The most patriotic mullet that ever I did see
VJ, with his characteristic gusto, wouldn't settle for a conventional barbershop hair cut. Instead, he decided that he must have a public cutting. After announcing his intention at a local pizza parlor to a group of British tourists that he had befriended, VJ led a small parade of mullet lovers around the narrow streets of the sleepy town, ceremoniously ending on his knees in a heroic pose in the center of the town square. There he announced to a crowd of well over one hundred curious spectators that he needed a volunteer from the audience to cut his hair. After several moments of confusion, a woman from Idaho stepped forward and accepted the challenge. Someone else provided a pair of safety scissors (yes, the same kind that you used to use to cut red and blue construction paper circles when you were in kindergarten). VJ kneeled proudly with a priceless VJ grin on his face as she sculpted a beautiful dark drape from the back of head. After the work of art was complete, VJ rose dramatically as would a bronze statue being erected and let the astonished crowd admire his new do as it swayed in the gentle summer wind. Several not unattractive girls approached him to request a photograph with him as though he were the Backstreet Boys. Just before the Independence Day fireworks began, VJ led a triumphant victory march through the streets.
The moral of this story is not that VJ had remarkable charm and charisma, a terrific sense of humor, and exceptional creativity (while all of this is doubtlessly true). The moral of this story is that VJ had an incredible gift for making people feel happy and free. He made everyone, even strangers, feel comfortable to be themselves and proud to express themselves, even in unconventional ways. VJ loved that which was uninhibited. For me, this is what made VJ so damn likeable and special and so utterly impossible to replace. And it’s not a coincidence that this story took place on the Fourth of July.