"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!