I started growing a beard earlier this year, around Memorial Day Weekend. It had been nearly two months since Kim decided to end our relationship at the time, and I was still mired in a rather severe depression (as compared to the moderate-to-medium depression I’ve worked down to now), and I was spending that weekend in a small town in Western Iowa with relatives, just to get out and away from all of the memories that were haunting me, if but for a few days respite. I hadn’t shaved for about a week up to then, and I just decided to let the beard grow, see what happens.

Usually, I’m strictly a Van Dyke / Goatee kinda guy, if I go with facial hair. Never could pull off a convincing moustache (though there was that time in the summer of 1991, where I grew a snicker inducing one before shaving it off when my Senior year in high school began), and the idea of muttonchops or a redneck Fu Manchu style are an emphatic NO. I’ve attempted beards before, but always shaved it off after a couple of weeks or so.

This time around, I am determined to keep it growing until at least the Christmas season. Maybe even my birthday in early December. See how it looks, if I want to continue, or go back to naked face. I am shaving the neck part, because even I have standards. I also decided to let my hair grow out along with the beard. Thankfully, I work a job that will let me do that, as long as I am wearing decent casual dress clothes whenever the clients show up.

Here’s a picture taken a couple of weeks ago, with the progress, that I’m currently using for my Facebook page. I’d say, so far so good, yes?

Manly Beard Man

No food stuck in here yet…

So, come December, we shall see if I qualify as a Duck Dynasty backup cast member, or at least be constantly asked if I need a lift to the local homeless shelter when I’m attending church. Either way, simply by proxy, this beard is \,,/METAL\,,/ as a popular expletive. Although, my buddy Klank would just laugh and call this adorable…

klank beard man

…and then his beard will growl and try to lunge at mine in a fit of territorial rage.