When I first started loosing my hair, I was a typical 14 year old California boy from the suburbs of Los Angeles. I was a HUGE sports fan. We have so many teams out here. The Angels, the Ducks, the Kings, the Lakers, the Clippers, the Dodgers, Chivas USA, LA Galaxy, the LA Avengers, the USC Trojans, the UCLA Bruins (Strangely enough still no NFL team though). I must've had a couple dozen hats. When I started loosing my hair, the hat was a sense of comfort. It was a way I masked my flaw, my oddity. Soon it was summer time and the hat went from protecting my from being "different" to protecting me from the sun. Summer is also the start of football season so entering football, the bald look presented a look of "bad ass," a tough guise which would then carry into high school wrestling as well, suddenly I didn't feel so outcast, though I met plenty of gangsters who shared the same barber tendencies as I did lol. I then got into umpiring. Name one person at 16 years old who's making $300 a week for working 15 hours. Granted thanks to the economy, now at 20 years old, I'm lucky if I make $100 a week doing that. When I umpire, I am required to wear a hat, you all know which hat I'm talking about. The one with the tiny brim. What I noticed though, especially when I started umpiring at 16, was that my hat just didn't feel the same on my head anymore. Maybe it was the lack of shade it provided me with, but it felt as though hats felt itchier on my head. At least caps do. I noticed yesterday how worn down my hats have gotten after only umpiring for 3 months. I never wore out hats as a child when I had my full head of hair. I assumed then that having less surface area for the hat to sit on would have a contrary affect. But that sense of protection, that sense of security I had build wearing that hat when my hair initially fell out, was all gone.

What's your experience with the hat because I know I'm not the only one who wore hats when I was growing up.

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Comment by Clayton on May 12, 2009 at 8:11pm
I feel you, Matt, big time. W/O going too far back, I'll just say that when I first got alopecia, I hid underneath a cap for the first 15 years! That's right, that's how long it took me to finally say,"Man, forget all these people, I'm the one that has to live with this condition, not them"!

That's when I came out from under the caps. No more sweating like crazy and being ashamed to wipe my head. No more sitting in movies, clubs (that allowed my entrance) and restaurants with that stupid, I thought, hat on. It was such a relief! I can't begin to tell you how much more comfortable my live became and you know what?

No one even gave me a second look, hardly. LOL
Comment by Clayton on May 14, 2009 at 3:44pm
Nah, I'm good Steam, thanks. There's always someone willing to take your money, bottom feeders who make a living off other's misery. They'll never get a dime from me, never!

You can believe that if someone found a cure for baldness, it would be all over the news. So I don't go looking for someone to raise my hopes while taking my money and delivering nothing.

I've made peace with my condition, have even recognised some of the benefits of baldness. Nothing personal, but I will NOT be searching for jambalaya on Youtube Mytube, or anywhere else......
Comment by Clayton on May 14, 2009 at 3:47pm
What's up, Matt? Knock, Knock... Hello? Hello-o!
Comment by baldmatt55 on May 15, 2009 at 1:08am
LOL sorry Clayton. I've been busy lately. I had finals this week so I was pretty busy studying up. NAILED IT BABY!!!! And as far as balayam, I must agree Clayton, there are A LOT of money whores out there looking to scam you if it makes them rich. I might still search for Jambalaya, that stuff's delicious, though I can't really eat a whole lot of it. I'm trying to loose weight for a fight. still have 25 pounds to go.

And as for hats, again, I hadn't worn one in several years until I returned to umpiring. What was the result of wearing an old hat? Ring worm. No gusto. It's crazy though because I went from being insecure about exposing the head to being insecure about wearing hats for fashion. Now I've never been a very metro person, I've got a very basic style, but my ex girlfriend made it VERY clear that hats for style look stupid on me. So I went from being so insecure WITHOUT the hat to being insecure WITH the hat. All I gotta say is, the good Lord only made a few perfect heads. Flaunt it
Comment by baldmatt55 on May 15, 2009 at 11:19am
I'll at least look at balayam. And even if I don't get my hair back, I'll be nice, stretched out, lean, and focused ;)
Comment by baldmatt55 on May 15, 2009 at 11:25am
LOL OF COURSE I can't even do balayam. My fingers aren't flexible enough. Not saying it takes TOO much flexibility, but my thumbs and pinkies are all messed up from dislocations from 12 years of playing football. Yes, I was still able to massage with them, was almost licensed to do so as well, but the simple movement of rubbing my pinkie with my other pinkie while that pinkie is touching the base of my thumb is nearly impossible for me to do
Comment by Clayton on May 15, 2009 at 8:39pm
I need to learn patience, Matt and I apologise for sweatin' you. Every one does this at their own time and it's not for me to say when yours id.

As for Jambalaya, I was actually being facetious in regards to the yoga Steam was talking about, I guess you "had to be there'. lol

Anyway, glad to have finally talked with you, have a good one........
Comment by baldmatt55 on May 20, 2009 at 4:09pm
LOL Clayton. The last thing you did was sweat me, I'm the most impatient person in the world
Comment by Clayton on May 20, 2009 at 4:23pm
Something we have in common. LOL But really, I'm usually very patient and I don't know why 3 days seemed like such a long time to me, (a guy that only visits her a couple a times a week myself!). Anyway, glad you're cool with it, peace!


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