I didn’t expect to update so soon but the reaction after ‘The big shave’ has been such that an update is necessary.
Day 1 I woke up to a squeal of surprise from my wife and I am still not sure if it was a noise of
“you look fantastic and should be clean shaven all of the time” or
“WTF have you done?” (maybe I should have told her I was doing it)
Going into work for the first time in 2 years with a clean shaven face was interesting and was the first taste of peoples’ reactions to a change. This video tries to show facial expressions I have seen over the past few days. (excuse the acting)
I have enjoyed the reaction from colleagues, regular customers and friends. Some of the feedback is good, some not as complimentary.
“You look so much younger”
“what a difference”
“Didn’t even recognise you”
“Makes you look thinner” or “makes you look fatter” (thanks for that and don’t hold back to spare my feelings or anything)
The response from Twitter and Face book has also prompted me to post early. Thank you to all of you who have re-tweeted, asked for support and generally spread the word of Movember.
@SamiiSykes: ‘@alanparry you look so much younger and better without the beard I think, so at the end of Movember shave it off again?’
@nessliddell: ‘@alanparry Yes, i can imagine. I find it odd seeing you without your beard. It’s like 2 different personalities.’
There are more and I thank all of you for your feedback.
One more thing that really hit me on the first day was the cold. I hear you laugh but it is true. The patch on my face that was covered in hair now gets chilled every time I walk in the wind, in the fridge at work and past an open window. I really feel for those sheep we used to sheer in Scotland at the start of spring because even at the start of spring Scotland isn’t the warmest of places in the world and losing you wool really makes a massive difference. (poor sheep)
I think the next update will be around day 15 when it is time to vote on my Mo! I really want 5 mos but think I might struggle a little. As you can see in the video, I have started to develop a 5 0’clock shadow. I hear you say “well that’s alright” Yes, it’s ok if it was filmed at 5pm on day one but NO, it was filmed at 5pm on day 3.
I think I might be in trouble.