After the third checkpoint last week, I was getting a little antsy for this to be over. Like I mentioned, it really wasn't the 'stache, as I don't mind it much. It doesn't itch nearly as much as a beard, it's just that I'm not a mustache guy. I'm just not much for shaving (as I've already said more than once), and I think more than anything, I like variety - having to keep to the schedule - at least as much as I have - is probably worse than anything else.

So it is with no small amount of relief that I announce the finish of the 2008 Mustache for Kids competition. The actual event won't be over until the Sweetest Stache is judged at 6:30pm on Friday night at Madison's Bar and Lounge, but I already told you that I wasn't much for the whole schedule thing, so consider this my official completion announcement. You can check out my final entry, as well as the details of my donation, below. Enjoy!

Much of today, twitterfeed has been down. Which is okay - it just means that my blog posts don't get into my Twitter stream (just one of the reasons I don't like depending on third-party services). Last week, John Chow announced that he had set another new record, with more than $30,000 in income. Unforunately, if you haven't read the report, you may not be able to do so, because his site has been responding horribly of late (at least for me). I don't know what's happening for John - if it's a problem with his server, his software, or if he's just bogged down because of the latest numbers.

Frankly I don't care that much because I keep up with his blog through Google Reader, so I don't often have cause to visit. I only happened to notice that things were slow when I went to look something up, and realized that it had happened last week when I did it as well, so it seems to be an ongoing issue. Or it could be related to my own ongoing issues (but I don't really seem to have much of a problem with other sites). Whatever the case, it underscores the importance of keeping your site running.

I've mentioned before (more than once, in fact) that I don't much care for social networking. This could be for two reasons. Either I just don't get it - a distinct possibility - or because I'm just not very social - also quite possible (in fact, quite possibly even more likely). For one reason or another, I haven't really managed to get into Twitter, though I've tried a few times. I want to like the service, but I just couldn't get into it. I finally figured out that the problem wasn't so much that I didn't like it, the problem was in how I was using it.

The other day as I was chatting with a friend (not on Twitter), I mentioned my confusion, and he pointed me to a series on the use of Twitter from Jennifer Laycock of Search Engine Guide. At this point, I should mention that Search Engine Guide, and by extension Jennifer, are customers of mine in my Movable Type Consulting business. But that doesn't mean she doesn't know what she's talking about. In any case, she has so far put together three parts in her series (one, two, three). It's worth reading, but ultimately all it did was get me moving in the right direction. I had to find a good client to really get attached.

No, I'm not talking about Tom Petty. Frankly, I didn't even see him. As soon as the first commercial break was over, I flipped the channel to Spike to catch the MLE Championship. You can watch it on Spike's web site, if you dare. I'm still deciding if I'll plug it into this post or not. I think that I probably will, but I'm just not sure. Let me talk for a minute first.

If you have caught the prior MLE Chowdowns, then you have some idea of what to expect. The Turkey Bowl at Thanksgiving was awesome. The Table Enders were actually the best, chowing down tubes of cranberry sauce. But this was the championship, for all the marbles. With the awesome Kobayashi out due to his still-present jaw injury, the question was whether Joey Chestnut would be able to finally conquer Pat Bertoletti on Spike. So far it hadn't happened.

The growing is now three-quarters of the way along, and this time I'm not quite so late to the checkpoint. I'm still running a bit late, because my camera is still wanting to act up a bit more than it should, but it's not as bad as it was at Checkpoint 2. In any case, there's only one week left (I'm sure that everyone is glad to hear that!), and this mustache is really starting to get going.

Whether you are growing yourself, or just sitting on the sidelines, Mustaches for Kids is working for a good cause. The donations that they raise go towards all sorts of programs, and perhaps most importantly, you have a choice in which ones get funded. The longer you wait, the less choice you will have, as that's just the way that these things work. The page currently shows that 77% of funding has been received for this goal - $19,412 out of $25,000. In other words, there's plenty of donating left to go (and I'm sure they will accept donations after the goal is met), but the choices may be getting fewer and far between as we reach the finish line next week.