I originally attended college in the 1980s to pursue electronics, computers, and psychology. Along the way I also dabbled in art, literature, philosophy, and swimming. All these things were of major interest to me.
But as I started working I noticed the great explosion in computer technology and their usefulness. I found now I could save my ideas on a hard drive, scan my drawings, and even print out some chess openings, my personal opinions on a variety of things, and even simple birthday cards.
And I wanted to go back to college and learn more about all this computer stuff.
So I did exactly that. My newest interest was graphic design, something I still find very useful today..
My return to college was many years ago. And I do want to re-return sometime later.
Anyway, back to original return to college time.
I was still young, and I seem to recall my hair being all black.
I liked it long, except during the summer when it (my hair and head) got hot (you see, the color black tends to attract heat – a problem I’ve always had until recently).
My jet black hair was also very thick. It contributed to the heat on the head. That was about the only concern I had about my hair. Like everything else that I find bothersome, I made some jokes about it.
These next statements are hyperboles, but not by much.
It was so thick it also doubled as a helmet.
It was so thick it broke my barber’s scissors.
By cutting my hair, I would lose two pounds.
So I (sort of) like(d) my hair.
But one thing I noticed during all the times at college was that there was preference of us male guys for the blonde girls on campus. I’ve always wondered if the reverse was true – do girls at college find blonde men more attractive than others?
On day when I was walking to class, a young female student approached me. She was studying Cosmetology and needed some test subjects. She offered to change my hair color. I thought about for about 2 seconds (just to make sure I heard her right) and replied, “Yes”!
They needed to bleach my hair first. And my hair looked good just being a light brown. But I wanted to go all the way.
So they begin the applying the dye. And after some time (it was over an hour) I finally was able to see my new blonde hair in the mirror. It never occurred to me, but I got a high from hair color thing.
And interesting, I did come compliments from some of the girls at the college and some of the even approached me for some small talk (and one case – to flirt).
I didn’t tell them my hair was colorized. After all, I wanted to see far my experiment would go in answering my original question, “do girls at college find blonde men more attractive than others?” Besides I was enjoying the attention.
And I don’t know if these compliments were the result of my increased self-image or simply the result of the now blonde hair. I suspect it was mostly the latter.
The hair coloring lasted about six weeks. By then my natural jet black hair replaced the blonde.
I never repeated the experiment. I don’t know why. I think it was because I had a good experience. I had an answer to my question. And I appreciated the attention. And that was enough for me.
While I was writing this blog, one question jumped out at me. Or rather two questions.
If you could change any physical attribute about yourself, such as height, weight, eye color, hair color, skin color, voice, etc., what would it be? And the second question is, why?