I would also like to add that the other day I realized that I hadn't shaved in about a week and a half.

Ok, so it didn't just dawn on me suddenly. I'm just too lazy, and hate shaving.

But! Someone said, "Hey, just grow it out."

So... I am.

It's been 17 days now (I think) since I last shaved, and do you know what I've realized? In the game of beard growing, I lose miserably. But I'm not giving up! I figure if I just let it keep going for a while, it'll fill in better. Being the nerd that I am, I decided to Google it, and the "pros" out there say you should let it go for at least 4 weeks for everything to fill in properly. We'll see how far I can go before my boss just says "enough."

I seriously considered following this guy's example, but realized that 17 days into it, I didn't have the energy to start over and remember to take a picture of myself every day. My facial hair growth is so damn slow, anyway, it would be a week before you saw any change!

I am tempted to trim a bit, though, so people can see that there is a purpose, and it's not just me being lazy.

Six Replies to HAIR!

Jackie Mason | October 22, 2006
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Scott Hardie | October 22, 2006
I second the call for pictures.

And good luck growing it out, Erik; I never could.

And welcome back to the site. We've missed you around here. I know how crazy-busy you've been; believe me I know.

Aaron Shurtleff | October 24, 2006
Good luck with that! I also cannot grow a beard. I got this area below my chin, where I'm hairless. Like the soul patch area, I think the kids call it.

Jackie Mason | October 26, 2006
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Erik Bates | October 26, 2006
My soul patch is one solitary hair. I named him Chachi.

Matthew Preston | October 26, 2006
Hear hear on the pictures man. Good luck with the beard, treat Chachi right. Count your blessings that your hair growth is slow. Speaking as a man who has a 5 o'clock shadow before noon, I'd kill to not have to shave so often. The only exception is that patch of hair on the middle of my upper lip, right beneath my nose. Nothing grows. I like to refer to that patch of smooth skin as the "anti-hitler".

On a Rant

Another desperate attempt of Erik Bates to create a blog that nobody will read. Expect illogical arguments with no basis in fact, and plenty of contradicting statements. Read more »


Ok, I knew a good rant would come up sooner or later, and here it is. To begin, I feel we need to clarify some terms. new (adj.) Go »

Beloit Mindset list gets a good talking-to

Cross-posted from my Higher Ed blog Beloit College releases the "Mindset List" every year since the class of 2002 (so, since 1998).  I try to read it every year, and every year I have comments in my own mind that sound a lot like what Linda Holmes over at NPR had to say about this year's list: Here's an example: Item Number 58 is "Beethoven has always been a dog." Really? Go »

Reading, Riting, and Rithmatic...

Grad school is supposed to teach you so much more, I thought. I feel like I'm doing so much busy work lately. It's insane! Go »

Oh hey, I'm employed.

Did I mention that in my last post? I think I talked about applying for jobs, but I don't think I've mentioned that I finally got one. For the past 1 1/2 months, I've been working the minimum-wage gig at Office Max. Go »

I guess I'll chime in... again.

It's been a while since I've written anything. I have/had a personal blog elsewhere but I felt like I was writing for an audience that will never read what I write. This is a much better community over here. Go »

Looking ahead

It's that time, folks. In just 4 days I graduate from the University of Kansas. In just 4 days you can all call me Erik Bates, M.S. Go »