Uncle Rico, is that you?
All of my friends know that for the last several years I had a full beard thing going on. Well every since I got hired at DuPont I have been forced to be squeaky clean. There is a no facial hair rule in effect due to the possibility that we might have to utilize respirators in the event of an emergency. There is of course one exception to the rule…the mustache.
One of the guys I work with is named Gary and he has had a full on cop mustache for a long time. The reputation of his famous stache precedes him. In fact a couple of years ago, before I was employed here, everyone in the office actually wore fake mustaches on Halloween. I have seen the pictures and they are pretty amusing. Anyhow, a couple of us guys at work were kicking around a few ideas back in December in order to lighten the air ever since the economy started to noticeably die and empty offices and workstations all around us were starting to pop up with increased frequency.
Brandon and I came up with an idea for Janu”Gary” Mustache Month in which the entire month of January all the guys involved would grow mustaches. The rules were simple…grow a mustache and don’t trim it all month. Even Gary participated in the festivities in his honor and shaved his famous stache to start from scratch along with all of us. Of course in order to circumvent the expected spousal resistance, we enacted a rule that forced the first guy that gave into his wife’s orders to shave their hideous man hair to buy the remaining participants lunch.
Needless to say the entire month was filled with relentless comments from Lana and other family and friends. Everyone at work enjoyed watching us transform into cheesy 70’s L.A. detectives. We all suffered a certain amount of self inflicted humiliation each time we escaped the safe confines of our respective homes. We all learned something though, the world just isn’t ready to accept late twenty somethings and early thirty somethings donning mustaches. So without further adieu, here are some pictures to illustrate the ridiculousness of the month’s celebration: