Introducing “The Chiapas”

As Angela knows, I’ve got a pretty long track record of making preposterous proclamations and then actually following thorough on them. Things like, “I’m going to grow a ludicrous mustache for Chiapas” or “I’m going to drive around the world.” I just throw it out there and then do it.

Meet “El Chiapas.”

In my mind it was going to be something like a cross between Che and Ron Burgundy. What I ended up with was something more like a cheap paintbrush with a frown. Oh well, I tried.

You can’t just start growing one of these things out of the gate. That would really look stupid. You have to ease into it with the full stubble beard. After a while if it starts driving you crazy (it will,) you can carve it into the goat (as Julie noted.) Despite sporting a soul patch for the better part of a decade, I’ve determined that the goatee is almost always a bad idea. Then, finally, when it got some length, I went for it.

Since we’re behind on the photos, I’ve actually been sporting this bad boy for over a week. At first I felt pretty stupid, but eventually forgot about it. Even Angela and Bode seem to have gotten used to it. But, if I have ever looked like a compleat gringo idiot, this was the week. Fortunately, San Cristobal is a pretty good place for it.

I figure it would only take a few more weeks of growth to get the proper girth and start to look decent.  Hairstyles and mustaches follow the same length rule – no matter how bad it is, you get some bonus points for the commitment.  But (fortunately) our time in Chiapas is just about up. It’s hot, it’s itchy, and almost time for “The Guatemalan.”

12 thoughts on “Introducing “The Chiapas”

  • June 4, 2010 at 5:58 AM

    Bro, Ron Burgundy. I am thinking more Ron Jeremy. I thought you looked better with the goat. Hey keep trying something new. Can’t wait to see the Guatemalan.

  • June 4, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    A little my name is earl going on it seems in the green photo… That green photo is a bit frightening. You really need a cigarette in it and some tattoos to complete the affect.

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  • June 4, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    I agree with the “Ron Jeremy” comment…you have pulled it off well!

  • June 4, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    I’m diggin’ the goat, and those pics are hysterical!

    Look’s like before and after pics of a night of trouble…before the old Mezcal, and the after the Policia..a mug shot.

    Let me know if you get by the Cabanas Safari in Palenque.
    Happy trails, amigos

  • June 4, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    You look like a porn star, and I mean that in the best possible way

  • June 4, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    “the goatee is almost always a bad idea”

    Totally agree — since this is a family-friendly site, I will not say what I think goatees look like.

  • June 4, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    It looks pretty sweet.

  • June 4, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Suh-weet! Moustaches are quintessential 70’s. And they go with your automobile. Especially the kind with handlebars. Nice call.

  • June 6, 2010 at 11:46 PM

    OMG. Too funny!

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