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Old 10-01-2015, 09:33 AM   #21
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I grew a beard in early college. Took it off once at (I think) 25. No reason to cut it off now after ER. Sure I have more time to do it, but why? DW prefers the beard. Does it make me look older.... who cares! So, note a RE beard... just a beard.
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Old 10-01-2015, 10:42 AM   #22
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I grew a beard a few years after I retired and I liked the look but hated the feel and maintenance. Maybe if I had kept it for more than a month it would have "grown on me".
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Old 10-01-2015, 10:56 AM   #23
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I waited until I'd been retired nine years to grow a beard. Kept it about 18 months before tiring of it. DW didn't notice I'd shaved it until three days after the fact when someone commented it was gone...
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Old 10-01-2015, 11:51 AM   #24
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My only change would be if I shaved my goatee off after retirement. Or maybe shorter, it is usually around 4-5 inches length off my chin.
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Old 10-01-2015, 11:59 AM   #25
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I probably could do a moustache if I retired those tweezers...

But I have stopped coloring my hair - perhaps that is similar for us ladies?
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Old 10-01-2015, 12:41 PM   #26
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F briefly grew a beard after retirement because of the cost of shaving supplies, although he prefers to be clean shaven.

Then he read about Dollar Shave Club and Harry's, and joined Harry's. So far, so good.
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Old 10-01-2015, 01:08 PM   #27
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It's hard to grow a beard for retirement when you've had one for over 30 years...
+1 First grew a beard when I was a senior in HS, baseball coach didn't like that. I've had one for the last 37 years with maybe 3 interludes of several months when I was looking for a job and wanted to mislead people present a more clean cut appearance.
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Old 10-01-2015, 01:11 PM   #28
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DH grew his hair and beard out for a couple of years, but shaved this past summer again and cut his hair. He'd always been clean shaven and short hair while he was working. Some folks who've only known him since he quit working can't get used to him with short hair and no beard.
But the hair just got...awkward for him. He couldn't figure out why he kept getting mistaken for some kinda hippie, lol.
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Old 10-01-2015, 01:37 PM   #29
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Been growing a pre-retirement beard since January - trying to get to the look of Alessandro Manfredini - (Italian model). There's a fine line beween hip and hillbilly, though. :-)
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Old 10-01-2015, 01:41 PM   #30
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Been growing a pre-retirement beard since January - trying to get to the look of Alessandro Manfredini - (Italian model). There's a fine line beween hip and hillbilly, though. :-)
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Dunno about that. We frequent a lot of "hipster" bars and concerts (well, nowhere near as much as we'd like yet!), and if it exists, that line is so fine that we can't see it. (OTOH, maybe the "line" is buying $10+ cocktails for your date while drinking PBR?!)
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Old 10-01-2015, 01:42 PM   #31
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Dunno about that. We frequent a lot of "hipster" bars and concerts (well, nowhere near as much as we'd like yet!), and if it exists, that line is so fine that we can't see it. (OTOH, maybe the "line" is buying $10+ cocktails for your date while drinking PBR?!)
Living in Austin, I deliberately avoided the word "hipster" and kept with "hip". And, oh yeah, there are plenty of hipsters here!
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Old 10-01-2015, 02:21 PM   #32
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I keep telling DW that I'm going all Willie Nelson on her once I retire (pony tail and scraggly beard). She just laughs.


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.......looking for a job and wanted to mislead people present a more clean cut appearance.
Been there, done that..... Had a beard, (on and off...more on than off), since I could grow one.......shaved it for a job interview at "MegaTel".....first day there, looked around the sales department, saw a couple beards; started growing mine back as soon as I 'reasonably' could, (perhaps during my first vacation, in order to avoid showing up with bristly look).
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Old 10-01-2015, 03:16 PM   #34
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Grew a "soul patch" under my lower lip. Have had a goatee forever
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Grew a mustache after retiring from the Air Force and have had it ever since. Added a goatee for a couple of years but didn't like it that much.

There was actually a worthwhile health benefit from the mustache. Before, I used to get a cold sore on my lip at least a couple of times a year. Since growing the mustache, not even once.
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Old 10-01-2015, 04:12 PM   #36
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About the same here, can't remember exactly.



DW won't let me shave it (I did once on a lark, a group of us at work did it for some odd reason - she didn't like it). Kept the mustache though, that's been a loooong time.

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Exact opposite. I had the beard (on a lark, a group of us at work). Had to cut it off to get a second or third date. Kept the mustache.
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I haven't grown any facial hair since retirement for 2 reasons - 1. DW, 2.weird combo of salt/pepper. I may go with a mustache/goatee someday.
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Hopefully I still have enough hair in four years to grow it out when I retire from the Navy. Dunno about facial hair. We'll see! Can't wait to have the option!
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Won't get away with a beard with DW. I do predict a pony tail is in my future. No more barbers for me.
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Having an ER beard makes me look older, which is actually an advantage in that it greatly reduces the number of "You're too young to retire!" comments from others.
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