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  • posted: February 28 @ 7:13pm
Of course. The last days of every Whiskerino have been amazing moments of my life and filled with stress. Today was no different.

The last day of Whiskerino in 2005/06, my wife went into the hospital suffering from listeria. She was 8 months pregnant with our daughter, Maya. I was driving home from Nashville when I got the news and scurried as fast as I could to be by my wife's side. My daughter was taken by emergency cesarean and was born miraculously with no infection and actually could come home before my wife who definitely got the raw end of the deal. My wife, Christie is the rock of Team Renaud. She puts up with my beard, these throwdowns, my comment bombing at 1am and me explaining inside Whiskerino jokes often pretending interest.

This morning, Maya was watching Olympic ice skating and got inspired and was pretending to be an ice skater. She was cute, spinning and jumping and then she tripped over a Yo Gabba Gabba doll and smashed her forehead into the corner of a wall which ripped a sizable gash into her forehead. After wiping all the blood and tears that filled her face and pinching together her split forehead with bandaids, I rushed her to the ER. She was brave and got 6 stitches in her head. She took her nap and then we took her to her 4th Birthday party. She was already the center of attention and under the circumstances she got even more attention.

So I thought it was fitting that I post my last photo on Whiskerino with my beautiful daughter, Maya who has changed my life. She really is such a great daughter.

Also, I want to thank @mackle for creating such an unusual online fraternity filled with degenerates, prophets, friends, jerks, artists, fathers, lovers, musicians, painters, nite owls and brothers.

I can't wait to be together again in the San Diego Zoo in 2011.


Maya's drawing of the incident. Notice the gash and tears

Comments

Zach says:
you rule. seriously. take care man!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:15pm -
aaron b says:
I'm still not sure why you have your own team, but I'm glad you were with us this past 4 months. You are absolutely outstanding.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:16pm -
Ploafmaster says:
I'm just glad to hear she's okay. Also, it's a bonus that her birthday and Whiskerino are forever linked.

Your whole Detroit crew was really nice, you - certainly no exception.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:17pm -
Finn MacCool says:
Yikes. Hope that scalp heals quickly. It's been great. Thank you for the Renaud button. I will treasure it.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:17pm -
specialshoes says:
you are probably one of the coolest dads ever. so nice meeting you. thanks for putting up with my antics in Nashville and thanks for documenting my foray into vulgar drunken rapping. i have never really had a strong desire to visit Detroit before, but after meeting you guys, i can't really think of a reason why i shouldn't at least try.

until May... take care.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:18pm -
R E N A U D says:
CLAME for insight on to why I have my own team or why teams even exist at all on Whiskerino.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:20pm -
Jar says:
Renaud! You are awesome buddy, glad I got to meet you at the Throwdown (although, just briefly) thanks for being you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:21pm -
mu says:
this is Mu's daughter, Noa nice beard dude!!!!!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:21pm -
mattyc says:
Even though our teams are mortal enemies... I like you... you are cool... even though you are an evil dictator. Glad we got to play around in nashville for a bit. hope we meet up on the reunion tour...and i emailed you about getting one of those prints..and possibly having you scan that portrait of us that casey did (yourfavorite)
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:21pm -
shularbrau says:
she is super cute.

thank you for being such an institution around here. wouldn't be the same without you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:21pm -
Pip says:
Way to be a kind and amazing leader. It works for you.

See you around.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:23pm -
KC says:
Renaud, it's funny cause I remember you being here and thinking about how understanding and crazy your wife must be :)

Glad Maya's OK and glad to see you made it again. Blessings to you and yours!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:24pm -
mu says:
@Renaud, my 9 year old daughter is with me and wanted to comment. Actually your beautiful daughter looks a lot like Noa. Sorry about the stitches, but hey it's part of being a kid and daddy isn't it? Great meeting you if even briefly at the throwdown! In that brief meeting I knew why you had your own team and why you are so loved here.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:25pm -
EdwardTeach says:
i'm glad she's okay.

you're a king.

you have a team names after you.

your photos are awesome.

and you seem like a great guy.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:25pm -
ZFA says:
tell me more about this san diego zoo 2011 thing...
and keep being awesome.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:26pm -
Grower&Shower says:
This is the most touching goodbye I have seen. I am seriously moved.

I am so honored to have met you and had the chance to talk to you at the Throwdown. You're a legend in my mind and I'm lucky to have gone through this journey alongside of you.

I hope we keep in touch and your beautiful daughter's wounds heal soon.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:27pm -
Creative Liberty says:
Tell me more about this San Diego Zoo get together? Love ya man. Glad Maya is better and that your last post is the only post I am Kinging. Fathers Rock. See you on the bloggs and twitter.

PS. I never got a fancy button. My fault. ;(
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:30pm -
elldub says:
Stitches AND a Party! Keep that chin up little Maya.

Jim, can I bum a smoke?
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:33pm -
ilikeschool says:
see ya jim. i hope you can forgive me for shaving.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:40pm -
zackle says:
Glad Maya's doing okay. Miss you bunches.

Need to make it up for a visit. Or maybe we can meet at the old stomping ground for some Tonellis cheesesteaks and parking lot football where the LansBowl used to be.

PS - we all owe @mackle, but I owe you for convincing me to get into it all. If only I had played along in 2005 as well. Oh well, no regrets.

Take care, dad.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:43pm -
jonshell says:
renaud, you're awesome. i'll see you around.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:43pm -
miguelito says:
i'll be invited to the San Diego Zoo in 1 day, according to @mackle. also sorry things have been stressful for you and especially Maya. Thank you Jim for being so awesome to me and letting my borrow you laptop, and busting my balls. you've been a great friend in a lot of ways. and thanks for introducing this crazy site to me so i can feel a part of something and contribute my crazy to it as well. i hope you are proud of me.


i feel lucky and honored to be able to hang out with you and make 93% of Whiskerino jealous.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:49pm -
wondermade says:
My kids are wearing team #renaud pins in my final shot, because thought I never joined per se, I've always been a part of the team. I'm glad she walked away with only a few stitches, and I'm glad you have her. She seems amazing.

Be well, come to Orlando and hang. Disney would cure her blues, right?
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:50pm -
miguelito says:
and thanks for your ridiculously awesome audio clames. especially the Bottle Rocket one just now.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:51pm -
cary norton says:
there are no words for the glory of renaud. i only knew you in real life for a short time and it was a very happy time indeed.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:51pm -
Robfrenzy says:
you. are. awesome.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:51pm -
Phil says:
You are a great man. Thanks for being here.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:58pm -
Roo says:
you are THE RENAUD! take care my friend! love our pins!!!!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:06pm -
julialikesbeards says:
That's a large skull she's got there. Bet it houses a large brain.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:07pm -
mackle says:
your daughter looks like a bad ass in this shot. This makes sense because she has a father that is 110% a total badass. You never fail to entertain and bring greatness to this community. I am honored to have you on the site and beyond gracious to have met you - and actually get along! I love that I get to call you friend.

Hopefully you will continue to hit me up on IM with weird links and music we undoubtedly both love. I will do my best to do the same to you.

Viva La Jim Renaud - truly a fantastic piece of the Whiskerino legacy.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:19pm -
chrisauel says:
She is one tough kiddo and you sir are awesome.

While I'm not an official a member of Team Renuad, you have inspired me. Looking forward to meeting you in Austin.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:28pm -
ThatGuy says:
You are another alumni that has just become part of the core of this site. Your influence here is so deep and undeniable. It was a pleasure to chat with you for those few moments at the bash. You have a swagger about you that was immediately noticible and genuine. I think that's what everyone on TEam Renaud already knew. It took me about 8 seconds to see it. Thanks for being so awesome.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:56pm -
Chad Pugh says:
Cant wait to see you up here soon!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:20pm -
dizzywizard says:
sorry to here about his.. i wish your wife and daughter a speedy recovery.



it has been a pleasure growing beard with you.


Slán agus go n-éirí an bóthar leat

:)
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:28pm -
Boaz says:
Jim it's been great growing with you and even cooler to get to meet you finally at the throwdown. You daughter is a tough little lady.

Hope to see you in May
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:12pm -
Grown Unknown says:
It was truly a pleasure to get to spend even a small fraction of time with you at the Throwdown. Your photos are amazing and your team runs strong and deep with talent.

Good luck in the future!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:14pm -
hale. says:
jim, you are one of the premier personalities of whiskerino. team renaud is proof of that. your wit is quick, your beard is red and you're probably good for something else too.

thanks for being the creative and humorous force that you are. please keep in touch. you'll have to do all the work though.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:23pm -
jmathiasxiii says:
Really glad she's OK. Glad to know you sir. Keep in touch.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:35pm -
kidstatic says:
This isnt the end of this. You and me, we ain't done. So I'll just say DETROIT WHAT! and wish you a good evening.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:42pm -
Fofe says:
Great to meet you in Nashville. You are a legend in the Whiskerino world and it was an honor and pleasure to grow with you during this final chapter. Take care.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:44pm -
Army of Whiskers says:
Thanks for sharing your stories. Glad all is well.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:53pm -
Terry Masters says:
you are awesome.

your caption is awesome.

your daughter is awesome for toughing it out, going to the party, taking a final Whiskerino pic, and also drawing a picture of the accident complete with gash and tears.

i enjoyed the little bit of time i got to talk with you on the balcony and emily, my wife, and i are proudly wearing our Renaud pins.

if you're ever out in LA, please get in touch via the usual sources.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:14pm -
Terry Masters says:
and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Maya!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:14pm -
Ace says:
so.. i never thought i was cool enough to join team renaud. but i always wanted to... but you are a definite benevolent leader and i applaud your efforts in all that the team wishes to accomplish. out of fear mostly... but a reverent fear mostly.

good bearding with you jim. see you again soon i hope.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:25pm -
Vanbert says:
later dude so good to meet you. thanks for the pin. ill wear it proud.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 12:06am -
hankbobs says:
Every olympian started out with a spin on a Yo Gabba Gabba doll, I'm convinced of it. My daughter got 18 stitches on her forehead at a similar age, and there is only 2% of a scar visible. It will all be fine.

I don't know when the next chance I will get to bomb around in @kidstatic's car at 4:00am Renaud, but that was a blast. So glad I got to meet the man, the myth, the maniac, the Renaud. The grandaddy of Awesomehogging. Sad to hear you will not be moustaching, but I hope I will cross paths with you some other way soon.

I hope Maya is a tough as she looks in this picture, and that she is back practicing spins in no time. Take care.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 12:11am -
damnweather says:
thank you SO MUCH for linking to whiskerino 2005 four years and four months ago. without that link that google randomly sent me to, i don't know if i would have every found this crazy thing. take care, jim, see you round the internets.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 12:13am -
Eric the Beard says:
This is so precious! Thanks for the award! and for being so cool!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 12:17am -
sariebell says:
First of all, I'm glad your little girl pulled through and got to enjoy her birthday party. Some things are a lot more important than a buncha beards and such cryin' in their beers because their virtual party's over. Hang in there, Maya. Scars are cool. If anyone ever messes with you, just tell them you'll cut a bitch.

Second, you are funny and nice and all that. It's been a pleasure knowing you on this thing. You are an integral part of this group and you should feel good knowing that you are needed, welcomed, and loved here. Take care, man.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 2:09am -
robberfly says:
Touching story, glad your daughter is OK.

Thanks for being our fearless leader. Go #team-renaud!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 4:12am -
Furricane says:
Jim, it awesome meeting you in Nashville. I'm proud to wear your pin =)

stay well, I know we will keep in touch on various chatting platforms :p
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 5:43am -
gragaband says:
6 stitches is pretty traumatic for a young'un. I'm impressed that she's so tough.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:00am -
Presto Beardo says:
@Renaud I am a fan, and hopefully a possible friend. Will definitely keep up with you on the interwebs buddy. Im happy Maya is ok, not sure how I might handle the first time my kids gets hurt, I might actually curl up and cry
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 8:22am -
mOtke says:
He used the configuration found inside of the changing device, pushing the anchor-faced man icon in his dashboard. He knew what he was doing. Joining the 8th most powerful team in the universe behind the Superfriends, Calvin and Hobbes, Beard Team USA, a few unnamed bees that pollinated flowers and kept us all alive, a barbarian that lived in an unnamed country, Mysterious Lunch meat, and the X-Men. The real X-Men, not the fake ones.

History was made in that moment. Real history that could actually be tracked using computers and machines.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 4:11pm -
Andrew says:
I couldn't imagine a more fitting captain for this band of misfits you've joined together. let's hang out IRL more ok?

when I come to the D with my special lady friend I plan on staying a your house mmk?

I thought so. We'll drink good beer and laugh.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 8:25pm -
kidstatic says:
Clame for RPM record.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 8:46pm -
R E N A U D says:
@andrew, I have a crib with your name on it. You are more than welcome to crash.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 8:51pm -
R E N A U D says:
thanks @kidstatic.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 8:52pm -
l_etranger_ says:
dude, you are a mainstay and a bulwark. so glad I was able to spend some fleeting moments with you at the parking lot of White Castle. I'm sure we'll meet again, as I'll most likely make a voyage to #detroit to see if we can recreate that magical night. Peace!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 11:32pm -
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