2015
02.27

I have a lot of musically talented friends who are making a name for themselves here in Pittsburgh, and luckily for me, a lot of them also have beards.

source: Dylan Rosgone

There You Are  is a band made up of  Matt Bean, Tom Chorba, Ryan Drish, and Justin Trevis. You can check them out on their website or their Facebook page. They guitarist, Ryan, just so happens to be one of my best friend’s sweet heart (and the man of a 4-way date to a Valentine’s Day wedding) and shared a video with me of TYA performing and he is wearing some Beard Life merch! I have had the privilege of seeing them perform and I told their singer Tom that he should prepare himself for fatherhood because his voice got me pregnant. They are an awesome mix of 60′s rock meets Foo Fighters meets my ovaries exploding. I mean, what?

They perform some amazing covers, including The Doors and it’s fucking tits. They were featured on the radio the other week on our ever so popular rock station, 102.5 WDVE, and it was very much deserved.

The quality isn’t fantastic, but it sounds great!

Thanks Ryan for reppin’ us on stage! Be sure to check them out and if you are in the area, go check out a gig! I will be there yelling for them to pop their tops off with Jess. It’s fine.

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 Have a great weekend, kids!

-Andrea B.

2015
02.06

Being born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA I have been almost trained since birth to like the Steelers. Even back in elementary school, the bus numbered 36 had signs taped in the windows honoring Jerome Bettis aka The Bus, DO YOU GET IT? BUS NUMBER 36 AND THE BUS. SPORTS! To be honest, the sports in this town are like a religion. Growing up going to church on Sundays with my family, priests have actually rushed through the end of mass by saying “Okay, well the Steelers are playing at 1, so mass has ended go in peace, and let’s go Steelers!”

Pittsburgh is a sports town with fans all over the world. Seriously, there are Steelers bars in Europe. I went to one in Scottsdale, AZ. It’s a god damn epidemic. Sure you are also expected to love the Pirates and Pens as well, especially if the Pirates have a winning streak (I worked at a screen printing shop, Commonwealth Press, when the Zoltan shit took off and the shirts flew off the shelves. I was also in the newspaper. Whatevs, nbd.) The year the Penguins won the Stanley Cup and the Steelers won the Super Bowl, I thought for sure everyone was just going to start ripping their shirts off in excitement and run around the streets screaming with joy and lighting things on fire. The latter happened, not surprisingly.

I am not the biggest sports fan. My first memory of hockey was in 4th grade when we had a “celebrity reader” come into our class, don’t ask me who it was because I have no idea, but he had something to do with the Pens and he went around the room asking us who our favorite player was. I panicked and just said “uh..Jaromir Jagr.” because that is what the boy I liked had said. I understand football and enjoy going to games and it’s especially fun when we are close to the Super Bowl. Side note: we were taught the Steelers Polka as children and anytime I hear the Pennsylvania Polka (especially in the movie Groundhog Day) I end up singing it with the players from the 90′s. Life.

All of this rambling and memories of actually being in fear of other humans just because our town’s sports teams won the big cheese of games and they were happy, has brought me to this. Every year Brett Keisel shaves his beard to earn money for the Children’s Hospital here. The same one who has window washer who dress up like super heroes. This is the 5th year for his event, Shear Da Beard, and this year he earned over $67,000!

nfl_r_keisel_mb_576x324Source: ESPN

I don’t really care what your favorite team is or if you hate the Steelers. Save your sports preferences for someone who gives a shit. Or if you think shaving your beard makes you “a woman”.  PS, that is super offensive. We can vote now and drive cars so, 1920 called, it said stfu. This is amazing and this man is amazing.

It’s nice to read stories like this in the news when everything in the world is going to shit and every other plane from an Asian airline is disappearing into the god damn Bermuda Triangle and vanishing. More men need to have hearts like Brett. Hell, more PEOPLE need to have hearts like him.

In the words of Ellen, “be kind to one another”.

Currently Listening: Rilo Kiley- Portions for Foxes

-Andrea B.

2015
01.28

In honor of Rick Ross’ birthday today, I have a special treat for you guys: since I refuse to make a New Year’s resolution because I find them to be stupid and I will just break my “work out more” goal by getting drunk and eating too many curly fries at the diner by my house (I really can’t handle the kind of self loathing that happens after that). Instead, I decided to make a Beard Life resolution.

I, Andrea, hereby promise you, the readers and supporters of Beard Life, to interview rad people with awesome beards at least once a month for your reading pleasure.

Dim down the lights and get out your satin robe because I’m about to get real with you all right now. Instead of one selfish resolution, like working out or cutting out sugar from your diet, make a life resolution to not be a shitty person and say ignorant things to people you don’t even know or tear someone down because of their sexual orientation, race, religion, etc. because no, it does not make you a man or a better person than someone else, or funny. We don’t tolerate that shit here which we have made clear so when your hate comments get deleted, don’t attack us, just realize that hiding behind your computer doesn’t mean your words haven’t hurt another human being. It makes you an asshole who deserves to be thrown in the chokey for 24 hours with headphones and a Walkman that only has the cassette single of Be My Lover by La Bouche.  Whew, ok, public service announcement over. It’s 2015, LET’S ALL JUST GET ALONG.

Today we have the first in this series with a super special guy named Luke Berti, who was nice enough to answer some questions for me. He is a fella I stumbled upon on Vine and I was completely hooked. I want to hang out with him and you all should too! To dive into the mind of a great bearded discovery, click “read more”! And also, read more. Just take a look, it’s in a book….a Reading Rainbow.

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2015
01.14

dave grohl

Happy 46th birthday to Dave Grohl! Foo Fighters HBO special was amazing so thank you FF, and thank you Dave Grohl’s mom and dad for giving us Dave Grohl.

Currently Listening: Foo Fighters- Something from Nothing

-Andrea B.