Thursday, February 12, 2009
Read an article yesterday about how beards are making a comeback. I threw my razor away when I got out of the military and except for a couple of times have had a beard (such as it is) since. Once I got talked into joining the Guard (all we do is get together one weekend a month and drink beer. Problem was that at summer camp they wanted to play Army.) for a year and had to shave for the monthly meetings and summer camp. Once I had a job that was a government contract working on military aircraft and the company wanted everyone to maintain a pseudo-military look. I paid $50 for a doctor to write up a medical excuse for me so I could stop shaving. Then one of the supervisors tried telling me that I had to keep at 1/8 inch in length. I told him to show me in writing in the SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) where it says what length a beard has to be. He couldn't find anything other than that it had to be neat and trim.
"Facial hair is a way for men to bond, he says, the male rendition of the shoes-and-purse love you often see in women. Beard clubs and bulletin boards act as a sort of fraternity, offering camaraderie, community involvement and support — not to mention a steady supply of beer buddies."
Beard clubs, are you shitting me?? Shows that people really are dumb herd animals.
The article mentioned how a lot of women complained about beard rash on their faces, but not on other parts of their bodies.
Some say that shaving is a sign of being civilized. I on the other hand think shaving is a barbaric thing to do. Dragging something sharp across your face to remove hair is not a sign of civilization. Bill Cosby did a bit on shaving, "I lathered up my face and grabbed my trusty razor. Zip Zap my face was cut to shreds. All I wanted was a close shave, not a self-sacrifice!"
I always wanted to get a t-shirt that said, "Mustache Rides 25 Cents".