Aging:  It sure beats the alternatives.  But, it’s also not as much fun as being perpetually young.  Hair is something that changes over time and as you age, things like ear trimmers become more important.

This month, my “personal odometer” is rolling over to 69- years and other than not feeling quite as “zippy” as in the past, all systems seem to be working.  Don’t need Viagra yet and except for the “solar panel” on top of the head, there’s enough hair left to make a barber smile.

But they don’t.  Reason is we don’t pay money for haircuts (you only rent them):  I still have that Wahl hair cutting kit I wrote up years ago.  When I started cutting my own hair, the kit I bought was about $20-bucks.  With the ravages of inflation, you can still get a Wahl Clipper Elite Pro High Performance Haircut Kit for men with Hair Clippers, Secure fit guide combs with stainless steel clips but it will cost around $39-bucks now.

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For men, it’s dirt-simple to use.  I just go to the shop (easy to clean up there), take off my shirt, put on the longest blade guide handy, and run it over my head from all directions for about 10-minutes.

There’s nothing left standing longer than the guide by the time I’m done.

To be sure, it helps to have a small “groomsman” type battery powered trimmer and have someone you trust (Elaine) to go around the edges to even things up.  Takes about 3-more minutes, is all.

By now, I figure I’m about 12-years into self-administered haircuts.  With even a cheap one going for $20-bucks (*with a tip) that works up to $960 worth of haircutting for a $22-dollar investment.

Not only that, but as I have gotten older (and crankier) I have less tolerance for “designer” haircuts.  You know the kind:  They wash your hair, rinse it, cut it, and then wring out your wallet.

I’m getting older, but can I still wash my own hair?  D’uh…I think so…

It takes a special kind of person to cut their own hair, I think.  Elaine has always cut her own, too, by the way,  About every 2-months she will trim her own hair.  Looks great, too.

First point of this morning:  I know that my hair cutting gear as saved us a couple of thousand dollars in the past 10-years.  Not just the haircuts.  But the time.  It’s an hour into town  and back from the Outback.  I don’t know about you, but 50-trips to town for haircuts at (whatever) per hour?  We’re talking a great investment every family should have.

Measuring Your Aging

The other morning I mentioned taking litmus test strips and measuring my personal pH.  (Might have been a cheap line about peeing on myself in there, too, since that’d how much style we have around here…)

But there are some other metrics, too.  Reaction speed.

It’s typical for a person’s reaction speed to be somewhat indicative of their age.  So, when you have a couple of minutes, head over here:

And see how good your reactions are.

After taking the test, I was somewhat reassured that although I’m aging (mirrors don’t lie) I’m still thinking at the same speed of someone less than half my age.  A good thing.

Or, at least I thought it was…I mean that’s what the site figures.

But, maybe that means that I’ve forgotten so much that there’s nothing going on to compete with reaction speed. Hmmm…

Another reassuring time sink is  I did OK, I think, but some of the games here are not benchmarked yet.

On the verbal recall I man aged 139 words correctly, but I have no idea whether that’s good or bad.  I gave myself a pass on that since Trump’s physician wasn’t available, lol.

Elaine was signed up for for a while, but we get so busy on projects that it wasn’t a good value.  For now, it’s fun to take reaction time tests and such, but once into your 70’s, there’s a need for a special test.  Which we have simplified as follows:

Special Age Test

(true or false)

  • Kids today are generally rude, disrespectful, greedy, and self-centered.
  • We live in one nation, under God.
  • All people deserve to start about the same.
  • Gender isn’t in the Constitution.
  • America needs a strong military.
  • China is not to be trusted.
  • Russia is not to be trusted.
  • Nancy Pelosi is not to be trusted.
  • is not to be trusted.
  • Liberal teachers at colleges is not to be trusted.
  • Eye for an eye.

As we have it figured with only 6-decades of observation so far, the answer to all these is True.

Save this test.  If you disagree with any of the calls, review it in a few decades.  The older you get, the more likely you’ll change scores to True.

The hell of it is, those selling false andswer are much more vociferous.

Ham Radio Corner

Don’t know if you have read the latest issue of QST, the monthly magazine of the ham radio American Radio Relay League, but one hell of a fine article on antennas and how much energy they suck up from  different kinds of antennas.

Up to 11 dB of tree loss?  Horrible.  The good news is that with our tower propping up the “aluminum overcast” we don’t have a strong incentive to whip out the chain saw.

But, don’t take out a life insurance policy on any of the trees within, oh, 150 feet of the tower:  Those trees are not only costing us maybe an “S-unit” (we won’t bore you with the long discourse on how to convert 20 dB over S-9 into dbm levels) they’re also blocking the sun on the solar arrays on summer afternoons after about 1 PM.

As much as Elaine loves trees, birds, and the park-like setting around here, George Bunyon has been eyeing the Blue Ox and the yellow chainsaw and figuring how (pun alert) this is all going to go down.

Third nail in the coffin for about 10 large pines is that they could fall on my office in a big enough wind.  While there are some trolls who would see this as just desserts, not quick was “sticking it to George” is about.

All I need to do is figure how to monetize it all…

Making report Sunday is the last episode of the Amplifier rehab (verging on serious this week) and new week we will be on to gardening and such…

Have a great weekend, work for something in your heart or wallet between now and Monday, too.  And don’t forget to….

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