I would also like to add that the other day I realized that I hadn't shaved in about a week and a half.

Ok, so it didn't just dawn on me suddenly. I'm just too lazy, and hate shaving.

But! Someone said, "Hey, just grow it out."

So... I am.

It's been 17 days now (I think) since I last shaved, and do you know what I've realized? In the game of beard growing, I lose miserably. But I'm not giving up! I figure if I just let it keep going for a while, it'll fill in better. Being the nerd that I am, I decided to Google it, and the "pros" out there say you should let it go for at least 4 weeks for everything to fill in properly. We'll see how far I can go before my boss just says "enough."

I seriously considered following this guy's example, but realized that 17 days into it, I didn't have the energy to start over and remember to take a picture of myself every day. My facial hair growth is so damn slow, anyway, it would be a week before you saw any change!

I am tempted to trim a bit, though, so people can see that there is a purpose, and it's not just me being lazy.

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Jackie Mason | October 22, 2006
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Scott Hardie | October 22, 2006
I second the call for pictures.

And good luck growing it out, Erik; I never could.

And welcome back to the site. We've missed you around here. I know how crazy-busy you've been; believe me I know.

Aaron Shurtleff | October 24, 2006
Good luck with that! I also cannot grow a beard. I got this area below my chin, where I'm hairless. Like the soul patch area, I think the kids call it.

Jackie Mason | October 26, 2006
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Erik Bates | October 26, 2006
My soul patch is one solitary hair. I named him Chachi.

Matthew Preston | October 26, 2006
Hear hear on the pictures man. Good luck with the beard, treat Chachi right. Count your blessings that your hair growth is slow. Speaking as a man who has a 5 o'clock shadow before noon, I'd kill to not have to shave so often. The only exception is that patch of hair on the middle of my upper lip, right beneath my nose. Nothing grows. I like to refer to that patch of smooth skin as the "anti-hitler".

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