I’ve spent most of my life trying to be NOT cool. When everyone was wearing designer clothes, I was wearing sports jerseys. When every other kid had a car in my neighborhood, I rode the subway to school.
However, recently, I literally stumbled upon a new look by accident.
For a couple of weeks straight, I worked the early shift at the web-desk here at WUSA9 in Washington, DC. Therefore, it was difficult for me to shave every day and still make it to work on time. So, totally not on purpose, I stopped shaving for a week. The response was AWESOME. I was automatically cool in the newsroom. The guys were like: “Man, I wish I could grow a beard like that.”
The ladies were asking to touch it and said it was “manly.” Manly Manny, I like the sound of that.
My wife, however, is not too keen about the new look … Not because it doesn’t look good (according to her), but because it hurts her face when we hug and kiss. She has ordered me to shave.
If you know me, you’ll quickly realize, I don’t take very kindly to people’s demands, even my wife’s demands. However, if I want more sugar, I better think of something, right?
I asked the ladies around the office about their men, and what they do about their respective situations. Come to find out, they LOVE beards and facial hair on their men. I thought all women hated beards. Boy, was I wrong.
The ladies at work did give me tips to keep my beard soft enough to kiss.
“Put some moisturizer in it,” on co-worker said.
“Use hair conditioner or cream-rinse in your beard,” another woman said at work.
I’m sorry to report, neither of those tactics worked. My wife says my beard still “feels like sandpaper and needles.”
So, I’m left with a dilemma, do I shave the beard and look like a 12-year-old boy. Or, do I leave the cool beard, and suffer from fewer kisses from my beautiful bride?
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