“What’s with the beard?” said a middle age guy I hadn’t seen in a number of years, he asked me that…twice…in the same conversation. Really? Do I have to justify a growing a beard living in Washington in the great North West? I’m trolling for responses to this question. My wife said I should respond with: “Because I can.” I usually say, “It’s the NW, the land of Lumber Jacks and Fisherman.” What do you think are some good one line responses?