It’s been a week since I lost my mustache and I’m not sure if I’ll ever find it again. It’s only happened twice before in the last fifty-two years. But I feel naked without it and haven’t had the nerve to venture out in public. I mean, who likes to be embarrassed?
Last Monday, I decided to walk with one of my Meetup groups in Surrey. I’ve only walked with them a few times in the past so that nobody will notice my clean-shaven face. I’m trying not to sound vain, but when your mustache is white, and people mistake you for a senior citizen – it’s time for a change. I don’t feel like a senior, so why should I look like one?
I arrived in the Derby Reach parking lot and immediately noticed Don, the host. I got out of the car, expecting to get one of two possible reactions from him. He won’t recognize me, or he’ll start laughing hysterically.
“But Danny, are you that full of yourself that you think people even notice you?”
Go back to your corner, Spanky, and stop reading my blog posts!
Don was getting out of his car and immediately waved and said: “Hi, Danny!”
We shook hands, and he didn’t appear to notice anything different about me. And that made me smile.
Within a few more minutes, the parking lot was full, and people began parking on the road. There were about twenty of us walking, but the only other person I knew was Ron. I’ve walked with him at a few of the Abbotsford Walking and Hiking group’s walks, and he’s an amiable guy. Surely, he’ll notice that I no longer had a mustache. We shook hands, and he gave me a warm smile.
So, I told Don and Ron, that I had just shaven my mustache off and I felt very uncomfortable. But neither of them seemed to be concerned with how I looked – so why was I? One of them said I looked ten years younger! And that made me feel good.
Soon, we were walking with about twenty others on the Houston Trail. I’ve never walked there before, but it was a beautiful day, and I enjoyed myself. There’s also a trail nearby that goes from Fort to Fort. I’ll be signing up for that walk when it’s posted.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, I began to talk myself into going to the Vancouver ‘Venturers walk at Stanley Park on Thursday. It’s one of my favorite walk venues, and I know most of the club members. I waited until early morning on the day of the walk before deciding to attend.
The drive to the city during rush hour is what I usually avoid, but I wanted to know how my friends would react to me without my trademark ‘stache.’ At least it wasn’t raining during the ninety-minute drive.
I parked at the library on Denman Street and then walked down to the Runners’ Den on the corner of Georgia Street. It was 9:45 am, and the store was bustling with activity. I was thrilled when I got lots of handshakes and hugs, and nobody teased me about my ‘new look.’
Soon, all forty of us began our walk along the seawall. We stopped several times to take photos, and I finally got the nerve to pose for a picture. I made a few new friends who were walking with our club for the first time. Rebecca, Mahya, and Stuart are the names I remember, but there were several other newbies, too.
I’m getting new headshots from Kevin Clark Studios to reflect my new look. I’ll also need to order new business cards and change my photos on my Casting Workbook, and Actors Access pages. I’m hoping to get a few ‘modeling’ gigs for print advertisements, etc.
Here is a link to the videos from the walk: Lost mustache walk videos
If you’re tired of the boredom – why not join a walking club. If you’re in the Lower Mainland, there are walks scheduled every day of the week. If you go on Meetup, you’ll see lots of walking and hiking groups.
Dedicated to my walking pals
Today’s tune from Danny’s library (purchased):