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Title: A Hairy Situation
Post by: Jonathon on October 11, 2006, 09:56:37 PM
While I was laid up most of August, the weeds overtook the garden.  In other words, I grew a beard.  I've worn a moustache on and off, but never the full hairy deal.

Now that my back has resolved its problems, I've trimmed down most of the growth and my family, friends and neighbours like the look.

But they all said the same thing, "Oh, you've decided to keep it."

I felt like I'd brought home a stray dog, then glued it to my face.  If I decide to shave it off -- a possibility every time it itches too much -- would I tell them, "I couldn't housebreak it."?

So my questions to those bearded and those who live with those who are, are:

How the heck do I live with this thing?

What remedies are there for itchy beard syndrome?

And how to I stop niggling at it with scissors every time I feel a tree that's grown taller than the forest?

Jon
Title: Re: A Hairy Situation
Post by: Bob Mueller on October 11, 2006, 10:48:18 PM
I envy anyone who can grow a beard without ingrown hairs. I get those all the time, even when I keep things trimmed.

I would occasionally use a short-bristled brush in the morning; that seemed to cut down on the itching.

And just resolved to trim it once a week, and leave it alone otherwise.
 
Title: Re: A Hairy Situation
Post by: Charles King on October 12, 2006, 03:04:12 AM
Living some place cold usually helps. At least justifies it to degrees-- no pun intended. I grow them from time to time. I just get sick of it, or an errant trimming, usually causes me to go clean shaven again. I've found the desire to keep one is a trade off. You save a small amount of time having to shave everyday. That's a plus. You have to watch what you eat-- stringy gooey foods can lead to some awkward social situations. The woman I'm seeing kind of has to sign off on it--unless I want to break up, and I know she hates beards, in which case I guess I'm just right bastard. You have to train yourself to never trim while: being drunk, groggy, or watching porn. You also have to watch when you scratch--again awkward social situations, and if you end up scratching more than your pets-- well that could be a redflag for a few things, but you might want to buy some new razors at that point.

Charles    8)
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Title: Re: A Hairy Situation
Post by: Jane B. on October 12, 2006, 12:39:18 PM
Jon, if you like the beard, keep it, by all means. But when I look back at pictures of my DH when he grew a beard, all I see is "dirty/scrufty". And now that he's gone gray, when he doesn't shave for a few days he just looks like a street person. Of course there are folks who look better with facial hair. Sean Connery comes to mind--much better with the beard than without. So if you look anything like him, hey, keep it. If not, I vote for the shave.  :)

Jane B.
Title: Re: A Hairy Situation
Post by: penny on October 12, 2006, 02:22:35 PM
I married a bearded husband. Then, when we were married for a few years, the first Gulf war arrived, and DH shaved it off so that he could put the gas mask on. He was mobilized and did the shaving in the army. When he came home for a first visit - I was completely shocked. I could suddenly see his chin, and believe me - it was so weird for me...

I'm used to it now, though!    ;D
Title: Re: A Hairy Situation
Post by: Ingrid on October 12, 2006, 05:48:14 PM
My husband grew a beard several times.  Didn't like shaving. Didn't like ties either. Actually, he looked good in a beard.  It was a nice beard.
But, my God, kissing a bearded guy does nothing for me.  I told him it made him look older. It grew in gray when his hair was still brown.  That took care of the problem.

Ingrid
Title: Re: A Hairy Situation
Post by: ArlineChase on October 14, 2006, 11:21:29 AM
Ingrid,

I  used the same strategy to get rid of my husband's prickly moustache.

arline
Title: Re: A Hairy Situation
Post by: Ingrid on October 14, 2006, 01:30:20 PM
Oh. Lord, I guess that ruins it for all those other wives.  :)

Ingrid
Title: Re: A Hairy Situation
Post by: Brenda B. on October 15, 2006, 05:09:08 PM
My beloved is cleanshaven for the first time in ages. I'm not sure I know why, but I love it.   ;D  No itchy, scratchy, pointy hairs pricking at me every time I want to kiss him. He's done this once in a while, but this is the longest he's kept it off. It makes his face look so much younger, perhaps not this time though which may be why he's keeping it off. Usually he gets "baby face" comments.

Jon, he just kept it well trimmed, shaved certain parts of his face every day. I hated the trimming, especially the mustache because the hair ends were then sharper and more painful. I was always on him to "pet" it in order to try and soften it up. He wouldn't do it, so I don't know if the theory works or not.
Title: Re: A Hairy Situation
Post by: B L McAllister on October 17, 2006, 11:51:13 AM
...But, my God, kissing a bearded guy does nothing for me. ...
Ingrid

A couple of generations ago there was a saying among women: "A kiss without a moustache is like apple pie without cheese." Really, there was.  Is it possible that tastes change from generation to generation?
Title: Re: A Hairy Situation
Post by: Ingrid on October 17, 2006, 01:40:30 PM
So glad you made it here, Byron!

Ingrid
Title: Re: A Hairy Situation
Post by: Joyce S on October 17, 2006, 07:21:12 PM
...But, my God, kissing a bearded guy does nothing for me. ...
Ingrid

A couple of generations ago there was a saying among women: "A kiss without a moustache is like apple pie without cheese." Really, there was.  Is it possible that tastes change from generation to generation?

Hmmm, in Vermont, we used to say "A kiss without a squeeze is like apple pie without cheese." Interesting how sayings differ from place to place as well.

Joyce S
Title: Re: A Hairy Situation
Post by: Susan August on October 17, 2006, 08:34:15 PM
And the inclination to serve cheese with apple pie is unique to some areas of the country.  Not in New Jersey, for sure.  I was amazed at this culinary habit when I lived in Wisconsin during college.  :o

Susan
Title: Re: A Hairy Situation
Post by: Dave Freas on October 17, 2006, 09:46:10 PM
And the inclination to serve cheese with apple pie is unique to some areas of the country.  Not in New Jersey, for sure.  I was amazed at this culinary habit when I lived in Wisconsin during college.  :o

Susan

And across the Deleware River in PA it's common.  At least in this area of PA (Northeast).

Dave
Title: Re: A Hairy Situation -- apple pie & cheese
Post by: Joyce S on October 18, 2006, 08:09:18 PM
And the inclination to serve cheese with apple pie is unique to some areas of the country.  Not in New Jersey, for sure.  I was amazed at this culinary habit when I lived in Wisconsin during college.  :o

Susan

In Vermont it had to be sharp cheddar cheese -- something that both Vermont and Wisconsin have in common.

I prefer apple pie with cheese to pie-a-la-mode.

Joyce S
Title: Re: A Hairy Situation
Post by: Susan August on October 18, 2006, 08:44:21 PM
Sorry, for me, it has to be melted vanilla ice cream on my apple pie...tart apples preferred with a flaky crust...and whole wheat is a plus!   ::)
Title: Re: A Hairy Situation
Post by: B L McAllister on October 19, 2006, 02:08:09 PM
Actually, I rarely eat cheese with apple pie.  Being mildly diabetic and wanting to hold on tight to that word "mildly," I don't actually consume huge quantities of apple pie, either.  My spouse (and co-author), being from Wisconsin, eats ice cream or cheese, either one (never together) whether there's apple pie to go with it or not.  Incidentally, she likes beards--or at least my beard, which is why I have one most of the time.  She is quite willing to tolerate me without one, however, so when it gets itchy, scaly, or--despite my best efforts--badly hacked up, I don't have one the rest of the time.  
Title: Re: A Hairy Situation
Post by: Dave Freas on October 19, 2006, 02:28:49 PM
As a follicle-challenged guy, I never had a beard, but did wear a mustache for years.  The first time I de-weeded my upper lip, my kids thought I looked like a horse (figure that one out) and laughed profusely.  I finally shaved it off for good several years ago, which resulted in several people saying I looked younger.  The last time I gave my razor a week's rest (on vacation several weeks ago), 7 non-shaving days produced a sort of Don Johnson in Miami Vice appearance.

Dave--who's more a Freddy Fuzzycheeks than Billy Bluejowls.
Title: Re: A Hairy Situation
Post by: Alice on October 20, 2006, 04:00:11 PM
I'm originally from Wisconsin, but since I am lactose intollerant, I eat my pie plain.   :-\
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