So. Here we are. The end. It's been a wonderful four months, and I can't help but be surprised it's over.
I've done the yeard; in fact, I shaved off another one in November to kick this thing off. I want to try Moustache May this year, but I don't know if I'll get around to it. I don't know what I'm gonna do with my hair; I'm looking Jolie-circa-Hackers at this point, which is awkward to say the least.
Most of all, I just don't know what I'm gonna do. There's something transcendent about this whole thing. Be it the masculine answer to bra-burning or just a simple expression of our inner wildman, we have, each and every one of us, freed ourselves. Now that it's over, there's gonna be a big beard-shaped hole in all our lives.
Now for the thanks:
First of all, thanks to @emsiizilla
for all of your help; you've been the figure around which I've built myself for four years now, and it's been bliss. It's a shame we didn't get to do a "She said yes!" picture during Whisker'09, but the time and the money are simply not there.
Second, thanks to @grapes
for joining up this year and subsequently demolishing every expectation I might have had. You killed it, man. Good show.
Thanks to @yogibeard
, and @johnnyrebellious
for daily support as well as daily awesomeness. You were the first three beards I followed, and you had some of my favorite shots of the entire run.
Thanks to @mattyc
for that epic GrapeS campaign. Also, for those two or three spineless robot jokes and for inadvertently naming an NPC in a D&D adventure.
Thanks to @hale
for countless cat CLAMEs in talkback. Emsii and I laughed for... well, cumulatively, I'm sure it was hours.
Thanks to @greenlab
for sharing your creative glass art and putting a new spin on old wisdom.
Thanks to @9schwander
, and @mattyo
for what turned out to be a most excellent Joplin meetup. You're all great, and it was a thrill to meet you. It also dampened the bite of not attending Throwdown, and for that, I thank you again.
Thanks to @finnmaccool
for that awesome CLAMEbute. That was a highlight of my Whiskerino, seriously.
Finally, of course, thanks to @mackle
. I can't even begin to fathom the amount of work that goes into this thing, and for reasons even my sudden long-windedness can't express, "this thing" is incredibly important to all of us. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I'm sure there are many more of you that should've been thanked, and for forgetting you, I am sorry.
tl;dr: You guys are great, and I'm gonna miss this. If you're ever in Rogers, hit me up at facebook.com/gragaband/ or firstname.lastname@example.org. We can get some coffee and/or Thai food. It will be awesome when I see you in the real world.