I grew my beard out the summer of 1968 - because, well, it was 1968. That was the summer between my junior and senior years in high school. I shaved it of in 1973 because I became a JW. I grew it back out in 1988 when I left the JW's. I trim it and shampoo it when I shower. It seems to be just fine and the wife likes it.
Growing a beard
I find rubbing mustard in mine is a great help in keeping inquisitive birds at bay, especially in the spring when they are looking for nesting sites.
Bendholz for me. Or however it's spelled. And, with shades, I look like a complete badass. I love it
And, when I eat a fully loaded burger, I look just plain disgusting.
I like "long stubble" or a "circle beard" (which most people call a goatee where I live).