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Old 10-19-2014, 09:08 PM   #21
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Never had a beard, but had a mustache for a while in my 20's. During my working years, I shaved almost every day. I slacked off the last year of working and only shaved once every 2 days. Now I shave 2 or 3 times a week. I may do the playoff beard thing when the Chicago Blackhawks start the playoffs. But it will be almost all gray and certainly be nixed by DW.

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Old 10-19-2014, 09:18 PM   #22
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I've had a mustache for 47 years and a goatee for 24 years.

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Old 10-19-2014, 10:15 PM   #23
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In college, I grew a mustache to see what it was like since I have always been clean shaven. I have (had) light brown (almost blond) hair and the mustache grew out very red in color!

I shaved it off. (Now I know why my Dad's nickname in the Navy was 'Red".)

After marring and having two daughters, both of them have red hair.

Now it's all grey and I am not interested in maintaining anything except what's on top!
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Old 10-20-2014, 12:34 AM   #24
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I've had a goatee for about 15 years. But I hate shaving, so I get very lazy about it, and usually only shave once a week on Monday mornings.

The past few weeks I've been more "lame duck" about work more than usual, so I've been going 2 or 3 weeks between shaving. As a cube rat, it doesn't make any difference to me. As long as the monitor gets stared at, and the keyboard gets pecked, how much scruff I have on my face and neck is of little consequence.

Three months and counting until vesting is complete. The beard/goatee just might get more messy as that date approaches.
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Old 10-20-2014, 03:31 AM   #25
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After almost 40 years in the Army, my Dad told us was going to grow a beard when he retired. That was 32 years ago, still no beard...evidently some habits are hard to break.

I've never had a beard either for more than 2-3 weeks. Since retiring, I sometimes skip shaving every other day, wild & crazy!

I had a moustache for more than 30 years, DW had never seen me without, took her a while to get used to it when I finally shaved it off.

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Old 10-20-2014, 04:38 AM   #26
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I've had a mustache since 1968 and a full beard since 1971. I think I shaved the beard for our wedding but grew it right back. I keep it trimmed so it is neat and at a reasonable length but not so close it looks like I haven't shaved in a week or so.

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Old 10-20-2014, 05:16 AM   #27
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Tried a growing goatee for a week once. I looked like the devil! Shaved it off asap.
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Old 10-20-2014, 05:57 AM   #28
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Shave every day in the shower.
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:33 AM   #29
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I love beards, but my wife doesn't. Our compromise is that I can keep the long sideburns that I've had since I was 16.

Also, whenever my team makes the playoffs, I grow a full beard just for funsies.
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Old 10-28-2014, 11:02 AM   #30
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I grew a beard right after H.S. graduation, and kept it for 23 years. Then one evening a friend of mine bet me a steak dinner that I'd never give up my full beard. I went straight home, broke out the scissors & shears, and trimmed it it a goatee & 'stache. That was a very dinner!

I kept the goatee/'stache combo for about 2 or 3 years, until I shaved off the goatee because I got tired of the constant trimming required (and excessive gray in it). I still have the 'stache.

I always had fairly long hair too, until I just got tired of the need for trimming and combing all the time. I've always cut my own hair since my barber retired back in '75, so one day about 10 years ago, I broke out the shears and took in down to about 1/2" buzz. Now if it looks like I need a comb, I know it's time for the shears again.
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Old 10-28-2014, 11:16 AM   #31
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Have had some sort of facial hair for most of my adult life. Gave up on the beard some years back when it mysteriously got thinner and grayer. Have had a goatee-mustache combo, or "circle beard" since the Nineties.
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Old 10-28-2014, 11:32 AM   #32
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DW prefers me with a beard. Nowadays, I sport a short beard that I try to keep neatly trimmed.
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Old 10-28-2014, 11:59 AM   #33
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My husband has a beard and I have always been much more attracted to men with beards. I think they are very masculine.
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Old 10-28-2014, 12:08 PM   #34
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I wear the type of facial hair that DW prefers. After all, she has to look at it, not me!
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Old 10-28-2014, 12:11 PM   #35
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My wife has never seen me sans beard.
Same here. DW seems to like it and doesn't want me to get rid of it. I've had it since my mid 20's so I expect I'll take with me to the grave.

Maintenance is minimal. I trim it once a week (I keep it short). Most days I use an electric razor on the neck and cheek areas that don't have hair - it takes a good 30 seconds and keeps everything neat and trim.
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Old 10-28-2014, 03:32 PM   #36
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While working I shave every morning. Since retiring shave once a week.

My GF seems to like it when my beard grows in and seems disappointed after I shave it. Personally I don't mind a little scruff on myself but more than a week's worth is too much.

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Old 10-28-2014, 05:20 PM   #37
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I had a beard pretty much since HS until about 40 y.o. I kept trimming it shorter and shorter and one day decided I would look better without and haven't grown it back since (except over a few vacations). I have kept the mustache forever however . Maybe one day I'll want the beard back, just not today.
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Old 10-28-2014, 05:28 PM   #38
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I've never had a beard and when working the dress code (law enforcement) forbid it unless you were working undercover chasing drug dealers. About the time I got my pilot's license, 1976, I did grow a mustache and kept that until shortly after retirement.

I'll sometimes go a day or two without shaving but not very often, and never if I'm going anywhere. Just ingrained I guess.
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Old 10-28-2014, 05:54 PM   #39
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I have never seen my husbands upper lip except in pictures from when he was a teenager.

He looked a little "village people" or "freddy mercury" to me - so I talked him into growing a goatee after he'd gone 2 weeks without shaving on a vacation a few years ago. He got so many complements from coworkers and friends, he decided to keep it.

He keeps it trimmed fairly close... no duck dynasty.

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