I am growing a beard again.
It seems, to have any street cred in this part of the world, a biker needs a beard. I have a creditable bike, I have the paunch and the attitude, I even have the feckin’ vocabulary. I refuse to wear the silly coal-scuttle helmet and a tee-shirt when riding, but that side of appearance does not seem to be so important, anyway. No one looks askance at my hi-viz armoured jacket either.
Last time I had a beard; folk said I looked like George Clooney. Can’t see it myself.
But if so, it was a tubby George Clooney, to be sure. I would have thought Brian Blessed was a more likely comparison, but perhaps not so many people know who he is.
The explanation for my revisit to hirsutism is simple. I split my upper and lower lips and broke my nose last week in a heroic action that need not be the subject of this post. I am not relating the tale due to modesty. Or to embarrassment – take your pick. I was therefore a little too sensitive around the mouth to shave for a few days. By the time the swelling and tenderness subsided sufficiently, I had enough growth under way to make it worth carrying on. So I decided to.
I was fortunate to have a 5 day weekend in which to heal and grow hair. I had Thursday and Friday off for medical matters, and the following Monday turned out to be an unexpected holiday. It was WA Labour Day, one of those statutory holidays that everyone forgets about and which therefore sneaks up on you.
My nose is still tender, but no more unsightly than it has ever been. I did not suffer black eyes, and the swollen lip subsided pretty quickly. All thanks, I suspect, to the immediate application of copious quantities of ice to my face straight after sustaining the injury. I was lucky to be somewhere ice was available at the time. I was worried at first the damage might affect the use of my ResMed nasal pillows but there too I was very lucky. My sleep has not been affected, as long as I am careful putting the device on.
The most annoying after-effect is when I forgetfully scratch an itch on my nose.