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Absentmindedness [May. 2nd, 2006|11:04 am]
Arvind Narayanan
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I need help.

My absentmindedness is out of control.

I am no longer surprised when I find myself wearing socks that don't match, or forgetting to zip up my pants or my backpack, or sending an email saying "Hi, here's my report" with no file attached. But today I outdid myself — I accidentally shaved off my goatee.

How the hell does one accidentally shave off their goatee, you might ask. A most reasonable question. Well, I forgot to insert the length attachment into my trimmer (I mean, it's like the ONLY attachment there is) and the default length is zero. I didn't realize what I was doing until it was too late.

With my goatee I've lost my sense of identity. When I look in the mirror, I ask ponderous questions: "Who art thou? What be thine purpose in life? And what the fuck are you doing looking into a mirror instead of working, you dumbass?"

At least I have my long hair. Without it I would be empty, devoid of soul, an automaton, an animal roaming the streets, a Lagashian at Nightfall.
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From: kupamanduka
2006-05-02 09:38 am (UTC)
Well, I have outdone you. I once forgot the length attachment while using a machine to cut my hair ( I usually cut my hair myself ) though I quickly discovered that and did some temporary fixing. Much of that hair grew back, but still there is kind of a no-hair-crease.
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-05-02 10:10 am (UTC)
Do you remember the one word reply that I or nicertry would have given to this story 3 years ago? Not seriously meant, of course, but delicious nonetheless.
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From: kupamanduka
2006-05-03 05:51 am (UTC)
delicious nonetheless.

Certainly :-))
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From: nicertry
2006-05-03 11:36 am (UTC)
since i dont have any evidence to the contrary i am inclined to believe that the word is still very applicable
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[User Picture]From: skthewimp
2006-05-07 10:39 pm (UTC)
haha you amreekans... why don't we start a firm which could probably outsource an amreekan's haircut to a barber sitting in chennai?
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-05-07 10:43 pm (UTC)
Well, people travel to India to get some their extracted, so perhaps outsourcing haircuts isn't too far off.
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-05-02 10:08 am (UTC)
Were you kidnapped by a horde of fanatics with the sole object of mutilating your mane? Or did you chop it off on a dare in a moment of dazed drunkenness? :)
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[User Picture]From: kadambarid
2006-05-03 12:51 am (UTC)
Speaking of hair, I've a "serious" problem- I have no clue whether I want it long, or have it short ( the summer here is mighty scorching)...I've decided to wait until after my exams, in any case:<
Lucky you- I bet it ain't half as hot, there...
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-05-03 01:28 pm (UTC)
Not as hot as Madras, but it's no joyride over here either. Last year the maximum temperature was 108°F (42°C).
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[User Picture]From: floopilot
2006-05-03 04:50 pm (UTC)

et tu?

is this the scrunchie wearing neighbor of mine?
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-05-03 05:14 pm (UTC)

Re: et tu?

How the hell did you identify me? :)

Classes gotten over yet?

P.S:

scunchie

hairband
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[User Picture]From: floopilot
2006-05-03 05:31 pm (UTC)

Re: et tu?

Well, came here through your post in the math forum. Your "defense" of Friends sealed it :D

P.S:

I prefer scrunchie - could it be more funny?
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-05-03 05:38 pm (UTC)

Re: et tu?

Eh, that was just a typo.

P.S: added you.
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[User Picture]From: skthewimp
2006-05-07 10:40 pm (UTC)
long hair... goatee.... is this the same guy who used to sit in TCS Lab???
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-05-07 10:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and I also lost about 30 pounds, so when I visited IIT last winter, more than one old friend didn't recognize me :)
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