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Posted: July 03 2017 at 8:32am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Apparently men no longer wish to shave. They have a double dose of 5 o'clock shadow all the time. I suffer from proper etiquette and upbringing, thus I cannot leave my place without being properly groomed. Have nothing against a beard. Many look cool. But a continuous stubble? Come on, that just looks like the guy's just too lazy to pick up a razor. What do you think?

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Posted: July 03 2017 at 8:44am | IP Logged Quote dahlin

I say to each there own some times I shave every day some times I go for a week or so have had my mustache since 1969 after basic training just would not be me with out it. Randy
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Posted: July 03 2017 at 10:47am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I spent 24 years in the Army and four years at military school before that. Always said I was never gonna shave again when I was done with the Army, but it turns out if I go more than about two days without shaving it drives me crazy.

My oldest son just got out of the Marine Corps about a month ago and hasn't shaved since. Gotta admit, he can grow a better beard than I can.

Personal preference, I guess. Full beards don't bother me much, but this fad for goatees I don't understand, always looked pretty gay to me.

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Posted: July 03 2017 at 12:08pm | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

I cut my face hair fairly regularly with an Oster clipper using size 1 1/2 guide. Have not shaved closer than that for over 35 years. I always hated shaving. Lazy? Yep, guilty as charged. I did have about a two inch beard a time or two, but an actual beard or even long hair inside a prison is asking for trouble. Too easy for inmates to get physical control of an officer.

I had stubble, before stubble was even cool.

My father shaved. Normally with an electric razor except when he was younger and I remember his single blade razor and occasionally he would use a straight razor. I clearly remember the razor strap a time or two as well.

But my Grandfather, my Great Grandfather, and my Great, Great Grandfather all wore beards. I am not certain back beyond that. I probably even had some Grandmas that had a bit of stubble.

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Posted: July 03 2017 at 2:09pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

I suppose fashion comes and goes as anything else. Personally, I try and keep a beard if I can. I had a lot of years of having to shave for various reasons and now i get to be a little rebellious .

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Posted: July 03 2017 at 4:27pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

To me nothing feels better than a clean shave.
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Posted: July 03 2017 at 5:02pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Yup, before I went to the big city an hour away for bullets and such, I whipped up a good lather in the mug, stropped the old German straightrazor, and got busy.

I may miss a few days living alone in the woods but I simply won't leave unless presentable. A combination of my upbringing and being in uniform for nearly 55 years in various forms of service, police, and private sector organizations. Shucks, I still fold my underclothes in perfect regulation form and all shirts, pants, and jackets hang in order as well. The rest of the house looks like a packrat lives there though!

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Posted: July 03 2017 at 6:51pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

A neat packrat, Wade.
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Posted: July 03 2017 at 9:55pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

That's an oxymoron if there ever was one huh?!
I'm a well groomed guy that folds neatly but is lousy at housekeeping!

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I have had a mustache since 1972, when for the adding the goatee after I retired in 1992.
I asked my wife "Does it give me character?"
She said I was one already!    

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Posted: July 06 2017 at 8:20pm | IP Logged Quote safari100

Ranger,
I wear a full beard kept neat and trimmed and I feel the same way you do. That short stubble just looks grubby. In my and my wives opinion grow it or shave it.

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Posted: July 09 2017 at 5:27pm | IP Logged Quote M700

You guys sound a lot like my dad did, 40 years ago when guys started wearing hair longer than crew cuts...

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Posted: July 09 2017 at 5:42pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

My grandson wears about 1/8-1/4" beard, always keeps it the same length. Once in a while I'll ask why a man would cultivate something on their face that grows wild on their rear end but he has no answer.
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Posted: July 10 2017 at 5:58am | IP Logged Quote The_Shadow

Although gray has set in, I still have a full head of
hair. However both of my brothers younger than I, one
2yrs the other by 12 yrs, have balding and receding
hairlines.

It was my trademark to sport sideburns (Elvis) even
through my FD career, having set a standard. Yes I
still have a mustache as well.

At times I let the beard grow out when it is cooler, but
here in Southeast LA, that doesn't last long.

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