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Personal grooming is not my strong suit

January 3, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER , Times-Republican

It may surprise you, but I'm not the kind of guys that spends any length of time in front of the mirror.

In fact, personal grooming is not my strong suit. It's safe to say I'm always looking into ways to spend even less time getting ready in the bathroom. I'm not sure this is even possible since it takes me about three minutes to get ready for work in the morning.

This past year, I've taken to cutting my hair shorter which means less grooming. You catch my theme here?

A recent short haircut also pointed out some other grooming issues I have on my face. You see, I cut my hair so short it looks like my lengthy eyebrows are now longer than the hair on my head.

That's never a good thing. When your hair isn't long enough to comb but your eyebrows are, then it's time to reassess the whole "I don't care how I look" attitude.

It was a wake up call for me. So now I have to figure out how to cut my eyebrows, with care, something I apparently don't often take on.

I've actually been better at personal grooming since I was married four years ago. Now I have another person who can notice stuff I miss.

More than a few times she has let me know if I have a few nose hairs sticking out. Sorry to get graphic, but personal grooming is not for the faint of heart sometimes.

I can only wonder what kind of grooming issues I've had in my many years of being single that I didn't know about. I guess it's no wonder why I was single for so long.

I won't go as far as mentioning toenail issues I've had, as those can get just plain gross. Being tall, my toenails are just so far down there, so it's hard to keep tabs on them.

Well, my aspiring modeling career will be all shot to heck after editors with GQ read this. But I'm fine with just being a regular guy, and you probably could have guessed I don't have an aspiring modeling career.

There will be no New Year's resolution for me to be a better groomer in 2012. What you see is what you get, and I'm sticking with that.

I bet you women out there have seen all sorts of gross things when dealing with men like us.

It's just guys being guys I guess. No matter how hairy the situation gets.


Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or



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