Since I mentioned my beard

Because I suspect you’re dying to know why I trimmed my beard after I mentioned giving it a buzz cut yesterday, take note of the weather at my house – it was 76 degrees this afternoon.

It’s early in the year, but with temperatures this warm, trimming my beard simply seemed like the right thing to do. I now look more like my social media profile pictures than I have in months.  

When I say I trimmed my beard, I mean most of it. I left my mustache and chin alone, but the rest of the hair on my face is now so short as to be negligible.

I should probably suck it up and shave, but here’s the thing – spring may SEEM to be taking hold, but trusting the weather this time of year would be like trusting our big dog Rodney not to bark maniacally when it’s time for a walk.

Better safe than sorry.

A little stubble for the time being seems like the right idea. After all, there are still several more weeks of winter on the calendar.

By the way, don’t tell my wife I wrote about my beard. She already thinks I’m too obsessed with it.

This will just confirm her suspicions.


If you’re questioning why I’m growing a beard, here’s the answer you’ve been looking for

I was beginning to think the weather would never cooperate. But it finally got cold enough this week for my new look to start paying off.

It’s about time. I’ve been eager to test what amounts to a newly rediscovered hobby against the elements.

My new pursuit fits me perfectly. I can do it while streaming my favorite TV shows, while I’m reading a book or when our giant dog Rodney insists I stir myself long enough to take him for a walk.

I can also do it while dodging deer on the commute to work, while I’m dodging other drivers on the way back home and when I’m simply taking my customary nap after a long day.

In short, I can do it anywhere I want, anytime I want.

Spring, summer or fall. But it harmonizes best with the winter season, when temperatures plunge.

I woke up Wednesday morning pleased that temperatures were so frigid even our teenagers thought twice about leaving for school without a jacket.

I had been working hard to prepare for just such an arctic blast since before the latest “Star Wars” movie hit theaters last month. In fact, I’ve been thinking of my effort as an homage to the Force.

I’ve been growing a Jedi beard.

Yes, I know. I’m embarrassing my wife, again. She’s sensible enough not to waste time obsessing about a far away galaxy. And she doesn’t like beards, especially the shaggy, unkept kind favored by Jedi Knights.

If she knew that I’m emulating a Jedi beard, I would probably get the biggest of the many eye rolls that have been directed my way over nearly 23 years of marriage.

My wife’s dislike notwithstanding, I’ve always been a beard enthusiast. I’ve been growing them for most of my adult life. But until now, I’ve generally kept things neat and tidy.

And believe it or not, I kept a close-cropped beard as much for me as for my wife. The mountain man look just wasn’t what I was after.

At least, not until I started thinking like a Jedi.

Besides, times change. Big beards have been stylish for more than a few years now. So you could say that the Jedi beard I’m growing is not only an homage, but also a nod to fashion.

The good news for my wife is that fashion changes and the new “Star Wars” movie will eventually runs its course.

The bad news is it will probably leave theaters just in time for me to get my beard ready for this spring’s premier of the even more beard-happy “Game of Thrones!”

It’s not that I’m jealous of Jay Carney’s beard …

Answer me this – why does White House spokesman Jay Carney get so much attention when he does it and I don’t?

Carney came back to Washington after the holiday break sporting a new look – he’s grown a beard.

And it didn’t go unnoticed by the White House Press Corps when he showed up for the first briefing of the year. By their reaction on Twitter, you’d think reporters had never seen a beard before.

Politico storified some of the best tweets:

Jay Carney’s beard lights up Twitter

So did The Washington Post, which even came up with a gif of Carney.

Personally, I don’t get why Carney is getting all this attention for growing a few whiskers and I’m not. After all, I’ve been growing mine out since the beginning of November.

The only publicity I’ve gotten is this picture taken at work over the weekend and posted on Facebook.

Granted mine isn’t a full beard like Carney’s, but shouldn’t I get points for commitment?