[box color=white]Life is crazy, or so they say. Or so I say. But who’s counting. All I know is that life is even crazier when you’re moving your possessions and spouse and cats from one city to another. Hence, I’m posting this throwback post from last year to remind you I’m here without actually having to write anything new. Slick, huh? Hope you enjoy.[/box]
“Hey, Stephen – cut your beard. You look homeless.” This is a comment I hear now in some variation or another on what’s pretty much a daily basis. I think it’s because growing a beard is more or less the equivalent of wearing a sign around your neck that says “really- tell me whatever comes to mind when you see me. I have no soul and/or feelings- please feel free to filter nothing you tell me about my appearance. Honest, I can take it, I mean, I’ve got three inches of hair on my face.”
Some people don’t understand the beard. It’s one of the world’s most misunderstood specimens, and it cannot be tamed. One thing that brings me solace in such a hostile world is to know I’ve joined forces with the likes of many a great beard. Each time I see a robust man-beard on the face of some noble soul, I’m given the strength to endure whatever beard insult may come my way.
On which note, in honor of great beards across the world, I give you my top five beards of all time:
#1- Jason Schwartzman. This guy is one of my favorite actors. He said he grew it “for a role.” You’re not fooling us, we know you competed in No-Shave November.
#2 – Brian Wilson. If you ever are looking for a laugh, listen to this Giants closer being interviewed- one crazy dude. At any rate, he’s a personal beard-hero of mine.
#3 – Zach Galifinakis. Sort of a no-brainer on this one (peep the beard band-aid).
#4 – Rabbi Shmuley. From TV’s “Shalom In The Home.” When I grew my first “real beard”, my sister, Erin nicknamed me after the Rabbi. I have not forgiven her.
#5 – This guy. Don’t know him. Seemed crazy enough to include into the fray.
Don’t take my word for it. Vote for your favorite beard.