I. The scene
Zen-Den and I went to dinner at a Tex-Mex place. Sitting there at our table, me sipping a frozen Texas Twister, him drinking a Dos Eqius, waiting for our tortilla chips to arrive, we got to talking.
II. The Subject
Thinking about the recent news story that I’d seen that day, I asked Zen-Den what he thought about man buns. Specifically, the man buns of Disney.
I figured that the sports babble radio guys who he listens to during his daily commute would have had something to say about man buns. But apparently they’re not as aware of male hairstyles as one might hope.
Zen-Den had no idea what I was talking about.
III. The Conversation
He asked: What kind of buns? Ones that you eat?
I said: No!
He said: Buns with your hair? On men?
I said: Yes, the ones on your head.
He asked: Like granny buns?
I said: No, not like Granny Clampett. More like sumo wrestlers.
He said: The guys are fat?
I said: No. I don’t think so. Maybe some are. The photos show thin guys.
He said: There are photos? Where?
I said: Online. In a blog or something, I think. I read an article.
He said: So these thin guys pull their hair up and twist it into a bun?
I said: Yes!
He said: How?
I said: I don’t know. It’s just up there. Maybe with a scrunchie? Or bobby pins?
He said: Why do they do it?
I said: It’s probably a thing like being a hipster with your hat. Or those “git r done” guys with their shaved heads. It’s cool, I guess.
He said: Why?
I said: I dunno. Because men are stupid?
He said: That’s true… that’s very true.
I said: I’ll send you the link to the article.
He said: Nah. I don’t want to see it. Sounds weird. That’s why I like listening to radio. I don’t have to see any pictures of stupid men.
IV. The Conclusion
The conversation ended when our server brought us fresh homemade chips and salsa. They captured Zen-Den’s attention, so he was no longer interested in cross-examining me about man buns.
I stopped talking about them, but will admit that I enjoyed watching a middle age business guy struggle with the idea of men wearing their hair in an up-do… just because they can.