Saturday, May 10, 2008

To Shave or Not To Shave

I remember going on a trip out west with my Aunt, Uncle and Cousin when I was 10 or so. Many things stand out from that trip (not the least of which was the fact that I wrote my first "novel" that summer, longhand and in a marble notebook. It was a murder mystery, but I couldn't bring myself to kill anyone off, so the detective had to solve the case of the guy who was putting all these people in a coma. It's a shame I couldn't read my own writing, because I bet it was a good story.) but I also remember the fact that my Uncle didn't shave while we were traveling. He is s guy who is always very put together, so to see him with 5 o'clock shadow was strange, let alone a few days growth.

I dress pretty well, but god knows I hate to shave. Despite being of Italian decent I don't grow facial hair particularly well, and as such I can go a few days without shaving and still look passable. After about four days it is obvious that A) There are kids in 8th grade that can grow a better beard then I can and B) I should just shave already and get it over with.

With the prospect of 27 straight days that I don't have to work ahead of me, I am toying with the idea of giving a beard a shot. The longest I have ever made it in the past was 8 days, back when I was working third shift, but I broke down when it got really itchy. I don't know if I'll make it more than a week, but I do have a bit of a head start since I haven't taken razor to face since Monday morning.

So what should I do?


1 comment:

Jer said...

In my experience, a beard makes all the difference.

Even if only to give yourself several glorious days worth of differing dramatic appearances. Full beard. Goatee. Morgan Spurlock moustache. Porn-star 'stache. Mutton chops. All these and more are available to a man with a beard.