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  • May 31 @ 12:33pm
Whatever I write here won't adequately express my feelings.

Thank you to everyone who participated, to past-participants, to the lurkers, and all those who supported from the outside. Thank you to Derble and anyone else involved in putting this website together. Thank you to all the cats of the world. Thank you for being forgiving about my lack of participation. Thank you for all for the comments, the inspiration, the laughs, and most of all, the friendships. And thank you Mackle, for what you have done here, and for everything else.

I am sure our paths will cross in the future, please keep in touch (and forgive my being terrible at it), and I hope to see you in the real world.

Be well, my friends.


jnonfiction says:
Amen and amen.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 12:33pm -
gunsmoke says:
It's a pleasure and an honor to have crossed virtual paths here. Maybe someday in the flesh.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 12:35pm -
Hodges says:
The cats, my god the cats!!!!! I can't stand them, I am allergic and they just honestly piss me off.....but you sir make them work! Haha! I wish you all the best!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 12:35pm -
Ozzy Nelson says:
I don't love cats, but I love you, your photos and my god what a huge moustache.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 12:36pm -
Western Dave says:
thank you kind sir for all your comments, links, etc. may you and your cats live 1000 years. peace. see you around the flickrsphere.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 12:39pm -
Dannz says:
I love your moustache, hope to see it more on flickr :)
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 12:39pm -
The Straub says:
You have always brought such awesomes to the site. Thank you for making it acceptable to have cats in photos. I attribute that to you and your alone for some reason. Just go with it. Thanks for your comments and clames and general presence. Take care and see you out there in innanet land
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 12:41pm -
lactarded says:
i think you're the #1 reason for me to visit phoenix. until then, i promise to bake you a pie and send it priority flat rate.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 12:43pm -
mooka says:
you're a legend hale …thanks for filling up my little MM folder with hilarity.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 12:43pm -
revgoomba says:
Dude... promise me we will do a Glasgow/Arizona camera experiment.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 12:44pm -
Eric says:
Thanks for the cats. Thanks for the clames. Keep in touch. Come out to PA sometime. Be well.

That is all.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 12:51pm -
Capn J says:
Take care Hale! Come visit us in Nashville soon!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 12:53pm -
teenagerobot says:
take care, hale. hey um... you got something hiding under that tie?
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 12:59pm -
Pip says:
You're whisker royalty, and a downright nice guy to boot.

I'll be seeing you again, with any luck, sooner than later.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 1:04pm -
B. Michael Underhill says:
nice to have met you. take care.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 1:05pm -
Hope says:
It's been fun seeing your pictures, and seeing your comments. Thanks for being awesome hale.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 1:16pm -
C Dub says:
I'm gon' have to make a trip to the West coast this year for reals. See you soon, mang.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 1:17pm -
Dschonn says:
I've decided I'm going to try to keep in touch with you more or less forever. When I am able, I shall visit you, and when you travel to wherever I happen to be, you must hang out with me.

Right from the beginning, you encouraged me to make these pictures art, and very quickly you started to encourage me in other ways as well. You have become one of the best friends I've ever had. I'm inclined to melancholy today, as is everyone, but I refuse to allow this to be the end of the friendships I've made here. I have run out of words, so I'll steal some from Garrison Keillor:

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 1:18pm -
Zea says:
Thanks for being so welcoming. You are wonderful gentleman.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 1:25pm -
Lurky Parka says:
What Dschonn said Garrison Keillor said.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 1:25pm -
Mackle says:
can we still exchange postcards with mailfromhale?

can i still crash at your place completely unannounced?

can you still send me, occasionally, weird links?

can i still marvel at your flickr photostream?

can i ever thank you enough for proving that a mean looking stranger in a beard contest can turn out to be one of the raddest individuals i've ever had the pleasure of meeting?
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 1:26pm -
Vanbert says:
sorry i missed you last weekend, the wife's fault, but i know i will be seeing more in the future. keep in touch buddy. have a great summer and all that jazz. you rule. so do cats. gerald says hi.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 1:31pm -
jmathias says:
Ryan, you have been an artistic inspiration to me from the first. I hope that to continue beyond the walls of this establishment, and I want you to know I'm grateful and humbled for and by your friendship. Thank you.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 1:35pm -
rnnbrwn says:
Adiós, but not farewell!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 1:42pm -
malphrus says:
@hale well done all around.
i must say that, for me, you have the most enjoyment potential per uploaded photo of all-time.

Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 1:53pm -
miss_tache says:
@hale, you are a class act. love everything you've done this month. hope our paths cross soon.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 1:55pm -
Chalkdog says:
I've really loved seeing the individuality in each of your photos here. Seeing what you do, and what you've done in the past has had it's influence, and even though we've never met, your distinct vision is vivid to me. I wish you all the best.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 2:00pm -
andy says:
@hale - I've enjoyed your total random clames in the chat this year. You are a great photographer and you were one of the guys that completely blew me away with your skills the first year or two I participated. Thanks for being awesome.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 2:22pm -
brokenchopstick says:
Even though you weren't able to post on a daily basis, we always felt it when you did. Godspeed good sir!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 2:30pm -
Dunkle Swiftkick says:
Also sorry I missed you in LA this time. Give me a heads up anytime you are in the area.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 2:31pm -
silentbobuk says:
That really is quite a beast. Godspeed!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 2:35pm -
miguelito says:
sadly - i don't know you that well. but i do know you are legend. and though that may not be good enough, it at least has left an impression on me. so thanks for that. thanks for the cats, and thanks for the great photos.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 3:24pm -
andrea says:
Hasta luego
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 3:32pm -
Jason says:
You know that I think you're a rather awesome individual, right? I do.

I'll see you again, it must be.

Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 3:42pm -
cody says:
You've been one to watch ever since your very first beard pictures in which you looked like a stern business man. Turns out you're a laid back artist. Either way, always good to see you!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 3:49pm -
derble says:
Remember this guy? (clame)

You came out of nowhwere. We thought you were an outsider, but you were one of us all along. You're a good man, and I've loved doing all these silly websites with you.

See you soon
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 3:56pm -
andrea says:
You have been one of my favorites on here over the years. Thanks for saying such nice things. Means a lot coming from you.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 4:09pm -
MoustacheofDeath says:
All hail Hale! You've brought your own unique brand of class to the proceedings and I for one have thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll be following on tumblr and hope to one day have the honour of an audience. Until then, toodles!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 4:18pm -
Another Rachel says:
@mackle pretty much nailed it (except I never crashed at your place unannounced...or announced for that matter...).

Anywho, hope you know it was you and several other amazingly artistic whiskerdudes that first got me interested in photography several whiskerinos ago. Thanks for your continued inspiration (and all the cat cuteness)!!!

See you on the FB.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 4:41pm -
ThatGuy says:
Man, I don't want to be weird, but I won't feel fully satisfied until I've met in person the legend that is hale. You bring nothing but class and top-notch art to the experience. Next time you find yourself in the hampton roads area, you got a drink coming. And if can get near the AZ area, I'll deliver it. Thanks for being awesome, and I will see you later.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 4:43pm -
Slor says:
@hale your images are amazing. I am blown away every time you post. Good Journeys
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 5:25pm -
Mcburney says:
technically hale you have done more to keep this friendship going than I have so Don't be so hard on yourself in my opinion. I consider my self lucky to have gotten to know you through this "thing" I am not on the FB or the MS or whatever but I have your number. Be good and keep me up on all the good you do.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 5:33pm -
Brian says:
Cheers Mr.Hale. We'll see you around sometime. If your ever in Boston look me up. Take care.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 5:40pm -
Vanbert says:
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 5:44pm -
Chavo Del Ocho says:
Great shots. ALWAYS!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 5:55pm -
pseudonymous says:
you're great!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 6:25pm -
renaud says:
lovely final shot and note. hope to see you soon.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 6:26pm -
zackle says:
I can't wait to hang out. Please do contact me if you're ever in the bay area.

Either that, or I might just show up on your doorstep one day. I will be without my cats until October or so and I miss them already. You (and your cats) could help fill that void.

Take care, friend. Thanks for being you.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 6:38pm -
Boaz says:
to the real world!

See you in it later great sir!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 7:02pm -
specialshoes says:
i know we never got to chat much and I do apologize for spilling my drink on you and your lady last throwdown. you, sir, are whisker/stache royalty and your photographic art is just that.

i have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and you are one of the reasons.

take care and if you ever find your self in my areas, let me know via facebooks and I will be more than happy to have a drink or accommodate you in whatever way I can.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 7:48pm -
Easy Rider says:
Thanks for helping to make this one of the most fun things I have ever done!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:21pm -
bec says:
see ya bud. thanks for enduring all of the clames. i'm sure there were some bad ones... :)

clame for the road...
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:25pm -
damnweather says:
who said i forgive you for your lack of participation?
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:30pm -
wondermade says:
I still think about throwing my dog in the air periodically because of your cat nonsense so many years back. I still haven't tried.

It's always good when June strikes because it means an end to my late nights often triggered by ambling about waiting for you to post a photo. Admittedly I'm easily enthralled but the quality and range of your photos has always been remarkable.

Be well and I hope you keep creating whether photos or paintings because you're good at the both.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:41pm -
yourfavorite says:
Behind that awesome stache lies an incredible being. Its been really awesome hanging with you online (and for a few days in nashville). I've loved your photography and your kittens. You will be missed my friend. Until we meet again..
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 8:57pm -
Shatrick says:
Thank you for your encouraging words. I very much appreciate your photographic efforts throughout this month, and hope that we can continue the mayhem through other outlets... until then, aloha.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 9:02pm -
jbarr says:
i've always enjoyed your photos, comments, and cats. glad we all got to make this final ride. cheers.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 9:03pm -
mrs. hungarian says:
we love you!!!!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 9:07pm -
Western Dave says:
we shall indeed. somewhere in between here and there....
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 9:33pm -
Hungarian Moustache says:
Your work has always been an inspiration. Thank you for keeping the fort held down at the end of the night for all of the these years.

Perhaps one day we will meet in the flesh. I find myself in Arizona once in awhile.. I could not think of a more grand thing to do.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 9:42pm -
the Velvet Hustle says:
You have AMAZING skill sir and have inspired us all with your images! Godspeed!
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 9:52pm -
C Dub says:
clicked over again cause i missed you : )
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 9:53pm -
sMOUSTACHErman says:
twas nice hangin wif ya

Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:08pm -
Mackle says:
if i setup an email that you can just send random links to and it goes into a repository we all enjoy, would you do it?
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:17pm -
Binkleberry says:
I'm definitely going to miss your clames most of all. I kinda want to subscribe to some sort of service that will text me hale clames at random intervals during the day. That needs to happen. See to it.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:20pm -
alijoon says:
I am happy you and funkfinger were the first random people I could meet. It was also funny that my dad thought you guys were going to do bad stuff to me.

I hope your life continues to take you where you want it to. We will play some time soon.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 10:34pm -
jeremy says:
Leaving Arizona was easy when it came to the summer heat. Leaving Arizona was really hard when it came to leaving behind family and friends. You being one. It's been a pleasure following your photos throughout the years. You made film cool again for me. You will always be a facial hair photo legend in my book (and your non-facial hair photos aren't so bad either).

Take care and visit SF soon. You will always have friends there.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 11:00pm -
Hope says:
I will miss you sir. Your pictures have been so fun to look at. (I know I already commented, but I couldn't resist adding on.)
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 11:10pm -
Ace says:
^HAHAHAHAHAAHAHA. alijoon's dad is hilarious.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 11:38pm -
Ace says:
oh right! a comment... uh... lets see.

well, first off, hi.

second, i wouldnt be here (literally and figuratively) without you.

third, i LOVE you. such a lot.

and fourth, next time i call you, i promise it will be good news.

thanks for everything ryan. really.... you mean the world to me... and more than you will ever know. see you soon(ish).
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 11:41pm -
hale says:
@mackle, yes.
Posted: May 31st, 2011 - 11:57pm -
Ned Kelly says:
many thanks for your offbeat unexpected images its been a sheer pleasure watching yous and clicking your clames. thanks you agains
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 1:21am -
JeremyOkai2.0 says:
Mark my words. I'll see you soon!
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 1:51am -
ThatGuy says:
HAHAHAHA. You're totally right. We chatted for a very few minutes at the bowling alley. I'm an idiot. Next time we meet, I'll try not to be so shy and awkward. Maybe. I still can't believe I forgot that.
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 2:33am -
Andrew says:
I still have those bubble gum hot dogs. I'm still too scared to attempt chewing them. I might just keep them forever. I think they'd last that long.

You've been a great pal on here and were super nice in person. A perfect example of the quality people this place attracted and
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 5:53am -
Andrew says:
crapsicles. well, that wasn't supposed to have submitted so early. That's what I get for typing this on a phone.

I was going to say you exemplified the spirit of this place and that your clames will live on far beyond this place, many of them to haunt my dreams. But mostly you've helped us remember that the internet is a beautiful and monstrous place and an unending font of found objects. The whole world's thrift store bargain bin of images and videos.

That aside I'm glad you're on facebook/email/flickr. I hope it stays that way because having access to see the things you create despite the distance is a privilege. Keep creating. One of these days I'm going to have to see your paintings in person.

Later on for now.
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 5:59am -
Twisted Sistare says:
Thought we haven't met, I've been in the presence of your artwork. That rocks. Thanks for being here. I'll see you around!
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 6:03am -
brandon says:
You are a good man, Ryan. I hope our paths cross again in real life, real soon. :)
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 8:29am -
PAT says:
It's been real. Goodbye and thanks for the kittens.

Take Care.
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 10:59am -
Grower&Shower says:
What you have done for advancement of feline culture is truly remarkable.

You are an inspiration. And I don't mean that in a sarcastic, hipster-dick-from-Portland kind of way.

Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 12:10pm -
catfish says:
I'll wait patiently on the porch in my rocking chair for you. bring your smiling face.
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 7:28pm -
C Dub says:
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 7:41pm -
CurlyMcGee says:
Things I'll miss in every month after may:
1) your late night posts and banter
2) your clames (though I watch a lot of Internet, you find the best stuff... And I haven't seen it before)

Hopefully we'll meet again soon. The mrs and I make it to Phoenix to see family every time we can afford to, maybe next time family can encompass hale!
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 9:12pm -
Chuck Damage says:
We're friends till the end. For sure. Rock on dude!
Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 - 11:22pm -
Site closed!
Unfortunately, Moustache May can't last forever.. the site is closed until 2011.