Ernest Hemmingway: The Old Man and the Beard
November 13, 2011
HAPPY NO SHAVE NOVEMBER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!! Today we salute author Ernest Hemmingway. The first thing that comes to mind when I see this is “salty sea dog”. I mean the thing looks like it drove the harpoon through Moby Dick itself. It’s no wonder he wrote “The Old Man and the Sea”, he probably tried to take on the role himself after he wrote it. If Hemmingway were alive today I could see him and his mane hanging out on an old rusty ship by day catching fish and at night sitting in a damp crusty bar, sucking down beer and whiskey as the drops that missed his mouth roll into his beard where they get lost and become one with the beard hair, not to be washed for days on end. This is a man’s beard, the epitome of what a salty sea captain wants to look like. All he needs is an eye patch and a captain’s hat. Sea dog references aside, this was quite the accomplished beard winning a Pulitzer Prize a Nobel Prize and a Veteran of 3 wars, Including WWI, WWII and the Spanish Civil War. Hemmingway and his beard came to an end in 1961 when he shot himself in the mouth with his favorite shotgun in his Idaho home. Personally I’m surprised the bullet didn’t get stuck in his beard, thwarting his suicide attempt, but alas, not beard is perfect. Ernest’s beard traveled the world and accomplished more than I could ever hope to in my own lifetime, and for that, we salute you.