From sundown last night until sundown tonight , it was the Jewish holiday of Purim. It's a holiday that revolves around the biblical Book of Esther.
It's also a festive holiday, with special pastry called hamentaschen and a tradition of telling the story of Esther in a joking, parody format.
Our Purim speil (parody play) last night was a hilarious take-off on the Star Wars oeuvre.
But none of that is the reason I'm putting up this post. I'm doing that because Purim also usually involves masquerade. Most kids, and many adults, dress as characters in the story of Esther. Others where superhero, lady bug, ninja or other such fanciful garb.
I generally shave off half my beard and moustache. (I generally do it for Halloween, too.)
RFB got a picture of it this year. And so, without further ado:
OK, now I gotta go shave. My employer is pretty cool about letting me show up to work on Halloween looking like this, but if I show up looking like this for no good reason tomorrow, it could, quite reasonably, test their patience.