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View Poll Results: Do you have a graying goatee?
Yes...it's mandatory at my age. 36 34.29%
No...I refuse to look like everyone else. 57 54.29%
I would, but I don't want to scare little children. 6 5.71%
Not sure...what's a goatee? 6 5.71%
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Old 08-12-07, 02:12 AM   #1
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How many 50+ men have the ubiquitous graying goatee?

Is it more than 50%? And how long have you had one (a goatee, not a graying goatee) if you do?
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Old 08-12-07, 02:33 AM   #2
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Is it more than 50%? And how long have you had one (a goatee, not a graying goatee) if you do?
Had a full beard for 40 years or so- and it is not greying-It is grey
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Not I. I've worn a full beard since 1983...never shaved it off during that time.
Used to be brown, now it's white. Yes, I'll beat you to it...at least once each winter some
poor misguided little child mistakes me for that other fat jolly guy !!!!!!
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Old 08-12-07, 03:01 AM   #4
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Full set here too, nice and grey

Cranky ....do they mistake you for me? ( insert lots of smilies here cos mine don't work)

I get the same from kids every December

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Old 08-12-07, 03:03 AM   #5
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I try to maintain a 1 day stubble (Don Johnson cut) which on an old guy is grey and is just enough to keep little kids and their mothers away from me when I go shopping.
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Old 08-12-07, 05:51 AM   #6
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Full, white and had it since the 60's. While it was busy turning from brown to white, it's distant cousins on the top of my head were busy dying and jumping ship. While all this is going on, new relatives are sprouting in new spots .. like my ears. Probably more than you wanted to know, but ain't the golden years grand.
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Old 08-12-07, 07:21 AM   #7
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Full beard that began as peach fuzz in high school about 37 years ago. It has been with me almost constantly from the time it started growing. Maybe 6 months cumulative clean shaven during that time. I have had a goatee a few times along the way, but never stayed with it for long. Too much maintenance.

My beard started out blond and turned brown. Now it seems to be a mixture of equal parts brown, black, gray and white.
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Old 08-12-07, 08:45 AM   #10
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If I had a goatee, it would be graying to white just like the hairs of my head.
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Old 08-12-07, 08:55 AM   #11
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I refuse to grow a beard, it would slow me down too much

Actually, I just find them too uncomfortable. Although I do like the idea of having a full beard cut the same length as my hair - use the same clippers andjust buzz the whole head.

I'd bet there are more shaved heads than goatees...
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Old 08-12-07, 08:58 AM   #12
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I voted, "I would, but I would scare the children"... being a middle-aged Italian woman, I'm waxing facial hair off at an alarming speed.
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Old 08-12-07, 09:00 AM   #13
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Clean shaven, balding - cut short, greying.

I do like the way Steve Jobs keeps his beard. It compliments his balding. I just have never wanted to fiddle around trimming a full beard continually. Maybe one day I will.

http://mentalhygiene.com/index.php/2006/08/

FWIW, Steve is having health problems as you can see from the two photos. Hopefully, he is ok.
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I grew the gootee to compensate for my lack of a chin. This photo is about three years old. It's a bit grayer now.
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My beard has undergone various metamorphoses since my late 20s, including an unfortunate Lincolnesque beard-sans-'stache phase that made me look like an Amish refugee. I went goatee about 18 years ago when it was still nice and black.

I have a long chin so without the fuzz I look a bit like Stan Laurel. So I'll just have to make my peace with being a walking cliché.

Hm...that is something about Steve Jobs. Even though I'm a Mac user I haven't paid much attention lately.
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It would be wrong to cover up my classic good looks.
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I had a full beard, which eventually got grey, for 30 years or so. Now the requisite goatee.
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I've had a moustache since, almost, childhood. Last few goatees I've grown I come out looking like a grizzled old coot (fit in well, here) and my students laugh, point, draw pictures of me.....just isn't worth it.

Has anybody noticed, those that still need to go to a barbershop, how over the years the hair falling onto the apron in front of you has gone from dark to increasingly gray. For me, it's been a life-clock. At one time it was all black. In terms of color, pubic hair has been my most faithful and steadfast friend over the years...
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I've had a beard since my college days, and probably a decade ago switched over to a goatee because I thought it was more interesting. Been that way ever since. At first the graying was interpreted as a sign of distinction, and then it was simply old age. My hair has been graying for a LONG time; the good news is I still have most of it and probably always will. I've tried going clipless (oops, I mean beardless) and hate the shaving too much!

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My husband has a gray goatee. He often threatens to shave it off because it tickles him, and he thinks it makes him look like a criminal, LOL.
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When I shaved off my full beard I was suddenly 10 years younger. Just a thought ...
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I am sporting a beard that I keep trimmed short. Someone referred to it as salt and pepper, although there is more salt than pepper. If you feel the need to see pictures...you can find some in Beverly's thread titled "Louis and Beverly do XOBA".
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I've had my 1/2" beard since the mid 80's. It is now turning mostly grey. I'm only 52 but it gets me senior discounts at the ice cream shop. I refuse to shave it, or trim it to a goatee because so many others have goatees and I'm a rebel.
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When I shaved off my full beard I was suddenly 10 years younger. Just a thought ...
That USED to work for me too.Now it's kind of a wash.
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Got one myself. My hair has no gray, but my beard gives me away. I'd shave, but my wife likes it.
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