Trimming the beard for the job interview earlier this week was somewhat of a relief. I was getting tired of the overgrown ‘stache doubling as a coffee/soup strainer. That and this sinus cold I’ve had since NYE made boogers and beards problematic:

That said, I still love having a fur-bearing mammal attached to my face. I’ll admit the shorter beard looks better, but as y’all know, I like big beards and I cannot lie. It will grow back again.

The interview went well. It was a basic first-round interview at an institute of higher learning where I worked many years ago. I recognized many of the people on the 7-person interview committee, and recognized the questions since I had been on several similar committees. And by now I know how to answer them the best I can. We’ll see how it goes. There’s a few other irons in the fire, and things have picked up in the job department as I expected they would now that the holidays are over. And with the government passing some budget, more opportunities may come up as organizations become confident they can afford to hire.

My room has dried up from the flood for the most part but I think the cold snap broke the heat exchanger outside. I’m not quite sure what it is for, but it doesn’t always work now and the house seems colder than usual. Anyway my cheap-ass computer desk did get some water damage, and my renter’s insurance is paying for a replacement. I put the soaked rugs outside in the two days of rain that followed, dried them out and put some carpet freshener on them and they seem fine. They may rot later, we’ll see. But like I said before most of it is crap anyway and is no great loss.


  1. Blobby says:

    the ‘after’ photo looks quite nice.

  2. Jeffrey C says:

    I agree with Blobby.

    The before shot? Undatable.
    The after? Kinda hot.

  3. Kevin M says:

    I think they both look fine. You can always trim the stache a little shorter around your mouth, you know, if you have soup issues, and let the rest get big and bushy.

  4. Guest says:

    Ignore them, the before shot is freaking awesome! You’ve never looked hotter!

  5. Mari says:

    First beard looks like it belongs to a homeless guy. You didn’t interview with that beard did you? Beard #2, more professional.
    Glad your basement dried up. If you don’t have one already, a dehumidifier is your friend.