Whiskerino 2009

No trimming! No shaping! Embrace the Whiskerino!

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  • posted: February 28 @ 10:38pm
well, i was right about one thing: there were many photos involving this chair.

guys, i'll be honest and admit i had mixed feelings coming into this whiskerino.

the first one i did, in 2005 was seriously life changing. i was completely unprepared with how totally awesome everyone was and would never have dreamed, going into it on a whim, that four months later i would be flying to tennessee, eager to meet my new beardo internet buddies. but fly i did, and it was every bit as surreal and enjoyable as i could have hoped for.

in 2007, i committed the classic blunder, which was to expect it to be just like 2005 only better. in some ways it was better, for sure, but it definitely wasn't the same and i think i let that get to me, which affected my participation, my excitement about it, etcetera etcetera.

anyway, this year i was bright enough to realize i shouldn't try to anticipate anything, and that i should rather just make the most of it, and connect with as many cool people as possible. and i can honestly say that it turned out about 1000% more awesome than i was expecting. i didn't really go into it thinking i would be able to make it to the throwdown, but near the end i realized i had to make it out there and i am so glad i did.

thank you to everyone who gave up a few minutes to chat, great apologies to all those that i didn't get a chance to talk to. the shortness of the weekend combined with the great number of people present combined with my overall introvertedness prevented me from meeting a lot of you.

thank you to #lnc, #timbo and #cat. You are all the best.

and of course, thank you to @mackle for this crazy thing you created. i wish we could hang out more (kni-san diego.... think about it...)

see you guys in may.


mattyc says:
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:38pm -
dizzywizard says:
it has been a pleasure growing beard with you.
great shot. great beard.

Slán agus go n-éirí an bóthar leat
(May the road rise to meet you )

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:39pm -
hale. says:
i'm sorry we were talking to loud in the van when you were on the phone trying to help your wife program the vcr.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:42pm -
hale. says:
i'm kidding, i know who you were talking to and why.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:43pm -
Mat Wiseman says:
What @hale said.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:44pm -
Creative Liberty says:
It was good seeing you at the Throwdown. Its been good growing with you again! Wishing you the best man! Take care of those kiddos!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:44pm -
Mat Wiseman says:
Thanks for everything dad.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:45pm -
zackle says:
I'm glad I got to meet you, Shane. You're a stand-up guy, and I hope we can hang out again some time. Maybe one day I'll move out there and hire you to be my navigator. I just need to get rich first. I'm sure there's an app for that.

Happy trails, @dadweather. Look forward to IM'ing and reconnecting in May.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:46pm -
stephen says:
you could teach @damnweather a thing or two.

it has been an honor to grow and show with you.

best of luck.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:46pm -
Mason Bernard says:
you are a really awesome guy, i really liked hanging out with you. lets keep this @timbo email gang bang going until moustache may.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:47pm -
c dub says:
i wish i hadn't lost my voice at the throwdown. it was really counter to the whole experience, BUT i was glad we finally got to meet and talk a bit. sure would be cool to hang out again some day. at least i'll see you in May!

take care.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:49pm -
Vanbert says:
i still can't figure out how you got that awesome room. i had good times talking with you and @timbo. lets hang out, we're all not far. see you in may i hope to see that chair.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:50pm -
wondermade says:
I'm very glad you came to the Throwdown, and that you participated again this year. May? May. You'll have a third child then too, right?
Be well and I'm sure we'll talk more.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:51pm -
jmathiasxiii says:
Shane, meeting you was great, I'm glad it happened. Hope to see you in May. Your moustache is legendary.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:51pm -
jeremyokai says:
i've enjoyed you. stay the same.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:52pm -
hale. says:
#1 talkback lurker, quickest with link requests, master code manipulator, subtle comedic genius, cat lover. all that and a treasured friend.

you're the best dw.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:53pm -
Noelix says:
Shane I wish I could have spent more time chatting with you and getting to know you better in person. I'd honestly love to share tacos and beer with you sometime either in Phoenix or even San Diego. Thanks again for the assist with my mackle presentation as well as the tip back in 2008 about the portait lens. Keep in touch man.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:58pm -
Terry Masters says:
first of all let me start by saying, @timbo. i mean, seriously. who could have expected that with everything else that was going on last weekend, all of it completely awesome, that @timbo would have exploded and continued on like this.
i'm so glad that we all ended up staying in the same hotel and spending so much of the weekend hanging out together. it made the experience that much greater and more fun than i could have ever imagined. @Mason and his never-ending quest for breakfast food. Noshville and the "eccentric" wait staff - which we now know what that REALLY means. your close call at the bowling alley (6pts. and i demand a future rematch) and of course @timbo. you're an awesome guy, shane, and emily and i are so glad to have met you.
for real, emily, vanbert, mason, the kids, and I are going to come down your way in the near future for a day. count on it. and PLEASE feel free to come up here and hang out for the day as well. we live too close to not do it.
i'm writing this as if we'll never speak again. i mean, i have you f'ing phone number.
anyway, talk to you soon.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:00pm -
S. P. Dinsmoor says:
Good-bye my friend.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:06pm -
Boaz says:
It's been a pleasure being a passenger on this ride with you. God bless and hope to see you in May
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:07pm -
Fofe says:
It's been an honor to participate in this final chapter with you. I plan to do Moustache May again this year, so hopefully, we'll have some time to exchange comments and chat then. Until then, take care.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:15pm -
BryanHunter says:
I really enjoyed meeting you at Throwdown. I'll be thinking about you even more as my 3rd little one's due-date approaches. Damnweather could teach Bryan Hunter a thing or two for sure.

I hope the generally low expectations many Whiskerino veterans had as 2009 approached was the reason for the "Final Chapter" branding. It surely wasn't the sad stinker many feared.

To meeting again in Whiskerino 201x. Cheers!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:19pm -
mattyc says:
shane.. I'm really glad you did decide to come to the throwdown and we got to be roomies. I liked the crew at our hotel and don't think i would have enjoyed myself as much had i stayed at the hotel with everyone else. I'm not into the whole super party scene. I was great to have slept next to you for a night or two so i can leave creepy messages on your internet profiles. You're a pretty cool dude on and off the internets. and you should go ahead and trade your beard in for a moustache because lets face it you have a pretty kick ass moustache.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:24pm -
mattyc says:
and i like how you waited till the last day to make your damnweather logo appear on your profile.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:24pm -
Ace says:
whats funny about you and i is that we barely chatted in person, but you live so close technically that i feel like i could just go to your house if you wanted to hang out you know? haha... that makes no sense, but if your ever in the area let me know so we can hang out.

ps. you were definitely one of my favorite lnc people to chat with. hands down.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:29pm -
yourfavorite says:
So long for now. I've really enjoyed following you these last 4 months and it was great to finally meet you in Nashville. You have a gnarly beard sir, but I do hope that you'll shave it down a little for Moustache May. Until next time my friend.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:37pm -
Absolutely says:
good chair, great beard, top 5 moniker. See you around bud.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:38pm -
mackle says:
Shane, you understand Whiskerino more than just about anyone else. I totally understand the bit of apathy and having Real Life™ take over a bit where Whiskerino may have filled the void before.

I consider you a legit friend and I wasn't kidding about a meetup later on down the line. I want to see San Diego and, moreso, I want to see you.

Lets make a true effort to do up the IM's a bit more and stay in touch. I hope to see you in May and look forward to continued damnweather'ing on sites that I make and that you exploit to show how much more awesome it could be.

You and Hale are among the people that I am blown away that I get to be friends with because of this thing. 100% truly honored.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:43pm -
revgoomba says:
You know I'll be seeing you in May buddy! Can't wait!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:48pm -
Eric the Beard says:
I am tired....but i have to leave a few more comments, and now i must be selective....so i choose you, because i enjoyed your shots so much. Take Care sir and good luck.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:58pm -
Chad Pugh says:
I wish you had peed in the house. Glad you could make it otherwise, but man - those bathrooms.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 12:38am -
hankbobs says:
and there you are back in that chair. I remember you threatened to use it a lot. Nobody grows facial hair as amazing as you. I wish I got to spend more time at the throwdown with you, but even a brush with greatness was cool. take care, I hope to cross pathes with you again someday!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 12:40am -
robberfly says:
You've taught me a thing or two.

Great growing and showing with you. Best wishes!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 4:15am -
Ozzy Nelson says:
both of us were way more relaxed this time.
that was cool.
Love the damnweather logo
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 4:36am -
mims attack says:
no, we didn't get a chance to meet.. but I will tell you this: Keaton saw you at the throwdown and said you had the number 1 beard!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 5:10am -
Grower&Shower says:
I am one of those that wishes to have met you at the Throwdown. But I have absolutely enjoyed all of your shots-- chair or not. Best wishes to you and yours.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 5:51am -
jnonfiction says:
@RENAUD will try to leave me behind but I'm in on the San Diego Zoo when and if that happens. You hear me @RENAUD?
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:04am -
Twisted Sistare says:
I'm told I could teach you a thing or two. Thanks for being here!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:12am -
Pip says:
You're a great guy, and I'm glad to have hung out with you here on the internet these last couple contests. I'm going to find you next time I'm out north of SD, and I hope you do the same if you're ever around north Alabama.

See you in May for sure.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:35am -
Presto Beardo says:
@Damnweather you are one of the people I really regret not meeting in person. I think it was a west coast thing, but our schedules on Whiskerino were probably polar opposites. One thing is true, your beard is a revelation, and if I ever see you on the street, I will yell out your name like we were long lost buddies, even though we have never actually met.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 7:25am -
R E N A U D says:
@RENAUD IS GONNA BE WAITING FOR FRIENDS AT THE SAN DIEGO ZOO! Saturday, February 26th, 2012 when doors open, I will be waiting on a park bench with a red balloon, eating Dippin Dots (ice cream of the future) waiting for SuperFriends, If I'm the only one there, I'll be mega-pissed. @jnonfiction will be at another park bench with scissors and cardboard and print-outs, @mackle will be at another park bench watching videos of @hale on his 3rd generation iPad, @gavin will stumble out of the ocean with his fishing gear riding a dolphin and @zackle will appear wearing all brown eating a taco and @Juanzo will be at a park bench with a fedora and the most righteous moustache and @damnweather will appear behind all of us (like the smoke monster on Lost) and freak the crap out of us like he tortures his son.

I can't wait.

It's gonna be awesome.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 7:39am -
R E N A U D says:
oh yeah and I call dibs on your best sofa.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 7:40am -
Paragone says:
I read your caption and kind of had the same general thoughts. I was not expecting this time around to be awesome but what it did was solidify relationships that began back in 05. I feel like I "know" guys like you now and I hope it only continues to get better. I'm glad you made it to the Throwdown and hopefully we will see each other soon.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 8:36am -
rachel says:
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 8:44am -
brandon says:
Thank you for your kind words. I wish we'd gotten a chance to talk more at the Throwdown, and I wish our schedules hit more closely. But you have and will always be a force here and in May. You're one of the ones I look forward to growing and showing with. And I'm glad I'll see you in May.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 8:49am -
Ula O cealleigh says:
Great final photo @damnweather.

i am sorry i didnt get to follow youi as much i would have liked to but you insisted on late uploads pretty much all the way through.

Best wishes for the future man!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 10:37am -
Dschonn says:
Oddly, even though I didn't participate in Whiskerino 2005, in fact didn't even know about it until well after it had finished, I had the same high expectations going into Whiskerino 2007. The experience imparted by one Moustache May had, I thought at the time, taught me what to expect. I was wrong, and the frustration caused by that lasted for the better part of two years. I was in a different environment, had different real-life obligations, different logistic constraints, a different face. How could any of it be the same?

Well, I've learned my lesson, I think. Just as you describe, I made the most of the Whiskerino this time around, concentrating on what I could do to make it a worthwhile experience rather than agonizing over the differences that were beyond my control. It worked beautifully. I do wish that you and I had been able to talk more at the throwdown, because as I've told you before, you are one of my internet heroes. But we can continue to interact electronically as we have before, and it will be good. You may contact me with the electronic mail at my address: john [dot] thielman [at] gmail [dot] com. If you like.

I've enjoyed your humor as I've experienced it, both in the chat and in your photos, and I'm glad this isn't the end of that. I'm glad I'll see you in May.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 12:42pm -
Army of Whiskers says:
So glad to have met you in person. You are a whiskerino icon. It was good representing team cat with you, and growing a beard with you. See you around.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 1:48pm -
Phil says:
Glad you made it! See you in May.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 2:20pm -
ben says:
it's been a nice and quite grow with you for ages...i like peaceful.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 2:21pm -
mOtke says:
Almost every day I see you pop up on my IM. And I see you and I think, I should say hi. Then I don't.

I should.

You're a really nice guy, even though the Sasquatch told me that you weren't. What does that guy know? Seriously?

Best to you in the future. Maybe I'll press your name on the IM tomorrow and say Hi.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 5:52pm -
Finn MacCool says:
I think we gave each other a solid nod at the Throwdown. It's been great participating in this unbelievable experience with you.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:46pm -
specialshoes says:
i wish i hadn't made the decision to imbibe as much as i did at the TD, but alas, i am prone to mistake making. i am glad i got to talk with you briefly. you have been one of my favorites throughout the last three years of MM and even this year with Whiskerino. thanks for being accommodating with my ridiculousness...and i look forward to seeing you in May.

until then...
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 8:20pm -
hale. says:
@renaud you had me at dippin' dots.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 10:35pm -
l_etranger_ says:
I LOVE that chair and reading corner. bon voyage good sir.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 11:48pm -
Site closed!
Whiskerino. fin.