Prisoners are persons whom most of us would rather not think about. Banished from everyday sight, they exist in a shadow world that only dimly enters our awareness. They are members of a "total institution" that controls their daily existence in a way that few of us can imagine. "[P]rison is a complex of physical arrangements and of measures, all wholly governmental, all wholly performed by agents of government, which determine the total existence of certain human beings (except perhaps in the realm of the spirit, and inevitably there as well) from sundown to sundown, sleeping, walking, speaking, silent, working, playing, viewing, eating, voiding, reading, alone, with others. . . ." It is thus easy to think of prisoners as members of a separate netherworld, driven by its own demands, ordered by its own customs, ruled by those whose claim to power rests on raw necessity. -- Justice William Brennan, dissenting in O’Lone v. Estate of Shabazz, 482 U.S. 342, 354-55 (1987).

Thursday, March 29, 2007

To Shave or Not To Shave (Part 3 of 3)

Finally, the last in a series of posts that I fear are getting way too long so I will keep this one short.

What to do with my beard... actually mustache and goatee... facial hair. I know by now it must sound like I have a hair fetish but really this is a practical matter. I don't believe I will have access to a beard trimmer, without which it is impossible to maintain a closely cropped mustache and goatee.

In any case, for now, I have decided to keep it as you can see in my picture in the first post in this series.

I suspect, however, that my ultimate options are to simply not shave for 3 months and look like Tom Hanks in Castaway when I leave or to shave off everything and keep it off by shaving regularly (maybe once a week).

To be continued....

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