Nah, it was closer to a foot and a half anyway, and I didn’t lose it precisely. I don’t have it anymore of course, unless you count “in a plastic baggy” as having it. But I’m really pleased to have it in a little plastic baggy, as this enabled me to easily stuff it into a larger baggy with a label, and then stuff that baggy into a manila envelope (which I then labeled some more, I think at least a couple of the labels were redundant, but it’s protocol you know.)
The point of all these labels and baggies and whatnot is that you can ship it off to Locks of Love after that. Which is cool, because they turn the hair into wigs and give the wigs to kids with cancer (presumably the ones who have lost their hair, not that I begrudge anybody a wig made out of my hair of course, I just don’t think it’s part of the protocol if you have a bunch of hair of your own.)
Anyway, donating hair to Locks of Love has been on my list of “Things it would be good to do, as it would likely boost my karma points, etc” list of things to do for awhile. (There’s another list, it’s called “Things it would be good to do, as it would be wicked fun” but donating hair isn’t on that list anywhere.) So, that other list aside, this got me thinking of OTHER things on my list (the first karma-oriented list) and I remembered how many things I CAN do for other people.
Donating large chunks of $$ at the moment is right out (haven’t got any,) but I thought the hair was a clever angle on public service, and it also occurs to me that I have quite a bit of blood that I don’t strictly need.
I also know that to get at that blood, they have to poke me with needles, which isn’t as good, because I’m a huge sissy. I’ve donated blood 6 or 7 times before and I know for a fact that I make it through every single time (in spite of the enormous needles) but it’s always easier when I have to pretend to be all tough because other people are watching. Preferably non-sissy people, but anybody will do really.
So this post is to remind people about the goodness of donating blood (I’ll skip the touching personal stories wherein a timely donation saves the life of a loved one, although I have some if we find they are necessary later.) It’s free to give, and more meaningful that a huge wad of cash if you’re the one getting it.
Anyway, there is a center on Eye and 19th NW in the DC area, pretty close to the usual Lunch Bunching location and I figured if anybody else in the MAD (AAAers and LunchBunchers, surely we’ve got some gung-ho dogooders amongst us!) area has put “Donate Blood” on a list of things to do that ya just don’t seem to get around to, I propose we all go together. Just get it done. The hours at the center run until 7 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so if we make appointments for 5pm we could all have our karma points and be at dinner by 7…I’m either going Oct. 7th or 16th, c’mon out and prevent me from wussing out! Then we can all go firmly appreciate some munchies in the area.