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Beards 3
Posted October 14, 2005 at 09:44:00 AM by Bean
Okay, so no beard, but a mustache. Also, a tiny mustache that is in no way meant to make me look like Hitler.
Beards 2
Posted September 14, 2005 at 12:28:00 PM by Bean
In a previous post, I talked about beards, and how fun it is to shave them off in interesting ways. Well, in keeping with that tradition, I bring you Bean's Beards second installment: Biker Bean
Posted August 22, 2005 at 08:22:00 AM by Bean
The best part about growing a beard is getting creative when shaving it off.

I didn't shave on our trip to Germany, and I didn't shave when we got back for about 5 days. That left me probably as heavily-bearded as I have ever been. During this time, I did not go jogging and I did not ride in the back seat of a car. A beard in the summertime is not such a great thing, what with the hotness and the grass clippings getting in it when I mow the grass, so I decided it was time to break out the blade.

For 12 hours, I sported this facial-hair-doo. I shaved it this morning at Stefanie's request.
Lost: Maternity Leave (S02EP15)
Posted March 02, 2006 at 08:53:40 AM by Bean in the Lost category
It's good to know that the makers of Lost are still willing to put out a great episode with a lot of plot movement every once in a while. Last night's episode introduced a lot of new things, and I'm glad, because last week was a repeat and the week before that was probably my least favorite one so far. Maternity Leave was a Clair-centric episode, but explored a lot of other aspects of the island as well. Here are a few highpoints:

The Third Hatch
Claire started having flashbacks about her missing 2 weeks when Danielle questioned her about her baby. Determined, she convinced Kate and Danielle to help her find the hatch and complete her memories. [begin flashback] Turns out she was taken by Ethan to a third hatch (with a new logo) where she was seriously drugged up. The were nice to her, and injected her baby with somehting that aparently keeps him from getting sick. They explained that they would be taking her baby to keep him safe, and that she would be sent back to her camp after delivery. Just before they were about to cut her open (and kill her) to take her baby, Alex (Danielles long lost daughter) helped her escape and put her in th ejungle where Danielle would find her. When she woke up, she though Danielle was trying to hurt her, when in reality, she was just helping her get back to camp [end flashback]. So now Danielle is mo betta accepted by Claire, and Kate and Claire head back to camp. The hatch is now abandoned for whatever reason, but it still has power. I'm sure we'll see more of it later on this season.

Matching Logos
During a walk in Claire's flashback, Ethan giver her a drink of "water" from a canteen with a Dharma logo on it. The logo matched the one from the shark back in season one. Also, the "water" wasn't water - it was something sour. Here's a thread about it.

More Eko
We get to see Eko chopping down the trees he marked with X's. Maybe he's making a log cabin, or a church? Anyway, he heads down to the hatch to ask John for a saw and notices that they are keeping a captive down there: Henry Gale (the baloon guy from the last ep). Being a clever fellow, Eko demands that Jack and Locke let him talk to Henry alone or else he'd tell the whole camp about him. They obligue. Eko basically confesses to Henry that he killed two "others" back when they crashed on the island, and explains that he has repented and returned to good life. It's not clear if Eko thinks Henry is an "other" and is basically apologizing or whether he just wanted to have some kind of confession. More on that here.

Henry Gale
The guy locked in the gun closet is a weird one. He seems to be telling the truth, and maybe he isn't an "other" - but he is definately up to something. At the end of the ep, he says to Locke "I don't see why the doctor gets to call the shots" at an attempt to get under his skin. He is successful - John goes nuts and breaks a bunch of dishes and in the last scene we get a closeup of John Locke's face looking quite menacing. Looks like the next ep deals more with Henry and the search for his baloon.

While in the hatch, Kate finds some theatrical makeup and fake beards. It seems pretty obvious that Ethan (a doctor?) and the other doctors are working with the group that confronted the Losties in the jungle and stole Walt from the raft. "Zeke" didn't really have a big beard - he's clean shaven, and working with Ethan, et al. Well, Ethan is dead now, I guess, but whatever. In Claire's flashback, A guy who may or may not be Zeke is shown talking to Ethan about Claire and he mentions that because he did this or that (don't remember) that "he" was going to be upset - referencing some higher authority. Man - they add characters to this show at an astounding rate. They need to kill some more off.

All in all, it was a great episode and has reaffirmed my love of and addiction to the best show on television: Lost.
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Beards 4
Posted May 17, 2007 at 12:32:12 PM by Bean
I decided to practice for Strassenfest and grow out my Bird Dog beard. I shaved it yesterday morning, so it's gone for now. It will be back in 76 days.
Beards 5
Posted July 13, 2007 at 11:52:17 AM by Bean
I had intended to grow a full, bushy beard during June and July so that I could get creative with facial hair for the upcoming duck gathering at the Jasper Strassenfest. Alas, after 30 days I grew tired of itchiness and decided to try a new look. I hope you enjoy!

Shit, Shower, Shave
Posted March 13, 2008 at 07:55:40 AM by Bean
Ahh yes, the basics of male hygiene. Well, maybe shitting isn't really a hygeine thing, but whatever. Here's how I roll:

For the most part, I only deposit at work, once per weekday. Seriously, in the past 3 years I bet I have used non-work facilities less than 100 times. Does anyone else share my unusual habit?

I used to shower religiously, every morning. I'd say for the past 5 years, though, I have averaged every other day. Exception: Any physical exertion that causes me to sweat requires a shower. I wonder what the national average is. According to the Yahoo!, I'm one stinky son-of-a-bitch. Twice a day? Every day? Come on.

I have no regular shaving frequency. I like to mix things up a bit with the occasional scruff, stache, or full blown beard. After some accumulated scruff, I usually default to a vibrating razor to shave in the shower, then follow up on the subsequent mornings with a Norelco.
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Strassenbrew Beard
Posted August 06, 2008 at 06:29:13 PM by Bean in the Beer category
After my long recess from blogging which has been brought to my attention many times, I've decided to return with a single blog that features three of my favorite things: Strassenfest, homebrewing, and beards, and I'm going to do it using only one sentence (not counting this highly punctuated, run-on, intro sentence)... wait for it... wait for it... GO:

I won two first places in the Strassenfest homebrewing contest while sporting a sweet beard.

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