Happy Novembeard!

With Halloween in the rearview mirror, it’s time to turn our attention the great autumnal tradition that is Novembeard.  It’s a time for men (and some old Italian women) to celebrate their god-given gift to grow facial hair. 

I got a running start at Novembeard this year, as I stopped shaving while there were still a few days left in October.  You can see my progress above in the picture I took this morning.  Sorry for the serious look, but it was hard to take a picture of myself in a poorly lit bathroom mirror with an iPhone. What you see isn’t masculine assuredness, it’s a moron going through an internal struggle.

There are many things I suck at, and growing facial hair is definitely one of them. I’m a slow grower.  It’s usually a week before my wife even notices I’m trying, at which point she commands me to “shave that silly mess off of your face.”  It’s becoming an annual tradition.

I’m not sure how long I’ll stick with my lame stubble, but I figure I’ll let it go for a while, probably until I start looking enough like Don to make me uncomfortable with the whole process.  🙂

Until then, I’ll happily save up those four minutes it takes to knock the whiskers off of my face every morning.  That adds up to about two hours over the course of the month, or three episodes of Breaking Bad off of the Netflix.  That sounds like a pretty sweet time swap to me!

We ran a poll a few months back, asking if you had facial hair, looks like only about half of you are already sporting some form of facial hair, so perhaps Novembeard is every month in your world.  I say let it grow, let it grow, let it grow!

And for you ladies, perhaps you can grow hair…wherever you can.   😉


Wish I could do it like this guy!




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47 Comments on “Happy Novembeard!”

  1. November 2, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    I’ve done the beard thing two years in a row. Part of me likes it, part of me hates it. But if it’s for a good cause, then I may jump on the bandwagon again and give it a go.

    Good luck!

    • November 2, 2011 at 11:48 am #

      Thanks, but I’m not sure I need luck – I need laziness, which I’ve mastered! I mean how hard is it to NOT do something? 🙂

      • menacepower
        November 2, 2011 at 11:59 am #

        The hard part is the 2-4 week period of growth where your fighting the extreme itchiness! Smooth sailing from there 😉

        • November 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

          Judging from your profile pic, I’m going to assume you speak from experience!

        • menacepower
          November 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

          Haha yep! That was for last year’s Novembeard … then drank too much beer and Jameson on Dec. 1st and drunkenly shaved it. Immediately regreted it the next morning 😦

        • Don
          November 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

          I’m also guessing that you get searched almost every time you fly too! Hazard of facial hair that can make you look middle eastern!

        • menacepower
          November 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

          Yes … I was subject to a “random” search 😉 Don, how are you participating in Novembeard??

        • November 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

          He’s growing out his back hair…

        • menacepower
          November 3, 2011 at 9:52 am #

          Haha I think that’s suppose to be for a different month! I love the ‘Breaking Bad” reference … What a great show!

        • November 3, 2011 at 10:35 am #

          I’m still on Season 2 and taking it slow – I’m enjoying it immensely!

  2. November 2, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    Jim, you’re a month behind, and you’ve got two months to go. Octobeard, Novembeard and Decembeard. Not sure why there’s no Septembeard. Perhaps it’s still too hot to start growing your winter coat. Good luck the the follicle forest my friend! Can’t wait to see you at the end of December, if you can go that long.

    • November 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

      I don’t “do” Octobeard because it’s usually too hot to have a muppet growing on my face. The chilly air in Novermbeard, however, is quite nice for my facial follicles to let their freak flags fly.

  3. johnking82
    November 2, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    So when I get a receding hairline, I have to go back to grade school tactics and part my hair?

    • November 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

      Actually, that’s been my hairline forever. When I was a kid, I was freaked out because I thought it would creep back on me, but so far, so good!

  4. Don
    November 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Wow Jim, you might actually start to look…*gulp* manly. That is why for the last 27 years I have sported some sort of facial hair. Kathy says I have a baby face otherwise. I guess I was predisposed to like beer and whiskey!

    • November 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

      I wouldn’t worry about me looking manly. Instead, it’ll probably look like I borrowed a beard from an actual manly man.

  5. November 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    Stand up for us thin, slow-growers! I have terrible facial hair growth with a few random hairs along my cheek line and absolutely nothing in the sideburn/jawline area. I am forced to go Johnny Depp with an unattached goatee because I can’t grow the handlebars. My wife likes the style that I can wear so I go with it. If I didn’t sport any then I would look like a teenager. I’m 32 and even with the small amount of facial hair I still get carded every single time I buy alcohol.

    • November 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

      Slow grow is the only way to go!

  6. BeerBanker
    November 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    5 or so years ago I shaved the beard etc. off for the first time in over 15 years. My kids had never seen me without…
    The unanimous verdict in the household was that it should IMMEDIATELY be re-grown to hide the face… Now it works great as a threat !!

    • November 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

      I would’ve put all the shavings in the bed and told the kids it fell off while you were sleeping. Or put a $100 bill under your pillow and tell them the beard fairy had come!

  7. November 2, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    Hmmm… for Novembeard, I propose that I’ll just stop trimming the beard that I have the other 11 months out of the year. Not that I trim it much anyway. Someone compared it to Jason Motte’s beard the other day, which made my beard swell with pride.

    • November 2, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

      That’s like someone comparing you to Brad Pitt (in beard terms).

  8. johnking82
    November 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    I grew a beard from the end of July until October 7th. My wife hated it. There was a negative correlation between the growth of my beard and, well, my wife just rolling over in bed due to said beard. I didn’t think it was itchy at all, so I’m growing it back!

    • tronto
      November 2, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

      A beard is a must for a thinking man.

      • November 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

        I do like to rub mine and stare pensively.

        Of course I’m usually not thinking deep thoughts, but it looks good from the outside!

    • November 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

      What happened on October 7th that you remember it so clearly as beard-purge day?

      • johnking82
        November 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

        Bourbon Chase Run. The beard was turned into a John Oates mustache.

    • Don
      November 2, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

      I mean this in only the most positive and helpful way…you’re an Idiot!

      • johnking82
        November 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

        reverse psychology Don. I figure if I can’t get a reverse cowgirl, being a licensed counselor, psychology is the next best thing.

    • November 3, 2011 at 8:25 am #

      Good man John. I’ve had my beard (which is far better than that thing you grew, btw) for about a month now and the wife has yet to kick me out of bed, so I guess all is good. You’ll see the epicness that is BeauBeard on Saturday.

  9. November 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    This sounds like my husband’s “winter beard”, but he doesn’t grow it until December. He usually sports a shaggy goatee and sideburns. Filling in the extra bit to make it a full beard takes about a week. I like it! Though, I’m a beer geek and extremely lazy, so I’m sure I’d have a year-round beard if I were a man…

    Keep us posted on the progress, Jim, so we can thoroughly pick on you ;).

    • November 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

      Yes, by this time next month you might actually be able to SEE my beard!

  10. November 2, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    I’m both lucky and cursed in the beard department. Lucky in that I can grow a beard fairly quickly, and cursed in that I can grow a beard fairly quickly and have to shave every day. Other than sideburns, I hate having facial hair at this point of my life. I will let it grow over the weekend, or skip a day when on vacation, but come Monday morning, it’s outta here.

    • November 2, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

      Wow, sounds like you can actually squeeze it out if you really try, like PLAY-DOH.

      • November 2, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

        Nearly. I’d have what you have now after a long weekend. At least I don’t get back hair, I’ve had friends who had to shave their backs every month if they didn’t want to look like a Yeti. 😉

  11. November 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    I’m under strict orders keep my facial hair. Apparently my fiancee thinks I look “like a baby bird” without a beard, so it stays. Or maybe I’ll use some of John’s “reverse psychology.” Hard to imagine that not working,

    • November 2, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

      Well, you don’t want her puking into your mouth to feed you, so I’d say keep it!

      • November 2, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

        I don’t?

        • November 2, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

          Well if that’s what you’re into, shave away!

  12. November 2, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    As I’ve said before, I’ve had a beard for 39 years (and counting.) My son doesn’t remember me w/o a beard and my wife and daughters have never seen me w/o one. (BTW ladies: the wife says that she much prefers it to getting beard burn.)

    Its not as robust as it once was–one of my nicknames during my 30’s was Grizzly Adams–but it works for me. I hate shaving, although I still shave my neck and the part of my face just below my cheekbones. I also keep the stache short–don’t like soup strainers.

    Oh, in the past I too have been stopped at the airport for random searches (which was particularly amusing when I showed then my DOD ID card.) Now I look grandfatherly enough that its not an issue–young girls actually smile at me rather than cringing in fear.

    • November 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

      When I grow one and it gets longer, I begin to shave my upper cheeks and neck as well. I find that this takes a certain degree of precision that makes it take LONGER than shaving my whole face. So even though I like to think that growing a beard saves shaving time, it really doesn’t.

      • November 2, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

        My big problem with it nowadays is that I can’t see well enough to do a good job. When I go for a haircut I have the barber shave everything w/ a number 4 razor head–even my eyebrows. That way it all gets an even start.

        • November 2, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

          Now if it’d only all grow at the same even pace…

        • November 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

          Fat chance! Also, since I once had wavy hair (long, long ago), the beard tends to grow in whorls–drives my barber nuts trying to get it even.

  13. November 3, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    For a moment, I thought you had carpeting on the wall behind you. Nice touch for a bathroom! I might try this, Novembeard thing, but I’m a little scared what the outcome will be. You should do something on your FB page where we can send our pictures in.

    • Don
      November 3, 2011 at 10:17 am #

      Scott, everyone knows that IT guys can’t grow beards…it bothers their acne too much. 😉

    • November 3, 2011 at 10:36 am #

      Don would love that – his own stash of beard porn!

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