Well, I went and done it about 3 hours ago. Yup, shaved off my beard after 8 years. It went through many mutations, from short full beard to Russian monk/mountain man, to long Van Dyke to short Van Dyke (most recently). Yup, I'm a colonial from my area (western Mass) and it just had to be done. At lesat I waited until my hair was long enough to tie back in a respectably lengthed pony-tail (what did they call 'em back then?)so I can look and feel PROPER!