I was introduced to a fellow earlier this week by a friend of mine, who is a few years older than me; we were walking downtown, when this fellow started waving from across the street. Once my friend realized what happened, she waved back and we crossed.
After the initial hand-shaking and exchanges of greetings, my friend and this fellow started catching up (they had not seen each other in years). My friend pointed out that, last she remembered, this fellow was starting to go bald (she wouldn't have normally pointed this out, but he had a very full head of hair, which I suppose surprised her).
The man was surprisingly unabashed at this, and responded "Yes, actually. I was going bald."
"What happened?" my friend asked.
"Well, by the end of the year after you graduated, I was more or less hairless, and it was just killing me, y'know? I didn't feel like I could go on dates with women, my confidence was shot to hell, and I really didn't like the way I looked."
"So, what did you do?" (At this point, I became curious, too, as he really did have a full head of hair).
"Well, I tried shaving my head first - going with the old bald-on-purpose look - but that didn't feel right. Then I tried Rogaine, but that only made the problem worse, as my hair came in patchy and in different colours. I even tried wigs, but they were ridiculously itchy and made me look like an unwashed musician from the 60's."
"But... you're not bald now, right?"
"No, thankfully! In fact, I was so depressed and I was gaining weight, nearly lost my job, and had a couple of health scares; really close to the end of my rope! I was ready to make a deal with the devil to get my hair back! And whaddya know, Satan himself pops up and says 'I'll give you a full head of hair in exchange for dinner and a game of frisbee'!"
"He wanted dinner and a game of Frisbee? I thougth Satan was into the whole stealing your soul thing?"
"I thought so too, but he said the market isn't as competitive as it once was. Anyhow, I grilled some steak and we tossed a frisbee around, and before he left, he summoned a hairpiece for me. It joined seamlessly with my scalp, stays perfectly styled all the time, and never gets dandruff!"
"That's a pretty sweet deal!"
"I know. I'm really glad for my hell toupee."