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  • posted: February 28 @ 11:48am
Yes, Bodie, Whiskerino is really over.
And yes, the cats are going away, too.

Okay, you can go get your ball!


No one would accuse me of being an overly emotional or sentimental guy, but when I started reading these final farewells, I got a little choked up. So no remote location for the beauty shot or attempt at a complicated setup, just Bodie and me here to say goodbye.

This has been an amazing experience! I thank each and every one of you for the brilliant photos and the funny and supportive comments. But most of all, I thank you for helping to create and maintain this community over the past 4 months. I feel privileged to have been able to share in your joys and heartaches during this time. I wish you all the best as you are truly wonderful people.

A special thanks to @Mackle and his crew for creating this event and keeping it running. You really have made something special in this event and you deserve praise and admiration for that. I never dreamed that flying half way across the country to meet a bunch of people I only knew online could be so much fun or so rewarding. I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks. Thanks for letting me be a part of this whole experience. If ever you decide to resurrect this event, I hope I can be part of it.

So, it’s back to normal life now, a life that has been creatively reinvigorated through this event. I hope to cross paths with some of you again and hope to see some of you in May. If you are ever in Northern California, drop me a line (see the sidebar), I’d love to buy you a beer (or a glass of fine Sonoma wine).


Okay, Bodie, let’s go play!


sariebell says:
I heart you, Fofe, and hope we keep in touch. You and Bodie take care.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:55am -
robberfly says:
Bodie looks like a great dog.
Nice growing & showing w/ you. Best wishes!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 12:01pm -
Yogi Beard says:
It's been pleasure. Take care of yourself, sir.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 12:09pm -
tedford says:
fofe, it's been awesome. so glad i got a chance to meet you. you and bodie take care of yourselves.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 12:57pm -
michaeljstraub says:
Take care friend. It's been a hell of an experience and I enjoyed sharing it with you
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 1:50pm -
Grower&Shower says:
Sonoma wine and Fofe? Hell yes, I have an excuse for a road trip!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:34pm -
mattyc says:
fofe... the pleasure was all mine... i assure you. you are a quality guy and i most certainly will be looking you up if i'm ever in norcal again.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:10pm -
Ozzy Nelson says:
man, i wish we could have talked more at the TD. You have been great an I look forward to seeing you again in May.
Happy trails my friend
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:29pm -
Phil says:
I wish we had chatted a bit more at the TD, but I look forward to seeing you again sometime. Take care!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:42pm -
Pip says:
Stay awesome, sir!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:10pm -
Mat Wiseman says:
He knows you're upset.

It's been magic being on your team. Even though I only know of you through us, I can hear that big heart ticking.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:35pm -
Jar says:
I am bummed we only got to talk for a few min at the throwdown, but I am so glad you where a part of this experience. Thank you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:44pm -
ilikeschool says:
hey dude. i am still in the bay area. we should meet up. i got your contact info and mine is on my photo.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:27pm -
dizzywizard says:
it has been a pleasure growing beard with you.
great shot. nice doggie!


Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:32pm -
Ula O cealleigh says:
Awww Fofe!! i will miss you!!! & your great beard!!
thankyou for being a friend through this!!!

lots of love your way brother!!!
mabe we will grow & show again one day!!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:44pm -
mu says:
Take care Fofe! I have really enjoyed following you through this. Thanks for bringing yourself and your life to this here. I have enjoyed seeing just who you are. Glad we got a few minutes to chat at the TD.

Also, you words on my post today are perhaps the most meaningful of all. I really won't forget your quote about community. It really strikes a deep chord in my heart about this experience and for my life as a whole. I have really learned a lot here, which I was not looking for or expecting.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:24pm -
keifel says:
tim, it was a pleasure to meet you. thank you for you kind words.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:25pm -
Grown Unknown says:
Fofe, it was great to meet you in TN. Glad to have a fellow West Coast Whiskerino-ite nearby.

Take care and thanks for the comments!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:30pm -
hankbobs says:
Bodie looks like an awesome dog-- having an awesome dog is another mark of a great man.

RE: "I never dreamed that flying half way across the country to meet a bunch of people I only knew online could be so much fun or so rewarding."

TOTALLY. Who would have thought we'd get into something like this and it would be so 'rewarding'. Such a true statement.

Thank you for keeping the late night crew alive, everytime I posted late, I was always happy to see @fofe posting a comment, usually the first to do so. I will definitely look you up next time I am in NoCal. Would love to share a glass of fine wine. Let's not drink it out of a shot glass :-)

I too am very doubtful on the yeard. But sounds like @Andrew and a few others are going for it. I may keep mine for a little while, not sure the future at this time. I hope to make Moustache May as well, but you never know, I may be pretty busy by then.

Well, I guess this is goodbye for now! take care.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:33pm -
themightyjones says:
Be well!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:59pm -
jason says:
been awesome getting a chance to grow with you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:14pm -
Barefoot says:
Thanks for being awesome. I will miss you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:39pm -
ThatGuy says:
I'm glad that I got to tell you in person how much I appreciated your encouragements throughout this thing. It has been a genuine blast. I'm a fan of your work and hopefully we can check in on FB. It can be ridiculous, but it's so helpful in keeping in touch with people you don't have the luxury of seeing every day. I WILL see you in may. I'll see you later Tim.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:42pm -
hale. says:
i'm really sorry we didn't connect much either. we were standing by each other at the throwdown too, and i deeply apologize for not engaging with you in conversation.

i will get to san francisco again as soon as i can. perhaps then we can remedy our communication error.

also, we posted photos of animal skulls on the same day. that's nuts.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:43pm -
zackle says:
It was a pleasure chatting over tacos, indeed. I can't believe I met someone at the throwdown that has been to Frostburg, MD. Small world.

I'll see you in May for sure. Until then, take care friend.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:49pm -
revgoomba says:
Tim... a pleasure. Not a goodbye though. You're an awesome guy that I am proud to know and happy to have met in person. This isn't the last we'll see of each other.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:50pm -
Eric the Beard says:
Tim...I like that name. and way to go team attendance. You were awesome....sigh.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:00pm -
damnweather says:
fofe, you are awesome. sorry again that we didn't get to chat it up last weekend. maybe some day!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:09pm -
David Knapp says:
It was great meeting you at the Throwdown, thanks for being awesome, keep growing and showing!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:47pm -
jracecar says:
Congratulations on your perfect attendance. That is a real commitment to make and accomplishment to achieve. It was fun to follow your shots, even if I was pretty awful at making comments.

I thank you for your support, and for the clamebute. You have helped me to get my wheels turning on that project again (those photos were a small part of something much larger and more wordy.)

You grow one helluva beard.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 12:58am -
Dschonn says:
I feel lucky that I did get to chat with you at some length at the throwdown. Thanks for your wisdom and encouragement. If I make it to the Bay Area in the future, I'll drop you a line. Thanks again.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 1:35am -
wondermade says:
Great to have shook your hand and conversed, however briefly. I'm glad that you were creatively reinvigorated - that's one of the biggest perks I think for most of us.

Be well, and should we make it up to NoCal / Lost Coast again I'll give you a holler.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 5:57am -
JamesC says:
You are a cool guy. Was awesome to see you this year, your consistency is commendable.
Bring yourself to Idaho and I'll take care of the rest. We don't have to actually shoot any animals unless you want to. We could just go out and have some ice tea and watch the geese fly around and you can tell me stories about your life and I'd laugh when you told me the story about the cow poop and Aunt Gladys.

Be cool, man. I know you will.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:43am -
Red says:
it's been a pleasure growing with you. take care of that young yeard.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 3:51pm -
l_etranger_ says:
Fofe, it was a pleasure bearding along side you. I'll definitely hit you up next time i make it to the west coast. Bon voyage Bodie!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 4:47pm -
Just Jamey says:
It's an honor to know you, and to have visited with you at the Throwdown! Please let me know when you're on the island!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 4:48pm -
Andrew says:
I bet that dog is GIGANTIC

I was really glad I got to meet you. I have to admit I thought you'd be a lot shorter. I've thoroughly enjoyed your photos and I hope one day out paths cross again.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 8:19pm -
Army of Whiskers says:
Tim, it was great chatting with you at the Throwdown, even if only briefly. You are a stand up guy in my book. And from one big beard to another, yours was massive.

The wife and I plan to move to the Bay Area soon. Perhaps we will cross paths again soon.

Thanks for growing a beard with me. See you around.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 10:34pm -
Site closed!
Whiskerino. fin.