Per my summer tradition, I shaved off my glorious beard after DragonFest 2016 (click here for more info about Dragonfest). I did this in stages–first seeing how it looked with no sideburns, then The Balbo, then a Vandyke, and then a Fu Manchu. Don’t worry friends, I will grow it back. Since time immemorial men have shorn themselves in the summer months. It is healthy and good for the skin to see the sun, and for the man to remember how much he needs the beard to cover his ugly mug. Needless to say, I’m no longer sporting a 4 On the Riker scale (Click here to learn about the Riker scale of beards).
But back to my issue. The last stage of my “what does this look like” experiment was to just go with a moustache. I wore it all the way home yesterday during our epic journey through the heartland to home.
During the journey, a debate erupted amongst the Greenbeans. Should I keep the ‘stache and preach with it on Sunday or go ahead and take it off?
I decided to let anyone who cares have a voice. Please vote yes or no in the poll below. Don’t forget to click the word “vote” to submit your choice. Check back often to see which side is winning.
Can we just put aside the politics going on right now long enough to celebrate the most wonderful development coming out of Washington–Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, has grown a beard. That, my friends, is a bold act of leadership.
Check this out. Mrs. Greenbean showed it to me over on the Facebook.
This morning I had a great time sharing some observations about ministry with the a group of Methodist Men at a local church. Before the meeting started, some wise older man came up to me and said, “That’s a nice beard you’ve got there.” It is wonderful to bump into a bearded Gospel brother.
Right now, according to the Riker chart, I am at 1.5 Rikers. My beard is cut short and a little cropped on the side, but is higher on my cheek. Riker’s beard always hangs low on his jowls, where as mine climbs up toward my eye like a vine reaching or the sun.
But a week ago, before I cleaned it up a little for the Methodists, I was at a full 4 Rikers. When I trimmed it, small mammals came crawling out. I think I might can get back there before Christmas.
Regardless, we can all admit that growing the beard was the coolest thing that William Riker ever did.
Here we go with Greenbean Faves #3. It comes from summer and was originally titled Beard Trek. It combines two ‘hobbies’ of mine–Star Trek and my manly beard. As an update on the scenario, we finished Deep Space Nine before August was over and then turned our attention to the last and regrettable series, “Enterprise.” We are nearly finished with it. My beard is in full wintertime awesomeness.
In the middle of August I did something I always do. I took a razor to my face and shaved off my beard. For about a week I went clean shaven and then I began the process of regrowing my robust old friend. To encourage me in this, I reread the Beard Manifesto by the Beard Coach. I always enjoy the regrowing process, and my beard always surprises me how its personality has changed since last year.
In the middle of this, my family and I have been cramming the Star Trek series Deep Space Nine, trying to get it watched before Christmas. I have made my family watch all of the Star Trek franchise as a learning annex. I do the same thing to them with classic films like Casablanca and The Magnificent Seven.
So these two things collided and got me to thinking about the best Star Trek beards. Here are my five favorite, starting with the all-time best!
1. Evil Spock in “Mirror Mirror” gave us our first look at the bizarro universe.
2. Commander Riker was way cooler with the beard.
3. Worf’s Beard–In fact, Klingons know how to sport a kicking beard.
4. Geordi seemed to enjoy a beard of some sort. Here he sports a nice, clean, well groomed goatee and mustache. In an episode or two he had a great full beard. But then, so did his friend Data.
5. Sisko grew a great van dyke in the middle of Deep Space Nine’s run. Coincidentally, that was when they made him a captain and not just a commander. I see a connection.