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I’m growing a beard. This is something I’m conscious of though it wasn’t exactly a conscious decision. No shaving for 10 days on the Overland Track left me past the awkward stubble phase and so I haven’t cared to remedy it. Oddly, it isn’t like I actually want a beard or a mustache. I’m actually pretty sure that I don’t. Or maybe I do? Once I got to that point of ‘if I’m ever going to do it, I’m closer now than I will be again’ I just kept going. I know the whole trick of sunk costs means that argument is dumb. But I’m already too close and familiar with the problem that I can’t tell if it looks bad. Similarly my chinstrap hasn’t been trimmed since I got here. My chin goatee is actually getting decently full. Now 3 months is a lot of progress to just get rid of. But again, I have no idea how it looks or if I want it. (If you want to check it out and let me know your thoughts, head over to my Facebook page or you can link directly to the photo album on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1823922893709.51106.1709341386&type=1&l=a8c0149171)
Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione attended various performances and FauxMo over the course of the MOFO week. They didn’t hide in the celebrity box, they didn’t surround themselves with an entourage. And one night they even were on the dance floor for a good couple hours, mixing, dancing, and carrying on. And while people seemed a bit more drawn to them than not, the mob of celebrity didn’t happen. There were no incessant requests for autographs. No candid pictures. Largely people hung out and chilled with these celebrities who they had come out to see.
Why is that? Why can’t that happen more? What is it about these two (especially Palmer, who has a more fervent fanbase) that allows them to simultaneously be celebrities and live vaguely normal lives? Is it how open Amanda is about everything? Broadcasting her life so you feel like you know her?
Is it that they were around so much that you forget you don’t know them and hanging out with them isn’t actually commonplace?
That no one is doing it helps keep everyone in line, but for how hard girls squee over AFP, why is there not that first domino?
How does one get better at breaking off conversations they don’t want to be in? That seems easy enough with people in public places that are hassling you, though I’m not good at cutting those off either. But if someone is talking to you one on one in a place you aren’t trying to leave, and they aren’t picking up on the cues like you just not responding or focusing on something else, how do you tell them to leave you alone without engendering hostility?