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Posted on 2007.04.16 at 22:00


snapper521 at 2007-04-22 03:30 (UTC) (Link)


Haha. That is what Eric said as well. :-P Pogonotrophy has it's place... but to much isn't welcome. Example is the way the Amish grow their beards until they have them down to their belts... which is ridiculous and I haven't the faintest clue how they get all those kids with beards like that... AND with the women never shaving ANY of their hair off... they are not allowed to cut ANY of their hair. (depending on the church) which is just gross... least to me... cuz I mean you gotta at least have shaved legs... *odd look*

Anyway - back on subject... My dad goes from having one to not having one every 6 months then vise versa growing one in the winter and shaving it in the summer because my mom likes him both ways, and it's warmer for him in the winter and cooler in the summer, so they both stay happy.

I get used to him in a beard or with the scruff... then he shaves it and I have to try to re-adjust... it's freaky.
leonardii at 2007-04-23 19:28 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Pogonotrophy:

Although my head does have hair, I keep it neatly and tightly buzzed so that in warmer times, I stay cooler. In colder times (rare in Texas), I just wear an awesome and hip toboggan (that's a stocking cap, not a sled) to keep my head and (chiefly) my ears warm.
snapper521 at 2007-04-24 03:24 (UTC) (Link)

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I don't think of Texas as needing stocking caps. I think of horses, ranches, cattle and dogs. :-P

Someday... I'm coming to visit your fine state, and heaven knows I might just stay there for awhile!

Ditto for Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming.

I have a hankering to go horse back riding in those states, and to work on a ranch for a couple years. Among the other things I would like to do before I grow old.
ehowton at 2007-04-24 03:33 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Pogonotrophy:

One of the things you can do in Texas that you can't do in Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming is take your horse for a gallop on the beach of the Gulf of Mexico. What fun that is!
snapper521 at 2007-04-24 04:24 (UTC) (Link)

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Taking your horse for a gallop is fun no matter if your on a beach or not. :-)
leonardii at 2007-05-24 14:20 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Pogonotrophy:

I live in the Dallas area - a virtual cultural oasis out here in in the lands between the East and West coasts. New Orleans is not that far - but I've never stopped there long enough to really check things out. I've just driven through.

We have lots of ranches, plenty of horses to ride - and when you are done with all that, you can put on a black dress, your man can don a tux - and you can hit the opera.

This place is just awesome.

Of course, growing up in Wyoming - there are not too many cultural centers - excecpt for maybe Cheyenne, the capitol. But the lands are vast with great areas and mountains to ride horses and in the winter - skis and snowmobiles! I remember living there in the winter - we lived in such a small town, instead of the traffic consisting of automobiles - the only vehicles on the roads were snowmobiles. It was a sight to see.
ehowton at 2007-05-24 14:34 (UTC) (Link)

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What a wonderful synopsis of our Great State! And welcome back, sir.
leonardii at 2007-05-26 04:32 (UTC) (Link)

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Thanks - you know how much I love our city of Dallas - and how I feel about Texas in general. It feels good to give it accolades and praise deserving of its excellence among the 50 states. And for Dallas - everyday people move in from all over the country, from a plethora of different large cities that are supposedly powerhouses of economic prosperity. But from the stories I hear from my neighbors moving in from the different cities - this place is a comparative paradise, and our economy far exceeds those of other major cities that have such overinflated housing, economic slowdowns in general, and just the crime, the unfriendly natives, and the tendency for natural disasters looms about their heads. They worry for themselves, for their children, and for their own future retirement. Dallas seems to be the place to be - our prosperity is thriving, even during our national economic breakdown. Dallas has much to offer in forms of living and breathing room. The beautiful houses people can afford to purchase here are shitholes at the same price in other places. I think you know this from firsthand experience.

Anyway - Dallas, among it great economic satisfaction for people to make a home here, she has a great cultural status, fine dining unmatched and one could say even parallel to that of New York City (for some things, not all) and yet among its massive growth, there is still plenty of room for yet the great many hordes of people that continue to move in and settle here - and the city can truly absorb the influx... and in fact - she prospers because of it. New businesses being built need labor, middle class housing (and finer upper class housing) is still continuing to be built on an enormous scale. In my neighborhood alone house prices range from $150K to around $800K+. It helps that we have two country clubs in the immediate area (ours is one to two blocks over - right withing walking distance). There is a club (complete with gym, swimming pool, etc) for the middle class, and one for the upper classes. Even brand new beautiful apartments are sprouting up to home those who do not yet wish (or cannot simply afford) a brand new home. Even here in Rockwall, new apartments are being built beside new large office spaces that are expected to be filled with booming business that will need massive labor forces from sanitation engineers to secretarial/call center laborers, to uber technology geeks, and finally to the lower/middle/upper managers and of course the C-level personnel who will need our city for its excellent and affordable country clubs, million dollar homes, golfing, swimming, playgrounds, parks and recreation, technology stores such as Circuit City and of course - new restaurants by the dozens. La Madeline, all the American eateries like TGI Fridays, Snuffers, etc. And I believe the new ginormous complex of outdoor world has had its grand opening. They are located right on the lake so the boats they sale can go for a test run right onto the water.

They are tearing down older sections of the town in order to build beautiful new expansive roadways, major highways and through-ways within easy driving distance, and they are rebuilding/renewing/renovating I-30 in many many major locations to accommodate the expected buildup of traffic. New roads, brand new public and private schools, a most luxurious cinema located right on the edge of Lake Ray Hubbard where you can sample a "Marble Slab" type of ice cream (I forget the name of the store, but it's similar to the afore mentioned ice cream shop) and stroll along the new docks that stretch out into the lake to get a romantic and nostalgic feel of the lake view. They've just built a brand new central fountain that is in all senses - awesome. In height, beauty, art, culture, and sophistication. It's just grand how the city is improving not only in Rockwall - but in all other areas as well.

ehowton at 2007-05-26 12:24 (UTC) (Link)

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You should be a columnist. You're understanding of the world around you coupled with your ability to write is a joy to read. How long did it take you to get that all down? Its brilliant, really. I know, you should write for D Magazine!
leonardii at 2007-05-26 04:42 (UTC) (Link)

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But putting the niceties aside... you would not believe what has been keeping me out of the loop. It's much too long of a bullshit story to reply here... I think I should just write my entire story in my own journal - perhaps it would be cathartic, if not downright purely psychologically medicinal.

You would not believe how knee deep I am in bullshit right now. I mean, it's deep - very deep.

I'm sorry - so very sorry from not keeping in touch. My nerves are wracked, I have been a mess for many weeks... I just don't know what to do.

Sometimes I feel very confident - and I feel good, I feel justice will prevail, and I feel everything will be fine.

Other times - I'm at the point of a nervous breakdown. A true mental breakdown. Sometimes I'm shaking for hours - other times - like I said, I feel fine and I feel I shall be truly vindicated when the times comes.

But it's those times that I'm a nervous wreck that keep me from posting... or even giving a reply. It has kept me away from the computer. For a few days at a time, I go without checking my email or even looking at the internet. This of course is a true sign that I am really suffering. For if I go one day without plugging in - I know something very deep inside in wrong. And sometimes I just cannot move - I'm paralyzed.

I will write about it... but right now I'm again in crisis mode - and I'm feeling weak, I cannot eat, I cannot sleep, and I just cannot do anything.

Please my friend - forgive me.
snapper521 at 2007-05-24 19:39 (UTC) (Link)

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It sounds awesome honestly.

I have cousins in Houston, and I've heard tales, but I guess Dallas doesn't sound to bad. :-)

How much of a bi-lingual issue is it? Population being about 50/30/20 white/mexican/black? or more like 50/45/5.
leonardii at 2007-06-06 01:10 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Pogonotrophy:

If you've got cousins in Houston, tell them to take a look at my website:

I can offer them substantial savings on their electric bill. Just have them give me a call.

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Home number: 972-722-9678
Mobile number: 972-983-5225

If they are using TXU or Reliant for their electric service provider, tell them I can save them a bundle of cash each month if they would switch to Stream Energy. It's a great company - a Top Tier -1 business, which basically means they have the power and money to buy electricity directly from the "grid" which supplies power to all of Texas.

I would appreciate the referrals.


As for the bilingual language here in Dallas, we have quite a few Hispanics which speak native Spanish. we also have a diverse population of Russians, Jews, Eastern Europeans, Italians, Orientals of all types (Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, etc.).

Dallas is full of different people, but I would say Houston has a greater population of native Spanish speaking Hispanics.
leonardii at 2007-06-05 21:16 (UTC) (Link)

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In Texas, especially in Dallas - you can ride the horses, or go to our horse racing racetrack and bet on them! How fun!

I have met so many people here who said that they came for a visit (especially foreigners from different parts of the world) - but when they saw the good life here, they decided to leave where ever they hailed from and make Texas (Dallas) their new home.

Truly amazing.

Dallas has that hypnotizing effect on people who've never been here. There is simply so much to see and do - you can live your whole life here and never see and do it all.

Now THAT's truly a culture that's brimming with a quality of life that you will just not find anywhere else. Of course there are a few, but not many other places with our economy, diversity, culture, and amazing events that simply enthrall the masses! :)
leonardii at 2007-06-05 22:10 (UTC) (Link)

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Yeah, too much is definitely not cool. I see dudes with lamb chops that look like they came from the Civil War Era. I don't know what to think though... I'm 35... not 18.

Since I'm not so young and hip anymore, I don't know *what* the latest crazes are. I'm certainly not a conservative when it comes to new fashion. I embrace awesome looks and unique styles. But mutton chops on a guy that looks like he's only about 20 just looks a little freakish.

But - who am I to say what's cool.

When I was about 21 - I worked in a cheap hotel as a hotel clerk. These older guys... probably in their late 30s... they came to the front desk (me - as I was the only guy there), and this hotel was far from elegant. It was inexpensive, maybe not a rat shack, but not a Hilton suite for sure. They had something wrong... like a missing towel from their room, or they ordered extra towels and they never came... whatever it was, it was pretty lame for a complaint for the type of hotel/motel where they decided to stay the night (cheap... just like they were - they looked like white trash). They had the nerve to demand a FULL refund of their bill... about $43 dollars (this was about 1996).

I told them that I couldn't do that, nor could I give them a discount on their bill. I just didn't have that kind of authority (I was just a simple desk clerk, and even if I could - they were jerks so I wasn't about to give them any discount of any kind). I was wearing my goatee... and back then it was sort of avant garde, as it was not nearly as ubiquitous as it is today.

These guys called me every cuss word in the naval tongue. But my favorite was when one of the guys said, "Well, maybe I'll just come around that counter and kick your ass you bearded-fuck!"

I smiled. I mean - it was just too funny. Of course, he wasn't smiling. But then, my composure came back... and I threw the guy's receipt at him and said "Just get the hell out of here and don't ever come back!!"

There was two of them, so perhaps they could have started a ruckus - but I had just gotten out of the army, and I was still pretty well built. Maybe they took a good look and decided that it would not be worth a brawl. Anyway... they left. But I'll never forget being called a "bearded-fuck!"

Today, I still wear my goatee with pride - just as I did back then when I got looks from all sorts of people. I mean, I think in the small town of Abilene, I was maybe one of two guys who sported the goatee. It was considered quite a "movement" back then.

Now... a goatee is as common as weeds in the garden. :)
snapper521 at 2007-06-07 19:25 (UTC) (Link)

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Haha!! That is hilarious. :-D I love that story. :-D

"Back then I was still well built" that makes you sound as though you are just falling apart... the nails coming out of every board...
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