You’ve had a haircut!
And, no, he wasn’t suggesting a haircut of the beard. He knew something had changed but I guess in part because he had only ever known me with a beard, his brain just didn’t process it. I did just about wet myself though.
Or, JK, you might have a more scientifically correct answer.
I started going bald at around 45 put in down to my dad was bald or partly ,,I just tell people it’s styled ,,,what makes me laugh is my two sons eldest 45 is not far of bald , and youngest son is 44 , and completely bald as he had alapesha , so said sod it so totally shaven head ,,, ,,they used to rib me years ago but not now ,, thank god the daughter has a good head of hair ,
Years ago the granddaughters used to say why have you no hair on your head but have a beard ,,awkward little sods
Now I am down to a mid % of hair remaining no more visits to the barber. DIY with a home clipper set to number two all over.
I was asked for proof of age not too long ago in Tescos trying to buy Jack Daniels Barbeque Sauce.
Never smoked. Most of the remaining hair is silvery white with a little black.
I moderate alcohol intake unless someone forces me to accept a good 12 year old malt. Diet is middle of the road & I still jog 5Ks a day. Well I will again once I recover from the recent Winograd Wedge Section on my big toe......ouch!
But considering my previous life: long hours, all weathers, 5000 hrs of pressurised air conditioned aircraft, fuels, oils, solvents, danger, stress & strangers trying to kill me I should be showing physical signs beyond my age?
Smoking causes wrinkles. I don't know of any other effects of that strength.
I occasionally dye my hair for dramatic purposes. The chemistry is fascinating and It's an enormous business.
When I removed a long-standing beard typically women remarked how much younger I looked (typically ten years, and one bid of twelve) and men said... nothing.
Refreshing to be told 'no age limit if healthy' on a dive trip to he Maldives last week.
I'm 70, my buddy is 74.
That's good to hear.
How do they check for "healthy"? Questions or a functional test?
For assessment before surgery you can get a lot of information quickly and cheaply by seeing if the patient can blow out a candle at arm's length and/ or walk upstairs.
Beards - due to a massive hangover on New Years's Day 1977 I elected not to shave and didn't get round to a full shave again for years. I had black hair then and I fancied that it quite suited me , despite a distressing slight resemblance to Peter Sutcliffe....Fast forward to 2002 , and a family gathering - someone had one those new fangled digital cameras - and I saw myself anew, because hair now grey , I looked like a Poundshop bloody Santa. I shaved it off that night but kept the 'tache .
At work , reaction varied from zero to 'you look ten years younger' to , bizarrely, 'you've grown a moustache '.
With any differences between the comments from men and from women? That's what surprised me, as well as the "looking younger".