Inspiration and a Pogonotrophial Equation

It’s not like I really need any more inspiration when it comes to pogonotrophy but just look at this lovely young couple!


These hot youngsters are my in-laws in 1980.

White and brown suit?  Oh, yeah!

And the side-burn/moustache combo, in a kind of a la Souvarov motife?  Awesome!

So, for those wondering (like my long-suffering wife) why on earth I would shave in the manner that I am for this Movember I present to you one simple pogonotrophial equation: [1970s father + 1980s father-in-law = 2010s Tim with friendly-mutton-shops]

In other words (or pictures):

This: (1970s father)

Dad, circa 1971 - cropped

+ this: (1980s father-in-law)Ray - 1980

= this:


And, most importantly, the reason I’m doing this is to support men’s health through Movember, so head on over here and help all this ridiculously bad facial hair make a difference!


Kickin’ with Kain

While we’ve been on our little holiday we’ve spent the bulk of our time in or around Invermere, B.C.  It’s an absolutely beautiful area in the Canadian Rockies that’s not nearly as busy or hectic as Banff or Kananaskis, especially now that it’s “off-season.” (Although technically I think that, being on the west side of the Rocky Mountain Trench, we’ve spent our time in either the Columbia or Purcell Mountains.)  I’m sure once ski season hits its stride this place will be nuts.  But for now it’s a great place to relax.

Anyway, once we knew that we’d be in Invermere we knew we’d need to stop by Kicking Horse Coffee.  Perhaps you’re familiar with Kicking Horse.  They make great coffee.  If you’re not familiar with them you really should check them out (click here).  They’re awesome for at least 3 reasons: 1) they’re a good, Canadian company; 2) since the beginning all of their coffees/teas have been Fair Trade certified; 3) plain and simple: their coffee is really, really good!


So we’ve stopped by their head-quarters a few times since being here since they have a really nice cafe as part of their facilities.


As we were sitting and enjoying our drink I noticed a blend that I hadn’t tried yet (I’ve only tried a few of their coffees so far).  It was their bugaboo blend.  The reason why it stood out was because the logo for the blend was a cool silhouette of a guy with a pipe.  Awesome.

Reading the description I learned that they named this blend in honour of renowned mountaineer, Conrad Kain.  Kain was an Austrian climber who became famous for his exploits in this area, specifically for his first ascent of the Bugaboo Spire.

I’ve never done any real mountain climbing but I’ve done a moderate amount of wall climbing, which I really enjoy, as well as reading a few mountaineering books (like John Krakauer’s).  All that’s too say: I liked the logo and thought the tribute to Kain was cool.

Here’s the picture that the logo was based on.  Like I said: awesome!


Conrad Kain (1883-1934): Canadian mountaineering legend; first-ascender of 60 routes in BC alone (including not only Bugaboo Spire but also Mt. Robson)!  And check out that beard.  Beautiful.

ConradKain2So stroke your beard, and raise a cup of coffee in honour of the legendary Conrad Kain.

The Return of the Beard (blog)!

After wrapping up this blog at the conclusion of my sabbatical I couldn’t help but notice that it was to the detriment of the internet at large.  And so, due to precisely no demand whatsoever, here is the return of Tim’s “Daily” Beard (daily being in quotations because I have no intention of actually posting daily).

So why the rebirth of this nigh-unto-pointless blog? Well, to my great shame I have shaved. Seriously, for a good number of days I really, genuinely regretted that decision. I kept on seeing myself in the mirror or catching a brief reflection in a window and being startled: who was that abomination staring back at me?

Why did I shave? Why indeed!

The short of it is that a good comrade in ministry convinced me to participate in Movember. It is a worthy enough cause that I have no problem supporting, however this “friend” of mine insisted that we both start in the same, er… condition.  Suffice it to say that my acquiescing to his request be sufficient evidence of the depth of our friendship.

Thus the point of this blog is to chronicle the resurrection of my once magnificent mane!  The inspiration for this iteration of the beard?  We’ll start with my father.

We’re currently on holidays and stopped by my mom and dad’s place.  I was hoping to browse through some of their old pictures and find some vintage pics of my old man with some sweet facial hair.  Better than pictures, we found slides!  This beauty is from 1971:


But since I’m growing this for Movember, I thought I should probably connect the mutton chops with a moustache thus forming the “Friendly Mutton Chops.”

I know that this is a ridiculous self-portrait, but it’ll give you an idea of how things are getting started:


And so here’s my plea: let me not have shaved in vain!

I would be honoured if you would consider contributing to men’s health through my movember page which you can view here.  If you don’t care to donate through me you can also donate to the team my church has put together (or any one of the individuals who make up that team).  Check them out here.

And if you’re not up for donating or participating yourself, well, feel free to come back here from time to time to view random pictures of my ugly mug and other facial hair oriented content.  ‘Cause that’s a thing.