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To Shave or Not To Shave? or I Love My Beard, but My Wife Hates It! What to do???

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul May 22, 2014. 28 Replies

My facial hair grows very fast & I have ALWAYS wanted to grow a full beard, but my wife hates it.  She hates the way it feels against her skin.  I usually cave after about 3 or 4 days and give in…Continue

 

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Paul replied to Iron John Swanson's discussion To Shave or Not To Shave? or I Love My Beard, but My Wife Hates It! What to do???
"Sideburns man. I've been rocking sideburns since the day they came in full. Lost em during boot camp, but I've got them grown out now, within regs of course. They timeless dude. Shave the beard, clean your chops, and go get yourself laid.…"
May 22, 2014
Michael B. replied to Iron John Swanson's discussion To Shave or Not To Shave? or I Love My Beard, but My Wife Hates It! What to do???
"Another way to go; Find a solution with which you AND your wife are enthusiastic. If she isn't digging a full beard, would a goatee be OK? Would you be OK with it?"
May 22, 2014
David Xtra replied to Iron John Swanson's discussion To Shave or Not To Shave? or I Love My Beard, but My Wife Hates It! What to do???
""Iron John"?  In what universe? More like putty in your wife's hands. I've been happily married for 28 years, and I wouldn't stand for my wife dictating what I look like.  Men have hairs that grow on their…"
May 22, 2014
Specs replied to Iron John Swanson's discussion To Shave or Not To Shave? or I Love My Beard, but My Wife Hates It! What to do???
"You know what... obviously this bugs you enough to post on it so it seems to me that you already answered your own question.  However if you want to approach it tactfully the best way to do this is to simply explain to her that this is…"
May 21, 2014
George H replied to Iron John Swanson's discussion To Shave or Not To Shave? or I Love My Beard, but My Wife Hates It! What to do???
"OK I've been married over 30 years so know about compromising, and also about communicating.  Let her know why you want to try the look, and after all its all reversible- you can shave it or let it grow. I've had a mustache since High…"
Sep 2, 2013
Iron John Swanson replied to Iron John Swanson's discussion To Shave or Not To Shave? or I Love My Beard, but My Wife Hates It! What to do???
"Been clean shaven for 2 weeks now gentlemen..."
Aug 28, 2013
William replied to Iron John Swanson's discussion To Shave or Not To Shave? or I Love My Beard, but My Wife Hates It! What to do???
"No lol, I knew you were kidding.  On topic..try to compromise. As previous people said, maybe initiate a cycle of bearded and non-bearded. Maybe if its such a struggle learning to die to one self and abolish the beard could be beneficial to…"
Aug 28, 2013
William replied to Iron John Swanson's discussion To Shave or Not To Shave? or I Love My Beard, but My Wife Hates It! What to do???
"Get a divorce..worst advice ever.  "
Aug 27, 2013
Matt Eo replied to Iron John Swanson's discussion To Shave or Not To Shave? or I Love My Beard, but My Wife Hates It! What to do???
"Just posted in another discussion about beards here...try and convince her to let you try it out for a few weeks.  I found that my beard actually got a little softer after it grew out enough that I could shave it back evenly to about a 5-day…"
Aug 27, 2013
Carl Monster replied to Iron John Swanson's discussion To Shave or Not To Shave? or I Love My Beard, but My Wife Hates It! What to do???
"You've gotten some good advice from the men here; and you'll find those same men very good at giving a kick in the pants."
Aug 15, 2013
Iron John Swanson replied to Iron John Swanson's discussion To Shave or Not To Shave? or I Love My Beard, but My Wife Hates It! What to do???
"Yes, a divorce.  That's it!  Why didn't I think of that!  Whew...  What a life saver.  Thanks!!! No, seriously, I know I am pining.  Yes, it's true.  Being a baby?  Probably, but only in my own…"
Aug 15, 2013
Carl Monster replied to Iron John Swanson's discussion To Shave or Not To Shave? or I Love My Beard, but My Wife Hates It! What to do???
"Now it sounds like you are pining. If it means that much to you, you need to take this discussion to your wife."
Aug 15, 2013
Iron John Swanson replied to Iron John Swanson's discussion To Shave or Not To Shave? or I Love My Beard, but My Wife Hates It! What to do???
"I'm a little sad this morning.  I caved.  I came home from work early, the kids were still at their various practices, & I shaved.  When the wife walked in & saw me she jumped all over me, smiling & kissing me.…"
Aug 15, 2013
Iron John Swanson replied to Jarhead's discussion Favorite TV shows
"Also, Do sports count as television? Because I love PGA Golf on the weekends, Sunday & Monday Night Football, Notre Dame Football & Indiana Basketball. Plus, I really enjoy The History Channel, The Golf Channel, Shark Week, & my Nightly…"
Aug 15, 2013
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Aug 15, 2013
Iron John Swanson replied to Jarhead's discussion Favorite TV shows
"The Sopranos The Wire Arrested Development The Simpsons Game of Thrones Breaking Bad Mad Men The Walking Dead Freaks and Geeks Band of Brothers Vikings The X Files Twin Peaks Seinfeld Curb Your Enthusiasm Fawlty Towers Spaced Daily Show / Colbert…"
Aug 15, 2013

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My Wife & Kids, My Faith, Golf, Reading, Guitar, Barbecuing, Horse Racing, Golf, Movies, Boating, Travel, Craft Beer & Bourbon, History, Golf, Hiking, Architecture, Comic Books (yea, closet nerd), and... did I mention Golf?
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The Bible, Catcher in the Rye, Iron John, The Road, Kurt Vonnegut, Hemingway, Philip K Dick, The Lord of the Rings, CS Lewis, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984, Dune, Gravity's Rainbow, Faulkner, Maus, Stephen King, Starship Troopers, 1980's Graphic Novels (Alan Moore, Frank Miller, etc), Ray Bradbury, too many to list...
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