Fall has become the season for dudes to grow facial hair. For me, the tradition started as part of my Northern Michigan heritage. Each fall, deer hunters would grow large, unruly beards. The hair provided warmth and a degree of camouflage. Sadly, I stopped hunting before I developed the ability to grow the unruly beard.
When I started teaching (and coaching football), I grew a goatee. That eventually morphed into the traditional Autumnal beard. To fully celebrate the facial hair experience, I’d let the beard grow for about a month, then shave out some silly facial hair pattern.
When Shelly and i started running trail races, the tradition somehow morphed into a “grow silly facial hair for races” tradition. Most of the time I just sport a beard. I’ve tried a few combinations of mustaches, mutton chops, and soul patches. It’s been fun, but I don’t feel as if I’ve fully explored the world of facial hair.
I decided to up my game. I’m currently working on a handlebar mustache. It’s a big commitment… lots of combing, waxing, and other maintenance. I only have about ten days of growth so far, so it may take a few weeks before it begins to take shape. I’m hoping it will be long enough to curl by the time Woodstock rolls around, and should be fully in place for Grindstone. The eventual goal:
Anyone else up for the “handlebar mustache challenge?”