(I ask in part to prevent otherwise idle neurons from investigating too closely what this intriguing title – Big Law: Deputy Butterbean – might portend.)
But back to the primary query.
Once upon a time, long ago, I myself wore a goatee, albeit when goatees were cool only among the limited demographic I rode with.
They have since then come solidly into fashion some – what? – five? eight? years ago, but I was somehow under the impression that more recently their popularity had steeply declined. They do not, after all, share the permanence of the tattoo, and so they can be removed even more quickly and easily than grown.
But just this evening, on a nationally broadcast TV show, two of the three males present were sporting goatees, one of them obviously a re-dedication to the style: one of the two who had previously sported a fully hirsute goat had obviously shorn it clean and was now retracing it with a newly sprouting gamboling kid. Change of a change of heart?
So while we pause between pondering weightier things, Deputy Butterbean included, tell us, good readers, and in particular our good ladies, what is the verdict?
Is the goatee still cool?
Or has it overstayed its welcome?
H. M. Stuart