I have learned a valuable lesson, I think. I now think it is a good idea to take your 16-year-old son to the barber/salon to get his hair cut instead of having one of his parents cut it. This is especially valuable if it is the day before school. We have had a tense couple of days as Alan cut Cheney's hair and it went shorter and shorter and shorter. 16 year-old boys (at least in my house) tend to be sensitive about how they are going to look on the first day of school. At this point, the money saved was not worth the pain and suffering felt by all.