I shaved my beard last night, more or less on a whim. Today when I came in to work, one of my coworkers challenged me to a beard-off. The idea is that you both start clean shaven, and then set an end date for the beard-off. The person voted to have the thickest, fullest, most covering beard is the winner. The stakes: a beer paid for by the looser, who goes home feeling like less of a man than when he started. This is not a game of skill, nor of chance, it is simply a matter of biological process, and for me, strictly for others’ amusement.