Last year, I decided to grow out my beard. I came across an old photo of my great-grandfather with an amazing Galdalf-like beard, and I thought: why not? Apart from a little devil beard in the 90s (we all make mistakes), this is the first time I just let it grow since it went wild for a while when I first got out of the Marines. For the past year, it's been growing in thick—and mostly white. Last Thursday, I happened to be driving by a barber shop that I'd heard good things about, so I decided to stop in and see what it was like. Before I knew it, I was in the chair. Got my beard trimmed and a haircut too. Really happy with both. My beard is still reasonably long, but looks much more under control. The crazy thing is, it looks darker than it used to. I guess that--like an old dog--my "undercoat" was whiter than the rest. With the trim. the brown layer is more pronounced. The end result is more brown/gray than gray/white. Anyway, I enjoyed growing it in for the year, but I'm honestly happier to have it under control. I haven't decided whether or not I'll keep it as it is, but I'm definitely going to leave it like this for a while.