I’d rather just have a small goatee, like an old hipster with a scruffy shadow on my chin. I’ve never really liked mustaches, it’s just that the goatee without it makes me look like former Surgeon General C. Everett Coop, or an Amish man. Sekhnet also said like a trout, I think, though it may have been a catfish.
So the mustache is a compromise to begin with. I don’t like it bushy, like Stalin’s, don’t like it in my food, I don’t like the sides hanging down like a mocking Mexican bandit’s slit eyed mustache. I blow my nose a lot, so I can’t have the mustache coming all the way up to my nostrils; I carve a horizontal snot channel into every mustache I’ve grown in recent years, to prevent nasal matter from landing in the mustache.
I barely tolerate having a mustache, is the thing. I think Django’s mustache is cool, so I model mine a little after his. Sekhnet’s father always wore a trim, white mustache, and made it look natty, and he gave me some good tips on keeping it trimmed, so I do. My godfather, Volbear, always had a close cropped mustache, the better to abrade the tender bellies of young cousins he’d hold upside down as they squealed. Sekhnet likes to scratch various parts of her face with a short napped brush of a chin beard, and the cropped, trimmed mustache goes with this.
In trimming the mustache, to keep it as short as the beard, I sometimes inadvertently clip it a little too close on one side of my mouth, then I have to trim the other side to match. It is only a matter of a few days until this grows in again, but sometimes, during that time, I see my friend Maya.
“Nice Hitler mustache,” says Maya pleasantly. I used to try to explain how mine is more like Jimi’s mustache, how it doesn’t go all the way up to the bottom of the nostrils. I always felt like showing her a picture of Hitler to show her how vastly different my mustache is from Hitler’s.
On the other hand, she makes a good point. I thank her, she smiles.
She’s right, when you put it that way. Why wear even the ghost of Hitler’s mustache?
The only trouble is, I trim my mustache much more often than I see Maya. Have to start checking in with her more regularly.