Wondering about wild grapes

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wondering – an “Ole Hippie”

Ben, in his yesterday’s blog “An Older Texan Remembers”, said that I “Would fit right in as an Ole Hippie”. Well, let me explain it like I did the other day.

My wife and I were walking through a flea market last Sunday and as I walked past an older couple’s table the guy says, “There goes an ole hippie”. I stopped and laughed and told him that I was not an old hippie but a NEW HIPPIE. I explained to him that I never had long hair in the past and because of my work, had to keep neat and trimmed everyday. So when I turned 65, I quit cutting both my hair and my beard. So, that makes me a “new hippie”.

Do you all remember “Woodstock”? That was supposed to be the pinnacle of the hippie movement. Well, at that time I was working hard to make a living for me and my family. Yep, I had a wife (the same one) and two boys at that time. The oldest boy was just a little over 4 years old and the youngest was only a month or so old. I was never a hippie, any way, I liked country music.

I grew up with parents that wouldn’t allow long hair on boys. Although I didn’t want really long hair, I did want was in style at the time. No, just had a “normal” looking hair cut about every three or four weeks. So, after all those years of looking neat, when I turned 65 I just wanted to let everything grow while I still had a few hairs left. Must say, it is a new and interesting life (grin). My wife does not like it and wants it all cut, but so far, I have been able to hold on to the long hair.

Wonder how long it will take to have hair as long as Crystal Gayle’s. She has to carry the end of it in her pocket to keep from tripping over it. Wow, didn’t know hair could grow that long. Nah, don’t want that, it would be way too hard to handle, for sure.

There is method to my madness. I figure that long hair and a long beard will take everyone’s attention off the fact that I am ugly. It seems to be working, so far. Now that I mentioned that, don’t look too hard at me. . .

You need to see today’s “Coffee with the Hermit”. He is remembering the old Burma Shave signs. Boy does that bring back memories. Always loved those signs. Do you remember Hee Haw, the TV show? On RFDTV they are showing that old show again. They have a take-off on the Burma Shave signs to introduce Buck Owens when he is about to sing one of his songs. Sure wish I could go back to the “good ole days”.


  1. Copy and paste. :-)


  2. I don't even remember when I started growing my beard! Or why!

    I've just had it so long now, that I don't know if I could do without it!

    Keep an eye on mama with the scissors now!

  3. Mine is not that long, but I started it in 1976. Told wifie I wasn't gonna shave it till I shoot my first deer that year, killed Bambi but just kept the beard. Only shaved it one time, when I took a new job, that only lasted one year,

  4. Ben, your first comment. Yea, I listened to that when you had it on your blog. Good song, but was done many years after the hippie era. Do you remember a TV show called Hootenanny? I was at Penn State when they filmed a show with "The Brothers Four". I did like folk music.

    Jim, I may have misled you. I quit trimming my beard when I turned 65 but had one for many, many years. I will hide the scissors. .

    And Ben, when I worked for Pullman-Standard there was a big strike that lasted over half a year. During that time, we salaried employees didn't have much to do, so that is when I qjuit shaving. Not sure when that was, late '60s or early 70's, I think.

  5. Dizzy I go back to the( penny peanut patty) and the (penny guess what).Now back to hair -when GOD created heads he created very few perfect heads and the rest he put hair on.My head is one of those that when I go to the barber to get my hair cut,I have to pay extra finders fee .

  6. Can't buy anything for a penny any more.
    -Since I quit going to my barber anymore he can now take an extra day of now and then. :-0

  7. I call myself a Latter-Day-Hippie. I also worked hard when I was younger.

  8. Howdy Frann, thanks for stopping by. We all have a little hippie in us, don't you agree?

    Good luck with your surgery and I hope you get that Gremlin for your birthday.

  9. I've had a beard since I could grow one. After all, how else was I to get into a pub to have a drink and a good time with friends without being kicked out?

    I too use it to cover up an ugly face. Though these days it's more of a goat-tee rather than a full beehive.

    I had long hair, now I have no hair. I'm as bald as a.. iduno.... pretty bald. So now I just shave my head. Still getting the hang of that. I nick myself with the razor at least once every time.

  10. Howdy Pip, Yep, I would think shaving one's own head would not be the easiest thing in the world to do. I sure wouldn't want to have to do it. The first time must have been a real challenge.