The Weekly Smile for the 24th of May, 2021 #weeklysmile

This has been a pretty good week and I have had a lot to smile about :) There are trips to Cape Cod with kittens and kayak paddles; writing music and words, etc. But I am goign to distill this all down to one smile.

And what was that one big thing that made me smile, something even bigger than kitten cuddles?

Here is a hint. This is a photo of me early Thursday afternoon:

I think it is a throwback to rock bands in 1972, but a friend of mine tells me that I look more like a puritan preacher ;) Maybe someone from a fantasy (nerd fantasy, though if you wan the other kind…) novel, perhaps a character from Middle Earth? Whichever way you chose to look at it, this would have been an odd look in 2019. In 2021? yeah, it is what I call “Covid-long hair”.

Here is a photo of me late Thursday afternoon:

See any differences?

OK, the first photo is outside while the second is inside. The first is nice and sharp (good light) while the second is fuzzy (poor light). I have a half smile in the second photo. There is a cool painting behind my head in the second photo while the first is all green with life.

Oh, and you can see my eyes in the second! (“Oh say can you see my eyes, if you can, then my hair’s too short!” – from the musical Hair, 1967).

That is right, I had a haircut! My first one since last July.

I’ll admit that my hair was starting to drive me crazy – it would whip around and hit my face in the wind and things like that. That being said, it does feel odd to have it (relatively) short again.

Getting a haircut after about 10 months is my smile for the week.

What made you smile?

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Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week.  Why don’t you share it?  I hope you can join in!

Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas.  If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity.  Don’t smile about the misfortune of others.  Don’t smile in a way to excludes others.  Make sure a 12 year old can read it.

To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile.  Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ).   You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me).   Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile.  (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).

39 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 24th of May, 2021 #weeklysmile

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  4. dawnkinster

    I went camping this week, and listened to 70s music all the way over there and back. I was in highschool and college in the 70s and the music sure brought back lots of memories. My hair is also covid long and I noted it got in my mouth a lot which was annoying…time to get a trim here too. Glad you had a good week. I like the cut!

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  7. dprastka

    I Love your smile this week!! And after you pointed out the difference in the photos I can see the clarity of the first photo. But they are great photos of before and after!! You did look like a rocker from a rock band! 🤣 I liked it but the adulting photo of a clean cut looks great too!! Can’t believe a whole year in between hair cuts! Crazy times! 😉

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’ve been watching some videos of early 70s rock bands, like Peter Gabriel era Genesis or pre-Wall Pink Floyd, and it is surprising how short my hair was compared to the rock stars of that era! Not quite a year – closer to 10 months – but still a long time (I did trim the bangs at the beginning of the year). Glad you like both before and after photos!

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      1. dprastka

        Yes, now that I think back the rockers really had super long hair. My apologies! I actually like both hair styles on you and I would be cutting my bangs too. Lol – I was just using that as a description in a kind way. Especially since you have such wonderful music talents! Hope you know that! 👍😀

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          lol, I actually made jokes about “rock star hair”, I was just a little surprised to realize how long some of them had their hair! My typical joke was that I was trying top be a prog-rock star from 1973, but boy did I have along way to go ;)

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  10. Ju-Lyn

    The simple pleasures which we don’t usually even think about until they are gone (or in this case, delayed by 10 months!). Coincidentally, I too made an effort to get a haircut this week as Singapore looks like it is preparing for another lockdown. We have been progressively tightening measures but hairdressors are still opened this week.

    You take Alexander to Cape Cod? How is he in the car? Does he travel in his own travel case?

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I know a lot of places seem to be heading towards tighter restrictions, but we are loosening up. I got the haircut now mostly because I had recently gotten my second shot, though in ways that was just an excuse since they are very safe. Glad you got your before the lockdown!
      We used to take our cat Albert down because he would always get very sick when we were out of town. This is the first time I tried with Alexander. He sometimes cried a little when I slowed down, but for the most part traveled well. He does have his own case, and it is a soft sided one with plenty of places to see out. I could reach back and put my hand against it, so he would know I was there. He has been having a great time!

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      1. Ju-Lyn

        It is a challenge & a joy to travel with our pet family. It does take a little planning though. Many more wonderful trips to come!

        Our dogs used to get sad whenever they saw our bags packed – we tried to hide it from them as much as we could …

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, I will take “interesting” in a good way ;) (Most people I know either hated it or loved, few in between). I’ll be by in a few minutes to see your post.

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      1. Junie-Jesh

        Meant interesting as “in a new way” or “different.” If I would not have liked it, I would not have said anything:) About the painting, yes it’s mine, 24 x 30 inch, one of the few I have done with a palette knife instead of brushes. Am glad you like it! The little icon on top with the birds circling, is also one of my paintings, the same size. Have much of my work shown on my page, or you can get to it by linking to http://artnotes2016.wordpress.com

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  11. workinacresnothours

    lol. Trend settin cool dude. Probably a good time to get the shorter cut with the warmer weather approaching. You could start a trend, long keep ya ears warm rockin winter look to short let ya face feel the sun summer free & breezy look.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      maybe I would be setting trends if i was allowed to leave the house lol. What I don’t show in the photos is that I usually wear a hat – a fedora – when I am out. But you are right, I need to shorter hair for the hot summer, though I doubt I’ll ever have it that long again!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      lol, I’m sure you have. A lot of people have been cutting their own hair. i trimmed mine a little at the beginning of the year, mostly because my bangs reached my chin… Thanks!

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