When I issued my Charity Challenge to you a few weeks ago, I had no right to expect the support that all of you have given me. So listen to Michael Chapman singing Memphis in Winter while I give you what you gave for:
- 101 separate donations,
- at least $3,260 in new donations pledged,
- over 80 additional charity hours, and
- many great additional donations, such as food, clothing, shoes, diapers, medicine, and many other philanthropic offers!
And so, as promised, you’re getting what you paid for. Here’s how I do it (and with all images, just click for the full size):
Step 1: it’s important to wash your hair well if you’re going to donate it to charity. Shampoo, conditioner, and letting it dry properly.
Step 2: put that thing in a ponytail! If you’re going to send it off to locks of love, it needs to be dry and either braided or in a ponytail.
Step 3: shave it! There are no two ways about it, you’ve just gotta hold your breath and take it all off. Want some more pictures? Of course you do:
So that leaves me pretty bald. But, I didn’t say “pretty bald” in my challenge, did I?
Step 4: might as well give you the complete shave that you were looking for; no sense in not going full tilt for this one! Goodbye, last remnant of hair! That leaves us with this:
Nice! So now that that’s done, you’ve just got one more step to finish this off:
Step 5: place the hair for donation in a stamped envelope and mail it to Locks of Love at 234 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33405! Is my hair suitable for donation? I’m not sure, but the worst thing that happens is they can’t make a wig out of it, and so they sell it instead. Still, not such a bad thing to do!
And then, finally, there was the issue of going above and beyond, and responding to the challenge that I wax my chest for an extra $1,000 to the charity of my choice, which was KIVA. All I needed to do was to get my chest and stomach waxed, and to videotape it.
Well, as you can see from the pictures above, the waxing has already happened! I found a fabulous professional — Lisa Huppe — who runs portlandwaxing.com. That’s all she does: waxing. She not only does all the standard waxing services, but has a full line of men’s services as well. The whole thing took less than half-an-hour, and was much, much less painful than I had any right to expect. And if you ever need a wax and you’re anywhere near Portland, I highly recommend her.
And for those of you who are into the schadenfreude, you’re welcome to watch the video of the waxing itself: