I dumped an old friend yesterday

A friend for more than 14 years, who’s been with me everywhere I have been in all that time.  Still, it was time for us to move on, apart.  These things are never easy, and it has taken a lot of thought and soul-searching to make this change, but yesterday was the day.

I shaved off my moustache.

My cookie duster is no more.  It has had the effect of changing my appearance, somewhat more than I had thought (frankly, I had forgotten what I looked like without it, and enough time had gone by my adolescent-youth photos didn’t seem to correlate with my now appearance).

The good people I work with are very polite, you’ll be glad to know.  Only one person said "No, grow it back!", though I’m sure others thought it.
Other comments:

  1. Makes you look younger
  2. Makes you look "more innocent"
  3. "Different!"

So, my upper lip is now naked, my philtrum out there for all to see.  The biggest change for me, other than averted gazes from my co-workers, is that I’m acutely aware of every breath, as before I didn’t feel my own breath on my lip.  I’ll get used to it, but for now it’s a little odd.

And, for those who wonder what the change looks like, there’s before and after photos in the extended entry.

Before: Snidley Whiplash After: Dudley Doright

My other choices were Professor Fate (Jack Lemmon) and The Great Leslie (Tony Curtis) from The Great Race.


  1. Want my Super Nurse nurse’s hat? It’d go real good with your upper lip.

  2. Ok, this post made me laugh out loud. Cookie duster!

  3. Right after I shaved off my moustache, I ran into an office friend who stared at me in consternation and finally said: “You shaved off your beard!”

    – The Precision Blogger

  4. Jim in Texas says:

    I remember reading somewhere that men with moustaches whose hands were not otherwise engaged touch the moustache, on average, at least once every minute.

    Any feedback?

    (Disclaimer)I once tried to grow a moustache in the earlier 80’s. After about a month my wife asked me when I was going to start growing it? I shaved the pathetic thing off that evening

  5. It would take me 14 years to grow a good mustache…

  6. Aunt Susie says:

    Though Snidley’s mustache was quite like yours,
    his character definitely isn’t! I DO agree
    with the Dudley Doright comparison -clean lip
    and good character, although I do believe you
    are a few points above his I.Q.

  7. I laughed out loud, being the proud owner of a moustache since I was 18. The one time I shaved it off, I got the “Grow it back!” comment in spades from my wife. The Professor Fate reference brings back great memories!

  8. Very funny.

    My wife won’t kiss me after I shave mine off. I had minor surgery a couple of months ago and had to shave it. No kisses is a major motivation to regrow!

  9. Beary Potter says:

    I can’t wait to see the non-cookie duster look!