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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    Yes, there were a couple of generations there that thought the World-War-inspired buzz-cuts (you had to keep clean in foxholes) were the only acceptable haircut for real men, and some of us had to fight that belief throughout our school and working careers. If you showed 'em a picture of George Washington or Thomas Jefferson or some Civil War hero (not to mention that guy Jesus), they'd dismiss it out of hand, like those characters didn't know any better. The long hair made the boys look like girls, and that was evil! However, if you let your beard grow a bit, surely something that would set the men apart, that was just as bad.
    Ah yes long hair in the 1970's, which I had, was always fun with older people.The main tragedy for me is that I had more hair in just one of my big sideburns then than I have on top of my shiny head now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peteshimmon View Post
    I suppose everyone makes the perfect comment in their lifetime.
    I, unfortunately, chose entirely the wrong moment for mine.
    Back in the day when I was a medical student, the students were seen as part of the team - in particular, during a surgical attachment, you were relied on to assist during surgery.
    So I turned up one day when my team was running two operating lists, senior registrar in one operating theatre, consultant in the other. And I was nabbed by the SR to assist with his minor surgical list. We'd just completed the first operation (a circumcision), when one of the surgical team from the neighbouring theatre came through to report that the (notoriously irrascible) consultant surgeon was demanding to know where "his" medical student had gone, because he needed an extra pair of hands for a tricky splenectomy. This, of course, trumped the SR's need for assistance, so I went through to report to the (by now very irate) consultant, who was already in the middle of surgery.
    "Where the hell have you been?" he demanded, as soon as I walked in the door of the theatre (which contained about ten other members of staff, all watching to see how this drama played out).
    "Doing a circumcision," I reported, pointing towards the neighbouring theatre, keen to make clear that: a) I hadn't just wandered in late for work; and b) my absence was really the senior registrar's fault.
    "Doing a circumcision?" echoed the consultant, in a sarcastic sing-song. "What? On your own?"
    Now, that sort of bully-boy behaviour has always really hacked me off. So I smiled brightly and replied, "No. On someone else's."

    My relationship with that consultant never recovered, but I found myself strangely popular with pretty much everyone else in that small hospital, once the story got out.

    Grant Hutchison

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    Ah yes long hair in the 1970's, which I had, was always fun with older people.The main tragedy for me is that I had more hair in just one of my big sideburns then than I have on top of my shiny head now.
    That's me as well. And, of course, what hair I do have is now a different color.

    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    I, unfortunately, chose entirely the wrong moment for mine.
    Back in the day when I was a medical student, the students were seen as part of the team - in particular, during a surgical attachment, you were relied on to assist during surgery.
    So I turned up one day when my team was running two operating lists, senior registrar in one operating theatre, consultant in the other. And I was nabbed by the SR to assist with his minor surgical list. We'd just completed the first operation (a circumcision), when one of the surgical team from the neighbouring theatre came through to report that the (notoriously irrascible) consultant surgeon was demanding to know where "his" medical student had gone, because he needed an extra pair of hands for a tricky splenectomy. This, of course, trumped the SR's need for assistance, so I went through to report to the (by now very irate) consultant, who was already in the middle of surgery.
    "Where the hell have you been?" he demanded, as soon as I walked in the door of the theatre (which contained about ten other members of staff, all watching to see how this drama played out).
    "Doing a circumcision," I reported, pointing towards the neighbouring theatre, keen to make clear that: a) I hadn't just wandered in late for work; and b) my absence was really the senior registrar's fault.
    "Doing a circumcision?" echoed the consultant, in a sarcastic sing-song. "What? On your own?"
    Now, that sort of bully-boy behaviour has always really hacked me off. So I smiled brightly and replied, "No. On someone else's."

    My relationship with that consultant never recovered, but I found myself strangely popular with pretty much everyone else in that small hospital, once the story got out.

    Grant Hutchison
    I LOVE that story!
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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    Okay peeps, how long until Dave Lee finally drives Shaula insane and Shaula becomes a super villain ala Chief Inspector Dreyfus of the Pink Panther series?

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    (John, not the other one.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    Okay peeps, how long until Dave Lee finally drives Shaula insane and Shaula becomes a super villain ala Chief Inspector Dreyfus of the Pink Panther series?

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    No, that is not an appropriate topic for discussion.
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