20 Years Teaching an Old Beard New Tricks

For any man 20 and older with a longer beard (or any long facial hair style) who wants to show off his beard and share his experience.
BladeAverse
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October 13th, 2017, 3:41 am #241

Mr. J and Jax, you guys are too kind. This kind of conversation does show us that the feelings and perceptions we experience are all more common than we're likely to think if just left to ourselves. That's one of the greatest things about this board, in my opinion.

Mr. J, I think you're probably right, even though we've gotten used to wearing our beards, we are still probably our own worst critics. Wanting some things about ourselves to be different when we can't change them seems to be a universal part of human nature. I'll never like the way my sideburns are, but I don't let it bother me very much anymore either. At this stage, I've pretty well accepted that they're not going to change, wispy things that they are. I know I can attribute them to genetics, as they are pretty much the same as my Dad's. It's good when we can accept those things that we aren't completely happy with and enjoy them anyway. Thanks for the positive vibes!

Jax, I see no reason why you should envy me anything. I like your idea of taking some pictures to evaluate a self-trim job. It could give us a more objective view of what we're doing. Thanks for a great suggestion!

- Jerry
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Oakleybeard
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October 14th, 2017, 10:31 pm #242

Absolutely nothing looks wispy about your beard, sideburns or otherwise. At one stage or another i think we all tend to focus in on our so called weaker points or least favoured areas. You can bet that no one else is noticing though that's for sure! You and your fine beard deserve all the plaudits and superlatives that come your way.
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TheSeattleKid
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October 15th, 2017, 7:06 am #243

Wow your beard is magnificent. Cool pics of Seattle. I'm just a little north in Lynnwood.
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Woodman55
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October 16th, 2017, 3:05 pm #244

On behalf of all gray beards...
Impeccable!
Woody
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Skin issues..try this

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens...
-Jimi Hendrix
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Rumen
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October 16th, 2017, 4:23 pm #245

Your beard is amazing! And your head head is also looking good. Beard on sir! It's always a pleasure reading through your thread, it being bumped up always reminds me to stop by and see how you're doing.

All the best
Rumen

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My beard journey

Useful links
Beard growing library - everything you need to know about growing a beard
Patchy success stories - motivation for those with patchy beards
Taming the wild stache - how to deal with a stache that is getting out of control
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veeceejr
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October 16th, 2017, 5:11 pm #246

Big beard with curls = AWESOME!
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BladeAverse
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October 18th, 2017, 4:27 am #247

Hey guys, Thanks as always for your thoughts.

Mr. Oak, I can always count on you for some uplifting words! I'm afraid I have to tell you that our weather has turned from summer to fall now, and that tourist season is definitely over!

TSK, Thanks for stopping by. Guess I gotta show off some of the good stuff about our area! Looks like we're neighbors. You're off to a good start; I'll keep my eye on your updates. Enjoy the grow!

Woody, Thanks for the cheer! I've looked in on your journey here & there, but need to get busy and go through it more thoroughly. We're both proof that gray hair doesn't mean the end of life!

Rumen, Always nice to bump into you. I hope you're finding time to relax and admire your beard now & then. It's a student's obligation to show off his best scholarly look!

Val, Thank you so much. Cool new avatar! Ice cream cone season is over, at least where I live. Are you going to grow longer again for the winter?
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BladeAverse
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October 18th, 2017, 5:46 am #248

Good Beard Day Today!

Hey Everybody! Seemed like I had a good beard day today, so I shot a quick picture after I got home from work, and just wanted to share it. I liked the way my beard looked with my sweater, too.

Days like today help to make up for those days now & then when things don't seem to work out quite the way we want them to.

So, anyway.....

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There you have it.

- Jerry
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PMKinFTW
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October 18th, 2017, 12:30 pm #249

Yes, that is a good beard day! It looks great.
"If you want to look like the people next door, you're probably smothering yourself and your dreams." ~ Clive Barker
My Journey
Taming the Wild Stache

My personal links - These will take you away from the board.
Camp Bowie Beard Co. / My Etsy Shop / Instagram
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DanoM
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October 18th, 2017, 1:32 pm #250

BladeAverse wrote: Good Beard Day Today!

Hey Everybody! Seemed like I had a good beard day today, so I shot a quick picture after I got home from work, and just wanted to share it. I liked the way my beard looked with my sweater, too.

Days like today help to make up for those days now & then when things don't seem to work out quite the way we want them to.

So, anyway.....

IMG_2640 (480x640).jpg
There you have it.

- Jerry
http://media2.giphy.com/media/oYtVHSxngR3lC/giphy.gif

^^I don’t know how to have the gif automatically show up.
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BladeAverse
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October 23rd, 2017, 2:38 am #251

Farewell to Summer

Summer has definitely given way to fall here in the Pacific Northwest. Autumn always includes some beautiful sunny weather, but we can also count on the return of more plentiful rainfall that will be with us until next summer arrives.

Last weekend we had a couple of wonderful sunny days, so one day I decided to go out and snap a few pictures of my shadow. Opportunities to do this will be more limited from now on.

Anyway, here are a few that I think are fun. Trying to emphasize my beard and stache, naturally. 😎

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- Jerry
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johnsow30
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October 23rd, 2017, 2:43 am #252

BladeAverse wrote:Farewell to Summer

Summer has definitely given way to fall here in the Pacific Northwest. Autumn always includes some beautiful sunny weather, but we can also count on the return of more plentiful rainfall that will be with us until next summer arrives.

Last weekend we had a couple of wonderful sunny days, so one day I decided to go out and snap a few pictures of my shadow. Opportunities to do this will be more limited from now on.

Anyway, here are a few that I think are fun. Trying to emphasize my beard and stache, naturally.

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- Jerry
The beard shape looks great in the shadows. Cool pictures. We get tons of sun all year round here in new mexico, and I often find myself looking at the shadow of my beard when I'm hiking or walking the dogs. Also, I missed your last "good beard day" update, and you look fantastic. It's hard to imagine you having bad beard days.

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ncbeardguy
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October 24th, 2017, 2:47 am #253

Your beard is so freaking awesome, and the shadow pics are very cool. I remember that it was when I first saw my bigger-beard shadow on the beach that I suddenly got self-conscious that my beard was too big and that I felt out of place.

I have done small trims since that discovery -- about two or two-and-a-half years ago or thereabouts -- but have generally embraced and stuck with the longer beard nonetheless.

Glad you don't have any similar doubts to what I had when I started paying attention to my beard-shadow. You shouldn't; it's fantastic in every way. Can't wait to see the next round of shadow-pics!
Rick's bearded journey
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DanoM
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October 24th, 2017, 2:52 am #254

Just like Jerry Springer, the crowd is chanting, “Jerry, Jerry, Jerry, Jerry!” And you’re looking around wondering how they all know your name and why they’re chanting it as well. 😂
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BladeAverse
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October 24th, 2017, 5:03 am #255

Paul, Danny, Mr. J and Rick, thanks for your affirming comments and compliments. Thanks, too, Mr. J and Rick for letting me know that you and your shadows are good buddies too! I've been watching my beard's shadow for a long time, but this past year I haven't had to look so hard to find it! Danny, well, that crowd is going to make me feel pretty uncomfortable if they keep that chanting up for very long. 😳 Fun thought though!

- Jerry
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BladeAverse
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October 24th, 2017, 5:32 am #256

Beards and Bonds - A Memory

A memory popped into my head this afternoon, one that I hadn't thought of for a long time. I thought it might make a good little story to tell.

About 20 or so years ago, in the office where I worked, they hired a young man through a handicapped job training program. This young fellow was probably about 20 years old, and he had some developmental disabilities. He could walk slowly and move around, but his motor movements were limited and awkward, and his ability to speak was limited. He spoke slowly in single words and brief phrases, not in complete sentences. He had some difficulty forming his words, and they were sometimes hard for the listener to understand. This young man (let's just call him Sam, but that's not his real name) had a job working at his family's plant nursery, but this program helped him to get a job working somewhere else. With extensive training, Sam learned to go through all the offices in our building emptying the recycling bins and wastebaskets into a cart. He wore rubber gloves, and he learned to pick out any trash that had accidentally gotten placed into a recycling bin. He wasn't very fast, but after a while, he was doing a very good job. In time, he was able to ride the bus to work by himself, and I think he was very proud to have a job where he was not working for his family (although he continued to do that too, so he had two jobs.)

Sam had a very nice, very full dark brown beard to match his head hair.  I'm sure he wore the beard because he would have had a very hard time shaving himself. I also had dark brown hair and a beard, and was a relatively young man. Those very obvious points in common gave Sam kind of a bond with me. Every afternoon when he came into my office, he would make sure to say hi to me. I would make it a point to talk with him for a couple of minutes. The conversations didn't really go very far, but he obviously enjoyed the exchanges, and so did I. He was a nice young guy. Every so often he would remark about how we both had beards, and so I would respond in some way about how that made us alike. He would also talk about working, and I would ask him a questions or two about his job at the nursery.

As I said, I hadn't thought about Sam for a long time, but when I did, it made me feel good today. I hope he is doing well.

You never know what might make someone else feel a bond with you, but it's usually nice when it happens.

- Jerry
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PMKinFTW
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October 24th, 2017, 12:03 pm #257

That's a great story, thank you for sharing it.
"If you want to look like the people next door, you're probably smothering yourself and your dreams." ~ Clive Barker
My Journey
Taming the Wild Stache

My personal links - These will take you away from the board.
Camp Bowie Beard Co. / My Etsy Shop / Instagram
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olthang
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October 24th, 2017, 1:26 pm #258

Terrific story, Jerry.  Our lives are always enhanced by connecting with our fellow man and building relationships, aren't they?  I'm sure your regular interactions with this young man were very important to him.  Best,  -- Randolph
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Ferns
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October 26th, 2017, 6:58 pm #259

WHAT THE F*** JERRY!!!! o.O I look away one second and you turn into an epic version of "Cousin it" How the f*** did you do that????
Wauw Sir! I thought you invented epic and then you succeeded yourself and invented a whole new category of "jaw dropping".

I have no further comments. I have to find i tissue to dry away me drool.

\Ferns
"Ferns are beautiful foliage that will add softness and movement to shadier areas.
They vary in shapes and sizes, so you can choose something that will add stature,or opt for the lower-growing and no less graceful - Ferns and beards are much alike."

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TheSeattleKid
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October 27th, 2017, 4:03 am #260

Thanks for the story. I bet Sam looks back with good memories of you as well.
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