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May 15, 2017 Pat's View: Hairy Experience
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By Pat Cashman

While doing things yourself is an admirable concept, not everything falls neatly into the DIY category. Take a vasectomy for example. Those should almost always be done by a doctor---one qualified in that discipline. Doctors of philosophy, letters or divinity are poor choices.

But sometimes even a less risky procedure---done by a qualified professional---can be trouble. Especially in an unfamiliar neighborhood. A true story follows.

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A few years ago a friend named Paul went on an overseas vacation. Well, not technically a vacation---unless you enjoy sandstorms and artillery fire. Paul traveled with a TV network that was broadcasting from the war in Iraq---not exactly Club Med.

While Paul saw and heard plenty of action during his weeks in the Middle East, he said he never felt in real mortal danger---except one afternoon in Amman, Jordan. “I have never felt greater pain in my life than I did that day,” he said, his eyes still watering from the memory. “And all I wanted was a haircut.”

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