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There’s several pix of me circulating in cyberspace, between Facebook and Google search results, that show me both with and sans whiskers. I did indeed had a beard for the better part of a year (October 2011 through August 2012) until it fully transitioned from itchy nuisance to cool accessory back to nuisance.
I grew a beard during October to prepare for our annual library auction, when we were all supposed to arrive wearing the garb of our favorite travel destination. Lacking better alternatives I put together a Polish Army colonel’s uniform. As you can ascertain from the photo, it was awesome.
It took some getting used to, especially since I’d never had a beard before. But it wasn’t difficult to achieve, since I shave every morning and by 5 o’clock I do indeed have a prickly shadow.
Reception? By boys thought it was strange for a while, but then they got used to it. They thought it was hysterical to look at pix from a year ago and say “Who is that stranger? You look like a stranger!” Cut-ups, aren’t they?
Co-workers were suitably impressed. Either that or they faked it well. As for my wife, well, she thought I looked good. Didn’t think it felt all that great but then again, I’m not sure I’d want to kiss me if I had a beard. (Well, that just sounds wrong.)
Long and short of it, sometime in late August when the weather turned really sweaty I decided to rid myself of the thing. Deciding factors?
1. It’s a pain to put on sunscreen to go to the Jersey shore when you’ve got hair on the bottom half of your face.
2. I got tired of having to check my face for lunch debris after my break. Every. Single. Day.
3. Kissing is better without a beard, says I.
Those were pretty much all the reasons I needed. Now I’m off to update the WordPress pic.
And yes, this is why Winchell Sark in Crosswind has a beard.