“You learn to live like an animal…”

I keep my hair long.

In this part of the world:

It’s a survival tactic.


See, ’round these parts, black folks know white men with money keep their hair short [but not buzz cut].

White men with long hair in this town are known to be poor, crazy or dangerous.

Often a combination thereof.


The majority of white guys here have buzz cuts.

So they figure a white man with long hair can fight, since he’s pretty likely to get mocked.


Now, my style doesn’t stop bullets or give me some magic shield.

So I could always get beaten or killed.

But it certainly helps my chances.


“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…”

I let everyone believe the Reaper favors me.






6 Responses to ““You learn to live like an animal…””

  1. yousowould Says:

    Where are you based, if you don’t mind me asking? Are things really that bad round there? If so, it’s a long way from my safe little haven of Britain. There are some pretty rough neighbourhoods, but you’ve got to go quite far out of your way and be pretty naive to wind up in them.

    Also, I really like your writing style – it’s almost prosaic.

    • http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=8744101

      He died on my doorstep [damn near literally].

      So, yes, they are that bad.


      Having the style or diction of prose; lacking poetic beauty.
      Commonplace; unromantic.

      I got the sense you meant to be complimentary.

      Or did I miss sarcasm?

      • yousowould Says:

        Whoops, I got completely the wrong word there – I meant poetic! That’s what happens when I start posting comments before my first pint of coffee of the day.

        I’ve been in my share of trouble in my life, but never really had to deal with living in a neighbourhood where my personal safety was threatened on a daily basis. I think it would motivate me to try and move somewhere else, circumstances permitting.

      • I think it would motivate me to try and move somewhere else, circumstances permitting.


        I’m try to “escape” but it’s arduous, to say the very least.

      • I’ve been telling the bastard to move in with me for months. Self improvement is masturbation, as Tyler Durden says.

      • To be fair, you have.

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