Day 2: Beards
December 18, 2009 § 1 Comment
December 16th, 2009
One of the first things I’ve noticed in my twenty-four hours here is the increased presence of facial hair on males. Just why is it when we conjure up images of Mountain Men they always come adorned with long straggly beards? And why does that image prove true?
My first thought is with it being so damn cold at times, maybe growing a beard is a step towards keeping oneself just that little bit warmer. On second thought, most men have lived here for a while, do they really need to grow a beard to stay warm? Surely their blood is a dozen times thicker than my puny SoCal blood. Laziness then? Or lack of time? Obviously, Mountain Men are too busy hunting bison and shoveling snow all day to worry about a little thing called shaving. Maybe, like so many aspects of fashion they are simply mimicking the regional style, which means serious beards. Imagine if you grew up in Big Sky and your Dad sported a very accomplished set of whiskers. It would be no surprise that you had a strong inclination to imitate that look, assuming of course you’re capable of growing more than peach fuzz. Or if you moved to the mountains from say NYC as you grew accustomed to the rugged lifestyle and fashion a beard or mustache would go nicely with your newly acquired lumberjack flannels and beaver hat.
More research is definitely necessary on this subject.