More Photoey Beardie Goodness

Here’s another picture of me with the beard. As you can see it’s getting quite scraggly. My wife took this one after we woke up, hence messy hair.

I watched game one of the Stanley Cup finals on the internet last night, as it was on a channel we don’t get (Versus). My Penguins got soundly defeated 4-0. I hope things improve next game.

Tomorrow is Memorial Day, a day in which we celebrate those who have given service to our country by seeing how many hamburgers and hot dogs we can eat while we cook our pale skin in the sun. Good times 🙂

Some Stuff I Made

I’ve done some fun stuff lately I thought I’d share with you all.

First was a contest at Free and Flawed in which entrants were to make a picture in Microsoft Paint that told a story about one of their blog posts. Here’s mine:

I’m actually a bit proud of this drawing, especially the little Penguins logo on “my” shirt.

Next, John Scalzi asked for answers to the question “What happened on August 19, 1994?” Here’s my entry (this will make more sense if you’ve seen the movie Back to the Future):

August 19, 1994? Yeah, I remember it. That was the night lightning struck the Old Clock Tower. Terrible storm. Worst that I can remember. That was the same night some nerd punched out the town bully and some punk kid nearly ruined the Enchantment Under the Sea dance with his electric guitar. Disrespectful if you ask me.

What? August 19, 1994? Oh, I thought you said November 5, 1955.

Not much happened on August 19, 1994. Ate dinner with the wife, chased some kids off the lawn, and watched the ballgame on the television. Why do you ask?

Thoughts? I thought it was funny.

Scruffy McGee

Here’s a picture of my daughter at her birthday party, checking out the awesome coloring book my wife made for all the kids. I lead with this picture because the one that follows is not quite as cute.

Also, my latest Sippy Cup Book Review is up at BeAGoodDad.  This week’s book is Cat’s Pajamas.  Check it out and let me know what you think.  Any constructive criticism is welcome as always.

It’s been a while since I posted any updates on the playoff beard. Our camera has been on the fritz, we’ve been planning our daughter’s birthday party, and so on. Last night, I finally decided to get a picture. As you can see, this one is a self portrait. I really wasn’t in total darkness when I took the picture, just so you know. I had to do some Photoshop magic because the flash was too bright on my face. Also, I’m wearing my glasses. It’s coming along pretty nicely, huh? Should I use this one when my novel gets published? 🙂

Here is a link to my last picture, for comparison purposes.

My wife has taken to calling me Scruffy McGee and pleading with me to shave every day. I tell her I’ve come this far and can’t shave now. I’m no quitter! 🙂 The funny thing for me, not for her, is that she keeps asking people what they think of the beard and they all keep telling her they like it. My grandfather, who I though for sure would be against the beard said he liked it. This weekend, my wife’s two sisters both said they like the beard.

Plus, the Pittsburgh Penguins have done quite well in the playoffs and are up 2 games to 0 against the Philadelphia Flyers. The winner of the best of 7 series will play for the Stanley Cup!

As soon as the playoffs are over, though, I’m shaving the beard. It is just too itchy for me.

Beard Update – With Pictures!

I hope you all had a nice weekend. Mine was good, but busy. If you haven’t done so, check out the comment section of the Playoff Beard Update post. My wife left a pretty funny comment (spurred by Helen’s funny comment) and I’m sure she would like to hear from all of you. She already said to me, “I like Diane and Helen” after reading their comment.

Anyhow, my wife has encouraged me to post a picture to show you all the progress of my beard. I’m sure my readership will increase ten-fold after everyone sees this smashing photo. Note that there is more beard than there appears. For some reason, the darn thing still comes in blonde, even though I’m clearly dark haired. Also note the tired eyes, the sign of a true parent.

Here is my daughter’s reaction to my beard:

Everyone’s a critic, I tell ya!

Playoff Beard Update

Lakhovsky – The Conversation

Well, my Pittsburgh Penguins advanced to the second round of the playoffs, so the playoff beard will be around at least a few more weeks. It’s coming along nicely. Well, it’s growing nicely. It looks horrible, however. I look like an evil version of myself. My wife is not a big fan, to say the least 🙂

Anyhow, I sent an email on this subject to a few of my friends yesterday asking about the status of their beards. Their responses cracked me up, so I thought I’d share. Names have been changed to protect the innocent.

Me: Hey guys,

How are the beards going? Mineʼs going strong,although I look right now like someone who shouldnʼt be allowed near small children. Hopefully it gets better!


I am looking like a skid row bum. Without my work uniform on, I would garner zero respect and much shame. And, based on the “10 rules” and the no trimming unless after a loss clause, my neck is as itchy as a muther. I do need input on the “no haircuts either” clause- should I cancel my trim on Monday or go ahead and risk dooming the Pens?

Me: Joe,

That made me laugh. Excellent. I think you can trim if they win tonight. We’ll make that amendment. Also, I will not be abiding by the no haircut rule. That seems totally arbitrary and added on by the author of the list. You can do what you want, though. If you are worried, though, get it now as you say.

George: Hey guys,

My beard is in full swing with it’s fuzzy, itchiness. I don’t remember signing up for the gray whiskers though, I have several of them.

I think the haircut/trim is allowed. We’re focusing on the beard only, right? Although, watch the sideburns when you get the haircut. Keep those intact!

My 4 month old, although he can’t grow a beard, has been supporting the Pens. He wears his Pittsburgh Penguins onesie on game days.

So, maybe we are a little superstitious. Still, it’s these little conversations over email that keep us connected. George, his wife, and baby son came over to our house last night to watch the game. We had a great time. Yay beards!