I've re-grown my short beard, and haven't decided whether or not to keep it. But the best part was the camaraderie and laughs shared with friends. In short, everything needed to re-charge depleted batteries.
Everything except female companionship. Sadly, there were no encounters with farmer's daughters or wood nymphs, so I returned home last night, how shall we say...hungry. A brief snippet of conversation:
Laughs. "I was beastly before I went away."
"You're even more beastly now."