"Nick G, I started growing my Yeard December 10th of 2009 and have had one ever since. My advice let it grow and shampoo and condition it, this will help to cut down on itchiness. Good Luck and good growing!"
"What rites of passages did your father do with you or do you wish he did with you? Then that would be your answer Steve. If I had a son it would be hunting and dressing and cooking the animal, camping, building and sustaining a fire, making his…"
"I would look at that as hazing the newbies, they have been through it so they want you to fret over their experiences. I am not really sure why parents do that, we don't and we didn't have that many people do that to us."
How long are you letting your beards grow in? I couldn't grow hair on either side of my lip but I let it alone and it grow in blonde at first and then turned brown about 3 months in. My advice: Lose the razor and let it grow."
"I have seen Paleo books and articles that say go 75-85% to start out. As far as cost goes, if you buy produce in season it is cheaper and if you can save a bit and you have a deep freeze you can go to a farm and get you meat there cheaper than the…"
"I use my thumb as a bellow, placing it over the bowl and after a few puffs give it a gentle breath. That generally keeps it lit. Also, after I pack it I take a puff before lighting it, if there is no resistant you are fine if there is you packed it…"
"I generally keep a year round beard and find that in the summer if I have my hair (not the beard) short the beard doesn't make me any hotter. So for me instead of the beard going away in the spring it is usually my hair that I shave off."
"What I learned from this thread is that people spell asafoetida "acifidity" -- that is, they don't just pronounce it that way.
I'm no expert, but I think if you put asafoetida in a bag, you've got an acifidity bag.…"
"Thank you guys for the feed back and links. I am going to check out what you all have come up with. Even though I have done some research online on my own, it never ceases to surprise me what other people find when they search too."