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- creator of the Monkey Light bike light
Now I know what you're thinking - "If I wanted a great new style in 10 minutes, I'd just go to Supercuts! Why try to Do It Yourself?" That's about what my sweetie says every time I cut my own hair. Actually what she says is: "I can't believe you tried to cut your own hair *again*. It's a total mess and you better go pay them to fix it before my friends see you." So the compromise was I'd just wear a hat for the next month.
I think this all goes back to my mother. I was 9, it was the height of the hair-metal '80s and I really really wanted a mohawk. Of course my mom wouldn't let me! The compromise was I got to give my cat a Mohawk. Well, I think I just did it and then we compromised that I wouldn't ever ever
do it again.
During one of these hat-wearing episodes a few months ago I ran into my friend (and master of DIY) Julia Hasty on a ride. Julia was sporting a well loved DIY helmet which rather drew my attention. Julia said "I strapped some plastic aquarium plants to my helmet". All I could think was - "That. Is. So. Hot."
Later - in an unrelated fit of ornithological wonderment I was reading up a bit on the Australian Magpie
. Perhaps the most notable thing about this bird is its attitude. During mating season it becomes highly aggressive to unsuspecting humans (or, Australians at least). It will dive-bomb and gouge the head and neck Hitchcock style! I read this on Wikipedia so it must be true. Then I happened upon a most interesting note in the article: "wearing a broad-brimmed or legionnaire's hat or using an umbrella will deter attacking birds … the use of cable ties on helmets has become common and appears to be effective
I had little more than my hat to keep these ideas in my head so I guess it was no surprise that night when I woke up thinking "I AM GONNA HAVE A MOHAWK LIKE I ALWAYS WANTED! BUT ON MY HELMET! AND WITH CABLE TIES AND IT IS GONNA BE TOTALLY HOT AND IT IS GONNA TAKE ONLY 10 MINUTES AND IT WON'T NEED ANY MOISTURIZING CONDITIONER". Of course I had to wake up my sweetie and tell her right away. She said "you are a total mess and you better pay them to fix you before my friends see".
So you can see it really makes a lot of sense to give your helmet a great hairstyle, and its totally hot. And seriously, it only takes 10 minutes in DIY-time (which any DIY'er knows means half an hour).