• RIP Joel’s mustache: 10.1.07 – 3.28.08

    by  • May 1, 2008 • mustache • 3 Comments

    posted by Sarah

    If you’re a regular reader of our updates here, then you know a few things about us: we’re in China, we’re married, we like to eat lots of interesting foods…. but there is another facet of our lives that hasn’t been explored in enough depth here on Joel and Sarah’s blog: Joel’s mustache.
    Since we moved to China, we’ve let go of a few social taboos that would have been frowned upon in America. For instance, we’ve come to embrace certain dinner customs like spitting bones on the table to be wiped up at the end of the meal, or burping loudly to express our approval of a dish. We hardly think twice about pushing through a crowd. We (try to) bargain with various vendors, expressing an inordinate amount of dismay and anger to get a price down by a few yuan. And from October 1st, 2007 to March 28th, 2008, after weeks of pleading on my part, Joel patiently grew what turned out to be (in my opinion) a very fine specimen of handlebar mustache, as evidenced in the pictures here.

    An awe-inspiring ‘stache sits proudly on the upper lip.I was really hoping for a Dixieland Barbershop quartet to magically manifest itself once the requisite mustache had appeared, but unfortunately I had no such luck.

    A rapier point to match its wearer’s rapier wit?

    So, Joel’s mustache, you will be missed by at least one person. Readers, please take a moment of silence to pay your respects. Also, for more information on mustaches, please click here.



    Sarah grew up in Colorado but considers herself a Chinese-Malaysian-English-American. Her favorite thing to do is read in bed, or some sunny spot on a couch.

    3 Responses to RIP Joel’s mustache: 10.1.07 – 3.28.08

    1. Dave Davison
      May 1, 2008 at 3:30 pm

      Good God.


    2. Mark Heng
      May 2, 2008 at 10:33 pm

      Let it grow, let it grow
      Grow until it touch your toe
      -Bob Marley

    3. Brett
      May 30, 2008 at 7:04 pm

      man, leen just made me aware of your beautiful stache, it’s a shame you axed it

      i hope to see it’s return some day

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