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Thursday, March 08, 2007

My Hand on Your Moustache

With no established statistics or valid research to back me up I will nonchalantly hypothesize that most Syrian men, in fact most Levantine adult males, grow a moustache. This is peculiar in a way, taking into account that Islamic tradition is not keen on growing upper lip hair whilst shaving the rest of the facial bristles. As a matter of fact some religious adherents claim that the moustache should be shaved whereas long beards should be trimmed and maintained. It is certainly gainful to get to the root of this custom and understand where it originally comes from. While this objective is not that thorny to attain, comprehending why most Levantine men and many women have this fetish obsession with the moustache is certainly worth pursuing.

A 300 BC portrait of a Scythian horseman is the earliest graphic illustration of a shaved man with a moustache[*]. The Scythians were nomadic tribes living in Greater Iran around 1000 BC. Thus, I can safely claim, until proven wrong by another lackadaisical researcher that the Iranians were the first to invent this original manly adornment. In more recent times, the moustache was worn by the military. There were as many styles as there were ranks, and at a certain time, in the West in particular, only officers were allowed to be moustached.

The different styles of the modern-day moustache were named after the famous people who wore them. A long and thin moustache that points steeply upward thus is called a Dali. While a Fu Manchu is the opposite. It sweeps downward below chin level. The Fu Manchu is similar to the Pancho Villa except that the latter is much thicker. There are the English, the Imperial, the Handlebar, the Walrus, the GG and the Toothbrush among the many world renowned styles. Adolf Hitler and Charlie Chaplin had Toothbrush moustaches if you ever wondered. In the Levant, three main varieties take precedent. The typical Syrian style, if there is such a thing, is a thick, black, bushy (yet trimmed) hair growth equal in length to the upper lip. We also have the Abou Antar moustache, popular in the seventies and eighties of the 20th century when the west was busy dancing Disco. Finally, and although very rare nowadays, we have the Debbaneh style, often worn by retired school principals. It’s similar to the Toothbrush except that it would be more appropriate to call it a Toothpick or a Thong. It does look like a thong, unfortunately, in the wrong place.

What no two people here in the Levant disagree about, however, is the fact that a moustache is the source of great pride to its owner. Men swear by their moustaches and once they do you can take their word. The traditional way of giving a word of honor was and still is to hold one’s moustache and say: “Eidi Ala Shawarbi” ايدي على شواربي = my hand on my moustache. Or, and in order to ask for a favor, you could say: Eidi Ala Shawarbak Saedni” ايدي على شواربك ساعدني= My Hand on Your Moustache help me. We should also not forget that a man can make a promise which he will never break if he says: “Behlo’ Shawarbi Iza …Kaza Kaza” بحلق شواربي اذا... كذا وكذا = I will shave my moustache if …so and so. Once a moustached man crosses a certain age (say his 30’s) or gets married it is very unlikely that he will ever shave his moustache anymore. It will be too embarrassing to appear in public as everybody would start speculating. Where did the moustache of Abu Ali go?

Tom Selleck (Abu Kevin) The Perfect Moustache

In case you are wondering, I am a man with a moustache. When I shaved for the very first time I looked at myself in the mirror and appreciated what had remained under my nose. At different stages in my life I have grown a beard and a goatee. I’ve had long sideburns, short ones or none at all. I wore my hair too long, too short or shaved but I never was moustacheless except once. I had to when I was twenty but it was due to excruciating circumstances in the scope of a Force Majeur. I arrived in Chicago O’Hare airport an hour or so before midnight on a Christmas Eve coming from New Orleans. A friend was supposed to pick me up but he was a few minutes late. I stood out in the street in front of the terminal waiting for him in the cold. The temperature was 0˚F with a wind-chill of -10˚F if my memory serves me right. When my friend arrived the exhaled moisture had turned into ice on my moustache. In the car I swept the ice off my face and as I was doing so I heard a breaking sound. It turned out that most of the hairs were broken literally and my moustache looked like a scared hedgehog. I had no alternative but to shave it. It was the first and only time a razor blade came in direct contact with it. Now I trim it short every week or so with an electric trimmer. I can never imagine myself without a moustache.

You have to bear with me since I don’t have scientific data to back me up. After all I am pioneering this type of beneficial research. I have the feeling that young Syrian men and boys are shaving their upper lips more so than their fathers and grandfathers before them. I would leave it entirely to the reader, male or female, to elaborate and expand on how they exactly feel about that. It would be very interesting indeed to have an open exchange of ideas about the preferences of my fellow bloggers. As far as I’m concerned, there are certain men who should never shave their moustache. When the distance between the nose and the upper lip is too wide a moustache should be grown to bridge this unsightly gap. Men with unusually thin or thick upper lips could also use the concealment offered by hair on the top. On the other hand, I hate a tinted or dyed moustache. "It should turn white you dummies. If you really care to look younger, shave it damn it, but don’t paint it!" Ultimately, I have to give credit where it’s due. Tom Selleck wears the most handsome moustache I have ever seen on any face, that of a man or a woman. "My Hand on Your Moustache Abu Kevin, tell me how you keep it so cool."

57 comments:

Lujayn said...

Abu Fares, the serious and elaborate discussion about the merits and roots of moustache traditions was fine until I got to your scared hedgehog moustache incident.

The image of you wiping half your moustache off your face was funny beyond description!! I could just imagine you looking down at the remains of your moustache on your gloves and thinking, damn, can I stick this back on???

abufares said...

Hi Lujayn
You brought back a very funy memory. What had actually happened is that my moustache didn't fall off. Most of the hairs were broken in the middle. The bent part didn't fall off but it just hung there at a crooked angle. When I arrived at my friend's place, I tried with a blowdryer but to no avail. The moustache was damaged beyond repair. I had to let it go.
Now I'm all eager about what you really think about the topic. Do you prefer clean shaven men or moustached men, or any other applicable variety.
That's what I would like to hear.

Lujayn said...

I know, I know, but cant I go off at a tangent and laugh a bit?

Moustaches... hmmmmm, I dont have a preference. I dont think I even notice them unless they are very bushy (actually, turns out I do have a preference - I hate bushy moustaches - think Stalin). I think a moustache coupled with a beard is very, very sexy, but on its own, it can go either way. Depends on the man ;)

DUBAI JAZZ said...

Abu Fraes,
Talking from a personal perspective, I've been shaving my moustache ever since my teenage, except for couple of events; once in the 'beginnings' I tried to let it grow (under a heavy prodding from my dad) but it was never in harmony with the overall image of my face...(if a silhouette photo of me were to be produced then, it would pretty much look like a depressed red-army solider)
I tried once again recently (couple of months ago in fact) to restore this 'masculine feature' , but it was so badly received by my friends and colleagues....and so I am back to the happy ritual of flushing the tiny hair of my upper lips down the public sewerage (a.k.a. moustache shaving!)
I am inclined to believe that a growing portion of my coevals are doing the same.....I hope I am not disappointing you :)
BTW, we do have one more popular saying about moustaches in Aleppo...it's too obscene to be mentioned here...would love to share it with you one day in private ;)

DUBAI JAZZ said...

one more thing Abu Fares, what do you think of the prince Al Waleed Bin Talal's moustache !!!!?

The Syrian Brit said...

Interesting thoughts..
As a moustached man myself, I must fall within that majority you speak about.. I started clean-shaven, until the age of 17, when my then sweetheart (now beloved and long-suffering wife) wanted me to grow a moustache.. I have never shaved it since.. (It has gone grey, but never considered 'painting' it!.. nor ever will!..)
Interestingly, neither my dad, nor any of his five brothers, nor any of my four maternal uncles, have moustaches..
So, while your original hypothesis might be supported by observations, its corollary (younger generations are moving away from growing moustaches) doesn't quite stand to scrutiny.. Maybe it is a tradition that misses a generation, to appear in the next!.. How about that for a theory?!..
Incidentally, I, too, have suffered the 'Frozen Moustache Syndrome' when I was in New York back in January 1983.. However, I allowed it to thaw naturally, and my moustache survived the trauma!..

Yazan said...

Abu fares,
Personally, I and every single friend that I know back home shave up cleanly, so yeah your observation is totally right.

Now why? I would borrow DJ's words, it does look awkward with the overall photo of me.

and, I'm not expert enough to start claiming stuff, but I can say that I've met enough girls who liked a clean shaved face to make me at ease with this.

abufares said...

so Lujayn
You like a bearded man...Um, interesting. Very interesting indeed.

abufares said...

Dubai Jazz
I have made a statement very few men would dare make in public. That is I expressed my admiration to Tom Selleck's moustache. Would you think that such a man as myself would be the kind to find the moustache of P. Talal attractive? Or is it an attempt to provoke me into saying something I wouldn't under normal circumstances say. I hit you back with your own question. You tell us what you think.

abufares said...

Hi Syrian Brit.
Ever the serious scientist.
It is interesting to note the things that we live with our entire lives without taking a real look. My father and most of my uncles on both sides have a moustache. Out of all the many cousins now, I think only 3 of us have chosen the moustache as a masculine statement. Many of my younger friends are clean shaven. It is strange though that many men change their hair style over the years, however, those with a moustache rarely let go of it. I just wonder why we're more attached to it than "almost" every other part of our bodies.

abufares said...

Hi Yazan
I have a hunch that girls nowadays don't like the moustache as their immediate predecessors. So far only Lujayn expressed her opinion. I look forward hearing from the girls. Although I think in the end that the greatest admirer of any moustache is the same man who wears it.
I have shaved my beard some years ago because Om Fares finally told me that she doesn't really like it. I kidingly asked her about the moustache and she said "absolutley not". Frankly, I departed with my beard but I could never imagine letting go of my moustache.

Lujayn said...

Syrian Brit, when you mentioned your family was predominantly moustache-less, my first reaction was, "wow, older generation non-moustached Syrians??" Then I remembered, my 2 grandfathers didnt sport moustaches, neither do my 4 uncles (although one of them kept giving it a try and looking moronic throughout his younger years). In fact, except for my dad, most his peers do not sport moustaches. You could be right, it might have skipped a generation.

Abu Fares, have I unknowingly committed myself to something by saying I find a beard appealing? :))

DUBAI JAZZ said...

I hit you back with your own question. You tell us what you think.
My thoughts are pretty much like yours, and it tells me that growing a moustache is not always the right choice, look-wise.

Ajnabi said...

As an Ajnabi who can really only manage a half-beard and a truly uninspiring growth on the upper lip (my father on the other hand sported for many years a lovely moustache in the English style) I have always been fascinated by the Syrian hair fashions among men. While I wait--without much hope--for the day when I too can walk with a respectable moustache preceding everything but my nose into a room, I would like to pose a slightly different question.
I had a conversation with a moustachioed Syrian friend last year in Damascus. I found it interesting that you mentioned the Islamic tradition of shaving the moustache and maintaining the beard, because of something my friend said to me. He has become gradually more observant of his religion (as a Sunni) but prefers the teachings of a Sheikh who rather than being bearded, only wears a moustache, and points to various aspects of Islamic teaching to support this decision. So my question is: is anyone aware of a movement in Islam in Syria that prefers moustaches? and would this movement tend to be more conservative or moderate?
On another level, in Palestine, for example, the bearded men of Hamas (in the last election) represented trustworthiness and "morality", while the shorn or moustachioed men of Fatah are associated with corruption and political cronyism.
I've been rambling for too long now. Any thoughts on the beard with respect to politics and religion?

Lost somewhere said...

I believe that men who dare wear a moustache for more than ten years, are doomed to wear it forever! ;)

Why? Because of what you mentioned in your post: the distance between the nose and the upper lip. However, I think that ALL men who shave their moustache end up giving this impression without necessarily having this big distance.

My taste? I do not like moustaches! But would hate to see a moustached man without it!
So? what to do?
I agree with Lujayn, beards are so damn sexy!

See, here is the awkwardness! I feel moustaches make men look older, but in a negative way. And mainly what I don't like must be the effect of the "I'm a man" in it!It mainly represents the middle aged man lost between two worlds, or the younger one aspiring for manhood.Both in quest of the man inside them!
But what about the beard? doesn't it have the same effect? Well, I guess it must be the more settled effect, especially when the grey hair start to appear. And the "Yes! I'm a bit older!But so damn sexy!And I know what I'm all about!" effect it has on us women!

Restless in Dubai said...

Hey Abu Fares,

Interesting post as always.

For me as a young Syrian, I never wear a moustache, though sometimes I was too lazy to shave and let it grew for a few days but then I would just shave It off. I wore different types of goatees and the best one was accompanied by moustache, and it was too difficult to maintain neatly.

I also come from a family where all men were moustacheless and sometimes (if my memory serves me right as well) mom had a couple of fights with dad when he decided to grow a moustache occasionally.

The one million dollar question here is, do women like/dislike the presence of a moustache during the nasty?

RnD

Никола said...

hey, Abu Fares, could you add pictures of syrians documenting the various styles!? :D

Let me add my 2pence to moustache history and geography, I think it might be interesting to you as our countries are not so far away!

My impression is that wearing a moustache has been the universal look throughout the Ottoman empire (in particular the one you call the Syrian style), independent of religion or ethnicity. As regards to bulgarians, a man was -expected- to have a moustache. Only in XIX. century some of the "progressive" national activists started to shave it, as a sign of modernisation.
On the other hand, a beard was only reserved to the old and wise men of the village, it commanded great respect and was not allowed to young or middle-aged men. Of course beards are the uniform of orthodox clergy, as you know, but priests are "old and wise" by definition, no?
Consequently, men who took to the woods to fight the turkish or also just plain bandits, grew lavish wild beards in sign of their break from the established order and tradition and/or the status of respect and leadership accorded to them by their settled co-villagers. Later as the organised revolutionary movement evolved from these, the large beard definitely became a part of its squad members look, especially in Macedonia.

After the Liberation moustaches persisted but the clean shave already had the aura of modernisation and "europeanness" so it was spreading along with the clothes "a la franga" (trousers, shirts, etc.) Today, we wear trousers and jeans without exception, and a moustache is a quite rare instance.

GraY FoX said...

looool
well , in "friends" tv show , Abu Kevin said that he's got a comb for this moustache and he calls it a moustach comb :D
anyways , a very important point here, it's the man who brings a respect to the moustach , not vice versa :D
and therefore i have no moustache, kissing is better this way :P

Omar said...

for me, Mustaches + Damascus Airport = Mukhabarat... and I can't approach this issue without imagining the typical look of a security personelle....

I never wore a mustache in my life, in fact when they started showing when i was a teenager, i was trying to shave them immedeately. only my parents wouldn't let me because they said it's too early to be shaving.. (for skin care reasons only)..

and.. my whole family is mustache-less (well.. also hairless ;) except for a few second degree relatives... so I never really appreciated the aesthetics of mustaches...
I like Stalin's mustache though.. maybe because I find him one of the most interesting characters in recent history .

abufares said...

Hi Ajnabi
Welcome to my blog.
I would say that there is no corelation between the moustache and politics in Syria. The beard, however, meant different things at different times. In the early 80's it was akin to suicide to sport a beard in Syria. It was a political statement then.
Later when things changed, the beard meaning turned 180 degrees. It meant the exact opposite.
More recently it has become a fashion statement (by more recently I mean in the last 10 years or so). So while the beard has always had some meaning, especially with the different styles of trimming or not, the moustache has always been a form of personal expression ONLY.

abufares said...

Lost Somewhere
I'm starting to have my own doubts on why Om Fares never wanted me to keep that beard. I used to like it and at one time, I had it for 7 straight years.
But to be true, I think a beard looks nicer on a man with relatively long hair. I don't like the combination of thinning hair, bald, short hair with a beard. I also don't like a black beard (brownish hues are the best).
But let me tell you this, with or without a beard, I'm a nice guy.

PS nice = "so damn sexy", as per your own words.

DUBAI JAZZ said...

OK, we need to get a little bit specific;
Girls, what kind of beards are we talking about? is it the fluffy one like Leonardo De Caprio's in his movie "The Departed"?
Or is it the typical full-grown unkempt kind of beard? :)
RnD, I agree with you that moustaches can be a little bit bothersome in the intimate situations, but how 'nasty' are we talking about here? ;)

abufares said...

Hi RnD
I will leave your poignant question for the ladies to answer, although I have my doubts about their reactions to your use of the word "nasty".

abufares said...

Hi Никола
I agree with you. I am certain that the moustache was brought to Syria and became fashionable under the Ottoman rule.
But my own opinion about the moustache in Syria, at least in my living memory, is that it was not meant to represent a political statement. May be some readers will correct me on this if they have more information. A moustache in Syria is a personal statement only.
Now, today's young hairy generation might be making a political statement by not sporting a moustache. This is possible, they are weird anyway (how about that for a political statement?!

Lujayn said...

No lady is going to answer that question, Abu Fares!

abufares said...

Hi Gray Fox
I agree with you that the man behind the moustache is what makes the whole pacakge worthy or not.
As I've never been kissed by a moustached person I cannot accept or reject your claim. If my memory serves me right, nobody I've kissed ever complained. Now, they might've raiser hell and cursed the day I was born for totally different reasons. But, I confirm, my moustache had nothing to do with it.

abufares said...

Hi Omar
You are right they all have a "BLACK" moustache at the airport. But, it's usually one of the attributes. There are other signs to look for... leaning on a wall, or on somebody else. eating watermelon seeds and spitting on the floor. smoking Hamra Tawileh. wearing the ubiquitous safari suit in the summer or the army field jacket in the winter. looking at you in that Clint Eastwood: "Go ahead make my day." way, ...etc.

abufares said...

Better the ladies than I.
It all depends on what RnD meant by "nasty". Although, I have no great confidence that he didn't mean it in a nasty sort of way.

Restless in Dubai said...

I am sorry if I offended or was about to offend anyone... I was just wondering how the Ladies (and some gentlemen) would think of that..

Sorry again..

RnD

abufares said...

Dear RnD
Rest assured my friend that you didn't offend me at all. I don't think anyone should be offended as a matter of fact. The ladies might be a little embarrased to reply to your inquiry but that's it. Then again, I wouldn't be surprised if eventually someone would tackle the issue "head" on by expressing their personal preferences:)

Andre said...

Abu Fares, with my hand on my Moustache, which sorrowfully I don’t have, declare that your posts are ingenious ;)

Andre

DUBAI JAZZ said...

Hi RnD
No Abu Halab, I am sure nobody was offended. Guess what; everyone thought about it, but you were the one to voice it out! (although I am still not sure how nasty you were aiming at, so please go ahead and enlighten me...let your prowess unfold!)
I ,for one, should be the one apologizing to Abu Fares for my provocative first comment!

abufares said...

Hi Andre
Lak Ahla Bi Sheikh Al Shabab. Moustache or not, you're my kind of guy...

Ihsan said...

Interesting post!

I never worn a mustache myself, I have hated it ever since I was kid. I do keep all my facial hair unshaved for 10 days sometimes according to my mental state. But to have a mustache only! NEVER and EVER!

I started shaving since I was in high school, my dad got me a Philishave when I was in the eleventh grade I think after I expressed that I hate facial hair...

As far as my experience with women, I have never been with a woman who liked mustaches, even the ones who think the facial hair is a macho thing, there comes times where they would not like it and ask for a quick shave :p

I think the idea about masculinity and the idi 3ala shawarbak is a dying myth!

These days, we don't need a mustache to prove anything....just a wallet :p

Layla said...

Tashtastic post!

Abu Kareem said...

Abu Fares,

Glad to see that you have extracted yourself out of your doldrums with this erudite post on moustaches.

I had a full beard and long hair for several years when I was younger but have been without facial hair since. I have always feared the embarassment of having something stuck on my moustache without my knowledge; a piece of food or worse...

I agree with you, putting the Levantine macho issue aside, that moustaches look better on people with certain features. But it is also how you carry yourself- a little like when people wear hats.

For example, that certain Tartousi posing on his motorcycle, he carries his moustache quite nicely -Observation confirmed independently by Om Kareem.

abufares said...

Hi Ihsan
So far, only uncles Syrian Brit & Abu Fares out of all the bloggers who participated in this exchange grow a moustache. This confirms my second hypothesis about your generation. I guess we need more old folks like us to verify my first one.
As for the women, I think (listen to this) most of them didn't have the pleasure yet of knowing what a moustached man is like. Not in the physical sense but rather in his entire stance in life.

abufares said...

Hi Layla
Your presence here is a breath of tashtastic air. I wish you told us about your preference.

abufares said...

Hi Abu Kareem
Funny you should mention it, but I wear hat in the winter, partly for warmth and to cover the balding spot in the back.
Thank Om Kareem and You for the positive confirmation. I appreciate it but I'm too old to blush:)

Lujayn said...

Abu Fares, do I see a bald spot post on the horizon? I'm going to get a head start on formulating my stance on bald spots! :))

You have definitely raised my awareness of moustaches this past week, been staring at strange men all the time. Boyfriend is not going to buy the "scientific observation" excuse, I think :))

abufares said...

Lujayn
It's a balding spot. It might last me still a few years as I've noticed from the older generation in my family. Almost all our men have it and a few of them are in their 70's and it's still in the balding stage.
You are looking at strange men! That's healthy. I look at strange women all the time, but certainly not appraise their moustaches.

Lujayn said...

Wow, this moustached man is a stickler for details. Fine, balding spot. I apologize to the work in progress.

Andre said...

I just realized that your birthday was 2 weeks ago, for some reason I have not read that post. sorry for being late, Happy Birthday !!

abufares said...

Hi Andre
Thank you for your BD wishes. Better late than never, I really appreciare it.

Lost somewhere said...

I was just thinking, why don't you grow a beard,flickr-it-up and we'll vote!
I think if grey hair (even very few) there is, you could easily fit into the "so damn sexy" category.
Nevertheless, I must say: Um Fares certainly knows best!

abufares said...

This is too tempting "Lost somewhere". It might be very hard to shave it off if I grow my beard again.
Then I'll be in all sorts of problems. You know how it is, once a middle-aged man starts changing his looks, he raises too many eyebrows. The wrong ones, I might add.

Lujayn said...

Lost Somewhere, thats a brilliant idea! Definitely a practical woman.

I love Munich said...

"Tom Selleck wears the most handsome moustache I have ever seen on any face, that of a man or a woman." A WOMAN??? OMG ...

Abufares, the moustache-and beard issue topic are very interesting ones and I have to admit, I am very picky when it comes to that! There are some men who seem to almost have been born with a moustache meaning it simply belongs to them, looks stunning and would they shave it off, it would look as if a part of their face is missing, then others who ... well, let's put it this way - look "ok" .. and then a third category which looks just horrible and one wants to run to grab a shaver in order to get rid of it!
About a beard ... I may sound weird but there are man who look daring and, well - simply incredibly manly with a three-day-beard, others with a full one - and then again there are those who look, well - simply not clean and flatout impossible!
It has to fit to one's personality and character ... and if that matches - I JUST LOVE IT!
Thanks so much for your thoughts ... ;-)

I love Munich said...

It seems my comment disapeared in thin air ... nevermind - here we go again:
Personally I like men with moustaches or beards provided they are well taken care off and not growing our of proportion even though they are not every man's thing! Some look more manly and daring and some .. simply stupid! Some SHOULD have either/or as without their face tends to resemble the naked butt of a baby and some SHOULD NOT and look as if a big and sharp shaving knife is required to start chopping through the chaos.
Some look GREAT in a three-day-beard (like one of my sons!) ... and some shouldn't even THINK of growing even one millimeter of the facial stubbles.
In short ... I'm ALL PRO as long as it fits to someone's personality!
Thanks so much for the insight dear friend ... and BTW - yours fits you JUST GREAT!! ;-)

Robin said...

OMGoodness, your moustache froze and broke off? I'm sorry Abufares, my mother always tells me I'm really bad when it comes to laughing inappropriately, but I am laughing at the site of that SO hard. I'm sure it wasn't too funny at the time, or maybe then, perhaps it was. That story is just pure slapstick, but it's TRUE. Now let me tell you about the time........ NEVER MIND!!

abufares said...

Hi Karin
Thank you for your input and thoughts on the topic of moustache/beard/butt face.
I see that you have given it some thought and that you are highly opinionated, as every woman should well be. I agree with your analysis a 100%.
The reason I added the "or woman" in my appraisal of Tom Selleck's moustache was to be politically correct. You'd never know when a woman might object and decides that women are entitled to grow a moustache:)))

abufares said...

Hi Robin
I'm happy I made you laugh. It was very funny at the time and my friend and I had a good laugh over it. Within a few days, my moustache was resurrected and I feel awful that I have no picture of myself clean shaven. Or then again, I might have one or two. I need to dig my collection of old photos and see.

Lost somewhere said...

Thanks Lujayn.
Well put Karin!

And Abu Fares I'd hate to think your decisions are taken depending on what the society might think.
But being able to read more than through the lines, I know you don't! ;)

abufares said...

Lost somewhere
Stay between the lines:)

rozni said...

I'm wondering if Syrians tend to look a bit like Groucho Marx...

I used to have a moustache and beard but it kept growing thicker on the left. I got tired of the asymmetry and shaved it all off.

abufares said...

@rozni
Welcome to this old post of mine. "Groucho Marx"! Not particularly, but sure you can still find some oldies in Damascus who prefer this style.
Asymmetry toward you left side! That's very interesting. Could it be that you have leftist tendencies? :-)
Thanks for your visit.

rozni said...

Actually it's just caused by my habit of scratching my beard and stroking/tugging my moustache when thinking. And since I always use my right hand, it is the right half of my beard and moustache that receives the most damage... my left side just keeps growing most luxuriantly.

I have this image of some poor guy at the airport suddenly being mobbed by Mukhabarat, all of them looking and talking like Groucho Marx...