Yes! I had forgotten that. The Navy reversed its beard policy and on 1 January 1985 I had to shave the beard I started in May 1980. (Caterpillars were still allowed, so my ‘stache is 36 years old going on 37.) My phantom beard kept feeling out of place, so I was constantly stroking my face to smooth the missing hairs.

My wife says the beard stays, so it’s moot anyway.

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Husband & retiree. Developer, tech writer, & IT geek. I fill what’s empty, empty what’s full, and scratch where it itches. Occasionally do weird & goofy things.

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