Letters from the Lunar Outpost

O, thou art fairer than the evening air clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.
- Christopher Marlowe, English Dramatist and Poet (1564-1593)

Mike Cornelison strikes a Manson Pose


Ah, what a difference a day makes.

I always enjoy looking at before and after pictures, so last Saturday, I decided to ditch the long hair. I took a few photos, of the “before” and couldn’t help but laugh at this one in particular. It reminded me of the famous Charles Manson picture which ended up as a popular t-shirt here in So. Cal. in the late 80s. (The back of the shirt said, “Charlie Don’t Surf”, a cross-reference between the lunatic Manson himself, the movie Apocalypse Now and the general surfer vibe of the local beach cities where we lived.)

Charlie Don't Surf


I wasn’t trying to strike that pose, but I figured if I can look that much like Charles Manson without even trying, it’s definitely time to get cleaned up a bit.

Given another six months or so I might have had my hair halfway down my back, which is where I feel like I’m really, truly myself, but it’s that inbetween stage that sucks, I was tired of still being in that sloppy-looking inbetween stage, so I headed out the door and braced myself for the shedding of the locks.

Although I normally feel more comfortable in a gay man’s hands – er, wait, that didn’t come out exactly how I meant it – although I normally feel more comfortable putting my hair in the hands of a gay hairstylist (and yes, this preference could be cast by some as a slight bit of prejudice, but all the best haircuts I’ve ever had were from gay hairstylists and plus, I have plenty of interaction with straight women on a daily basis, so I get a kick out of striking up a conversation with a gay stylist whenever I get a chance) but the woman who cut my hair felt my apprehension of losing all that hair and she was calming and soothing as she went to work.

Mikey Clean Cut

So what do you think, from Manson to handsome, or from headbanger to lamer?

How do you like the new Mike?

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12 Responses to From Manson to Handsome

  • If your wife likes you clean cut, then that’s what you do. Happy wife, happy life.

  • Is there a wife? If so, she will be happy. Just cleaned the old man I am married to up last night. His beard was awful, and his Walmart haircut was driving me nuts. Do men as young as you are have all that hair in your ears? LOL Just kidding. Like the haircut and shave.

    • Yes, as I was there getting my haircut I was feeling so depressed I couldn’t completely hide it from my face, but the stylist, being the smart woman she is, instead of asking why I looked so sad, she asked, “Is your wife going to like it?” and I told her, “Oh, she’s going to be doing backflips.” So I tried to focus on that as she continued with the haircut. πŸ˜‰

      Re: the ears, nothing’s growing from the inside out just yet (thankfully) although I do have to do a quick shave around the outside of my ears once a month. I’ve been having to do that since I was 30 though.

  • You’re a rock star either way, Mentor!

    • Thanks, Pat. It’s funny because I went in there with a picture of you and asked, can you make me look as handsome as this guy?

  • the longer hair makes your head look -less- lopsided πŸ™‚

    • I guess God gave me a peanut-shaped head so He could fit that big ol’ brain of mine in it. πŸ˜‰

  • I like long hair, Mike, yours would have looked really good in a pony tail too…I plead the 5th on the haircut… πŸ™‚

    • I honestly don’t like it either, I really, really feel so much more “like me” when I’ve got the long hair flowing, but like my friend Dave said up above, “If your wife likes you clean cut, then that’s what you do. Happy wife, happy life.” LOL

      • Home harmony is exactly the point, isn’t it? I know what you mean. My hubby has this beard that is all over the map on color now that he’s getting older. I would love it if he would use that ‘just for men’ and make it the same color as his hair again, he looked great like that, but he really doesn’t want to be bothered with it, so I just let him have his way about it. He likes short hair as well, not too short, but whatever, while mine is halfway down my back.

        Each to their own and harmony reigns supreme!! Frees me up to take my angst out where it really counts and is well deserved… on the (what the hell are they up to today,those sneaky, calculating, backstabbing Liberals!!) πŸ™‚

        • That’s funny, we have the exact opposite thing going on in our house, where my wife is always wanting to go back to her Hally Berry short cut and I’m always wanting her to keep growing it out!

          Like you say, best to focus it on whatever mischief the libs are up to today.

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