At long last I was able to recline, enjoy a meal and converse with Greg Boone. We shared a few laughs, a few tears and a few delicious steaks. His steak was slightly more bloody than mine, but we put our differences aside and got down to business.
Me: Greg, I’ve known you for many years and you’ve run the gamut of facial hair. I believe when I first encountered you, you were sporting the stache — how long did you rock the stache?
Greg: I don’t know if I had just the stache when you met me… (trails off down memory lane)
Me: You just had the stache in ’97.
Greg: I had the stache for…(consults wife) I think I had it from the time I was at least a sophomore in college. From the time of say — 21 until now at 43, I have had at least a moustache on my face. I’ve only been clean shaven once.
Me: And that was probably startling to all of your friends?
Greg: It was very startling. My children ran — they didn’t recognize me. Leanne would not have sexual relations with me at all until it grew back.
(a non-bearded listener gasps)
Me: (also startled) Wow…
(Greg’s wife, Leanne, delivers a flying Superman punch to Greg’s throat)
Me: You have run the gamut in facial hair. You had the stache, you normally rock the goatee, but currently Greg — you are doing the full beard. What is the community response?
Greg: So far it has been pretty good. Once you’ve had the goatee, it’s not that dramatically different. It does kind of change the jawline a little bit. And of course I am growing the hair out at the same time. It is sort of a mountain man thing happening.
Me: You are more burly than I have ever seen you.
Greg: I’m very burly.
Me: Now that you’ve had your beard for however long you’ve had it, what have you found to be troubling?
Greg: It’s probably the trimming. Mine grows pretty far up (pointing to bottom of his eyelid). It grows way up over the cheek bone.
Me: You always keep yours short — pretty close to your face. I can’t do that because as you can see I kind’ve look like I have the mange (I point to my tattered little beard), but you can fill yours out and that is exciting for me for you.
Greg: You’re welcome.
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