Now is about the time I usually start to grow my yearly winter beard. I've been doing it for the last 4 or 5 years. I started doing it in order to assimilate to the northern culture. You see, the first part of November is the beginning of firearm deer season. This is a huge deal around these parts. For certain schools, kids even get opening day off. It is common practice for hunters up here to grow their beards out in anticipation. While I am not a hunter, I figured this was one way I could join in their "reindeer games" (no pun intended). It's itchy as hell for the first month, but then I get used to it. I also like how it looks when I'm skiing on a snowy day and little icicles form on it. It makes me feel like an arctic explorer.
The big advantage is how much the ladies love it. Facial hair guarantees hot and cold-running chicks, believe me.