I sat down with Jody “Shoebox” Deming one Fall afternoon, and he began to muse upon life, liberty and the pursuit of beards. His surely is a noble quest as you will find for yourself.
Me: Jody, you are a fellow Beardy, true?
Jody: That is true.
Me: In the length of time that I have known you, this is the first time I have seen you with such an extensive beard. When did you find that you could start growing a beard?
Jody: (A sheep runs through the room) When I was 12 years old.
Me: 12 years old? Did you start growing a beard when you were 12 or did you start with a moustache?
Jody: I had the thin 12 year old moustache for quite a while. I actually could have shaved and had the beard but I just figured, “No, I will just go with the 12 year old moustache.” All the chicks were digging it back then.
Me: In beard communities we call that the Thinstache.
Jody: The Thinstache. That’s exactly right.
Me: Jody, you have talked of a dilemna recently. You normally shave your head, but you have a beard now. Have you made any sort of decisions about that?
Jody: I am thinking about being the “shaved head guy with a beard” — that may happen tonight.
Me: I look forward to seeing that tomorrow.
Jody: I live on the edge.
Me: What have you noticed that is troubling about having a beard?
Jody: The traditional troubling thing with beards is the food — that gets caught in here (points to face). Sometimes I’ll eat a hamburger and a little cheese will get caught in my beard and it just drives me crazy. Where is that cheese smell coming from?
Me: It’s from your face.
Jody: Most of the time.
Me: Have you done any sort of calculating — have you found that you save money by growing a beard instead of shaving?
Jody: I am actually now a millionaire.
Me: So would you recommend that people grow beards?
Me: Thank you.
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