Lex Anteinternet: Shaving:Bleh. . . I have to admit that recently shaving has been one of those daily tasks I'd gladly give up. I actually will skip it at least one day of the weekend, Saturday, and frequently I'll skip it on Sunday too. If I have a few days off, which I hardly ever do, I'll generally skip it then as well. I just don't like doing it first thing in the morning, and if I were retired, which I'm nowhere near being, and for which there's a fair chance I'll never be, I might just grow a short beard. This is particularly in mind this morning as I shaved on both days of the weekend, which I rarely do.
West Point Cadet shaving with a straight razor in the field. The
first thing I do every weekday, or at least every weekday that I work
Having said this, I'm increasingly surprised by the number of men who find it acceptable to pack a couple of days stubble during the workweek. It's really common. I was at a deposition the other day in which, for instances, one of the lawyers had on a suit and tie and about two days of beard growth.
An odd thing about that is how thin a lot of those beards are too. They're scraggly, in many instances. For a guy like me, with a really heavy beard, it's weird to see guys skipping a couple of days shaving to grow such thin beards, when if I did that, I'd look like a bear in short order. Looking back on photos of the hairy 19th Century, it makes me wonder where those guys were then, as it seems like everyone in that era could either grown a titanic beard or mustache.
At any rate, it's probably a sign of my age, but either grow a beard or don't. The scraggly two or three days of thin beard growth look just doesn't work.