Hope your July Fourth turned out swell, and that your fingers aren't too badly burnt. Thankfully, mine aren't.
And, for those of you who still care, the beard (as such) is now gone. And for those of you who are prone to make fun of facial-hair-related blogging, all I have to say is--
"Don't be cruel."
I'll try to have something discussion-worthy posted in the near future. In the meantime, be excellent to each other, and enjoy some nice peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches.