No-Shave November beard is deliberatePublished 11:27am Friday, November 16, 2012
I’m not being lazy – that patchy quilt on my face is quite deliberate.
Ever since I was 18, I have wanted to grow a beard. I have tried, and failed, almost every year.
I keep telling myself, this is going to be the year.
This time, it’s going to be full and warm and cozy.
But it seems year after year, I hit three weeks of intermittent growth and give up.
Usually I start around the first of November.
You know how every month is a celebration, prevention or awareness month for something?
For my friends and I, the eleventh month of every year is No-Shave November.
I got a late start this year, however.
After shaving on Nov. 4, I came into work that next Monday only to see my sport’s editor, J.D. Cowart, was already a week or two away from a Grizzly Adams face sweater.
An hour or so later, our publisher Kenneth Boone walked by my desk, and he too had the makings of a respectable set of whiskers.
With two of the three males in the newsroom all exercising their right to a warmer set of cheeks, I decided to jump on the beard bandwagon.
If this was a competition, I am admittedly the Auburn Tigers of this facial hair face-off.
Although J.D. is younger than me, he can grow a better beard in four days than I can in four weeks. I am pretty sure J.D. started shaving in the seventh grade.
As for Mr. Boone, he has a few years of experience on me. He’s been growing a winter beard since before I even had a full head of hair.
So I don’t expect to best my coworkers in a battle of the beards, but I am at least hoping for a better performance than last year.
Only time will tell.
Nelson is news editor for The Outlook.