Bush teacher or Marine recruit? You decide.

One of the things you have to get used to while living in the bush is the lack of certain things you’ve taken for granted all your life. For example, there are no restaurants, no paved roads and no barber shops (we have phones, lights and motor cars though). So, like many other things in the village, you’ve got to learn to do for yourself. It’s been over 2 months since my last haircut and I was definitely overdue.

Unfortunately for me, my last shipment from drugstore.com which contained my clippers, toilet paper, paper towels and Kleenex took a month to arrive. When it came today, I was determined that tonight was the night to give myself my very first haircut. There was no sheet whirled around me by a barber, no hot foam on the back of the neck for use with a straight razor and no wraparound mirror. Instead, there was just me, a pair of clippers, a bathroom floor and small mirror.

Needless to say, it isn’t the most glamourous looking haircut – in fact, my first thought after getting it even was, “Did I just pass out and join the Marines?” But, it’s definitely not long and unmanageable anymore; in fact – I fit in with my students pretty well.

Bush Haircut

3 thoughts on “Bush teacher or Marine recruit? You decide.

  1. Ah, drugstore.com. If you order from there frequently, I recommend signing up for sendearnings (I sent you a referral link). It sounds like spam, but you can get cash back from shopping online (like 2.5% or something) so with frequent purchases that is nice. I actually have a check for $45 coming to me in a month.

  2. Kyle,
    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. It’s amazing the differences of your school and mine. Keep up the great work.
    Mike Carmean (tim’s dad)

  3. Kyle, the haircut is good, the humor is better and I hope one day I’ll grow up to be as vocal as you. Being up here to experience the majesty is wonderful but sometimes all these acronyms, extra hours and frustrations make it tough to retain humor. I’ve bookmarked your blog so I can see how you’re faring and laugh when I’m feeling the stress. I know we all face individual challenges but I feel we have a great support team if we all connect, e-mail and collaborate about these challenges.

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