BDA: Beard Log


TICK. TOCK. TICK. TOCK. Hear that? It’s the digital bits of code on the corner of your laptop screen alerting you to another hour spent in Farmville. It’s a Garfield clock’s hands continuing their relentless march toward forever. Calendars. Sundials. Innumerable shapes and methods charting our hours, days, and years on earth, quantifying mortality; counting down to death.

…Growing a beard is another way to mark time’s passage, not to mention a fun road trip activity!

Looking at abstract ways (are there any other ways?) to document this journey through America, it became immediately clear to me that facial hair had to play a part. Journal entries and license plate games are work, but beard-growing — man’s ability to sprout a never-ending series of Chia pets ON HIS FACE — that’s no-effort art. Fascinating, too, that a perfectly normal adult male (or abnormal female) can go from this…

…to this…

…in just under two weeks. Hell, remarkable. And OBVIOUSLY worthy of continued editorial.

So in the name of art, and science, and everything holy under this golden sun of ours, I’ve compiled six representative beard-shots taken during the trip. Crucial moments, too — the first miles north to Ithaca, taking inventory outside Nashville — that tell the tale in ways no amount of ceaseless, meandering journal entries ever could. Today the blog becomes the Beard Log (or B-Log…or BLog), and we all reflect on the wonders of human hair growth. Enjoy!

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2 Responses to “BDA: Beard Log”

  1. BDA: The Hostel Life of Barfoed and Dancing Bear « Lifting Fog Says:

    […] Angeles, CA. After touching down, I began to recount my adventures: the urban, the automotive, the follicular…then I stopped, as is Lifting Fog’s wont. (What, you’ve got a problem or someth-) […]

  2. BDA: “Chasing Sunsets” and Other Short Stories « Lifting Fog Says:

    […] a lot of pictures of the highway.) It should be noted that the one idea I did follow through on, growing out my road beard, would have required more effort to abandon. But SUCH IS THE POETRY OF LIFE. In any case, actually […]

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