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Marilyn Hagerty, Forum Communications, Published November 15 2012

Marilyn Hagerty: Mustaches, beards show up as cold weather moves in

GRAND FORKS - Alonzo Guzman says men come in regularly to have their mustaches trimmed in his barber shop in the Kmart mall on South Washington Street in Grand Forks.

“When they try to do it themselves, it’s kind of backwards,” he said. “With a mustache, you want to keep it trimmed off your lips.”

At Park River, N.D., the barber is George Moen at George’s Barber Shop. And he says you can get kind of artistic with a mustache. With the cooler weather, there are more mustaches and beards needing trims.

Ray Lein, who has been a barber 51 years, has seen a trend for more mustaches and beards in the past few years. And he says, “Any man can grow a beard. Mustaches maybe.”

Lein is at the Town and Country Barber Shop in the mall on South Washington Street. Like other barbers, he remembers the mullet haircuts that showed up a few decades back. The hair in front is short and it’s long in back.

Along with facial hair, there is a hint of a comeback for those mullet cuts.

Hairstylists remember when the whole UND hockey team would have their hair cut short but long enough in back to have long, curly hair sticking out the back of their helmets.

Hair and beards and mustaches.

That’s what I have been studying ever since I heard about the contest among Young Professionals. At the end of November, one of the young men will come up with the top winning mustache and/or beard.

Wish lists

There are a few more men than women in the total enrollment at UND this year. Men outnumber women 7,993 to 7,257, according to a student profile released recently.

When I spoke to students in professor Richard Aregood’s writing class, I asked them what they like to daydream about or wish for. They said:

• A trip to San Francisco to see my friends with whom I studied with abroad.

• A vacation in Europe.

• I would love to go to Europe.

• An iPad.

• A trip around the world.

• A trip to San Diego with my family.

• A cardigan sweater with my sorority’s crest embroidered on it for Christmas.

• A new iPhone.

• Cooking appliances.

• A massage.

• A big TV because mine is so tiny.

• A vacation somewhere tropical.

• I want a Burberry trench coat.

• A new iPhone.

• A new pair of cowboy boots.

• I would love to get an iPad.

• To go somewhere warm.

Hockey and Hairball

The weekend rolls round with “Urinetown” continuing tonight and Saturday at the UND Burtness Theatre… And the UND hockey team hosting Minnesota-Duluth… With a preview of what to expect from coaches at the luncheon for fans at noon today at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks…. Metropolitan Opera Auditions begin at noon Saturday in Josephine Campbell Recital Hall of the UND Hughes Fine Arts Center… While “Hairball” is the attraction Saturday night at the Alerus Center… And the Farmer’s Union state convention is under way in Grand Forks…. The UND football team closes out its season at Greeley, Colo., today in its game with Northern Colorado….

Ask Marilyn

Q. When you get an invitation to a reception or anniversary and it states “no gifts please,” does that mean you can send money or that a card will do?

A. To my way of thinking, no gifts means no gifts. And that includes money. Best wishes on a card are always nice.