I went silver

A random comment made a few days ago set me off thinking – I’m very aware that I have male pattern baldness, but someone said if I went white or grey it wouldn’t be as obvious.

Today I booked in at the hairdressers and this happened.

Waiting… Note the jeans!

Before…

Trimmed up and ready to get the treatment.

First layer on. This is the one to strip the original colour out. My hair goes yellow when stripped, bit wait for the end result.

First treatment washed off. See what I mean about the Yellow?

Next… The toner. This is what gives it the silver colour.

And finally… The reveal!

Very platinum. I’ve got to say I really like it, and it’s given me the impression of having more hair than I actually have!

Aaaargh!!!

I had a blowout in the top hole on my left ear. The skin at the back swelled up and I decided to go straight to the piercer and ask his advice. He told me I had two options – take the piercing out and rest it, or take the piercing out and put a longer bar through in the hope that the swelling would go down with a piercing still in.

I opted for the first option. I’d rather not play around with these things, after all, I can always have a go again next year. He did comment that my ears have quite complicated cartilage structures down the helix and that not all people can take piercings in all places. I’ve still got three in, which is quite a good level for my lesser pierced ear, and five in my right ear.

It’s now a couple of days since I had it removed and it’s settled down nicely and the lump has gone. I think that was a good save.

In other news this week, I finally decided to do it, I’ve actually bought a gopro. The genuine article, rather than the previous “action cameras” I had, which were quite frankly, garbage. It’s the truth that you should never cut corners on stuff like this.

Finally, I’m now fully vaccinated again, having had my third jab. Pfizer this time. It’s been a bit of a week for needles this week!

A beautiful break in the storm

Storm Barra has begun to whip up it’s wild winds and rain, but briefly this afternoon the clouds broke to reveal the crescent moon and Venus.

Point of note, am I the only person who gets really annoyed when I see the “wrong moon” in the wrong place in the sky in movies?

The epic gig.

Yesterday was yet another epic run out for a gig. I’m getting tired of these two hour journeys now (*there’s light at the end of the tunnel as a local agent has now took us on).

The A1 all the way up to Newcastle for a change – no A19 required.

A few changes though – first we didn’t take our lights in. It was an upstairs load so the fewer boxes we take the better.

Second Dennis and I have finally swapped sides on stage after planning it for a few months. Yes it’s happened!

The final annoyance though was the 10:45 stage time. It’s not really fair when a band has a two hour journey home to make stage time that late. Usually it’s 10:15 or at the latest 10:30, but we’ve not had a 10:45 in ages.

Considering it’s a 45 minute set plus encores that brings us off at about 11:40 and means we are leaving at 12:30.

My bedtime? 3:15am.

Gah

Today I’ve headed out to get something to clean the chain on the Fiido. The last few rides have really browned it up so I thought I’d do a bit of preventative maintenance. With the impeding bad weather I headed out (appropriately dressed again) and collected a chain cleaning kit.

I also stopped for coffee at my favourite coffee shop.

Skinny cappuccino is my poison today.

This afternoon I cleaned and lubricated the chain, and the rain came. I did well!

Now I’m going to fall asleep in front of Krampus, after all it’s Krampusnacht!

Buggering bollocks!

That moment when you get back to work having queued through a monumental traffic jam, only to realise you still have the keys for the building in your pocket.

Not wanting to face the traffic again, I decided to use my Fiido for a real practical use – caught a train to Wakefield, rode across town to the building, dropped the keys off in the keybox, and rode back to the station for the next train home.

Leather trousers were the order of the day – the weather was wet and horrible. Many layers!

Not a lot to report happened really, just the silly women with pushchairs who got on at Thurnscoe and tutted at the cycle rack being full of cycles until the guard pointed out that the pushchair rack was at the other end of the train.

We still had to endure mopey Karen face though.

Achievement unlocked

I’m not going to say my three new piercings are painless, or didn’t hurt, because they really did hurt! They’re all 1.2mm so they’ll take a nice range of body piercing jewelry.

I didn’t realise that all three are cartilage piercings! Oh.

They look good with the leather!

I think I’m finished now with the piercings. My only ones are in my ears and I have no interest in any in other places, at all.

As I’ve mentioned before I can’t really have my left ear pierced at the top due to bad practice before as the cartilage is damaged.