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Run! It's Hairy Arm Guy!

Updated on April 29, 2013
Run! It's Hairy Arm Guy!
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Beware! Beware! Yon lassies and other such members of the feminine gender! Yes, I'm talking to you, all of you delectable young ladies out clubbin’ with friends, smiling and dancing and tossing your hair! Take heed, and escape while you still have a chance, for here comes Hairy Arm Guy!

You know the type, sure you do. Everything is a ‘Snap!’ to this guy; it’s his favorite gesture — hairy forearm extended, fingers loudly popping. Perhaps that's because it lets him show off his artificially-indoor-tanned wrist encircled by his gaudily oversized fake-platinum and ebon clunker of a timepiece, with its 43 functions and extreme Euro-techno death-defying/spelunking/Everest-scaling/scuba-diving/base-jumping/race-car-driving/fighter-piloting styling. (Man, do guys like this struggle to over-compensate, or what?)

And it’s not just his arm that is hairy. It’s unfortunately also his neck, back, knuckles, nostrils, earlobes and perhaps other areas you’d rather not contemplate. Eeeeeewww! T.M.I.!

Run, girls, run!

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      almorr 2 years ago

      Hi Rick, Alan here from Scotland, just to wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas, it'll not be too long now. Weather here not been too bad, a bit windy last week. I hope you missed all that really deep snow of a few weeks ago, we had a little snow this week, it melted the next day.

      I have got very friendly with this 12 year old boy in the state next to you to the East, He lives in Pittston Pennsylvania . He is sort of worried among other things in not being hairy etc, I have sent him a Xmas Card and told him not to worry about anything of that sort,

      Once again have a great Christmas and all the very best to you and your family for 2015.

      Alan

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      rickzimmerman 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Hello, Alan: I'm glad the referendum turned out the way you hoped. (We had also been hoping for the same result. We too believe Scotland will be better off economically as part of the UK.) We have had our own factional pressures here: Texas has been grumbling about seceding from the United States for years (with many of its neighboring states saying, "Go ahead!"), and some folks in California recently suggested breaking up into six different states. Meanwhile, with our daughter at Ohio State University on a grad school fellowship, we just can't wait for her school's team to crush Michigan State in the annual football (American football, that is) match-up Thanksgiving weekend.

      All is well here, though our fall (autumn) weather has been decidedly cooler the last few weeks. I'm in court depositions four times in the coming month on various legal matters, and both my wife and I are taking up painting again — we're working on some bold semi-abstract paintings for around the house. Last night we won both games of bar trivia over pints and salads and loud rock 'n roll! Life is good!

      Best — Rick

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      almorr 2 years ago

      Hi Rick, I am a very happy guy now, you may have heard that Scotland had a referendum to ask if the country should leave the United Kingdom, I voted NO, I felt if Scotland became independent, all sorts of problems would have occurred. I read an article by a New York economist saying a slump of the 1926 depression might happen if it broke away from the Union leaving the country as bad as Greece. As you know now Scotland will keep the Union with the rest of the UK , I am so happy and relieved.

      I hope you are keeping well

      Regards

      Alan

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      rickzimmerman 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Hello, Alan! We are doing fine here. Our temperatures have been slightly below normal for autumn (fall), ranging from around 55 f at night to the mid 70s f by day, with lots of clear blue skies and sunny days. Normally, we are cloudier than this, as the weather rolls eastward/southeastward over Lake Erie, picking up moisture to form clouds along the way.

      I'm actually glad the younger generations have the Net to assist them — now one never really needs to fear ignorance; everything you'd ever want to know or learn is just a few clicks away. The point is that you have to WANT to learn and know, though. Thankfully, our daughter is voracious for new knowledge.

      On Sunday, we will be establishing her into a new apartment in Columbus, Ohio, where she will be acquiring her Master's Degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering over the next 20 months. She's heading for a career as a research engineer, designing biomedical devices.

      In lieu of a single vacation this year, we've had numerous evenings of bar trivia, having some libations while competing for prizes answering obscure trivia questions. Later this week, we'll be spending a day in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, seeing a museum and show, shopping, dining out, touring bridges and architecture, riding an incline.

      I understand St. Andrews is not only "the birthplace of golf", but it's Mecca as well: every avid golfer should someday make a pilgrimage there. I hear it's gorgeous.

      Good hearing from you! Regards to you and yours. — Rick

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      almorr 3 years ago

      Hi Rick, just a short post asking how you are? I am keeping very well indeed, the weather is OK but a bit cool, the temperature this morning at 6 o'clock was a quite cool only 41f, that's a bit below the average for the time of year.

      I have been corresponding with a 12 and a half year old boy from Pittston Pennsylvania, the subject of hair came up, he was very worried that he only had a few hairs on his chest and wanted to have much more, I replied, "goodness, you are only 12, give them a chance, you will have much more in a couple of years" It just shows you Rick how much pressure there is on all younger people now, especially what they read on the Net, I'am glad our generation could at least have a childhood way back in the 50's and 60's

      Have you had your vacation yet? I went up to St Andrews in Scotland, recently, you may have heard of that place as being "The home of golf"

      Regards to you and your family

      Alan

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      rickzimmerman 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      It's great to hear from you, Al! I'm glad you've been enjoying fine weather. Ours has been very nice also. We've just had a few days approaching 90F, with clear blue sunny skies and not too many dangerous thunderstorms. All the flowers are finally out. My wife fills about 20 large outdoor pots scattered about our deck with colorful arrays of cleome, dianthus, daisy, vinca vine, marigolds, black-eyed susan, petunias, etc., though we haven't yet set out our outdoor furniture or had any grilling meals yet. (I haven't been sunning or to a swimming pool recently either, so I can't give you a report about chest hair. However, I have seen, in recent issues of GQ: Gentleman's Quarterly magazine, how many different exotic ways there are for guys to rid themselves of body hair.)

      We're having a very interesting summer, as our daughter is back home with us before heading to Columbus, Ohio (about 2 hrs away by car) in late August to begin her 2-year Master's Degree program in Mechanical Engineering/Research at the Ohio State University. We are spending a lot of time together, seeing sights around town, playing bar trivia, frequenting restaurants, meeting friends, etc. Just visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum here in Cleveland — displays and music and memorabilia of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Little Richard, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Lee Lewis, BB King, the Supremes, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and on and on. Midsummer parties keep popping up. We've got a wedding to attend soon, then a baby shower, comedy club, jazz festival, then who knows? Meanwhile, I've been keeping busy with consultation on architectural and construction litigation. Congratulations on the upcoming grandchild! Enjoy a great summer! Regards, Rick

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      almorr 3 years ago

      Hi Rick, not spoken to you for a short while, hope you and your family are keeping well, I am. My daughter is expecting her second baby in July. So far the weather in Scotland this June has been sunny and warm, Glasgow has been the warmest and sunniest place in the UK for a few days recently, when the temperature almost reached 80 F In Scotland that is considered above average, it has been that all week. The warm weather means that I can observe how many men are hairy or not, I am glad to report that most are, I have only seen one guy that shaves his chest hair off. The vast majority of men leave the hair on their chest nice and natural. It seems to me that fewer men are shaving off their chest hair, that's great news.

      Hope its also going to be a good summer where you live, not too hot, you deserve a good summer after that awful winter in January and February

      Regards

      Alan

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      rick zimmerman 3 years ago

      Hello Alan: Though we had snow on the ground just yesterday, it is now sunny with temperatures in the mid-60s f. It appears as though spring may finally be arriving here on the North Coast (since we're on the shore of Lake Erie, we like to differentiate ourselves from the East Coast: NYC, etc., and the West Coast: LA, etc.).

      I've been spoiled by having an iMac desktop with a 27" high-res screen for the past 3 or 4 years. Since we design graphics, we need the large screens with great color resolution. I also recently switched to an iPhone 5S, which gives me great resolution on a decent sized screen.

      As I sit here tapping away on a keyboard or screen, with any errant text being auto-corrected, I am reminded of typing high school essays on onion-skin typing paper and using a correcting typewriter ribbon every time I made a typo.

      Time keeps flying by, with all its attendant changes.

      Wonder when I'll just be able to THINK a message to you, rather than have to expend all this extreme energy required to email?

      All the best to you and yours, Rick

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      Alan 3 years ago

      Hi Rick, I hope you are keeping well and all the cold weather is past, I never once used my snow shovel during the winter as the temp rarely went below 40f. I now have a new Laptop Computer, the last computer broke and cannot repaired, however, I can still use the old computer's keyboard and connect the new Laptop to my 37" TV, the Laptop screen is 11:6 so sometimes the TV is better, much better than my 3:5 Smartphone.

      Kind regards to all your family

      Alan

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      rickzimmerman 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Hey, Alan: It will be a while before we're wearing short sleeves here — a week from now we'll still be hitting -18c/0f for lows and highs of only around -8c/18f. Luckily, we're having a short reprieve, as temperatures rise (just barely) above freezing for an hour or two. I'm staring out at about a foot of accumulated snow, and hearing the rumbling growl of snow plows scraping our streets. Our cats have cabin fever; they're certain they should have been allowed to go outside by now.

      Glad to hear that the truly nasty weather has avoided you. (The jet dream is the culprit that has been pummeling us. I'm just glad we haven't had it as bad as all of those millions who reside in a big swooping curve across the lower Midwest of the US that avoided us by skirting around us to the south. Places like Chicago, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York and Boston all had it worse than us.) Enjoy your extremely long autumn for the rest of us!

      Your correspondent, the Australian Hubber Striktlydating, must have been meeting men who followed the prevailing shaving mandate of 'shave everything — back, sack and crack!' I've never been for that, and am glad that the tide may be slowly turning back to allowing body hair here and there. (Of course, I do wish it would stop sprouting from such odd places!)

      Regards, Rick

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      almorr 3 years ago

      Hi Rick , your friend Alan in Scotland. I hope the really nasty cold weather in Cleveland is past, I notice when typing this the temperature is: --3c /+27f and snowing lightly from a weather report I just looked up. I hope you survived the the worst of it. You may have noticed on the news of all the terrible flooding some parts of the UK have had recently, however, Scotland missed the worst of it and we have had a normal amount of rain, hardly any snow or frost. Some of the weather people are joking that we have had the longest Autumn (fall) ever, starting last September and ending when winter ends at the end of February, they are blaming the jet stream for all the unusual weather.

      As it has not been too cold, I have been able to wear for most of the time short sleeve shirts to expose my hairy arms. For some reason or another, my hands and knuckles recently seem to have become very hairy as well, I suppose that is just because I am getting older.

      I once mentioned to you that I correspond with another Hubber in Australia called Striktlydating, her Hub is entitled "He shaved everything" it started about 4 years ago regarding guys who shaved off the hair on their chests, I told her all about myself, but recently as many as about 40 mainly young men have been writing to ME through her hub pages asking me advice about having hairy chests, the days of young men wanting to shave the hair off of their chests are over, they ALL want to have hairy chests, which is a change from only a few years ago, that's good news that the days of men shaving chest hair off is over.

      Regards to you and your family

      Alan

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      rickzimmerman 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Alan: I'm heading out now at 0750 local time at 20F and hoping it makes it to about 30F later today, with only light winds. Sometimes in downtown Cleveland, the wind can howl through the slots between the high-rise buildings enough to just about knock you off your feet. I envy your +37F. — Rick

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      Alan 3 years ago

      Thank's Rick for the detailed information you gave me regarding the reason for the very cold spell of weather you are having in Northeastern Ohio and the rest of the USA and also Canada. In Scotland the coldest ever temperature was -27.2 C on the 10th January 1982 at Braemar in the Highlands . The coldest I have experienced where I stay was +3F way back years ago, Usually in such low temperatures in Scotland there is NO wind chill, its just a very cold clear night with deep snow lying that makes the temperature drop like a stone. I read a report that Chicago has had so many burst pipes because of the extreme cold and in Winnipeg in Canada they are still issuing wind chill warnings. I just hope the cold spell over there ends soon I suppose hairy guys like us COULD grow a thick beard like Antarctic explorers do to keep our faces warmer, that could be fun.

      +41F will seem like a heatwave on Friday We had +50F on Monday but as I type this at 0850 GMT the weather is clear and the temerature is +37 F

      Kind regards

      Alan

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      rickzimmerman 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Hey, Alan! You are right — it's both the jet stream and climate change. As I understand it, the increasingly warmer air near the Arctic Circle rises aloft more easily, allowing the roiling 'polar vortex' (sort of an Arctic hurricane) to bubble much farther southward than normally. The jet stream, which tends to generally loop southward as it crosses the American continent from west to east, either gets shoved aside or aloft by the Polar Vortex. By yesterday, the center of that Polar Vortex hovered over Minnesota, plunging areas to about -25F, with wind chills feeling like -50F. Here in Northeastern Ohio, we saw temperatures bottoming out around -15F. I had to go out to meetings yesterday (-3F) and today (-6F). Just got back into the warmth. The biggest surprise was walking a mere 100 yards (meters) or so with just the top half of my face unprotected in the biting wind. Sharp pain across my face, and I felt like I was turning to glass instantly. Would never survive as an Eskimo. (Meanwhile our cats sensibly stay inside, crouched right atop the heating registers.) We're due to be up around +41F by Friday.

      Hope you have a Wonderful and Healthy New Year! (with no -Fs anytime).

      Regards, Rick

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      Alan 3 years ago

      May I wish you and your family, Rick a very happy New Year. I notice from the news from the USA that you are having record low temperatures for January, I am just wondering how things are where you live. Here in Scotland we have had average temperatures of 46f but storms and heavy rain from before Christmas. I think its all to do with climate change and the Jet Stream

      Regards and keep warm

      Alan

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      rickzimmerman 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Hey, Alan: I envy you your 50's F; we're having low 20's F over these next few days, with snow and ice lingering. Luckily, we were missed by the latest blast of snow and freezing rain that dumped about 24" of snow in some neighboring states. We are slowly preparing for Christmas. I just got our Christmas cards mailed to around 60 recipients today, we buy a huge Christmas tree later today or tomorrow, and begin decorating 'round the house for some holiday parties coming up soon. Hope you have a great Holiday! To help put you in the mood, here's a link:

      https://hubpages.com/holidays/Little-Known-Santa-N...

      Best, Rick

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      Alan 3 years ago

      Hi Rick, Alan in quite a warm Scotland, how are you, just read a report that the USA is having a lot of snow, much more than last year. So far I have only seen about 3 tiny snow flakes, that was last week, since then the temperature has been in the 50's F. I notice a forecast saying it go as hight as 57F by Sunday, that's way above average for the time of year. I hope you and your family are well and looking forward to the Christmas holidays.

      Regards

      Alan

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      rickzimmerman 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Alan: Northeastern Ohio is known as 'the Western Reserve' because it was the last, western portions of land reserved by the colony of Connecticut from lands it was granted years and years earlier by English kings. So, name places from the English immigrants' original home towns — like Avon, Bath, Hudson, Stratford, Dover, Cambridge, Norwalk, etc. — were first transposed from England to Connecticut colony, and then later to the lands settled throughout Northeastern Ohio. (now there's a bit 'o historical trivia for ya.) — Rick

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      almorr 3 years ago

      Just looked at the beautiful photographs you took Rick of Southern-Ohio in the fall, lovely, I also read your account noting some of the place names such as Cleveland, Bath, Dover and Cambridge, those place names are also towns in England UK as well as in your home state of Ohio.

      Regards

      Alan

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      rickzimmerman 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Alan: Good to hear from you! Our party for 100 turned out to be for only about 65 people, but it was a great day-long affair anyway. We had massive amounts of prepared food left over, but, luckily, we are friends with a family of 6 that includes 4 men, each over 6 feet tall and 220 pounds in weight, so they had lots of appetite for whatever we had.

      Our summer has been noticeably cooler and cloudier than normal, but we're due to get one or more additional warming spells before the leaves start to fly. We've been able to partake of a relative's swimming pool for only a few days this summer.

      Ah, well. Quite soon it will be time to start storing the deck furniture, latching all the windows against the fall chill, servicing the furnace, staking the driveway to guide the snow plows, getting out the fall and winter gear.

      In another 5 to 6 weeks, we'll be watching all the changing foliage colors of fall with all the other itinerant leaf-peepers. (Catch a glimpse at http://rickzimmerman.hubpages.com/hub/Southern-Ohi...

      One last hurrah, though: in a few weeks we'll be heading to a charity fundraiser clambake — with grilled lobster & clams, corn, sweet potatoes, salads, desserts, and freely flowing wine! (Can't wait.)

      Regards, Rick

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      almorr 3 years ago

      Hi Rick, your friend Alan from Scotland, I hope your day-long party for 100 people went well and the weather was fine. Talking about weather, Scotland had a really good summer this year, so that meant that many men stripped off to get some sun tan on their pale white bodies. This gave me a chance to see how many guys had a hairy chest or not. Most men in Scotland do have some hair on their chest, some more than others, very few don't have any hair at all, probably these men shave the hair off.

      In fact none of the men in my immediate area do that, they all, including myself have a good covering of hair on their chests, however, I seem to be the only guy who also have hairy shoulders as well, not so many of them about. I hope your cats are keeping well too.

      Regards

      Alan from UK

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      almorr 4 years ago

      Congratulations to your daughter Rick, I hope the party goes well. Your pizzas sound great. I will mention your comments to Nightlife the next time I talk with him

      All the Best Alan

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      rickzimmerman 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Alan, good to hear from you again. You might mention to Nightlife that I've written an article on Examiner.com about Tickfaw, Louisiana (one of the Gulf States), and have fond memories of visiting such Gulf cities as Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans.

      I often make and bake homemade pizzas myself. Have you ever tried 'white' pizza? Instead of a red tomato-based sauce, it uses a blend of olive oil and garlic, and can be topped with artichoke hearts, black olives, red onion, bacon, mushrooms, green peppers, roasted red tomatoes, pineapple, ham (or just about anything else you might enjoy).

      All's well here, as we plan a day-long party next week for about 100 people or so to stop by and congratulate our daughter on her recent graduation as a Mechanical Engineer from Harvard!

      All the Best, Rick

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      almorr 4 years ago

      Hi Rick, Alan here, you Americans are really nice people, I have started corresponding with a man "down south" on Youtube who calls himself 'Nightlife' he says he lives in the Gulf States, I am not sure which one. We have been talking about hairy chests and he like you and me think it is so unnatural and I call it sissy for all those younger men to shave the hair off themselves, as I have said to you before, I told him that I have never even trimmed any hair off myself in the 67 years that I have been on Planet Earth, apart from face and head of course.

      I took my son and new baby grand daughter for a pizza today, well the baby did not have a pizza of course, we enjoyed ourselves, the heatwave we have had most of July is over now and today has been a bit windy, but summer is not over yet

      I hope you and your family are keeping well

      Regards Alan in Scotland

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      rickzimmerman 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Alan, good to hear from you! Don't be unduly concerned: as we age and begin to hunch over, with our knuckles ever nearer the ground, we all start to look more like apes anyway, especially those of us with stray hair (and a love of bananas). After a glorious month of May, our June has started out unseasonably cool, but we're hoping for a warm-up this week. Our two cats now want to venture outdoors most days (they are named Leo & Miracle). Meanwhile, I'm indoors most of the time, trying to design a retail mall remodel and complete a whole batch of architectural expert witness opinions.

      All the best to you and yours — Rick (in typically overcast Cleveland: did you know that we get the least number of days of sunshine and blue skies of any major American city?)

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      almorr 4 years ago

      Hi Rick Alan saying hello to my friend in Ohio, I hope you and your family are keeping well. I am fine, my sister gave me a cat, she is called Eeshan and is 8 AND my daughter in law gave birth to a baby girl, her name is Olivia. The weather in Scotland since summer began at the beginning of June has been really great, I have been wearing only sleeveless tank top vests, as you know I am proud of my hairy arms and shoulders and not the least bit ashamed to wear them, except when I am in the presence of my daughter. I took a photo of my hairy arms, shoulders, legs and chest with my great smartphone and to be honest I look like a ape, especially the arms and shoulders, but I dare not post them on my Facebook page as my daughter would take a "hairy" fit if she saw them .

      Kind regards

      Alan (in sunny Scotland)

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      rickzimmerman 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Congratulations on becoming a grandfather, Alan! I'm not quite there yet; my daughter is graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science from Harvard in less than 5 weeks, and there will be graduate school within the next 15 months, so I'm probably a good 5 years or more from grandfatherhood.

      Sorry to hear about Oscar. We once had two of our cats — Chloe Alexandria and Michelangela Amaryllis (both shelter kittens)— both pass way within about a year of each other. We now have Leonardo & Miracle — both short-wavy-haired Devon Rex cats.

      As we say around here (sometimes): 'Spring is sprung, da grass is riz, I wonders where da birdies iz?' We've now got sunny warming days pretty much one after the other, but I'll still have to don a light jacket or sweater until around mid-May. Not too sure how much of my hairiness I'll show: my usual daily garb is black sneakers, black slacks or jeans, black or dark-hued polo shirt, sunglasses, occasional Harvard ball cap.

      Good chatting with you. Be well.

      Regards, Rick from Cleveland, Ohio, the Home of Rock n' Roll

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      Alan 4 years ago

      Hi Rick, Alan here from Scotland, its been a cold spring in the UK and also in Europe as well, although things are beginning to warm up a little. I notice you like cats, I do as well, sadly my cat Oscar died about 5 weeks ago, she was a good age, 18 or about that, but of course I still miss her after having her that long, might get another cat in the future, but not just now. Hope you are keeping well with your cats. Wearing tank top sleeveless male vests most of the time, feel free doing that showing my hairy arms and shoulders, EXCEPT when I go to my daughters, she hates seeing my hairy arms and shoulders so I have to cover up when I go to see her, by the way she gave birth to a baby girl, Sophie last December, makes me a grandfather now, I don't mind

      Have a good day

      Regards Alan from Scotland

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      rickzimmerman 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      I once knew a guy that shaved only about once a year (though I think he did use some hedge-trimmers now and then). His beard would have been the envy of ZZ Top! Belt-length, with two gnarly grayed fringes at center. He could curl his sideburns they were so long!

      So long!

      — Rick

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      Alan 4 years ago

      Thank's Rick, I will check out you great cartoons, like you I only shave my face and mustache, just leave the rest of the hair including 'back sack and crack' naturally hairy. Recently I have also not shaved my face and mustache up to at least 2 weeks, but then I take about 30 minutes to shave the lot off, the reason I have started doing that is that it seems to be the trend among the males here to let the growth of face hair grow and see how fast it does grow. (I grow mine very fast) It seems a bit strange just having 1 shave a fortnight, but as I am not the only person in that situation it does not bother me the least bit.

      Have a good day

      Regards

      Alan

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      rickzimmerman 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Hello, Alan! Good to hear from you again. We've had a relatively mild winter here as well. Lucky for us, the monster blizzard that dropped up to 30" or more of snow in some areas of the northeastern U.S. a few weeeks ago bypassed us completely (though our daughter at Harvard had to brave 22" snowfall on her way to classes).

      We can't wait for spring (especially our cats, who have severe cabin fever). But we got a dose of warmer weather by heading to Las Vegas for nearly a week at the beginning of January. If you'd like to see some awesome sights, just check out my hubs — with photos — on Las Vegas and the gaudy character of The Strip.

      I understand the new rage for some guys is to either shave or remove nearly all body hair (including, as they say, from the 'back, sack and crack'), but that's not for me. However, as the increasing percentage of grey hairs get bristly and more wayward, I do trim my beard and mustache a bit snugger.

      Hope you get a chance to sample some of my other cartoons. I keep posting them pretty regularly.

      Regards, Rick

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      Alan 4 years ago

      Hi there Rick, not spoken to you for a little while, I hope you are surviving the winter storms there in beautiful Cleveland. Here in Scotland the winter has not been too bad, not like the last 2 winters where it was all snow and gales most of the time, this winter has been gentle, frost but not too much snow.

      It will soon be spring and we shall be able to wear short sleeve or sleeveless shirts or tank tops to expose our lovely hairy arms and shoulders, I always like doing that. I am a little disappointed that other men with hairy arms like me and you have not responded to this post, but I suppose that is just one of those things. Quite a lot of men under 40 now shave their body hair, I think this is due to all the commercial adds on TV for razors and Nair etc. I know that you like me are not taken in by such adds.

      Regards

      Alan from

      Scotland.

      PS Rick, my son gave me a Smartphone recently, I have been taking photo's of various places where I go and live. they are on my Facebook page at "Al Morr"

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      rickzimmerman 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      All the Best of the New Year to you as well, Alan! Completed our Christmas card design in time (in fact, you can check out some of my 'Little-Known Santas' that populated our card thus year at some of my other hubs), and got some good comments back on the radio station cards as well.

      Our daughter's home from her senior year at Harvard for the holidays, so we're getting in a lot of friends & family time while she's here. Jan 2nd we hop a flight to Las Vegas for 5 days of gambling, dining, shows, sightseeing, etc. So we're starting off the new year with lots of fun.

      Hope that you have a great 2013!

      Regards, Rick (from beautiful Cleveland, Ohio, the home of Rock n' Roll — and great pierogies!)

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      Almorr 4 years ago

      Hi Rick I hope you had a lovely Christmas and you got those Christmas cards ready for your own company and the four radio stations. Radio has always been my first love, ever since my aunt gave me a "wireless" to listen to in about 1950, only a choice of 2 stations then. I now have a Internet Radio and have a choice of about 6000 stations or more, I only listen to 10 at the most.

      Wish you all the best for 2013 and as they say in Scotland

      "have a guid new year".

      Regards Alan in Scotland.

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      rickzimmerman 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Alan: Yes, we are looking forward to Christmas. With a bit of anxiety, too, since we design the Christmas cards for our own company as well as those of a local radio mogul that owns four radio stations. So I have to get cracking on the all-new original artwork, design and layout of both cards, so that I can get everything to the printers within the next 2 weeks.

      Regards, Rick

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      AlMorr 4 years ago

      I have noticed that too Rick, quite a lot of men who are very hairy on chest, arms and shoulders, etc, "tend" to be bald on 'dome' on head, it is just one of those things. I remember when I was on vacation years ago, this man won a hairy chest competition, he was really hairy on the chest but completely naturally bald on his head. I am lucky, I do have a reasonable amount of hair on top as well as being hairy on other parts as well.

      Christmas is not too long away now, I hope you are looking forward to it.

      Kind regards from Scotland

      Alan

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      rickzimmerman 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      (Though I wish my dome was a bit hairier . . . . )

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      AlMorr 4 years ago

      Yes Rick, is is a big ask, where will we start?

      Lets forget about all that and be thankful that both of us have what WE want, hairy arms, wonderful

      Have a great day

      Regards Alan

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      rickzimmerman 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Now if we can just focus on solving a few minor problems that remain: debt, deficit, jobs, economic growth, education, climate change, energy, equal rights, immigration reform, accessible and affordable healthcare, a peaceful end to conflict around the globe . . . .

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      AlMorr 4 years ago

      Congratulations to you Rick, your wife and daughter in voting for a winner, listened and watched President Obama's victory speech when I was having my breakfast at 0630 GMT. I did not actually ask you who you were voting for, but everyone here in the UK is so very pleased that "your man" Barack" got re-elected.

      Once again, well done

      Regards, your friend Alan from Scotland

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      rickzimmerman 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Good to hear from you, Alan. I'm pleased your fireworks were so nice. Our own city of about 25,000 puts on a great display every New Year's Eve, 4th of July, and late August, during a local 4-dat fair & festival.

      We are on the same page as many of those around the globe — we want Barack Obama to win re-election as well (I feel he will). My wife, daughter and I are all voting for him today. Perhaps we can see to it that the US keeps advancing, rather than turning its back on progress thus far.

      Regards, Rick

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      AlMorr 4 years ago

      Hi Rick, Alan here, just watched a great pyrotechnic spectacular from my house, the actual show was 1 mile away, organised by the local council, I got a very good view of it, some of the bangs were very loud indeed. Don't want to get into politics, but everyone I know wants Obama re-elected, I hope you are looking forward to the election.

      Regards to you and your wife

      Alan in Scotland

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      rickzimmerman 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Hope you get an opportunity to enjoy a pyrotechnic spectacular!

      —Rick

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      almorr 4 years ago

      Rick, glad you are OK, In the UK we have 2 celebrations quite close together, Halloween, really now just for under 7 year olds, and Guy Fox Night on 5 November, Guy Fox was the first terrorist, he tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London but was found out and hanged. November 5 is always very noisy with fireworks

      Regards, Alan

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      rickzimmerman 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Alan: Thanks for your concern. Yes, we are out at the fringes of Superstorm Sandy — 5 days of non-stop rain plus wind forces gusting up around 75 mph +. Luckily, no major trees down and no power outage for us (yet). We endured Hurricane Irene about this time last year, and had to outrun rain bands before roads washed out. Halloween festivities have been postponed in all the local communities until Nov 4. (Worst incident we ever had was a number of years ago, when a freak winter storm tossed a huge snapped tree limb straight through one of our sedans, from hood through windshield into the back seat, like a vintage harpoon!).

      Regards, Rick

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      almorr 4 years ago

      Hi Rick, I hope you are OK, have you been affected by Storm Sandy, or are you outside its area. Back in January of this year, the part of Central Scotland I live in had a "gale" with gusts up to 93 miles per hour, luckily only a few trees came down, the electricity stayed on, it lasted only for 3 hours, I was actually taking the Xmas decorations down during the storm.

      I hope everything with you is fine

      Regards

      Alan from Scotland

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      rickzimmerman 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Alan, it seems as though you've got your own hair network going! (I can honestly say I haven't yet done a cartoon about women's armpit hair, though you have inspired me . . .)

      Since you mentioned rainy Scotland, you might be interested to know that Cleveland is the 3rd rainiest/cloudiest major city in the US. As the jet stream and the weather move east-southeast from Canada across the Great Plains, they cross the southern portion of Lake Erie, picking up moisture. We therefore get clouds and rain and snow (though Buffalo, NY farther east-northeast regularly beats us for snow totals). Though we appreciate the changing weather here, we often dread the deep snow. One other aspect of our weather: in just a single week our temperatures might move through a 50- or 60-degree (Fahrenheit) range! Quite unpredictable.

      Regards, Rick

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      AlMorr 4 years ago

      Hi Rick, quite interesting reading your other hubs, I correspond with Strictlydating in Australia about mens hairy chests and also on Hub Pages with a lady in Guernesy in the Channel Islands about womans arm pit hair. No Rick my father when I was a teenager NEVER allowed me to grow long hair or a beard, he ORDERED me to go to the hairdresser every 3 weeks, as my hair grew so quick. He was always talking to me about my hairy legs, although he did not ask me to shave the hairs off. I think he was a little envious of me being so hairy, but I never had long head hair or grew a beard. Apart from these 2 places on me, I can say that all the rest of the hairs on my body have NEVER been cut or even trimmed ever.

      Regards

      Alan from rainy Scotland

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      rickzimmerman 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Good day, Alan. Yes, I've enjoyed Billy Connelly in quite a few movies and TV appearances. I think you are right that many Scotsmen consistently groom full beards and lush heads of hair, whereas it seems to go in and out of fashion through the years in many other countries.

      I was only 11 when the Beatles broke big in the US, but by the time I was 16 (and they produced Sgt. Pepper) I had a full Beatle haircut, and was already working on beard and mustache. By the time of my wedding a few years later, to quote the Pastor, I 'looked like Jesus' — shoulder-length hair parted in the center, full beard and mustache (though I didn't go around too often in draped robes or sandals).

      As the years have worn on, my hairline has headed over the crest of my skull, and I refuse to be silly and wear one of those ridiculous twined ponytails. Now my hair is relatively short, and I keep a close crop on my facial hair.

      For an observation on men's appearances as they age, you might like:

      https://hubpages.com/style/You-Are-a-Potato...

      (However, any hair concealed by day-to-day clothing is allowed to go anywhere it wants, anytime.)

      Regards, Rick

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      AlMorr 4 years ago

      Hi Rick, Alan here, excellent little ditty story about McFerry man the hairy Scotsman on the site you directed me to, I thought I would just comment on it here than the Hairy MacFerry hub. It is true, I don't mind the least bit about a wee bit o' humor about 'hairy Scotsmen', well lets face I'am one of them, the thing is Rick, I'll give you a couple of examples of this, first of all there was a survey in a tabloid newspaper stating that Scotsmen were hairier on average than other people in the UK, I don't know if this is true or not, but I do live up to that reputation, I was walking thought the local park on a warm day recently, I noticed that most of the men I saw had hairy chests and arms to a certain extent, some hairier than others, however, this reputation of the 'hairy Scotsman' is more to do with long thick head hair and a long beard, neither of which I have got, no beard and I go to the barber's every 8 weeks. Have you heard of Billy Connelly, he is always cracking off dirty jokes all over the world, he has long hair and a beard. Hope you are enjoying the lovely colors of the trees this fall.

      Kind regards

      Alan

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      rickzimmerman 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Good to hear from you, Alan. No grandkids here yet — our only daughter is currently a senior at Harvard (pursuing a career in engineering research), so we tell her that we'll give her a few more years yet to get settled before we expect a grandchild or two!

      No need to google Cleveland to see what it's like here. You can just browse some of my other hubs about Cleveland sights. I've also got scores more posted at Examiner.com, where I am the resident Cleveland architecture examiner.

      And, if you dunna mind a wee bit o' humor about a Scotsman with substantial body hair, you can also check out

      https://hubpages.com/literature/Hairy-MacFerry...

      Best to you.

      Rick

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      AlMorr 4 years ago

      Hello Rick, Alan here from Scotland, that's a great post you sent me, no, in Scotland as far as I know we do not have 'leaf-peepers' in fall (Autumn as we call it in the UK), but certain parts of Scotland like Cleveland are really beautiful, particularly during Autumn, Royal Deeside is really beautiful, that's where Queen Elizabeth spends her holiday. If you want to see other photographs of Scotland, just type in Scotland, then press images at top of page, there you will see many lovely photographs of my country.

      Regarding hairy chests, as I have already mentioned to you, I have a very hairy chest, I remember many years ago when I met a few women at my local park, I stripped off my shirt, and the woman gasped when they saw my hairy chest, one said 'you are like a werewolf and regarding my arm hair, another said 'you have arms like a monkey, as I usually wear short sleeve shirts, quite a few people have compared my arms with a monkey, as I have said before, I don't really mind. When I was 12 years of age and the only place I had hairs was my head, I noticed several men older than me, some hairy, some not, I hoped I would be hairy, I did not need to wait long as by the time I was 14 I had developed really hairy legs, this I put down to all the cycling I did at the time, I still do some cycling, but not as much.

      My wife died over 2 years ago, I do have a son and daughter and a grand daughter. My son is married to a Chinese lady. My daughter is expecting her first child in December.

      So Rick as you told me a bit about yourself, hair and all, I have told you about my country and myself as well

      Really good corresponding with you.

      Regards to you and your wife

      Alan

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      rickzimmerman 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Hey, Al: Thanks for the correspondence. It's always nice to hear from someone afar. Though my wife and I traveled to Europe twice over the years, we have unfortunately not yet gotten to Scotland. But I read so voraciously (National Geographic, Discover, Time + books of every kind), I feel like I've already experienced it to a degree. We live just outside Cleveland, which is known as The Forest City, due to its vast and dense tree stands. Our one-acre home lot is about 60% covered in dense trees, as are most of our surrounding neighbors. We are now starting to see the turn of the leaves for fall.

      Don't know if you have 'leaf-peepers' or not: those are folks who make grand excursions each fall to see all the variety of color-changing foliage as winter nears. There are leaf-peeping excursions through rural Ohio, but many more throughout the wooded hills and mountains of New England.

      Good chatting with you.

      Rick, from 'The Home of Rock n' Roll'. (No kidding: the term 'Rock n' Roll' was first coined here, and we are home to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum. Excuse me, while I crank up Van Halen, The Beatles, and Led Zeppelin.)

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      AlMorr 4 years ago

      Hi Rick, nice to correspond with you, I see you come from Northeast Ohio, nice part of the USA. You are correct, all those younger generation guys who shave any hair that appears on their body, we of the older generation just think they are 'just crazy people'. I could grow a thick beard but as you say it would be all spiky and rough, I did try it about a year ago, after 4 days it was coming on OK, but it felt so rough and uncomfortable, I just said to myself,'shave it off, but leave the rest of my body hairy' that is what I have done. During warm weather I always wear sleeveless tank top type vests and short sleeve shirts to show my hairy arms and shoulders to the sun and fresh air, I do a lot of cycling, so I always wear shorts, that shows off my hairy legs.

      Again, nice to 'speak' to you Rick, nice sunny day here in Scotland today (Saturday 9-22) so I am off to cut the grass for the last time this year, wearing shorts and a sleeveless vest.

      Have a good day

      Al from Scotland

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      rickzimmerman 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Hey, Al! As I age, I find I have to keep my beard and mustache trimmed quite close, else all the graying hairs go wild and spiky and I start to resemble a talking thorn bush. I am definitely the wrong generation for any waxing or other trimming. As the comic George Carlin famously observed of the trendy young dudes that shave their heads:"Hey, if you want to go bald, do what I did: wait a few years!" (And, by the way, it IS true what they say about the LENGTH of one's arms . . . .)

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      almorr 4 years ago

      Hi rikzimmerman, interesting what you say about the LENGTH of your 'monkey hairy arms', the length of mine are just average O about 22" I think, its just that the hairs are so bushy extending all the way up, not just the forearms below the elbow but right up to the top linking with my very hairy shoulders which are linked to my hairy neck, which I have to shave every 2 weeks, otherwise I feel uncomfortable, but I do not mind the least bit being hairy, I would have been disappointed if I had been naturally smooth. I have been hairy since my early teens and can say that apart from shaving my face, I have never waxed, cut or trimmed 1 hair of my body ever, and that includes my very hairy jungle of forest hairs, "down there", I am sure you are the same rick, I don't think you have ever cut or trimmed 1 hair off yourself either, maybe apart from your shaving face in the morning, or do you grow a beard?

      Regards

      Al from Scotland

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      rickzimmerman 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Hey, almorr, I can relate: my arms are long enough that I've been called 'monkey-arms' or likened to an ape or Cro-Magnon man.

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      almorr 5 years ago

      Sounds a bit like myself, I have very hairy arms, but it has not bothered me the least bit, my arms were compared to a monkey, by one young women I was courting, but she thought they were quite sexy as well. About 95% of the time I wear short sleeved, casual and dress short sleeved shirts, I am so used to wearing these that when someone gives me a long sleeved shirt, I just don't wear it, I think that when you have hairy arms, they make you warm, not needing to wear anything over them unless it is really cold.