I was scary looking right from the start.

Well this explains everything:

Just 41 minutes after midnight 39 years ago today I made my entrance to this world. I was not a pretty baby, as you can see for yourself. All my life when I’d be sitting around without (what I thought was) any particular expression on my face someone would occasionally walk up to me ask what I was pissed off about. This always confused me because most often I wouldn’t be thinking about anything at all and was likely just sort of zoning out, my mind blanker than a sheet of paper. Eventually I figured out that what I thought was my “blank look” came across to others as my “I’m going to kick your ass just because I feel like it” look.

Looking back at my baby picture I can see that I’ve been cursed with that scowl from day one. Fortunately I got a little prettier as I got older, if not any less scary lookin’ to some people. You can see several more pics of me throughout the years over at my mother’s blog where she’s put together a small pictorial which even includes several where I don’t have my now trademark beard (mainly because I was too young to grow it) and with a full head of hair.

I was going to write a retrospective entry about my birthday, but to hell with that as they tend to be boring. It’s not like I have any great wisdom to impart at this point. Hell, I’m still trying to figure out at what point I start feeling like an adult and not like some youngster who’s been faking everyone out about his age.

16 thoughts on “I was scary looking right from the start.

  1. You can’t fault newborns for being cranky and scowly. I always thought the happy-happy-joy-joy ones are somehow defective – they’re not smart enough to be pissed off.

  2. Don’t feel bad, Les—I probably looked identical to you as a newborn. They all look the same to me. Happy birthday! 39 is still young (and this is coming from someone who turned 29 two months ago).

  3. Well, unless your Mum had a C-section, you’d spent hours being intermittently extruded through a two-and-a-half inch opening that’s at least twenty degrees colder at the other end—and you all wet and everything.  If that’s not gonna ruin your day, I don’t know what is.  I wouldn’t say I looked identical—way too much spiky black hair sticking out at all angles.  But I had a suspicious look on my face, like this was all some big practical joke.  Maybe I was right?  But have a great B-day anyhoo.

  4. I have the same problem bro.  Naturally scary looking.  I prefer it though.  Keeps the annoying people away!

  5. I pre-empted and posted a Happy Birthday in another thread but I don’t mind saying it again.
    Happy Birthday, Les. smile

  6. Para bems a voce
    Nesta data querida
    Oh, wait, you probably don’t speak Portuguese.
    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to you, etc.
    Speaking of a face “only a mother could love,” thank goodness for mothers. I suspect most of us would have not survived if anybody other than our mother had a say in it. LOL

  7. It’s better to have been ugly then having such big head that could have put your mother’s life in danger.

    I don’t know how my mum can even love me after all she went through. red face

    Happy birthday btw! smile

  8. All my life when I’d be sitting around without (what I thought was) any particular expression on my face someone would occasionally walk up to me ask what I was pissed off about.

    Boy, do I know what that’s like.  All my life I’ve been challenged by authority figures and others for being disrespectful, angry, etc. when I really wasn’t harboring any emotion at all.  All it takes is facial asymetry, and/or a difference in social timing, for people to conclude you are someone to be watched carefully.  Oddly, after decades of this treatment I really am pissed off a lot, yet fewer people seem to notice.  In other words, I am becoming a better liar.

    So good luck with that.  And happy birthday!

  9. I wouldn’t blame you for looking pissed off, that looks like a mug shot!

    Many happy returns and may you have many more!

  10. Happy birthday.I think nothing can be perfect in the world-it is natural law to age.My mother told me that every one should find his/her advantage of his/her age.when you’re a baby,you are cute for your childlike appearance.When you’re an adult,you can be attractive for your abundant experience of life and world.^_^
    But I can understand the worry…my father is aged 51,and I have to pay more attention to the topic of “age”when I talk with him.(PS:The photo of your graduation is very handsome.But you get a little fat after that…^_^ no offensive!)

  11. Even at such a young age Les could count to 5 and give the look that says “back off dude”.

  12. ???, I did get a little fat as I got older. Actually, let’s be honest, I got a lot fatter. I keep meaning to do something about it, but then get distracted and never actually do anything at all. Partially this is because I’ve come to accept myself as being fat and thusly don’t have the motivation to change it.

    Thank you for the good wishes. I had a good birthday and today we’re headed up to see my parents.

  13. I did get a little fat as I got older. Actually, let’s be honest, I got a lot fatter. I keep meaning to do something about it, but then get distracted and never actually do anything at all. Partially this is because I’ve come to accept myself as being fat and thusly don’t have the motivation to change it.

    If you want some motiviation then check this site.

    If that doesn’t motivate you then nothing will.

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