News flash: Its cold in the winter. And when it gets cold I tend to grow out the goatee and let the full-fledged beard take over.
I have a friend that stays clean-shaven when the temperatures are above 50º and lets the facial hair grow when it dips below 50º. Mother Nature is in charge of his face.
This year my beard is looking a little different. It isn't all brown with some hints of red. It is all brown with hints of red and gray.
The longer the beard gets, the longer the gray hairs get.
C'mon, I'm only 33 years old. I shaved my head a couple years ago to beat my receding hairline to the punch and now I'm five hair follicles closer to looking like Santa Claus.
I like the beard, anything helps when you are standing out in a snowstorm covering an accident or a fire. And with the shaved head I can use all the help I can get. My big ugly winter hat can only do so much.
I may have to trim it down this weekend and I'm sure when I let it grow back in there will be one more gray follicle staring at me and laughing.
But at least when I ask my three-year-old son Will what color daddy's beard is, his response is still "orange."
Register photo/JASON WERLING Myself and one of the best beards out there, Rupert Boneham from Survivor. I met him today as he made an appearance at Norwalk's Main Street Intermediate School.