I received a photo in my email this morning from an old friend and former colleague, Roger Ball, of his completely unshaven face. As he noted it is "for the first time in 40 years, four months and three weeks" that he has been barefaced.
So first, we have a photo of Roger from a few years ago.
And then (brace yourselves) here's the photo of Roger after he administered the razor on January 1st.
Curiously, I have another friend and former colleague who has done the same trip as Roger. First, a picture of a great photographer/videographer Steve Torbeck.
My buddy, Baseball Steve, had his beard for many years, too. Maybe not as long as Roger but still, it was a distinctive part of his face and his personality for a long time.
And then . . . what happened? I don't really know but one day his beard was gone.
Steve is about 10 years younger than Roger and I so he has maintained his youthful looks better than we have.
The last time I was clean-shaven was in 1991, just before we left Mexico. As I told Roger today, I was shocked to find my father under that beard. I quickly grew it back and have been hirsute, in varying degrees, ever since. We'll see how long Roger keeps his current "look".
Which brings me, of course, to the Gratuitous Critter picture of the day.
"I'm keepin' my plumage!"