Jason

Jason: I’ve had my beard for 10 years now.

Me: You don’t seem that old.  You must’ve started pretty early!

Jason: Yeah, I think I started growing it in grade 10.

Me: So your friends in high school didn’t think it was weird?

Jason: Nah, the guys hung out with and I were in a band together and it was pretty normal.

Me: You’re a musician?  What band were you in?

Jason: Lifestory Monologue.

Bobby

Me: I’ve seen a resurgence in the number of men growing beards, especially younger men.  They’re making a real comeback.

Bobby: Yeah, my father always had a moustache and I started growing a beard back in October; it took a little while to get used to it.  I have eczema, so I just have to make sure that I moisturize the skin and hair.

Me: What do you use to moisturize?

Bobby: I just use baby oil and massage it into the skin and beard; it works great.

Nick
Nick: I’ve had it for about two years and had it quite short, but grew it out more this last summer. My friends say it’s the best thing I could’ve done.
Me: Why?
Nick: I don’t really know.  Maybe because it grows in fuller and most of my friends’ beards don’t do that.
Me: So you must be happy with it.
Nick: I am but sometimes if I’m going for a job interview I wonder if it’s all right or if I can pull it off.

Nick

Nick: I’ve had it for about two years and had it quite short, but grew it out more this last summer. My friends say it’s the best thing I could’ve done.

Me: Why?

Nick: I don’t really know.  Maybe because it grows in fuller and most of my friends’ beards don’t do that.

Me: So you must be happy with it.

Nick: I am but sometimes if I’m going for a job interview I wonder if it’s all right or if I can pull it off.

Harry: We were in Bulgaria about a year ago.  It was quite cold and Mel likes facial hair, so I decided it would be a good idea.  Then it kind of grew on me, pardon the pun.  Also, I don’t really feel like I want to go along with the norms of society regarding my appearance in keeping short hair and a clean shaven face.

Harry: We were in Bulgaria about a year ago.  It was quite cold and Mel likes facial hair, so I decided it would be a good idea.  Then it kind of grew on me, pardon the pun.  Also, I don’t really feel like I want to go along with the norms of society regarding my appearance in keeping short hair and a clean shaven face.

Van & Danny
Van: I’ve had my beard since I was 21.
Danny: I’ve had mine for 10 years.
Me: Do you find that people identify you with your beards?
Danny: Not really, but I get a lot of compliments.
Me: What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
Danny: “Can I touch it?”
You can check out some of Danny’s awesome knitting designs and patterns @ www.doknitting.com

Van & Danny

Van: I’ve had my beard since I was 21.

Danny: I’ve had mine for 10 years.

Me: Do you find that people identify you with your beards?

Danny: Not really, but I get a lot of compliments.

Me: What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?

Danny: “Can I touch it?”

You can check out some of Danny’s awesome knitting designs and patterns @ www.doknitting.com

Me: What’s the best part about having a beard?

Dennis: Saving the crumbs till later.

Kristin: It’s his baby beard.  He’s going to shave it off after the baby comes. 

Update:
Dennis dropped by the Market a couple of Saturdays ago and shared this with me.  I told him I’d post it with my original photograph of him.  Outstanding beardliness, Dennis!

Here’s his e-mail that accompanied the pic:

"Hey Ewen,


Here’s last Saturday’s shot.
Out of all people I thought you might appreciate it the most.
Bit of a frosty one first thing in the morning. I think it was something like -25.
Only ran 13k that day!”

Me: Why do you keep your beard?
Eric: I would look boring otherwise…and it’s to counteract the Roman nose. But once a drunken lady walked up to me in a beer store and told me I had a crooked beard.  I tried to convince her it was fine, that it was my smile that was crooked (and SHE sure couldn’t see straight).  But upon getting home I realized she was right - my whole goatee was about 1/4” off center.  Maybe I should shave while wearing Drunk People Glasses?

Me: Why do you keep your beard?

Eric: I would look boring otherwise…and it’s to counteract the Roman nose. But once a drunken lady walked up to me in a beer store and told me I had a crooked beard.  I tried to convince her it was fine, that it was my smile that was crooked (and SHE sure couldn’t see straight).  But upon getting home I realized she was right - my whole goatee was about 1/4” off center.  Maybe I should shave while wearing Drunk People Glasses?