Things I worry about

Is my metabolism slowing down? Am I getting soft around the middle without really noticing how much? Do people look at me and see a forty-something trying to cling to thirty-something-ness? Do these shorts make me look fat?

Should I dress better? Is it boring to wear jeans and t-shirts all the time? Is it too late to branch out and try to get a little fashionable? Or is that just giving in to perceived societal pressure? Does anyone else really care what I wear, anyway?

What’s with my hair? I’ve had the same hairstyle for years now, and am loathe to change it, even though a few presumably well-meaning friends are constantly urging me to do so. What do I fear will happen if I change my hair? That it will change my personality too?

Should we buy a house? Or continue to rent? Are housing prices going to fall more? Should we wait? What if we wait too long?

Do I drink too much? Am I a jerk when I drink?

Is posting these musings on TGW a stupid idea? Do they sound too self-absorbed? Will people think I’m insane? Am I possibly insane?

Corollary: Things I don’t worry about

I like my job. I love my partner. I like our apartment. I have a reliable car. My family and friends are really great. My health is good.

But seriously, what is with my hair?

21 responses to “Things I worry about”

  1. NotCheney says:

    As J. Alfred Prufrock would say, “Do I dare to eat a peach?”.
    Maybe its time to start carrying a purse.

  2. ScottyGee says:

    …and living in LA does nothing if not exacerbate these kinds of worries. It sounds like high time for you to visit your parrents and feel some unconditional love.

  3. Rachel says:

    There’s lots to comment on here (soft around the middle? ha!), but I just want to say: hooray for the reliable car!

  4. NotScottyGee says:

    I don’t know if it was intentional, but I love how you set us up with that title. I was expecting another doom and gloom post about global warming or the impending collapse of society.

  5. Lisa Parrish says:

    1: I always carry a spiritual purse, in honor of the fiery redhead who made the original request.

    2: My mom loves me unconditionally. Except she REALLY wants me to change my hair.

    3: Yes, it is unfailingly reliable, though i do miss that frisson of excitement that accompanied the Satanvertible on its short stint in my possession!

    4: I don’t worry about that stuff.

  6. lane says:

    i worry that the great whatsit is running out of content . . .

  7. LP says:

    6: I worry that Lane is becoming a grumpy old man and doesn’t realize it.

  8. J-Man says:

    Your hair is silky.

  9. E&R's Papa says:

    You realize you’re violating Mona’s Law (from Tales of the City) — you can have a great partner, a great job, or a great apartment, but never all three.

  10. swells says:

    Oh Parrish, your hair is so Parrishy that I can’t imagine it any other way. That said, I’ll shag mine out if you will.

  11. swells says:

    Also, Carly is a huge improvement over the Satanvertible in every way.

  12. NotScottyGee says:

    #6: Your attempt to change things up didn’t go unnoticed — not one exclamation mark. Nice work (!)

  13. trixie says:

    i think you should go for the yellow latex dress and lavendar wig look we got going for you that one time.

  14. trixie says:

    also, it this a subtle hint that you want us to submit your look to one of those makeover shows?
    i am going to email “what not to wear” on your behalf in 30 seconds if i don’t hear otherwise from you.

  15. trixie says:

    15 seconds.

  16. trixie says:

    ok, i hear you loud and clear, LP.
    RB, can you email me some recent photos of parrish, maybe a short video of her reading aloud from this post?

  17. Dave says:

    What does it mean to “shag out” hair? Make it more carpet-like?

  18. swells says:

    You’ll see, Dave, after Parrish and I shag out our hair, and then move on to yours. Anyone else?

  19. trixie says:

    swells, i think you are already pretty well-shagged.
    your hair, i mean.
    of course.

  20. J-Man says:


  21. LP says:

    Wuh-oh. Did RB respond? Was that why she was filming me last night, reading this post?

    Swells: I am IN for the shag. However, technically, that is also not a “new” haircut for me, as I wore a shag for many years prior to my mullet.