I need to be re-Googled so badly…

October 26, 2004, 9:57 PM

As of right now, most of my search results are bad. Specifically, at this time, it affects all pages in the Life and Times, Major Areas, Odds and Ends, and Photography sections. That’s because all my pages now end in .asp and not .htm, since the new menus require the new extension. And the aforementioned sections are the ones where the redesign has been completed. Journal, being a new section, is different because there are no old results. It just needs to be crawled for the first time.

So as a result, I can expect to see some of my site traffic dip until Google finds me again. I’ve done my part, though, and resubmitted the home pages for the changed sections, where all the links live.

Otherwise, I got out of the house for a little bit today. I actually went to Staunton Mall to get my glasses adjusted, and then went to the Staunton Wal-Mart to do a little shopping. In this case, Staunton Wal-Mart is crucial here. I don’t shop in the Waynesboro Wal-Mart on my off-days. Feels too much like going to work. So I went to Staunton. I hadn’t seen them in a while, and so that was nice. Staunton has now turned their Garden Center patio into a full-scale greenhouse like we have in Waynesboro, which I thought was cool. It definitely beats the heck out of the open-air patio that it used to be.

And then tomorrow, we go back to work! Yaaaaaay. I could use a few more days off. I get a lot done on my off-days. And I was able to give my face a rest, too. Right now, I have what could best be described as a two-day beard, since I didn’t shave today or yesterday. Tomorrow morning, I shave once again. See, if I know I’m not doing anything major outside the house, I don’t shave, and give my face a rest for the day. And after a couple days of not shaving, I start to look at it and think. I try to imagine what I’d look like if I kept it and grew a full beard. Or what I’d look like if I grew a mustache. Hmmmm.

Speaking of facial hair, this is why we’re glad that Mom is Mom and not Dad. This is Mom on facial hair: “If I were a man, I’d grow a beard, and then shave it off. I’d grow a mustache, and then shave it off. I’d grow a goatee, and then (you guessed it) shave it off.”

Talking to Mom, you’d think that beards grew on trees. I, being a man, with the capability of growing a beard, know better. These things take time and patience. I could just see Mom as a guy with a beard. “Whoopee! It’s that perfect length! Get the razor!”

But we love her for it anyway. And we’re glad she can’t grow a beard. And shave it off. And grow a mustache. And shave it off.

And don’t ask me why, but after it grows out a little bit, that’s when I really get the closest shaves. If I’m just doing a normal shave, it runs the full range from a really bad shave to a “good” shave. Or there’s the occasion where I’ll be halfway to work and then realize I missed a spot. (Oh, by the way, I use an electric, so it’s not like we’re using shaving cream as a guide or anything.) But after a day of letting it grow out, that’s when you get the really great shaves. I go from rough to baby-bottom smoothness.

And besides, a good close shave is part of my look.