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Notes from Steve

November 8, 2018

This is November, and I’m writing this on Tuesday.  I know you voted so we’ll move on.  (If you didn’t vote for whatever excuse you’ll dig up keep it to yourself, and shame on you as this is your right, privilege, and responsibility.) 

I’m not going to try and grow a beard this month for Movember*.  Because, my beard is the same color as my face, I just end up looking blurry and out of focus.  Also, the last time I grew my pseudo-beard no one said anything so I didn’t take that as a good sign.  Even when I shaved and asked people, they feigned ignorance that I had facial hair at all.  (I shaved off my goatee last week for my God costume.  I glued another one on because you can’t have a glued-on fake beard with current facial hair.  I was at dinner literally minutes after shaving and my sister who has known me all my of my life said “you had a goatee?”  Yes, for the last 25 years, I’ve had a goatee.)

I guess what I am saying is that we take ourselves so much more seriously than others.  We obsess and display concern for things about ourselves most people ignore.  Is it good to keep ourselves in check and do the right things??  Absolutely, but don’t obsess.  Most people unless you show them photos (I did this with my sister to prove that I had facial hair for a quarter of a century) won’t believe you because they are more concerned with their own stuff.  So, chill out, notice other’s changes, vote, get involved, put down the phone …

*Movember  is an annual event involving the growing of beards during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide.

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