Transman has been letting the scraggle on his chin grow for a couple of weeks. He knows he looks weirdly teenagerish for a man his age, but he digs having a little scruff all of his own.
Transman figured no one had noticed his new look because, well, as you can see from the accompanying photo, gentle reader, the fuzz on Transman’s face really is hard to see without a magnifying glass. However, twice last week he received compliments on his foray into facial hair. A coworker was chatting with him and told him she liked his beard. Yes, she actually used the word “beard,” which Transman thought was generous of her.
A day or so later, Transman’s boss stopped into his office to talk about an a project and in the midst of things, Bossman stopped and said, “I like this” and gestured around his chin after pointing at the fuzz on Transman’s face. “You should let it grow,” Bossman said.
“You need to pick a favorite sports team,” Bossman continued.
“Or start a jazz band,” Transman countered.
“That would work, too,” Bossman said, “but, you look like you could follow soccer.” Transman decided not to quibble about the word “football” with the man who signs his checks.
Even though Transman’s facial hair is very adolescent looking, Transman can’t bear to shave it off. He is trying to convince himself that he can pull off boyish scraggle long past when other dudes his age have burst into full-blown Grizzly Adams facial hair capability. He has several baby-faced folks to look at for inspiration in being follicly challenged: