So I’ve donned my goatee for over 15 years. A few years into my marriage I shaved it just to see how I’d look. My wife let me know that I should grow it back promptly as she didn’t recognize me as the man she had married without it. So things went fine for many years until in late 2008 when my age started to rear its ugly head.

I posted signs of the transformation on FriendFeed

So time went on and I continued to see the salt and pepper slowly deciding to lose the pepper. The whole process became annoying to me and I documented it quite a bit on 12Seconds. Here’s a few short videos that captured it.

But dying a goatee is a process that doesn’t last long and alas I couldn’t maintain that sort of grooming commitment. I did notice however that there was a pretty uniformed pattern how the gray had invaded my facial sanctuary. It had pretty much only decided to root itself in the second half of my glorious hair growth. So I contemplated how I could somehow re-invent it.

I was looking at myself in the mirror the other day when it just clicked. I put my fingers to the lower half to cover it and a light-bulb went off. I could take my tragic situation and actually take it to a level better than even the original. It was time to say goodbye to the goatee and hello to the pornstache. If you visit the aforementioned website you will see the long history of this magnificent facial hair tradition. Due to my circumstances I have gone with The Handlebar classification of the pornstache.

Here's the before and after photos

So what do you think? I’m not sure how long this will last but it feels good to once again gain control. Until we meet again salty hair!

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