This photo takes twenty-one years off my physiognomy. It was made in 1994. BBBH does not like it and I like to think it is because of the facial hair,1 not because she wouldn't have liked me in '94. But she did not know me then.
So, because she did not like it, and because I am a prince of a guy, I found the picture of the old me, the now me, and reverted back to this identifier.
If you could take twenty-one years off your appearance would you do it? I know some people who have made the attempt.2 Pretty good results, too, so long as the collar is buttoned high and the sleeves go to the wrist.
I would not do it. Yes, I know I look my age, crinkles and ridges and warts and all, and I am okay with that. Besides I don't like pain. Or unnecessary expenditure of resources. Or who people might think I thought I was, doing such a thing. Can't you just hear it? "Who does he think he is?"
"As a beauty I'm not a great star. Others are handsomer far; but my face -- I don't mind it because I'm behind it; it's the folks out in front that I jar." --A.H. Euwer, also attributed to Woodrow Wilson, and I heard my dad quote this from the time I was a boy.
Word of the day: physiognomy
1The goatee was grown as a part of Tipton's Sesquicentennial celebration. It was shaved in the public square by Dave Hartley.of Hartley's Hair Salon.
2Did you hear about the plastic surgeon who could install a device in the scalp so that one could insert a clock key and get an instant tuneup?