It's a ringbaard

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Alright so I decided to grow a ringbaard this time around. For those of you unfamiliar with the Dutch language, this can best be translated as a ring-beard. I am not quite sure what the proper English translation is. Everyone in the family thinks it looks terribly ugly, and they will not hesitate to remind me how awful it looks several times a day. Fine, they are entitled to their own beliefs, I can deal with that. As if so much coercion would change my mind. Sticks and stones may break my bones. Personally, I think it looks pretty cool. Really, really cool. The pseudo-chameleon affect of my visage makes me look more distinguished and assertive, smarter, as if I know what I am doing. Could it be that I prefer hiding behind a mask? A mask of facial hair growth and all that kind of stuff. At least that is my perception (not the others). You know, I think I will keep it. Not to bug the others, but because I like it. Mostly because it is time yet again to change my image. Am I trying to kid anyone but myself? I think not. Change is often a refreshing way to reinvigorate your urge to enjoy life again, pretend for a day that you are someone else.

This is a grubby ringbaard...
Closeup grubby ringbaard.


Post a pict! Let us see the growth

(before you give in to the family pressure! - I had a full beard once, and looked 10 years younger when I shaved it off!!)

When I was in college, I thought that my moustache looked really cool. A few years later I look at pictures of me from that period of my life and drop my head in shame. It really was not all that pretty. That doesn't mean that I automatically agree with your family Kiffin. Just tellin' you how it was!

"ring-beard" -- is that like those beards the Amish wear without mustaches? Do post a photo.

I have a beard now, and have worn beards off and on ever since my freshman year of college. It's kind of cyclical with me. There is definitely the "hiding behind myself" aspect to it as well as the "new image" aspect.

No way, not Amish at all. Mustache and beard are connected as one fine contraption of hair growth. Well, after two real requests to post a picture, I had the courage to pose in front of my webcam and snap off a couple shots. However, I felt so unbelievably stupid doing this and was so letdown by the results, that I decided not to. Sorry folks, but let's wait a bit -- at least until my scrubby growth becomes more acceptable to show in public.

Well, OK, but post it soon!!! It is something for me to look forward to!

Alright, alright. Due to popular demand I decided to give in to the pressures of my reader public and publish a photo of the infamous ringbaard. Hope you folks are happy now.

It looks cool. I might even try one myself. :-)

Why do all my readers proclaim that this ringbaard is so very cool while the rest of my family remains irked to the hilt about it?

Now, that wasn't too tough! Looks great now, and it will look even better later!

Thanks alot Pat. That is the very first compliment I have received since I started the noble pursuit for the grubby growth a week ago. Appreciated the support and needed the right inspiration. Only you could understand.

Thanks for the photo. Though not strictly a "goatee", that's what this style of beard is most commonly called nowadays.

This is definitely not a goatee. By definition a goatee is "a part of a man's beard on the chin or lower lip which is allowed to grow, and trimmed so as to resemble the beard of a goat." This does not resemble the beard of a goat, at least not any I have seen recently. So what is the official name then?

It's called a 'Van Dyke', I believe- funnily enough, because it is thought to be Dutch. The Goatee is a goat-styled tuft on the chin, as above. If the sideburns continue up, then its something else, but I'm not certain what...

Never heard of a 'Van Dyke' as you mention, but I'll take your word for it. Funny how you say that it is Dutch, because that is where I am living now: Holland.

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