On March 12 at AfterMath, there was a draw for the privilege of shaving Darren’s trademark goatee off. As part of the deal, the heavy metal enthusiast had to have wardrobe makeover too, to something a tad more middle-aged and professorial.
Feeling transformed? Chilly? Nerdy?
Yes, but in an odd not sure how to feel kind of transformation. My face is SOOO cold! I’m not me.
How do you feel in your new incarnation?
I feel lost. I catch glimpses of myself in mirrors and windows and gasp “who the hell is that”??? Then I weep silently.
Last year I talked to a few students about getting a student group going for MACS (Media and Communication Studies). I asked what would motivate them to do so and one mentioned that if I would shave they would make sure the group happened. It didn’t happen last year and this year the idea came up again and I agreed. It was decided that we would link it to daylight savings and someone came up with the name. perfect fit. We also talked about a charity to raise for and the students agreed on the Devin Clifford foundation and I loved the idea because in an age of fiscal restraint in schools and cuts to the arts, MUSIC MATTERS…my face is cold.
What parts of your new persona are you keeping and what will you be ditching asap?
Well, for this week anyway I am going to own it. I have on a tie and am wearing a cardigan today in order to flaunt my professorial aesthetic but I imagine that next week will see the return of the Metal T-shirts and some stubble.
Growing the goatee back? How long will it take?
It’s already 14 hours in to being back. I imagine that it will take 2 months before I feel comfortable again. 2 long, nerdy months. Time to brush up on my D&D.
The many faces of Darren Blakeborough