May 7, 2013 — I’ve never shaved my head or looked like a ripe bowling ball — until now. Oh, back in the good old days of the 1950s my brother and I used to get pretty-close-to-shaved military style, high and tight, buzz cuts every couple of months. It was the style in those days, and if we could convince our dad to take us to a real barbershop and get a flattop, we were living. But we were mostly poor in those days, so we usually got an old, holey towel, a rickety stool in the middle of the kitchen floor and mom pushing the noisy, whirring shears.
As a guitarslinger wannabe at Fresno High School a few years later, I wanted my hair to be as long as I could grow it. Unfortunately, my alma mater was hair hostile. We students constantly struggled against a strict dress code that was lifted a year after we graduated. A boy’s hair was deemed too long if it touched his ears or his collar.
May 7, 2013 — Maybe it’s only the beginning of May, but a long and potentially devastating fire season may have already begun in the state of California.
At deadline last Thursday, firefighters in Southern California were battling a scary blaze they fear may burn all the way to the ocean. Hundreds of residents have been forced to evacuate their homes. Closer to home, two fires raged last week near Quincy and other fires burned in Tehama and Butte counties.