Whiskerino 2009

No trimming! No shaping! Embrace the Whiskerino!

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  • posted: January 30 @ 3:48pm
Well this is it. I’ve had a blast.

Here’s the deal. I have a trip planned to South Florida that is going to involve first time meetings with five engineers that work for our consulting company. These men are the professional end of our business, and they have no idea that I write their reports in my home, sporting my jammies and a beard full of Cracker Barrel left overs. Bottom line, I need to impress these guys, and while one man should be able to impress another with his ability (and willingness) to grow a gnarly beard, I don’t think it will work this time. So I’ve decided to trim WAY back to my normal every day length for this event.

I know what you’re going to say, “Switch to Team Trimmers!”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m down with Team Trimmers – some of my good friends are trimmers – but that’s not why I‘ve participated Whiskerino these past two years. I am never without a beard, and these four months are a chance to grow an unfettered, unkempt hobo-style beard. To be honest, the last month is the best part for me, and I just can’t see myself putting 100% creativity into a look I already wear 365 days a year.

So it is with great sadness that I leave you beardos. I am still planning on attending the Throwdown, so hopefully I’ll get to see you all there. Just don’t mock my baby beard please.

to @Mackle, I can’t thank you enough for this. It has been more than a simple beard/networking site for me. Jenny and I had already lived in Knoxville for a year when the ’07 round came up, but our home-based jobs and our churchless lifestyle left us few opportunities to meet people.

And then we met @Tedford and @Sariebell through Whiskerino. We all got some jabs about “Internet Swinging”, but in the end, we found a great group of people who have stayed close friends for the last two years. This year I met @Knoxandy, who is sure to become a regular golfing partner in the years to come.

I guess what I’m saying here is that Whiskerino is more than an internet community, it’s a platform for people to come together and become more than the sum of their parts. This has fostered a real life community for me, and that’s more than I’ll ever say for Facebook or MySpace.

Comments

Ozzy Nelson says:
Man, i did not expect this.
Sad day. You will be missed.
Happy Trails my friend
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 3:57pm -
Twisted Sistare says:
goodbye sir. and good luck.
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 4:00pm -
Yogi Beard says:
Your Christmas sweater picture still makes me laugh. Sorry to see you go, but good luck.

SHAAAME.
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 4:03pm -
revgoomba says:
Shame to see you go so close to the end.
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 4:05pm -
Andrew says:
this is @lesuck

but we're facebook friends now so that basically means we're best friends, right? good luck with your business meetings and suit-wearing. this is the saddest coat hanger-violinist I've ever seen.

See you at the throwdown
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 4:16pm -
Shotgun Willie says:
sweet wire sculpture there. i need one of them.

sorry to hear but...
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 4:23pm -
brandon says:
Sad day. Good luck in your meetings, and see you at the Throwdown.
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 4:39pm -
mOtke says:
This is sadsandwich. Best of luck to you. See you at the TD.
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 4:40pm -
mattyc says:
that sucks dude...sad to see you go.
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 4:47pm -
Katie says:
Violin indeed! Shame!
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 4:53pm -
yourfavorite says:
awww man. say it ain't so! Sad to see you go man. Also @chesterfly who dropped out this year has that exact same wire sculpture. He can play a mean banjo.

oh and SHAME!!!!
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 4:54pm -
Dschonn says:
I hate it when life gets in the way of greatness.
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 4:59pm -
Just Jamey says:
Dear @LeDuncan,
I sadly accept this new reality, and as much as I hate this, I respect your decision. You were my inspiration to grow a big beard, and you continue to be an inspiration in our work. And, damn. This is a classy way to go out.

Thank you for your friendship. Over the last year, you have come to be one of my very favorite people, and I think we've only begun to scratch the surface of our friendship.

I look forward to Florida. I look forward to the throwdown. And I look forward to getting emails from you every day.

I am filing this sad image in my favorites, and I gift you one last crown.

With genuine love and respect,
Just Jamey

P.S. Thanks for not getting mad at me for starting rumors about your beard.
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 5:13pm -
wondermade says:
While it's a pity to see you leave, your early exit means that you can be more properly appreciated.

It's been a pleasure to whiskerino with you, and I hope that you muster the courage to still show up at the Throwdown so that we can hang out. (And I hope your meeting goes well in South Florida.)

Finally… shame!
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 5:14pm -
sariebell says:
You guys HAVE to be at the Throwdown. I was hoping we could convince you to charm them with your charisma AND your beard down in Fla, but alas, your charisma will have to stand on it's own.

I would say I'll miss you, but I'm sure I'll see you really soon. Don't forget to get back to us about Feb. 15th beer dinner, so we can set that date.

To our swinger counterparts.... you are gone, but not forgotten. Farewell...
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 5:32pm -
jnonfiction says:
I wish I could express my sadness adequately
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 5:32pm -
mims attack says:
bummer. good luck with the meeting though!
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 5:43pm -
tedford says:
I knew it was coming, but it doesn't make it any easier to see you go down. No need to say any farewells since I'm sure we'll be seeing you very soon, but I will miss your amazing pics. The homebrew is officially on tap so stop by anytime for a pint or six. Best of luck with meeting and we'll catch you on the flip side.
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 5:58pm -
Fofe says:
Sorry to see it come to this. Sometimes, the hobo is just inappropriate. Good luck with the meetings. I'll miss your posts.
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 6:12pm -
Chinese Wildman says:
Too bad, dude. So close to the end, too.

Also, SHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAME!
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 6:27pm -
julialikesbeards says:
I see art. I see shame.

SHART!
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 6:28pm -
Sir Jellobeard says:
thanks for the note. be well my friend.
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 6:55pm -
keifel says:
you will be missed, but i look forward to lifting a glass with you at the throwdown
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 7:02pm -
KnoxAndy says:
I am so sorry to see you go, bro-but i just got a new driver, and i'm looking forward to whipping your ass on the golf course with it.
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 7:09pm -
mackle says:
Damn the man!! Damn society for not accepting out of control gnarly beards as acceptable!! This sucks!

But, I totally understand. You are one of the all stars around this place that brings great amusement and pleasure with your contributions - so it is a REAL bummer that you're out.. but this is a fitting way to go for the Final Chapter. Think of it this way - now you can say you've done it all, including being shamed.

You will be more than welcome at the Throwdown and I hope those Florida suits are impressed!!
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 8:14pm -
mynameisjason says:
i'm sad now.
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 9:21pm -
Pip says:
Broken-hearted to see you go, but I know this isn't really the end.

See you in a few weeks, man!
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 9:30pm -
ThatGuy says:
This sucks man. Sorry to see you go.
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 10:14pm -
Fledgling Brewer says:
Well boo. Team Beer Brewers won't be the same without you. Be sure to slip in a report about how to engineer an amazing beard and then show it off on the Internet.
Posted: Jan 30th, 2010 - 11:22pm -
Gavin says:
oh no. man i go away for a day and this happens.... really bummed your whiskers got a trim, but it makes perfect sense why they did. i hate it when one of my favorites bows out but i'm really glad to hear you will still be throwing down with us.

best of luck with the meeting buddy, see you in couple of weeks.
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i feel like throwing up and shaving my whole head
Posted: Jan 31st, 2010 - 6:49am -
Danimal says:
connect with me as soon as you get to nashville. enmonstro at gmail
Posted: Jan 31st, 2010 - 6:50am -
Site closed!
Whiskerino. fin.