Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Annual End-of-the-Red-Wings-Hockey-Beard Post

So it has come to an end. The smack-talking has been the best ever this year, culminating in a display today in which this poster was put up on my wall and my friend and colleague, Tom, who is rooting for the Blackhawks, kicked it repeatedly:

Get it? He kicked my ass. Get it? Get it?

Then I went to Tom's house to watch the game, and the Blackhawks won. It was hardly an ass-kicking, though; the game went into overtime thanks to an imminently reasonable but luckily timed call, and then the Blackhawks scored in sudden death overtime.

And that was the sudden death of my beard.

I think it was starting to look almost good.

At times, it could be jovial.

 From below, it could be almost intimidating.

But a deal is a deal. We grow them. We lose. We shave them.

I probably could have escaped with a goatee.

The fu manchu is kind-of awesome, but it's not socially acceptable for a guy without a Harley.

...or for a guy who occasionally does want to be taken seriously.

Mustaches are fine. ...for police officers and firemen. My dad can pull one off. I can't.


Okay, all shaved. My wife, Paige, prefers me clean-shaven. She says it makes me look younger, which is true. I look like a young version of Gollum from The Lord of the Rings. But that can't really be an improvement, can it?

Bye bye, beard. You'll be missed.

The Red Wings better make it into the playoffs next year. 


Saturday, May 25, 2013

"Pictures and Song" available on Kindle

My short story "Pictures and Songs" is now available on Kindle. If you like it, give it a 5 star review. If you don't like it, give it a 5 star review anyway.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Red Wings Revenge Prank

Over all, today was a good day. Classes were fun. The Heat-Pacers game was great. My family went out to dinner with good friends after Noah's last swim lesson of the season. It was a good day. Oh, and I played a little prank on my friend as part of the trash-talking that goes on during the annual NHL hockey beard competition. Would I call that the high point of my day? Yes, yes I would.