For many years I had a hairy tradition of growing a winter beard and taking it off during the spring conference I attend in late March or early April. Intervening warmer climates, like Las Vegas, disrupted my hirsute practice.
This year I grew the beard and the hair, which is to say what hair I still have; but I find myself unable to wait until late March to divest as I will be returning soon to more temperate climes.
Several friends tell me the beard makes me look older; must be the grey.
While other friends, all of the female persuasion, prefer me with facial fuzz.
As I say in all of my relational endeavors, if there were a consistent female presence in my life, she could request any flocculent configuration she desired.
Until that time, it will be a thermal decision.