Several years ago, I drove by Ferguson Supply and saw one of their employees outside, mowing the grass in a business suit. I stopped my car because I wanted to know what was going on. “Hicks” always had a great quote or story.
“Hey Hicks”, I hollered. He stopped the lawn mower and came walking toward me. “Why are you mowing the grass in a suit.” He looked at me with a smile and said, “Ain’t no sense in looking bad and feeling bad too!”
Everyone wants to look and feel younger. Everyone but kids under 5, who always seem to answer a “How old are you?” question with “4 and a half” or “3 and a half.” You never hear anyone say “62 and a half.”
London now can claim a record-holder in plastic surgeries. Cindy Jackson just turned 57 and can now “boast” that she is in the Guinness Book of World Records with 52 cosmetic procedures. Here are her before and after pictures as she progressed:
She had her first procedure at age 25. Looking at these pictures makes me wonder why she didn’t own a camera back then with a little better focus. Cameras haven’t changed that much have they?
Jackson says that she spends “on average, two weeks each year having surgery and recovering from it. I have to if I’m going to continue to hold back time.”
Her motivation for the surgeries have nothing to do with trying to get in a record book. “I never intended to break any records,” she said. “I just want to be young and beautiful. I never want to look into the mirror and see a wrinkly old face staring back… and I don’t think I will ever have to.”
When I read this article, it made me want to send a copy to the insurance adjusters on our cases. Years ago, I learned that Allstate had began to use a computer software program to evaluate claims. Adjusters would never say that “Colossus” indicates how much to offer. All of a sudden, offers were seemingly a bit lower and many times ended in an unusual number, like $5808.
Cases where clients had been burned or cut seemed to also receive low offers. It didn’t seem to matter whether a client was permanently disfigured. Then, information began to leak out that the software program did not consider anything about scarring or disfigurement. It had never been programmed as a ‘settlement driver’.
When considering the damages of loss of enjoyment of life or mental anguish, appearance is certainly part of that. This article might be a bit “over the top”, but it is a reminder about the significance of the damage of disfigurement. An even worse damage, when it results from someone who caused it by a bad choice or careless action.
And pic o’ day is a reminder of how we can keep working on the appearance, without going under the knife: