RE: Let's burn the bridges
you look like almost everyone I know with your hair patterns. It's a tough pill to swallow but I think that almost everyone looks a lot better if they just shave it off instead of trying to gel their way into faking a full head of hair. You aren't kidding anyone but yourself when you do that. The good news about this hairstyle is that you can do it yourself at home... for me, I cut it myself one week, then go to the barber for the 2nd so they can get those hard to reach areas around the neck and ears.
I think it suits you buddy. It's a harsh reality of life but most people lose their hair around our age. I think I am lucky to have made it as far as I did without the chop!