Thing the Second: I was feeling somewhat experimental in the shower today. I’d been meaning to try this for quite a while, and I finally actually did it today:
So today is the first day I haven’t had a mustache since the summer between my junior and freshman years in college, i.e., since 1985. It’s kind of hard to see what it’s going to look like, because try as I might I couldn’t get rid of the 5-o’clock-shadow look where the mustache used to be, and because my beard and hair are very short now, so there isn’t much contrast. Anyway, if I decide to keep the shaved upper lip, I’ll probably go with a smaller but longer beard (sort of like chillguru’s) Or maybe I’ll skip the beard altogether, although I’m kind of attached to having some facial hair.
There are two reasons I wore the beard and mustache: I like them on other people, and I’m extremely lazy. (There were also two other reasons I originally grew them out in 1985 that aren’t so relevant any more: they made me look older, and they helped hide zits.) It remains to be seen how happy I am without the mustache, but I figured it was worth the experiment. (My short hair was originally an experiment, too.)
Comments welcome. Given how short my hair and beard are, it wouldn’t take long to grow back a wisp of a mustache to match the beard. :-)