Most of my friends have never seen me without my goatee, so I am never surprised by their surprise when they see me without the facial hair that I had worn for more than fifteen years. Of the friends who have expressed a preference, a solid but not overwhelming majority have indicated they prefer the clean shaven look. I am still on the fence about it… or I was on until last night.
I walked into one of my locals to meet my dear friend, the Only Slightly Sleazy Lobbyist, for a drink and dinner. Our favorite bartender greeted me with a big hug and a “Daaaayummm, you look so different without the beard.”
I was about to ask her to amplify her thoughts before she continued “I mean, you looked great before, but then you had that ‘professorial look’ now you look like his younger much hotter grad student TA who makes all the girls want to attend the study labs.”
Yeah, I’m never growing facial hair again.