May 27 saw an end to the legendary beard hanging off Quick Dick McDick’s chin, and for a good cause.

When Quick Dick McDick, a.k.a. Dickson Delorme, left the oilfield three years ago and returned to farm life at Tuffnell, Saskatchewan, he was now free to grow a beard. And boy, did he ever.

But this spring Quick Dick decided to risk his whiskers in support of the Cancer Society of Saskatchewan’s Close Cuts for Cancer. The challenge: supporters could vote with their dollars to “save it” or “shave it.”

The results were announced on May 27 in Yorkton.

Save it $21,852.11

Shave it $31,421.39

Grand total (including those who couldn’t figure out how to vote) $55,272

The total Close Cuts for Cancer campaign, which had several other participants, raised a total $66,912.

Quick Dick did it as part of the 25th year in memory of Brayden Ottenbreit, of Yorkton, who died of cancer of a young age. His parents are Greg and Leone, and Greg Ottenbreit is currently the MLA for Yorkton.

Greg was the one with the clippers.

First, a giant mop of hair on top of his head came off, before the whiskers were shorn.

Quick Dick McDick is about to go under the razor. YouTube

Seeing the results lying on the floor, Quick Dick exclaimed, “That is the grossest pile of hair I’ve seen in my life. Who would want that on their face? It looks like a rodent!”

Short term impersonation of Big Mustache Al. YouTube

Who’s this guy? Greg Ottenbreit, Brayden’s dad, finished shearing Quick Dick McDick, with Brayden’s mom, Leone, on the right.

Pipeline Online spoke to him on Monday, May 30.

“Leone and Gregg lost a son, Brayden Ottenbreit. He lost the battle to cancer, had fought with it for quite some time. That’s where this fundraiser initially came from. And when you hear their story of what went on, we’ve all had somebody that we’ve lost to cancer. It never makes it easy for anybody that we lose to cancer, but when you hear of a couple parents loosing a young kid like that, that hits you in the heart, you know what I mean?” he said.

“So I just wanted to help them out and help raise some awareness and help with Cancer Foundation of Saskatchewan, because the great thing about this fundraiser is that all the all the money stays right in Saskatchewan and goes towards cancer research in the University of Saskatchewan.”

He noted that if he ever just wanted to melt away and go incognito – shaving his beard was the plan. “That was kind of my out. That was my way to escape society if I ever needed to, was to cut my beard off. And now I just did it for this fundraiser. So I kind of left I got rid of my only out that I had.”

“When I left the oilfield in June of 2019, I quit shaving. And then I just kind of I kept it where it was. I didn’t really let it get much longer than what it was.”

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And now, with that mass missing from his face, he said, “It’s totally different. Yeah, I feel different talking. I feel weird when you put your phone to your face. You feel weird when you eat. It’s a very strange feeling. I haven’t gotten used to it yet.”

Asked if he plans on regrowing the beard, that’s already happening.

“Oh, yeah. I like I have no intention of pulling a razor out, and continuing to shave, I can’t stand shaving. I am the least sensitive person on planet Earth unless it comes to the skin on my chin. It’s very sensitive. I don’t like shaving it.””

That mean’s he’s going to have a very different look for upcoming appearances, one of which is at the Saskatchewan Oil & Gas Show in Weyburn on June 1. You can get tickets at https://www.oilshow.ca.

As it’s pretty wet around Tuffnell, it’s pulling him away from seeding. The farm operation he works with was just under half done as of Monday morning. So that morning he was sorting cow-calf pairs.

“We’re late here, right now. Last year, we were done on May Long weekend, which was an early finish. When you start dipping into June with seeding, that’s late.”

I can’t see the difference. Can you see the difference? YouTube

You gotta be shittin me

And in related news, Monday is the day Quick Dick usually posts his videos, and today did not disappoint. Farmers being told to grow more food, while rail lines are used for oil instead of grain, Labatt Brewing Company getting money from the feds, and SGI mailing out rebates.

As the video was produced before and after the big shave, he can look rather different between shots. Check it out.

 

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