Wharts and All: Blogging the Full-Time MBA Program at the Wharton School

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Disobedient Barber Triggers Quarter-Life Crisis [Edit 2]

While traveling through the outback of Ohio on business, I stopped into a small-town barbershop to have some of the jungle atop my head trimmed back, just a little. First mistake.

My thrice-repeated instructions to "leave the length alone, just even it out" apparently never registered with the geriatric who wielded the clippers. Before I could stop him, he cut a swath right through the middle of my manly mane. I yelped, but he didn't even turn off the clippers as I voiced my displeasure in words that would make a Brooklyn cabbie blush. Second mistake.

Let me tell you something I learned: no matter how much swearing you do, you will not look tough when you've got a gown around you and a big patch of scalp showing through on one side of your head. Should you ever find yourself in this situation, just let it go. Let it go, or the old men and rednecks who tend to hang in and around barber shops will have a very merry chuckle at your expense.

I guess he thought I was some kind of sissy and that he was doing me a favor by imposing an extreme buzz cut on me. He probably believed he was saving me from a life of faggoting and gallivanting about in my Sodom to the Northeast.

What does this have to do with business school? I could spin this into a parable about the customer always being right (except when he's wrong). I could talk about educators who—like the barber—believe they know what's best for us and who sometimes impose their will on us to our detriment.

But what this really represents is a loss of youth and an important transition. My hair was a visible "fuck you" to the business establishment because it wasn't the norm. It was my rebel signature. Now, however, I look like every other cookie-cutter corporate sonofabitch when I put on my suit and tie for work.

Unsavory choices from here. Do I attempt to wear my identity on my sleeve via some other visual (Tattoos? Versace? Nose piercing?) Or do I just let it go, and acknowledge the fact that I've inched that much closer to the demographic that people my age were once warned never to trust?

Next thing you know, I'll propose to a girl. Or turn 30! Or both. All of this on top of a corporate job and an MBA from Wharton might be too much for my rebellious heart to take. I feel like I've fallen asleep on a moving conveyor belt that's steadily bringing me closer and closer to violent, malevolently glinting machines that will chop me up, melt me down and pour me out into a Wharton-shaped mold. The conveyor belt will then carry me past Dean Harker's station and he'll pop me out of the mold, brush me off, slap an "inspected by PTH" sticker on my ass, and shove me out the door. I won't be a new man. I'll be a new old man.

Edit 1: redid last paragraph to make it less sucky
Edit 2: minor words added and removed


Blogger britchick said...

I'd go with piercings - cheaper than Versace and less permanent than tattoos. And IMHO there's nothing like turning 30 for bringing out your innner rebel (although I did the conventional and settled thing in my 20's, which might explain it.)

3/16/2005 09:07:00 AM  
Blogger bskewl said...

Well, thankfully I'm still a few years off from my third decade of life, but I will have to look into this piercings thing. Problem is, the piercing i most want to get is also the least visible. I need a statement that says, "I'm not dead yet!"

3/16/2005 09:22:00 AM  
Anonymous tanya said...

Great post! Made me laugh:)
However, you can always make a statement with your clothes! Think about it:)

3/16/2005 10:12:00 AM  
Blogger chanakya said...

they can make you wear a coat and tie, talk consultant crap, and shorten your hair. what they can't touch is the attitude that you have in cartloads.

in the end, it can be even more fun when you look like you fit in at first glance.

3/16/2005 12:45:00 PM  
Blogger FMGirl said...

what's wrong with being 30? and it's officially not 30 anymore, it's 20-10 And I have a secret for you - lean in close here - your hair will grow back. I know the 3-4 months to grow it out will be hard, but you can do it. I believe in you.

3/16/2005 06:21:00 PM  
Blogger Code Red said...

it is useless to resist us. you will be assimilated.

3/16/2005 06:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bend Over, I have the lube

3/16/2005 07:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More Thailand News & Press Releases. In Thai Language

cheap phentermine free shipping
Buy Viagra and Generic Viagra online at discount prices. 4 for $29, 30 for $99, 90 for $199

1/05/2007 03:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sildenafil citrate, sold under the name Viagra is the first of a new group of medication which allows adequate sexual stimulation, relaxes the blood vessels of the penis and helps erection..More info

Teen sex chat teen model nude little nude girls next teen party lesbian

Premium dating site for adult single dating and sexy swinger,

Faint free sex chat websites lines showed on both of their buttocks where they had been playing earlier.

Couple: Lars & Vanessa Teen: Haylo How: looking for models Video: Photos:

hymen pornography naked women youngyoung porno hardcore pantyhose porno

Quality gay sex pictures in many categories for free - updated hourly

women younger men pussy clips young horny boy dad gay sex older younger ...

Girls Home Alone - Girls Home Alone - Instant Action Girl-Girl PUSY-PUSY Girl-Boy ...

Sexy lesbians licking pussy: You must be at least

porno videos sex porno free gallery mature wmv porno free daily trailers ...

1/10/2007 08:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sildenafil citrate, sold under the name Viagra is the first of a new group of medication which allows adequate sexual stimulation, relaxes the blood vessels of the penis and helps erectionbuy cheap VIAGRA online

2/01/2007 10:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... is the daily news, information, and exploration destination

baseboard heating

beaded name bracelets
wholesale curtains beaded

beautiful perfume estee lauder perfumes beautiful


2/03/2007 07:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SFX brings you all the latest news, gossip and reviews from the world of sci-fi.
buy cheap VIAGRA online - An incredible online casino experience offering blackjack, roulette, craps, slots, and video poker. Deposit now and get up to $555 FREE!

Our watches are top quality replica grade. Fast customer service with FREE shipping. We consistantly receive new watches and deals

absorption of bovine colostrum in humans

black internet inurl jack
black casino internet jack

2/04/2007 08:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to online community. Interesting OnLine STUFF .!

OEM Download Software & Support Overview
* Most software titles are available immediately or within a few hours!
* Ultra Fast download connection most download software titles to be downloaded in less than a hour on DSL or Cable connection
* Customer support on all download software and free upgrades available for up to 1 year.

all oem programs are the 100% full working retail versions - no demos or academic versions!
Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Pro.
Adobe Photoshop CS2 + Image ready CS2.
Alias Maya 7.0 Unlimited.
Ansys Multiphysics 10.0
Autocad 2006
Crystal Reports Server 11 Full Version
Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 Microsoft Office 2003 Professional Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition.Symantec Norton Internet Security™ 2006

2/17/2007 09:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


2/26/2007 02:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HALF-PRICE Great Downloadable Software! LOW_COST OEM SOFTWARE.!
Macromedia Dreamweaver 8
buy low-cost XANAX online
buy low-cost ALEGRA online
buy low-cost VIAGRA online, Buy Alprazolam ONLINE & Half-Price
buy low-cost DRUGS, ALTACE online, MEDs Half-Price
buy low-cost AMBIEN online, OnLine Pharmacy
buy low-cost AVELOX online
buy low-cost CIALIC online, half-Price CIALIC ONLINE
buy low-cost MERIDIA online
buy low-cost VIAGRA online, Buy Alprazolam, ONLINE Half-Price MEDs & Beauty

?download Adobe Acrobat Professional 8 oem

2/28/2007 09:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Buy Levitra said...

Great article! Thanks.

8/18/2007 05:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Phentermine said...

Thanks for interesting article.

8/18/2007 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonimous said...

Excellent website. Good work. Very useful. I will bookmark!

9/10/2007 12:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Page include actual and better poker promotions and bonus no deposit required. Review poker online sponsor's and poker rooms. Play for free at platform like Mansion,Full Tilt,Party poker or Titan.
no deposit bonuses for belgium japan denmark france nepal indie maroko poker usa finland wsop portugal and all brasil chile get free money no requirments - starting capital for fish and donkey no deposit bonuses online poker no deposit bonus free gambling cash and money no required deposit
online poker no depositYour source for Savings. ... Bonus Sports Shop. Snowboard Shop
poker sans dépôtpoker sans dépôt - argent libre no deposit without poker
These can come in the form of free casino bonus cash, no deposit poker bonuses check poker out Gambling Planet exclusive deal, bonus codes
letét rendkívüli osztalékletét rendkívüli osztalék - prémium új játékos no deposit without poker
estawienie najlepszych kasyn wraz z bonusami. Łaczna wartośc ...
Łączna wartość darmowych bonusów to ponad $100 więc graj do woli za darmo bez obrażeń, Newsletter bonusy bez depozytu. Zapisza się na tour wsop news
poker online bez depozytu
Oferta poker promocyjne, bonusy i darmowe zakłady, są przeznaczone dla pokerzystów obstawiających rekreacyjnie w texas hold em.
free cash for all !!!
ポーカー 褒奨金 - 対して �俳優 褒奨金 - ポーカ - 対して �俳優 :)

5/30/2009 06:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Cheap Viagra Pills said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment

11/18/2009 02:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

[url=]order mexitil online[/url]

11/22/2009 10:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

[url=]order mexitil online[/url]

11/24/2009 08:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

[url=]buy Viagra online without a prescription and no membership[/url]

11/26/2009 07:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

[url=]10.1mp digital camera [/url] and
[url=]knee pain
back pain treatment
hip pain
chest pain
muscle relaxer

[url=]скачать фильмы[/url] скачать фильмы

10 digital camera and
hip pain
back pain treatment
back pain relief
leg pain
knee pain

12/12/2009 06:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Мне понравился ваш сайтик , если интересно - вот мой - видео голые знаменитости

1/07/2010 02:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

[url=]происхождение фамилии[/url]
а также
[url=]происхождение фамилии[/url]
а также
[url=]происхождение фамилии[/url]
а также
[url=]происхождение фамилии[/url]
мои сайты для вас
происхождение фамилии
а также
значение фамилии
а также
значение фамилии
а также
значение фамилии
а также
Посмотреть фильм онлайн бесплатно
[url=]смотреть онлайн Наша раша Яйца судьбы [/url]
смотреть онлайн Наша раша Яйца судьбы
Посмотреть фильм онлайн бесплатно
Скачать фильм мне бы в небо torrent а также смотрите кинопремьера скоро
[url=]смотреть онлайн Наша раша Яйца судьбы[/url]
смотреть онлайн Наша раша Яйца судьбы
Посмотреть фильм онлайн бесплатно вместе с семьей
Samsung lcd

1/19/2010 09:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good day, sun shines!
There have been times of hardship when I didn't know about opportunities of getting high yields on investments. I was a dump and downright pessimistic person.
I have never thought that there weren't any need in large initial investment.
Nowadays, I feel good, I begin take up real income.
It's all about how to select a correct partner who utilizes your funds in a right way - that is incorporate it in real business, and shares the income with me.

You can ask, if there are such firms? I have to tell the truth, YES, there are. Please get to know about one of them: [url=]Online Investment Blog[/url]

2/03/2010 04:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

[url=][img][/img][img][/img][img][/img][/url] Игровые автоматы офрутис чит на рулетку samp Игровые автоматы играть онлайн бесплатно без регистрации вулкан [url=]чат-рулетка без регистрации[/url] Игровой автомат слот just jewels Переносная трехфункциональная рулетка d-2401 Играть в игровие автомати бесплатно и без регестрации [url=]Какие в голандии само большие казино[/url] Казина кристина Герметикон кардонийская рулетка fb2 Кто-нибудь зарабатывает на рулетке [url=]электронное казино как вид заработка[/url] Игровые автоматы клубнички играть бесплатно чат рулетка 2010 Описание программы для игры в рулетку zroulette [url=]Игровые автоматы отзывы[/url] [url=]Игровые автоматы 3д играть бесплатно[/url] Как обнулить статистику на игровом автомате гаменаторы

3/03/2013 10:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

[url=][img][/img][img][/img][img][/img][/url] рулетка от проффесора Казино онлайн играть бесплатно без регистрации Азартные игровые автоматы для s5620 [url=]Игровые автоматы book ra[/url] Игровые автоматы играть онлайн бесплатно и без регистрации book of ra deluxe рулетка р5у2п Казино онлайн для нокиа 5530 [url=]Как зарабатывать деньги в интернет казино[/url] Метод игры в рулетку на сикслайн Играть бессплатно игровые автоматы онлайн чат аналог рулетки [url=]Игровой автомат в магазинах[/url] скачать игры бесплатно и без регистрации и смс на компьютер игровые автоматы Последнее казино смотреть онлайн Игровой автомат гном [url=]Взлом на деньги игры karos начало[/url]
[url=] Онлайн игровые автоматы c jgkfnjq vfbk[/url] [url=]Игровые автоматы nokia 700[/url] Игровые автоматы пирамида


[url=http:/]Игровой автомат пробки играть бесплатно[/url][url=http:/]Игровые автоматы мобильная версия[/url]
[url=http:/]Игровые автоматы играть бесплатно онлайн[/url]

3/10/2013 07:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

[url=][img][/img][img][/img][img][/img][/url] Закрыто подпольное казино в смоленск в ночь на 17 августа Заработок казино отзывы Бесплатно играть в игровые автоматы онлайн [url=]рулетка 10м софт[/url] Автоматы игровые online Игровые автоматы онлайн бесплатно играть сейчас рулетка со ставкой от 1 рубля [url=]Играть в игры онлайн бесплатно игрови автомати[/url] Веб чат бесплатно рулетка знакомства вирт Как в сампе выйграть в казино Анализатор чисел рулетки [url=]Лучший способ играть на рулетке[/url] Как зарабатывать деньги в казино онлайн Играть в игровые автоматы бесплатно без регистрации онлайн Игровой автомат золото партии играть онлайн [url=]рулетка 7 5м[/url]
[url=] схема цифр в казино в samp[/url] [url=]Игровые автоматы от 0.1 руб[/url] Нло в вулкане


[url=http:/]Игры игровые автоматы онлайн бесплатно[/url][url=http:/]777 игровые автоматы без регистрации[/url]
[url=http:/]Видео чат скайп рулетка чат[/url]

3/11/2013 02:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... чат рулетка бесплатно без регистрации [url=] Заработок на рулетке-обман [/url] Программа анализатор рулетки скачать Казино в ницце mamoleptino321 Бесплатные азартные игры игровые автоматы [url=] Брелок-рулетка [/url] Игровые автоматы играть бесплатно без регистрации обезьянки рулетка играть онлайн бесплатно скачать бесплатно игровые автоматы на н8 [url=] Играть в игры казино бесплатно [/url] шоколадная рулетка купить Игровые автоматы цены pinball цены

[url=]Игровые автоматы имиграть бесплатно[/url]

3/13/2013 04:00:00 AM  
Blogger md razu Ahmed said...

Opportunities You Enjoy from RSC Bux :

$0.25 Free New Registration
2.5% Commission on AD
$2 Income on Referral On every paid referrals only
2.5% generation Income
Unlimited Generation Income.

the rsc bux

10/29/2015 02:33:00 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home