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This week, af­ter al­most two months of cul­ti­vat­ing a beard, I’ve shaved it off.

Two months is a bit of an av­er­age ef­fort. It turns out grow­ing a beard isn’t the hard part, keep­ing it is.

I’ve heard of peo­ple cel­e­brat­ing the one-year mark with a ‘‘yeard’’ party and that’s prob­a­bly also the point at which you ei­ther hit peak beard or de­cide you’re beard guy and keep it for life.

And as beards go, mine wasn’t re­ally that spe­cial but now that its gone I can’t help feel­ing a bit sad about it.

Sad­der still is that no one has even no­ticed it’s gone.

Now I have to re-ac­quaint my­self with my not very prom­i­nent chin, so it’s a bless­ing that I can’t see it un­less I look in a mir­ror.

Now I know you’re all glanc­ing down­wards.

So on the plus side no more food­beard meet­ings and rogue whiskers mak­ing their way into my nos­tril.

I swear peo­ple must have thought I had a coke habit with all of the sniff­ing and nose rub­bing.

On the down­side, in­creased risk of fa­cial frost­bite. Of course I’d have to ac­tu­ally go out­side first.

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