Would it be over the top and cheesy to say this has to be one of the greatest experiences of my life?
I don't care. It really has been.
My journey began in 2007. I missed the registration period but I grew anyway, watching from the sidelines. I almost missed registration (a million thanks to @mackle
for giving me the back way in) so I was determined not to take a second of Whiskerino '09 for granted. My goal was to post every day (check), participate in every theme day (check), comment as much as possible (sorta check) and get the full experience (check). I thought it would be a fun way to get back into photography, a passion I had as a younger man but had fallen by the wayside.
I had no idea what my Whiskerino experience would turn into.
It's hard to put into words but Whiskerino to me is about sharing the bonds, friendships we all make with mostly complete strangers through creativity and expressions of our daily lives. We grow and show but he also share and make REAL connections. The beard is our catalyst, a vehicle that brings us all together.
put it, "I'll just say that there is something in the male DNA that bonds him with brothers who are going through the beard growing and showing experience."
It's amazing how comfortable I felt sharing so much of my life with all of you. In four months, I lost my grandmother and a good friend to suicide and just recently, my relationship. All the while, I took solace and comfort in your words to me and looking at all of your pictures and captions. I consider each and every one of you a brother.
Anyway, enough sappiness. Suffice it to say, it's been an amazing experience. I love you guys and I'm going to miss it here greatly.
I'm not going to shave. I always do a half-yeard every winter so the beard stays until at least May. No Mustache May for me-- I look atrociously bad in a mustache. I'm going to *try* for the yeard. I might join the flickr group but I'm kind of looking forward to taking a break from photographing myself everyday. I essentially disappeared for four months and I would like to get back in touch with my friends and my music.
I cannot thank Michael Eades-- @Mackle--
enough. This thing he created is wonderful and the work he put into it is astounding. Thank you, Michael. You are a great man (somebody KING that man).
And so are all of you.
Please feel free to contact me. Portland is a fantastic city and I will gladly be your tour guide should you decide to come visit. My contact info is on my "About Me" section. Or just drop me a line and tell me what's going on with you. Seriously. I mean that.
I love you guys. Godspeed.