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Old 09-30-2015, 07:50 PM   #1
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Grow a retirement beard?

Looks like David Letterman is enjoying his retirement. Did you grow a beard after retiring?

Here’s why Letterman grew that crazy beard | New York Post
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Old 09-30-2015, 07:56 PM   #2
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DH did - after about 5 years.
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Well, I thought I was retired. But it seems that now I'm working as a travel agent instead!
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Old 09-30-2015, 08:04 PM   #3
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About 25 years before retiring.
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Old 09-30-2015, 09:15 PM   #4
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At retirement, I (again) grew a beard… I couldn’t stand it. I cut it off, leaving a long mustache overhang as a different “look”.
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Old 09-30-2015, 09:17 PM   #5
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I was thinking I may get Duck Dynasty look after I retire... The DGF says no.
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Old 09-30-2015, 09:58 PM   #6
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Over DW's dead body.
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Old 09-30-2015, 10:12 PM   #7
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The day I started pulling the levers towards retirement I started my beard.
DW, the only one who knows why, doesn't mind too much as long as I keep it trimmed.
The day the keys are finally turned over I plan to pack the beard in.
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Old 09-30-2015, 10:16 PM   #8
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I look younger without facial hair.
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Old 09-30-2015, 10:16 PM   #9
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About 25 years before retiring.
About the same here, can't remember exactly.

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Over DW's dead body.
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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Old 09-30-2015, 10:16 PM   #10
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After 20 years in in the Air Force in 1997, I had a full beard before my terminal leave was finished. While wearing the uniform, I could probably count the number of times on one hand where I didn't draw blood in my morning shave.

I've watched it gradually turn gray over the ensuing years. Couple of years ago, I started wearing it short when the increasing number of gray hairs exhibited a tendency to curl. Wife prefers it long, so I'm growing it back out right now, hopefully it'll behave, still have to work a few more years in a job where I can't look too much like a yeti....
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Old 09-30-2015, 10:48 PM   #11
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Started on mine when I took the vacation time leading up to my retirement. Don't know how long I will keep it. DW seems ok with it.
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Old 09-30-2015, 11:33 PM   #12
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No way! Although I do like the term in the article: "Hobo Chic", ha ha.

Here in the Philippines, facial hair is definitely not popular. I have a clean cut reputation and a face to match it ;-)
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Old 10-01-2015, 05:45 AM   #13
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I last shaved in 1976 to celibate the bicentennial. It's all part of my LBYM plan. Just thinking of the time & money I've saved leaves me all warm & fuzzy feeling, literally.
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Old 10-01-2015, 07:25 AM   #14
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I've never had one. Who knows.....maybe I will start one this winter. I have a feeling it will make me look older....... which is not a good thing.
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Old 10-01-2015, 07:32 AM   #15
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Shortly after my ER I grew a beard, but only kept it for a few months. Way too much work. On Y2K night I dyed it green (along with my hair) after losing a bet with DD.
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Old 10-01-2015, 07:34 AM   #16
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I have a thin beard so if I grew one it would just look mottled and unkempt. But the flip side is a great benefit: I only shave once or twice a week! Razor blades are lasting a lot longer now.
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Old 10-01-2015, 08:39 AM   #17
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The day I got out of the Army, June 1, 1975, I did not shave and have not since.
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Old 10-01-2015, 08:51 AM   #18
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Haven't retired yet, but another guy with thin, splotchy beard. DW will not approve of me letting it grow out, as it would likely take weeks to get beyond "sandpaper" stage.
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Old 10-01-2015, 09:02 AM   #19
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Add me to the thin, splotchy group. Used to be thick and dark brown. What happened?

Usually have the "circle beard", and sometimes a full beard, but kept at whisker level; i.e. five o'clock shadow.
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It's hard to grow a beard for retirement when you've had one for over 30 years...
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