Offing Peter Pan

“You are 56? Nice Job!” The young visitor puts up his hand for a high five to me.

It has long been the case that people have thought I looked younger than my age.  There are numerous theories about this.  Good genes, no alarm clocks, little alcohol and no coffee, a childlike world view, commune life is relatively low stress, sucking the life energy out of the young people I often hang around with, a Dorian Graylike picture hidden in a closet somewhere.

paxus with beard

About a month and a half ago GPaul asked me to grow my facial hair out.  Unlike most of the hair on my head, my beard has lots of white and grey in it. This makes me look more my age.

Which sets my head to thinking about all of the cultural baggage that most people take on about trying to look younger and the psychological cost associated with that obsession. And then I think some about my luck, and whether I should keep this facial hair that most people review favorably.

I will probably shave it off for this hammocks sales trip I am currently on, because it is not clear that real hammocks vendors would support such a look.  But perhaps I will let go of the Peter Pan persona and let it grow out again after this trip.

[Edited by Judy Youngquest]

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About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

9 responses to “Offing Peter Pan”

  1. richard w. lisko says :

    Just don’t start trying to act your age or anything funny like that, cause then I might be forced to unfriend you.

  2. Erik says :

    I’m confused – is there a company out there named Real Hammocks, or are you dividing the world into real hammocks vendors and fake hammocks vendors (and those other non-hammock-vending guys – but they don’t count)?

    How does one become a real hammocks vendor? And why don’t they own beards? What’s their problem anyway?

    The questions are endless…

  3. santalorena says :

    I’m only eight years younger than you, and I too look more my age when I have the beard, which is very silver. Only my temples are that color, but I keep my sides close-cropped. Take my glasses off and shave, people think I’m 30-something.

  4. germanbini says :

    I think it’s a good look for you, but then again, you’re good looking to start with. 🙂

    I love it when I’m sitting around a campfire at EW with much younger folks and they forget my age and think I’m 15-20 years younger. :p

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