My young nephew's ears stick out a lot. They're like the handles on a cup they give away for winning a horse race. I went to high school with a kid who had a similar look, and I saw him out at a bar when I was home over the holidays. His ears looked a lot different, and I thought that I'd exaggerated how much they stuck out in my imagination. I mentioned it to a friend, and she said the kid had gotten plastic surgery to have his ears corrected during the summer between high school and college. I hadn't seen him in ages, so I still remembered him with his signature ears. I wonder if that guy regrets that decision now. I can't imagine my nephew will ever get surgery to have his ears pulled closer to his head. He can thank President Barack Obama for making it cool to have ears that stick out. It's kind of like how all men stopped wearing hats with their business suits after President Kennedy went through his inauguration bareheaded.