A Question About Leg Hair

Perk@Work: “Winter Coat” | Published February 1, 2021

Two questions boggle me:

  1. Why do we have leg hair?
  2. Why do women shave their legs?

I’m sure you have pondered these questions as well. I will now answer these two insightful questions without any research whatsoever. From what I can see on social media, that seems the best way to put forth ideas.

Why do we have leg hair?

There are those who say that humans derived from apes. They point to the legs of apes and the legs of humans and say, “Look! Both have leg hair!” Now, I’m not here to debate whether humans evolved from apes, but one would have to wonder, wherever you are on the evolution debate, where did leg hair come from in the first place? And, furthermore, where did hair come from?

We know that reptiles don’t have hair. We also know that birds don’t have hair. We know that mammals have hair. Is hair a form of feathers? Does evolution work like that? If so, what is the progression from feathers to hair? Or is hair just hair to begin with? I find it weird that mammals all had hair all over their bodies from the get-go. Wouldn’t the first mammals be hairless and get more hair instead of getting less (à la, humans)?

If we go the route of creation, why did God give us leg hair? It’s not enough to be considered fur, let alone to insulate us from the cold. It’s not necessarily aesthetic… is it? I mean, no one has ever looked at hairy legs and said, “Wow! How gorgeous!” When you think about it (and I’ve given it over 37 seconds of thought), the only reason we have leg hair is as an additional differentiator between men and women – men usually have more leg hair. Naturally (no pun intended), this brings us to the second question:

Why do women shave their legs?

Would I be off by saying that women shave their leg hair to be more womanly? If having hair legs is associated with being a guy, women who don’t want to look like a guy may shave their legs. At some primal level, this may help guys distinguish between a potential mate and their other guy friends. Of course, a guy noticing that a woman shaves her legs doesn’t automatically make that woman want to mate with the guy. Trust me on this one. Yet, the woman may want to attract as many potential mates as possible so that she can choose the best of the pack.

Some women may disagree with that conclusion. Yet, if you ask them why they themselves shave their legs, you may get a response like, “Oh, it just looks better” or “It’s just something everyone does.” None of these are solid reasons to endure the constant maintenance and potential injury of shaving one’s limbs. Furthermore, both responses go back to my initial theory. If it looks better, it would be to be more attractive to men. If it’s just something everyone does, it’s to keep up with other women who are doing it to look better to, you guessed it, attract men.

Perhaps there is another reason why women shave their legs. There’s always the trite answer, “I just like it better,” but that begs the question, “Why?” Then there are those who don’t answer but ask this question as a retort: “Why do men shave their faces?” That’s simple. It’s either because a guy can’t grow a good-looking beard (I’m in that category), or because it’s cleaner. Not all guys are capable of eating without dribbling food out of their mouths (I’m also in this category as well).

Do you have better answers? I’d love to know. Please place them in the comments below. If there are no comments, that means that I am 100% correct and everyone in the world agrees with me. If not, well then I don’t have a shaved leg to stand on.

Merry Whatever

(Comic: “Happy Holidays” | December 22, 2008)

Is the phrase “Merry Christmas” offensive and, dare I say it, triggering? To some, no. To others, yes. To many, they couldn’t care less. Does it matter? In a way, it might matter more than you could ever imagine. Get ready because I’m about to ring your jingle bell!

Right-Wingers and Leftists

Your average right-winger deems leftists as triggered snowflakes. Meanwhile, your average leftist pegs right-wingers as heartless bastards. Notice a problem? These are generalizations to be sure (outliers notwithstanding), but generalizations are such for a reason. What’s going on here?

First off, to condemn an entire group of people with seemingly contrasting beliefs than yours is lazy at best. Yet, should you walk on eggshells all day long, hiding your views so as to not hurt anyone’s feelings regardless of which camp you are in? Yes and no.

Live and life or death happen

Our human brains tend to operate on a binary basis: on or off, in or out, up or down, etc. This isn’t bad, per se. We needed this method of thinking to survive eons of life on this dangerous planet. We needed to know if people were potential mates (i.e., opposite gender), if animals were docile or deadly, if the food was edible or poisonous, and so on. Erroring on the side of a perceived spectrum usually ended up in the ultimate fail… death.

We don’t live in that life-or-death world any longer. That said, we’ll always be navigating a terrain in one way or another. In our day and age, it’s a social minefield; a softer battle but still as precarious. We operate on social capital, whether we like it or not. Railroading people with our beliefs reduce our social capital. Is saying “Merry Christmas” railroading people? I don’t think so, but they may. And there’s the rub.

How to navigate the unknown

So what do you do? Listen.

When you meet someone, pay attention to what they say. Usually, people will tell you all you need to know about themselves in a few sentences. If you’re perceptive, you’ll figure out how to respond. If someone says, “I still haven’t bought all my gifts,” chances are they celebrate Christmas. If they say, “I’m getting ready for eight crazy nights,” they may be Jewish. If they say, “The origins of Christmas are nefarious and deeply disturbing. What’s more disturbing is the blatant commercialization and saccharine platitudes that veil our true human desires and insecurities…” You get the idea.

You don’t have to be generic in your well-wishes, yet you simply can no longer assume a common outlook. Take a moment to understand the other person in front of you before shoving a Santa hat on their head and wishing them “Merry Christmas!” They may love that, but it doesn’t hurt to gauge their holiday inclinations first.

May your interactions be merry and bright

In the comic above, Mr. Argyle is sensitive to differing beliefs. Yet, his approach is generic and robotic. What if he got to know his employees and asked them what days they observe if any? He could then tailor his cards appropriately. It’s a bit more work, but it’s more thoughtful than, “Here’s your generic card.”

I’m doing my best to respect the beliefs of others. Sure, it would be easier if everybody celebrated the same way, but that’s not the case. Heck, even I went from observing Christmas to opposing it and back to observing. I’ve been blessed with people who were patient and understanding of my journey. I’d like to pay that forward.

The best gift we can give to another person is the gift of understanding. That gift involves our time, effort, thought, and care. Do that and witness some holiday glow. After all, it’s the thought that counts.

Pubbies

“Pubbies” was Perk@Work before it was Perk@Work. Check out the history of the comic strip, dating back to 1997.

Before Perk@Work, there was Pubbies. It was a simple comic about two dogs in a pub, more on that later.

Here’s the story. Way back in 1997, I began created a simple comic about two dogs sitting in a pub discussing life, love, and other randomness. I called it “Pubbies.” Many of the strips were produced on random pieces of paper and napkins.

As you can see, they were scribbled out. I remember thinking that these were my rough drafts and that one day I would refine them into actual comic strip format. At that time, however, I didn’t know what “actual comic strip format” entailed and I was too lazy to try to figure out. So I just kept doodling strips like this. Every so often, the writing was good, most times just bad; a first run at a gag without any editing.

One dog was named “Chupie” and the other “Hippo.” Hippo, the little, fat one to your right, was the precursor to Perk while Chupie the precursor to Cal. I go into detail about their history and growth on each of their character pages.

For the most part, Hippo was a lovesick and clueless idiot. Chupie was an apathetic jerk. The two of them were losers who were stuck in an endless loop of nonsense.

Chupie is on the left and Hippo is on the right. That other thing is supposed to be a mug of beer.

In 1999, I entered Pubbies into a contest in the college newspaper. The winning strip would be featured every week in their paper. I worked really hard (for a lazy person) to get the the following strips completed, even utilized a friend to help with the lettering. These are those strips:

I lost. No paper for me.

I can’t blame the editorial staff for deciding to not publish Pubbies, it wasn’t their decision. The contest was on a vote basis – people could vote online for their favorite. Ultimately, the loss is on me and the weakness of the strip. That said, I think it was for the better.

I thought “Pubbies” was an incredibly clever name. Pub + Puppies! Unfortunately, many people read it as “Pube-eez” and asked me why in the world I would call it that! The name had to go.

Once the name was changed, it occurred to me that having two dogs at a bar was not quite healthy. I mean, they sat around and drank beer all day. In “Cheers,” at least action started after the business day had ended. In my comic, however, the dogs were day-drinking. I didn’t like that.

Around 2002, I shortened Hippo’s name to “Po” and developed some other characters and came up with a different direction for the comic. It was going to be called “One Lump or Two” and the interactions would take place in a cafe over coffee. I fell in love with the concept and drew the characters and even came up with some promotional items, but never created any comics under that name. Something just wasn’t right.

The name “Po” seemed off to me and, in hindsight, I’m glad I changed it. Just a few short years later, “Kung Fu Panda” was released and my chubby protagonist would be in the shadow of another chubby protagonist. Of course, my comic hasn’t a lick of notoriety so no one would have thought anything of it anyways. Regardless, it was averted early on.

Since the characters were going to be in a cafe, I thought the name “Perk” would be more fitting. With that name, I thought it would be more fun to have Perk going to the cafe on his coffee breaks. It was around 2003 when the name “Perk at Work” was used for the title (recently changed to “Perk@Work”)

Here are the characters from that early Perk@Work, comic:

From left to right: Harrell, TC, Cal, Mr. Argyle, Lindsey, Wren, Compa, Eugene, Sheryl, Pat, Moxy, and Perk

I don’t know why I had so many characters. I guess I was just having fun with character development and social dynamics. It would be fun to post all those old, original, animal Perk@Work comics. I envision myself locked away for a week in a lakeside cabin just posting old stuff. That sounds nice.

Back to our story.

I still liked the name “One Lump or Two” so I created a little newsletter using that name with Perk@Work, as a featured comic. Here’s what it looked like:

In those days, I sent it out as an PDF in email. Later, the thing turned into a zine and I sent it out in the mail. It was expensive to produce and distribute and I didn’t make any money from it. I never said I was a good businessman.

I revisited the Pubbies concept with Bark & Grill, a comic I created just for fun and sent out for syndication.

As you can see, it’s the same format: two dogs sitting up at a bar. The difference is that each comic used different “characters” (I place that in quotations since they weren’t characters, per se, but random dogs, cats, squirrels, etc.). In addition to the random critters, there was a random theme each strip. A lot of randomness, too much perhaps. I was rejected (once again). Still, I had a blast with it and maybe I’ll revisit from time to time. Who knows?

I had considered posting those old Pubbies comics online but they were so crude in both content and presentation. In fact, this post was originally meant as a public declaration of retirement of the Pubbies comic. However, when I read the original post to my wife and showed her those old comics, she laughed and said she liked them more than any of my other stuff. She urged me not to retire them.

Seeing how much my wife liked Pubbies, I decided to revisit them. Why not create a syndication packet with these two dogs? I recycled a few old comics, wrote a bunch of new ones, and got to work.

Pubbies was recreated as “Two Dogs in a Pub.” As of the time of this posting, I have completed and sent out the syndication packet. I will post all of the comics from the packet starting August 9, 2021.

Perk@Work: Good Man

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This subject – how to be a good man – is near and dear to my heart; as it should be to every man. Yet, the more I dive into it, the more illusive it appears.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some definite fundamentals, Ten Commandments sort of stuff. Add in some “thou shalt not abuse power,” a dash of “thou shalt not be greedy,” and mix it with a dash of “thou shalt not stink too bad,” and, voilà! A good man!

Not really though. It’s a bit more complicated than that.

Coming at the issue from the what-should-I-do-or-don’t-do direction leads to self-absorption which is, as you know, not a quality of a good man. A guy can get caught up in self-improvement to the point of “improving” themselves into a worse state; navel gazing and what not.

That said, all the above commandment stuff is still good, but it is baseline. Also, it doesn’t account for cultural differences. For instance, what makes a good caveman doesn’t make a good metrosexual. I realize caveman isn’t quite a contemporary demographic, but you get the point.

I currently live in San Antonio, Texas. My wife and I love to visit the small, rural towns outside of the big city. In those areas, a good man may be quite different from in the city. I touched on this in a Bark & Grill comic:

In Perk’s case, the whole being-a-good-man idea didn’t even originate with him, but with Mr. Argyle. Perk want’s the end goal (i.e., a good woman) without even considering being a worthy counterpart. This is, of course, the fatal flaw.

And while Mr. Argyle may not know it, the book “Mate: Become the Man Women Want” is an excellent resource for Perk. There are a lot of books and resources out there for guys wanting to get a girl, but that book is, in my opinion, one of the best. It’s not a pick-up artist technique book, but rather a way to transform one’s self.

So, if the book above works to get a girl, why is the question still illusive? Being a good man is not simply about attracting a mate. There are good men who are single, like the Apostle Paul. Additionally, being a good man should also require a great deal of humility. Therein lies the paradox: any man who is truly a good man will also be humble and will not attract attention to himself which would put him under the radar in a sense. Sure, others may note his noble nature, but they wouldn’t necessarily be able to pin down any method used to active such a nature. And the guy isn’t going to go shout it from the rooftops because such an haughty act is not humble.

I have never claimed to be a good man. I would like to be a good man and I’m working on it. If I ever figure it out, I’ll share my findings. Of course, it’ll be under a nom de plume, as any good man should.