  5. tamaralikecamera says:

    Save it. You’ve still got it.
    Or shave it. It can grow back!
    I think you still have quite a few years. I’m smiling at Janine’s comment above. Her hair is not nearly as dark as mine. Mine might one day turn gray! And then I’ll be like, “Shave it? Cut it? Color it? Let it ride? Dye it pink?”

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Way to take a stand, T-bow 😉 I think I’ll hold off for now. I can make it to 45 at least. Remember on Poltergeist when the lady’s hair turned gray after she saw a ghost? I wonder if that’s true. We should ask Laurie.

  6. ProteanMom says:

    Another vote for save here – as long as you don’t go for a comb over. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Kim – I’m nowhere near like, Dr. Phil bald. It’s usually bushy, overgrown and unkempt enough for coverage. Like weeds in your lawn. Hey, they’re green!

      You wouldn’t say, “Coach Daddy is over there … the balding guy by the cookie table,” for instance. I’m not there yet.

  7. mangocage says:

    My poor husband was crushed when our two year old looked down between the stair banisters and said ‘Daddy, your head is shiny- where’s your hair?!’- he’s thinning too but hasn’t quite reached the point of ‘shave it’. Keep it while you can, I say!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      The truth hurts, but we rely on those who love (and don’t have filters) to give it to us straight. I have a signed a contract extension with my hair through the year 2017.

      Thanks for the vote!

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