Bye Bye Beardie

The Yin and the Yang

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Nine and a half years.

That’s a long time to be wearing a goatee. In those 9.5 years, I’ve only shaved it off twice. Both times I swiftly grew it back because I couldn’t get used to being without it and because it neatly hid a double chin.

I’ve since grown tired of it. Again. I see goatees everywhere now, particularly on round-faced guys like myself. It’s almost the fat man’s crutch, disguising the extra padding around the face.

Mine has also gone quite gray. While the gray streaks do look pretty cool in some pictures, people often see it and guess I’m quite a bit older than I really am. While I’m not vain enough to start dying my goatee (or my hair), I don’t mind it as an excuse to shave the goatee.

Finally, I’ve been thinking about the attached picture for a few weeks now. It came off pretty good if you ask me, and it was a lot easier to accomplish than I thought.

So the goatee is gone daddy gone. It’s been fun wandering around and seeing if people will even notice (and if they do, what their reaction will be). At home, the Midget said I look silly (a label which he slaps on anything different or unusual), but the Squirt and their little sister hardly blinked an eye. The Wife says she’ll need a few days to get used to it. At work, so far most people don’t seem to have noticed. I get that odd look, like they know something’s different but just can’t place it, and then it’s on to asking me if I can fix their computer. The three coworkers who did figure it out were quite surprised, and I already got the “you look a lot younger” comment.

I’ve decided I’ll keep it at least a week or so this time. If it bothers me, I can have a new one grown inside of two weeks. Keep an eye on my next few 52 Weeks pics and you’ll know how it went.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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  1. Troy says:

    I like it because you are right…too many guys are growing them now.

    And you look like a young Mike Oliveri now.

    Get to writing bro,

  2. John U says:

    I’ve shaved mine away a few times.

    Last time, in Australia, two of the girls at work saw it immediately. I guess they pay attention to things like that. A third, however, said, “You look different…your lips are pinker. Are you wearing lipstick?”

    Nice picture, btw!

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