Schulyer told some of his own anecdotes. Yay for anecdotes!
In a comment, Kate wrote, “But peer pressure, and ridicule, are strong deterrents to stepping out. … I’m awestruck and somewhat envious of folks like you who seem rather impervious at all ages to such pressures.”

To which I would reply that though I didn’t worry much what people thought of me as I was growing up, I did have my own issue– an abstract yet suffocating desire to prove myself someway somehow. Being concerned with whether or not I was worthy of exisiting made other people’s reactions to my knee socks seem a little beside the point. It’s a uselessly melodramatic and occasionally crushing way to live. Insecurity is a bitch whatever mask it wears, I guess. Also, it’s not a big jump in people’s minds from “you don’t care what I think about your socks” to “you don’t care about me,” which sometimes means Social Troubles, not the least because there’s a grain of truth in the leap.

And now here’s another kind of leap. You know how on old-timey movies and TV shows, such as Little House on the Prairie, the girls and women always take their hair down, brush it, and then braid it again before they go to bed? You know how it just seems like a lot of extra work for no good reason? Why would you take the time to put all your hair in braids if you’re just going to lay down and sleep? Well, some experimenting of late has shown that it is a Quite Useful Technique. It keeps your hair from getting tangled, so that way if you are running late as usual, and you are deciding which personal grooming habit to forgo, you can pick Hair Brushing, becuase your hair won’t have tangles!