Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Whiskerino 2009

"He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man." - William Shakespeare

The great Whiskerino 2009 is nigh at hand. In short, it is a beard-growing contest. The basic idea is, on November 1st, you shave. Everything comes off. And then you don't shave again until the end of February.

I have a lot of friends who have never seen me without a beard. When I met my wife, I had a goatee, and by the time our first child was born, I was sporting a full beard. Neither has ever seen me without facial hair. I'm a little worried my daughter won't recognize me.

I'm not that worried though. We had a dress code at cooking school that stated that you could have a beard or no beard, but you could not be in the stages of growing a beard. I knew that if we had a three-day weekend, I would have enough time to grow a long enough beard to be within the requirements of the dress code.

Of course I'm planning to enter the Whiskerino. I have a few friends that plan to as well. One rule is, you must post photos of your beard at least every 7 days, and more often towards the end. Never before has my beard been so well documented. I plan to post photos on my blog as well. For those who only read it via RSS, you're out of luck. I will be posting the photos on the side bar on my site.

If anybody out there has been contemplating growing a beard but waiting for the right time, the right time is now. Well, in a week and a half. I issue a challenge to all of my geek friends out there with the ability to grow facial hair. Even Shakespeare knew the importance of a Unix beard. Now is your beard's time to shine!


  1. So, I count in the non-ability to grow, so I'll keep the little beard I have instead of starting fresh, and see how far I can get it.

  2. Ha ha. Can't wait for this. Shane can grow a pretty mighty beard, but I don't think he'd be a match for those Hairy Hall genes. He let his beard grow out when Paul was born. Then we were eating at IHOP one day and we heard a passing girl insist, "But Mom, it's Santa!"

    Considering the looks he gets already these days (he's growing out his hair for Locks of Love) doing the beard growing thing might not be a good idea right now.

  3. I was planning on it, but since I'm on the job hunt right now, I don't think it would be helpful to have a half grown beard, or an untrimmed beard. Oh well.


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