What is that THING?!
I found a picture of myself I can stand to show on my profile, all shiny with joy and unaccustomed heat while on vacation.  The beard is slightly whiter now, as the greasy object shown was revelling in the early part of 2012.  The joy? Cropped from the shot are wife and son, and the vacation was a reward for long service from The Regular Job-- like a politician, I was travelling on someone else's dime.

The hat, by the way, is not a political statement of any sort.  It's there to keep the sun off and preserve what looks I have.