How to make me physically ill to the point of wanting to “throw-up?” That’s easy, just call me “Great” or give me some obsequious compliment. Thanks, but I’d rather have some dialogue … even a good argument. If I want agreement, I can look in the mirror (although sometimes that’s an argument too!).
Thing is, I never look at my damned books. Once I’m done with a project I never look back and completely lose interest in the thing. However, there is a hidden message in those writings and that will be the point of this latest missive.
I remember my early electrology meetings and was so eager to learn from the experts. For the most part, people were silent, would not share ideas or techniques … yet, they would say, “Mine is the best.” They would dismiss any of my ideas and not really listen. There seemed to be no interest. To me “secrecy” is the shit of our industry. Can I put it any more clearly?
Even my beloved Hinkle. He once confided in me that he wrote his book specifically so that a person would have to attend his school to actually learn the blend method. I looked at the electrology landscape and saw practitioners, manufacturers and writers … and none of them simply giving the profession the straight unvarnished facts. I tried to do that in all my writings.
I tried to put actual usable information in every sentence, if possible. I don’t care if you agree or disagree, but I wanted to make it clear and give something that could be used. The following is an actual statement from another electrology book. This kind of statement is totally worthless because it says nothing (many books are loaded with this sort of thing):
“It’s extremely important that, when you are dealing with the client, that you always act in a totally professional manner.” (Does that mean anything at all?)
I’m still frustrated. We still have “professional secrets.” We still say: “Just buy this or that machine and you will be the best.” I remember the “House of Saint James” with their truly revolutionary multi-needle unit, but Dwight Letchworth would not explain the thing unless you bought it. Lucy Peters (who made a great name for herself) withheld her technique and, at the same time, dismissed all other techniques as a fraud!
Amazingly, when I wanted to investigate the new Dectro units (which I think are terrific), I was not allowed to enter the school because “I might be spying for another school or manufacturer.” I find this pathetic … totally pathetic. (See, I would prefer learning from the real pros. I think I’ve earned it?)
Again, this is shit! If you read through any of my “hot-tempered” posts, this aspect is always at the heart of my discontent. If you have “something” … get it out there. Share it with all of us. Give us REAL details, not just a bunch of fluff. I don’t want to hear about how “great” the thing is … SHOW ME! Give me details and photograph the thing. Oh yes, and I don’t want to be “the great” either; I’m just another guy trying his best to kill those damned hair follicles!
And so, I am encouraging you all to WRITE YOUR BOOK on what you know, have seen, and experienced. Today with the new “eBooks” this is getting easier and easier. Yes, eventually all my books will be ebooks, but I don’t think enough users, at the moment, have a Kindle or other ebook device. But it is coming! With electronic books, all of you can become “book writers” and purveyors of information. There is virtually no cost to it and this will uplift our profession.
I’m eager to help you if you would like.