I’ve been cutting my own hair with clippers for four or five years now. I have this curly, puffy mess on my head, so there’s not much else I can do with it. I’ve owned a few different clippers over the years, some better than others, but they’ve always got the job done - a quarter inch, all the way ‘round.

Last night, the inevitable happened - my clippers died mid-clip. I had cut the first few inches of the front when they stopped cutting and started combing. They’ve had problems in the past - hair gets in there and jams them up. I thought ahead this time, though, and cleaned them out beforehand. Maybe I shouldn’t have used DW-40 to oil up the metal parts, but that’s neither here nor there.

Now, this isn’t the first time this has happened. Last summer, Ryan came over to use my previous set of clippers and got himself a half-cut. Lucky for him, Rhubarb was home, so he just drove across campus and finished the job there.

I knew I needed to replace them again, so I didn’t bother looking for a pair to borrow. As much as I hate WalMart, it was the only place open at that time on a Friday night, so I pulled on a hat and went shopping. The ones I picked out are like industrial strength sheet metal cutters. They had no problem plowing through my hair and it was the quickest cut I’ve ever done.

In retrospect, I should have bought two of them so I don’t find myself in the same situation when this one dies.