Sunday, March 06, 2011

Mustache March

I wasn't aware of this, since I don't possess the ability to grow substantial facial hair, but my brothers on Facebook were talking about it -- Mustache March.

Actually I'm not sure if what they were bantering about was specifically the movement found at the link above.

However, the idea of Mustache March has dredged up some great childhood memories.

When I was growing up, my father usually kept a full beard and mustache.

However, when he'd get bored on weekends and the fancy struck him just right, he'd shave in different ways.

And each way he'd shave he'd assign an alter ego.

For example, (and I don't know if I'm remembering the egos to their facial hair configurations correctly, but you'll get the idea) when he would shave himself a goatee, he would assume the identity of Chip Lauderdale, a washed up nightclub singer.

Just a mustache was "Biff O'Connor." Which now that I think about it, kind of sounds like a 1970s porn star name.

Biff O'Connor poses with his eldest daughter on the date of her first communion. Ha ha!

And everything shaved off -- no mustache or beard -- was a guy named Arley Snakebite. I can't remember what Arley's schtick was...rough and tumble cowboy?

Needless to say it was always hilarious to see who would emerge from the bathroom on Saturday mornings.

I wonder if the Old Man still does this now that we've all grown up and left?

Hee hee! Do other people have parents this delightfully weird??

Sometimes I feel bad for Dr. Mad Scientist. I mean his parents are so, normal. Ha ha!



Blogger T. Budnik said...

Oh man, I loved those characters! You mustn't forget that after watching a few John Wayne movies, he shaved his facial hair to resemble "The Shootist." Haha!


11:04 AM  
Blogger janna said...

OMG - that's hilarious! I want to meet your family!

My dad was usually clean-shaven, but once he grew a full beard in order to portray a 19th century circuit-rider preacher in our town's sesquicentennial parade on the 4th of July. It was a particularly hot summer, and I' pretty sure the beard came off on July 5!

11:09 AM  
Blogger Ellie said...

My dad had a fu manchu at the very least when we were little, sometimes a full beard. He shaved it all off one day when I was 4 and I didn't recognize him and screamed whenever he came near me... they thought it was hilarious, of course :-)

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! We resemble those remarks!

It is good to see that you all have good memories of your childhood! That was are goal for you all. You may not of had much in the way of material things but you as least have some memories to take with you down the raod.

Love, Mom

1:48 PM  
Blogger Discoknits said...

Very funny. What great memories from your childhood. You were blessed with wonderful parents :0)

2:12 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

They do "Movember" down here. It was kind of amusing to see all these normally clean shaven guys trying to grow a mustache. There was one guy on a current event show here that could not grow a mustache to save himself. It was REALLY terrible. I was so happy when he shaved it off!

7:42 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

My father was always clean shaven, no facial hair that I ever remember. He didn't have much of a sense of humor so I can't imagine him having fun like that.

Biff O'Connor is a definitely a porn star name!

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

That's hilarious!!

4:21 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

LOL! I see where you get your sense of humor from, ha, ha!

I remember my dad having the full mustache and side burns too, when I was a little kid back in the 70's. I'm so glad sideburns went out of style, ha, ha!

9:19 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

My Dad was Santa for a few years, so starting mid-year he would let his beard grow out so he would have a real white beard come Christmas :)

2:02 PM  
Blogger maryannlucy said...

what a great dad! I love this, what fantastic memories.....I bet he still does it, they just aren't letting on ;-)

3:58 PM  
Blogger Crafty Christina said...

Hahaha, your family sounds full of awesome!

8:06 PM  

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