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Your humble author some months ago.


If you're humble, you can escape humiliation. The same is true if you simply develop an impenetrable ego bubble. You can even combine tactics and pretend to be humble while remaining dangerously egotistical. Then no one can belittle you. Or, well, that's the theory.

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  1. When I got my head shaved I recieved several comments that I remember

    - 1. "You look like a skinhead."
    - 2. "You look like Andre Agassi"
    - 3. "Nice."
    - 4. "Why did you do it?"

    and the barber, right before she did it
    - "Are you sure you want to do this?"

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