Tuesday, October 1, 2019


I wore a beard from about 1980 until radiation therapy decided to make about half of my whiskers fall out. Now I shave the remaining patches, which makes me feel like I’m betraying the whiskers that boldly, strongly withstood the attack. Sorry, guys.

I don’t like the whole shaving cream and safety razor thing (no matter how many blades they put in them), and I can’t keep running to the barber for a professional straight razor shave, so I bought an electric shaver. The last time I had one was in the ‘70s, and it didn’t do a very good job. Shavers have improved a lot since then. My new one does a good job. Nice and close. Quick and easy.

So many Boomer men—especially nomadic ones—have beards. It’s almost the standard look for guys my age. So being clean-shaven puts me in a different group. Maybe it makes me an outsider. Which is fine. That’s sort of the story of my life.


  1. Used to be only bums and Beatniks had beards. The "herd" just does whatever.

    I recall a woman saying she didn't want a Brillo pad between *her* legs.

  2. Is that the Remington R3-4110A?

    How'd you choose?

  3. I’ve grown to enjoy the shaving cream/razor thing, but I haven’t tried electric in forever. Might have to give it a try too.