Whiskerino 2009

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  • posted: February 27 @ 10:56am
Trying to hold back the tears (okay, that's a bit melodramatic).

I'm sure tomorrow is going to be so crazy and filled with so many shots more amazing than mine and so many good-byes from the rock-star veterans (deservedly so) that I fear my "ciao" would be lost in the shuffle. So here's my good-bye on the penultimate upload.

A web designer friend of mine introduced me to @mackle 's site, Yewknee, in addition to the website of Joshua @blankenship . Just by regularly consuming the content on those sites I found out about @wiseacre as well, and eventually Whiskerino itself. Since learning about this crazy beard-growing contest, I've wanted to participate for years. This, the last official Whiskerino, was my chance.

My goal was to make at least some effort to participate every day. I may not have the comment count of @ozzynelson , but I'm proud to have added my two cents to a few thousand photographs. I faved generously (because there has been so much awesome), uploaded every single day, and hung out in the chat enough that meeting folks in real life at the Throwdown wasn't as weird as I thought it would be.

@mattyc : Thanks for making "ploaf" a word known from Hawaii to Scotland. Even though I'd rather it not be another synonym for poop, I'm super delighted to jump on to the chat and see people using the word before they even know I'm around.

@jnonfiction : Your work is on another plane. Seriously. I won't add much more to what's already been said, because it wouldn't bee the 100th person to say any of it.

@mOtke : I often wish the real world was like the worlds you create with your words. I'd laugh a lot more. Every time I saw one of your comments or captions I knew I was in for a treat. Be sure to have some elbow meat for me.

@miguelito , @zackle , @mattwiseman , @yourfavorite , @kimjongillness , @brandonhill , @pip , @barefoot , @shotgunwillie , @nedkelly , and @ace - you guys had such amazing photography on a regular basis, and I've been happy to follow your work for these four months.

@mackle : Thanks, man. This was a freaking incredible ride.

Tomorrow will feel as if I'm letting the air out of a balloon. Monday will bring shocked coworkers, a cold face, and a happy wife. I'm going to miss Whiskerino immensely.


Grower&Shower says:
And I will miss you immensely.
Posted: Feb 27th, 2010 - 11:12am -
miguelito says:
no no no, thank you, sir. you're hilarious. and a great guy. next time i'm in virginia (Farmville) i'm definitely giving you a call.
Posted: Feb 27th, 2010 - 11:30am -
Ploafmaster says:
@miguelito - You've been to freaking FARMVILLE? My parents live 20 minutes from Farmville.
Posted: Feb 27th, 2010 - 11:43am -
jnonfiction says:
@ploafmaster, how can we say goodbye? how? thanks for your consistent attention. I assure you, I will miss your photos. You know the feeling, I'm sure.
Posted: Feb 27th, 2010 - 11:44am -
mattyc says:
that was the longest caption i've ever read. @motke would be proud
Posted: Feb 27th, 2010 - 12:00pm -
mattyc says:
glad you introduced me to plaofing
Posted: Feb 27th, 2010 - 12:00pm -
sariebell says:
Ploaf. Give us a hug!! And don't shave...
Posted: Feb 27th, 2010 - 12:04pm -
mOtke says:
Very kind words. You've definitely added to the community this year and are a part of the Whiskerino legend. Thanks for being part of team Forever Cake, even though none of us have any clue what it means. I hope to see you on the internet and other places in the future.
Posted: Feb 27th, 2010 - 12:40pm -
Ula O cealleigh says:
every rose has its throrn.. every day has its dawn.

Keep growing n showing!
Posted: Feb 27th, 2010 - 1:03pm -
Grown Unknown says:
It was a pleasure getting to meet you through photos and the Throwdown! Keep shooting that medium format and I'll be watching your Flickr stream.
Posted: Feb 27th, 2010 - 1:09pm -
Patchy Stache says:
*hugs* You're the man.
Posted: Feb 27th, 2010 - 4:33pm -
TheStride says:
PLOAF!!!!!!!! Let's hug it out.
Posted: Feb 27th, 2010 - 6:36pm -
Yogi Beard says:
You're a funny, funny dude. Your shots are incredible, despite the fact that your moniker is now synonymous with poop.
Posted: Feb 27th, 2010 - 6:57pm -
miguelito says:
@ploafmaster my mom, aunt and cousin all live in Farmville. my G-parents too (buried in Rice), R.I.P. respeck
Posted: Feb 27th, 2010 - 7:02pm -
Ploafmaster says:
@miguelito - then holy crap, man. I'm only about an hour from Farmville. Yeah, next time you're in VA, hit me up for real.
Posted: Feb 27th, 2010 - 7:07pm -
zackle says:
Thanks for joining us, pal. Your photos have been awesome too.

And perfect attendance... major kudos for that. I ended up missing a day while in Nashville. Color me jealous.
Posted: Feb 27th, 2010 - 7:23pm -
Mat Wiseman says:
Awww man, I thought we weren't going to cry?

It's been a blast to share this ride with you. Your photos have been stellar and your participation has put me to shame.
Posted: Feb 27th, 2010 - 8:17pm -
Site closed!
Whiskerino. fin.