I have had some prodigious beards in the past, including the bushy bastard that earned me the nickname Grizzly in my freshman year of college. (Grizzly Adams was a popular TV show at the time and he sported a big bushy bastard beard as well.) And I have also featured my share of goatees (long before they became required) as well as some sideburns that threatened to become mutton chops and more than one cheesy mustache. But it's been a lot of years since I last committed to any facial hair - so long I can't remember that last time. So I guess it's time.
Having a couple weeks off work I have, of course, avoided shaving as much as possible, so at this point I have a good week invested in Beard '08. Early indications are that the portions of earlier beards that came in so very red are now so very gray. Fitting for a man of my advanced age. I think this new facial accessory will lend me a certain gravitas.
Please to take note that I will not partake of any tortured, needs-to-be-trimmed-twice-a-day, geometric designs that look like they've been drawn on with an Sharpie. Either it's a real beard or out comes the razor.
With luck and just a little work, perhaps I can develop something special like these guys.