I only grow my beard for the winter and late Renn faire season. It's too damn itchy and I look like a Yeti ( if the beard's groing so's the hair). At least it's bright red so people believe me when I tell them I'm irish. Plus being a sailor I get alot of Arrgggh's and hey Matey's when I have the beard.
Arrrggghh. We need a pirate smiley