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George Kaplan

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PostSubject: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:43 pm

Amusing story:
I was just out buying groceries including, among other things, some Mason jars for a bulk order that's on its way. The kid manning the checkout was probably 18 or 19. He looked a bit like our Mr. Keenum. For the purpose of our story, we'll call him Nate. (that's what his name tag said, anyway)

Nate: Good evening, sir. How are you tonight?
Kaplan: Fine, thanks. How 'bout yourself?
Nate: I'm good.
(acknowledging my cap)
Nate: That's a fine looking Kromer.
Kaplan: Thank you. It's always nice to meet a man who knows a Stormy Kromer when he sees one.
Nate: Yeah. I've got one too.
Kaplan: Cool.
Nate: I don't have the beard to go with it like you do, though.
Kaplan: Don't worry about it. At least you've got a good hat.
(he rings up my jars)
Nate: Doing some canning tonight?
Kaplan: Actually, those are for storing pipe tobacco.
(Nate looks a bit awestruck for a sec, then breaks eye contact and his shoulders droop)
Nate: Aw, man! You're just putting my manliness to shame.

lol!
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Harlock999

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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:04 pm

Show him your "Purple Heart" and make him feel really inadequate... Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:16 pm

Heh!! flower

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George Kaplan

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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:28 pm

I'm getting to the age where asserting dominance over the younger generation usually takes some effort. (or a spear gun) It's nice when I do it without even trying. Razz
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Clay

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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:03 pm

Sounds like a future BoB
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i.keenum

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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:10 pm

Working on a nice beard and mustache as of awhile. I may be young but I got spunk. Laughing
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George Kaplan

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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:25 pm

I'd send you a Kromer, Keenum, but I don't think they make a Gulf Coast version. scratch
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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:29 pm

i.keenum wrote:
Working on a nice beard and mustache as of awhile. I may be young but I got spunk. Laughing

Ok, I wanna see some photos of the beard and 'stache.

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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:27 am

I'll have to update my photo. George I got a big ol noggin , half impossible for me to find hats. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:35 am

Fantastic! cheers
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Nick Fox

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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:05 am

lol (as I dust the ash off my wife's laptop I "borrowed")
Awesome. Totally Awesome!
cheers

I tried to grow a goatee, wife doesn't like beards, but my son kept grabbing my chin and whipping his arm back and forth. I'll try growing it out when he's older.
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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Sun Dec 30, 2012 1:04 pm

Haha that's awesome. Laughing
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Briar Spirit

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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Sun Dec 30, 2012 3:50 pm

i.keenum wrote:
Working on a nice beard and mustache as of awhile. I may be young but I got spunk. Laughing

Joining us Beardies eh, good man. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Sun Dec 30, 2012 3:53 pm

...keep going back in there, GK, smelling of woodfire and maybe some working sweat after a long day and that kid might follow you home...I love you Laughing Nothin' wrong with a li'l mancrush.

Cool
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George Kaplan

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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Sun Dec 30, 2012 3:57 pm

Nick Fox wrote:
lol (as I dust the ash off my wife's laptop I "borrowed")
That'll happen more often the longer you're on the forum, Nick. I've still got something crunchy under my left Shift key from Beetle's "crumbshot" remark. Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Sun Dec 30, 2012 4:14 pm

I love stories like this as it frequently happens to me as well. Usually some comments about the beard and how people cannot grow them for they do not have the correct genetics or frankly are just the wrong gender. Then occasionally when I am at the local farm and supply store I get weird comments about what I am purchasing. Items to do a necropsy, looking for new blades for the surgical equipment, why I am buying handles to rehandle an axe, all in the same basket of course.

Generally amusing.

I will always remember the look on the guys face at the farm and supply store that day "Going for all the manliness points huh?" he said I was walking back to the truck ha.
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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:49 pm

That's quite a shopping list, Woodsy. I figure young Nate got off easy. If he'd been less appreciative, he might have met the surly Kaplan.

This story gets better:
I saw him in there again yesterday morning. Out of all the stuff I was buying, he asked about the jug of distilled water.
Kaplan: That's to prime my new humidor.
Nate: What's that?
Kaplan: A wooden box for storing cigars.
Nate: Man! You're just...you're like...I'll bet you've got a bunch of guns at home or something.
Kaplan:.......Define "a bunch".
Nate: What are you? Like a tug boat captain?
Kaplan: No, but I'm flattered you would think so. I'm in the log business.
Nate: Log?
Kaplan: Lumber industry.
Nate: You're a lumberjack?!!
[NOTE: Despite popular belief, I am not a lumberjack. I haven't been a lumberjack since I was 27, and even then, it's not like what you're thinking.]
Kaplan: Yes.
Nate: ..........
(I thought I might have overdone it, so I assured him I was also kind of a nerd, owned a cat, enjoyed musical theater, and quit playing goalie position three years ago because it was starting to hurt too much. That last bit seemed to cheer him up.)
Nate: Hey cool! I play soccer too.
Kaplan:...........Hmm.
(I didn't have the heart to tell him I was talking about hockey.)
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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:54 pm

I think this story just keeps getting better and better!

Lumberjack is generally an amusing misguided stereotype. One I got a lot living in New Hampshire when I did. Now all the people in Texas that I am friends with still call me "lobsterman!" for the time I spent on a lobster boat.

Silly stereotypes. Guess it didn't help I lived on Cape Cod and that jazz.

The logging/lumber industry can be an interesting one depending on what part you're in. Hope it has treated you well!
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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:33 pm

Your friend Nate was probably reared in a world where normal guy stuff was beginning to be looked at askance, and personal likes / dislikes were starting to be vetted by "social activitistas." He's probably undecided whether you're an anomaly or demonstrating retro leadership. I'll bet someone has written a thesis on "Hats as Social Communication."
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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:59 pm

George Kaplan wrote:

(I didn't have the heart to tell him I was talking about hockey.)

lol!

Being from California with the closest ice rink 4 hours away, I only played street hockey - left wing.
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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:40 pm

i.keenum wrote:
Working on a nice beard and mustache as of awhile. I may be young but I got spunk. Laughing

Ha ha. It seems like I just started growing a quarter way decent beard this year. I've got some sort of thick chin strap thing going on that my (cosmetologist) girlfriend won't let me shave off. It looks halfway decent, but I'm not sure of it. Also, I got a big ol' head also. I buy 2xl caps from Jaxon online (amazon has great deals). I've never worn a Kromer though. I like the look. I just don't know if they'll look good on me.
Zach
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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:31 am

Been able to grow a solid beard for a few years now but after about a month the itchyness gets to me and off it goes. First time growing a mustache , wife likes it so at least there's that. Should hit up ocelot and see what kind of maintenance it takes to grow and take care of a handle bar mustache. That's what I'm shooting for in the end.
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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:41 am

Unable to grow a beard as per uniform regs, and my moustache pulls a 'reverse Hitler' on me so I only grow it out on deployments.

I told my wife the day I retire from the Navy is the absolute last day my face ever sees a razor.
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George Kaplan

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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:35 pm

I like that cob lineup in your avatar pic, Salty. Very Happy
KevinM wrote:
Your friend Nate was probably reared in a world where normal guy stuff was beginning to be looked at askance, and personal likes / dislikes were starting to be vetted by "social activitistas." He's probably undecided whether you're an anomaly or demonstrating retro leadership. I'll bet someone has written a thesis on "Hats as Social Communication."
Interesting perspective, Kevin. At first I thought Nate was messing with me. Now I think he might actually be showing an interest in whatever he sees as masculine or rugged. He's got the look of the suburbs. He probably hasn't been outside of mom's minivan for very long.
Maybe I should bring a pipe for him next time...
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PostSubject: Re: Beards, caps, and stereotypes   Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:38 pm

George Kaplan wrote:
That's quite a shopping list, Woodsy. I figure young Nate got off easy. If he'd been less appreciative, he might have met the surly Kaplan.
And thank you for linking me to that thread of pure epicness. Laughing

The story keeps getting better! Please keep us posted.

And while at it, the link that just needs to be added after a mention of "lumberjack":

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