September 6, 2009

The 3 Day Weekend Shave (Or Not)

scruff.jpgI don't know about you, but when I have a 3 day weekend, I'm always tempted to start a beard. I like to shave at night, so after Thursday night's shave, I know I won't have to shave again until Monday night on a 3 day weekend. So on Friday and Saturday, I leave the razor in the cabinet, and my face enjoys some time off.

But once I've let it grow for 2 or 3 days, I start to see that it might be nice to have a goatee again, or a Fu Manchu moustache, or even some Neil Young mutton-chops, and so I think about shaving just part of it off. Once I've got the razor out, and my face lathered up, I may decide to go for a clean shave for the coming week. Because if I show up Monday morning with a partial beard, people might be thinking that I'm gonna grow a Grizzly Adams style beard, and that might start something of a trend (and not being a trend-setter, I'll probably disappoint).

And if I start a beard, I have to either trim it neatly, or shave around the outside to shape it, and then I always wonder at what point it's really a beard and not just a scruffy face. 1/4 inch? 1/2 inch long?

So at this point in the 3 day weekend, I've got some hard choices to make: commit to a beard, have another day of scruff, or head straight for the Merkur and get down to it.

Is it just me, or does this happen to you as well?

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Posted by Derek Markham at September 6, 2009 9:49 PM
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