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yoopers
2006-10-15, 02:54 AM
It had to come. My new job as the Illinois River Energy's Corporate Environmental, Health and Safety Director requires me to lead the way in safety compliance. As a safety officer, in the event of an emergency, I will have to don a respirator and perform a roll in emergency response. As respirators must seal smoothly against the face, no facial hair other than mustaches are permitted.

So after 20 years in the bearded world, all good things must come to an end. I have to say, I like myself much better in beard but it's just that it'll take some gettin' used to. Mary says I look much younger, probably because the grey in the beard went away.

Here again is the ol' Teletubbie photo in all it's full facial hair glory...

yoopers
2006-10-15, 02:56 AM
...and the new me:




We should have had a poll on the best look... :)

iridemymuni
2006-10-15, 02:57 AM
i much prefered yoopie-doopie



:p

Goats_On_Unicycles
2006-10-15, 03:00 AM
i much prefered yoopie-doopie



:p
As did I!!

tomtrevor
2006-10-15, 03:13 AM
you look better with red cones attached to your face!

john_childs
2006-10-15, 03:33 AM
The New Yoopers has a chin! Who'da known?

The new look will do ya good. Pity though, that you had to shave it off just as Winter hits.

forrestunifreak
2006-10-15, 04:30 AM
My dad has had a beard an mustache like that all my life-I've never seen him without it.

toddw9
2006-10-15, 05:44 AM
I grew a beard about 2 years ago and had it for about 4 months. In that time, I met a couple people, who of course had never seen me without. When I shaved it, one of them came and introduced himself to me. He had no idea.

toddw9
2006-10-15, 05:45 AM
what do your kids think? I remember how weird it was the first time my dad shaved of his moustache.

john_childs
2006-10-15, 05:57 AM
I grew a beard about 2 years ago and had it for about 4 months. In that time, I met a couple people, who of course had never seen me without. When I shaved it, one of them came and introduced himself to me. He had no idea.
I wonder if Bruce will be able to get in to work on Monday. They may turn him away at the gate thinking he's someone else. :eek:

toddw9
2006-10-15, 06:04 AM
I wonder if Bruce will be able to get in to work on Monday. They may turn him away at the gate thinking he's someone else. :eek:

and then what? he'll have to go grow his beard back so they'll recognize him, and then he'll have to shave it again, at which point they won't let him in again. There's no winning.

cathwood
2006-10-15, 07:05 AM
My humble opinion - you look younger now.

yoopers
2006-10-15, 11:16 AM
I wonder if Bruce will be able to get in to work on Monday. They may turn him away at the gate thinking he's someone else. :eek:
I just might have to take the rest of my career off and get some things done around the house.

iridemymuni
2006-10-15, 11:18 AM
vote 1 yoopie-doopie on election day
http://www.unicyclist.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=15648&stc=1&d=1160880923

yoopers
2006-10-15, 01:25 PM
what do your kids think?
I hadn't planned on shaving until after church today. But I couldn't wait to give it a try so I performed the surgery Saturday night. When I walked into the living room, Ben was the first to notice and did the ol' "Whoa!" thing. Then they all stared at me for awhile. Forrest, when I think about it, the boys have never seen me without a beard either. We've got to leave for church in a few minutes so it'll be interesting to see the reaction when we get there.

Mary and I bought Ben a new electric shaver for Christmas last year. He's not used it yet (prefers a razor) and has donated the shaver to the Poor Beardless Dad charity.

monkeyman
2006-10-15, 02:08 PM
You look like a fireman. A younger fireman, though.

harper
2006-10-15, 03:06 PM
One more new unicyclist. You've gone through so many changes, Bruce. I remember when you were a 16 year old female unicycling Asian ballerina in that remarkable video a few years ago. Maybe that was someone else. Be sure to introduce yourself to me next time we meet. You may be someone else by then. But then again, what is in the heart has remained unshaven and all will still recognize you. I don't think you could even fool Penelope.

UniBrier
2006-10-15, 04:10 PM
I think we need a DNA test to prove those are both Yoopers photos.

After 9-11 we had a couple adjusters who had to shave their beards for masks too. The air near ground zero wasn't too safe. At one point they wanted 100% clean shaven, fortunately by the time I got there in October they weren't so picky on mustaches. I've shaved my upper lip only once in my entire life, and that was when I was still in high school and it wasn't much more than a caterpillar on my lip back them.

Bruce, grow it out and go for the big cheesy walrus mustach. I think it would look good on you and you get to strain your soup straight from the spoon.

Borges
2006-10-15, 08:37 PM
Learn to love it, and sing along. (http://www.musicanet.org/robokopp/usa/moustach.htm)

treepotato
2006-10-15, 09:59 PM
My dad has had a beard an mustache like that all my life-I've never seen him without it.

same with my dad too cept i saw aphoto from wen he was younger and it looke really strange

Into the blue
2006-10-15, 11:32 PM
You remind me of a young Stacey Keach.

UniTyler
2006-10-16, 01:36 AM
My humble opinion - you look younger now.

Exactly what I thought! Both younger and slimmer. :cool: I'm lovin' the new look!

Jerrick
2006-10-16, 05:30 AM
I like it, but its gonna be a little different, but in a week everyone will be used to it, I hope. =p