My lawn mowing uniform. Lol
“Beardedness, or alternatively clean-shavenness, has long been an important signifier of manliness, inscribing crucial gender and sexual meanings onto the male body. But fashions in shaving are notoriously unstable, even in the nineteenth century, that idyll for the hirsute among us. Beardedness in nineteenth-century Britain, in fact, only reached its zenith in 1892, while the frequency of clean-shaven faces, lowest in 1886, continued to increase in popularity for the next 80 years. The necessity and expense of daily visits to the local barber, however, prohibited many from indulging in such luxury and before savvy marketers rooted the fear of the five o’clock shadow into men’s minds, a few days’ growth was often acceptable. Indeed, before the advent of the safety razor, many men might have agreed with the proverb: ‘It is easier to bear a child once a year than to shave every day.’ Beardedness, and its intermediate variations, nonetheless had (and continue to have) definite implications for manliness and sexuality.”
Interesting article on the meanings of beards and shaving.
My Roommate is Dying
By: Thomas Palmer
My roommate is dying. His body has cancer due to the complications of being treated for HIV and the way it and the medication for it has ravaged his body for the last thirty years.
When I met Bil, he was still a vibrant gay man. He had a bit…
Very powerful stuff.
Trigger warning: clowns
“A mysterious clown has been roaming the streets of Staten Island and freaking out local residents.
“Staten Islanders have been posting pictures and videos on social media of a person dressed up like a clown wearing a yellow outfit, red shoes and a mask while holding balloons and waving to the cameras…”
Evil clown virus: it’s spreading. Better stock up on ammo.
I’ve just gotten pretty busy with life. I still get in here from time to time, still like the place, but… a lot going on here.