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Moustaches, and such

And “poof”, like a dove in a magician’s hand, my mustache is gone.  It was a fun ride, but I’m glad it’s over, and now I can get down to the serious business of growing my beard back to hide my baby-boy cheeks.  It’s a December miracle!  You’re probably sick of hearing about Movember by now, so I’ll move on to bigger and better things.

For example, Rogers is trying to buy the Leafs?!  I have no idea how to feel about this, but I find it hard to believe that it could have a really negative effect on the team.  It might mean a change to how games are broadcast, and that any Rogers phone sold in the GTA will have a Leafs logo on it, but it sure can’t result in a better performance on-ice.  I guess that means I’m pretty ‘bleh’ about it.

Even as a diehard Torontonian, it’s hard to get excited about any news involving the Leafs as it will somehow mean being ridiculed by the Montreal side of my family.  As Leaf fans, it is our destiny to suffer.  Sigh.

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I won’t lie and say I’m going to miss this mustache.  I hate it.  I hate how it makes me look and I hate how strangely people look at me for having it, so I’m awfully glad that it’s coming off tomorrow morning and I can grow my familiar beard back over the next week or so.

Still, it’s been for a great cause, and I’ll never wonder what I would look like with a mustache.  Now I know I look like an extra from a spectacularly bad 1970’s cop drama.  Imagine the face below as a purse snatcher in the on-set jail on Barney Miller.  Abe Vigoda totally would have worked me over with a phone book during commercial breaks

A Fine Mustache

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I’ve got lots of photos to keep me from growing a ‘stache in the future, but I’d like to think that my facial ‘ribbon’ helped raise some awareness and badly-needed funds to help find a cure for prostate cancer and to spread the word to all the gents out there of what to look out for and how to seek treatment early on if they experience any of the symptoms.

If you’ve already donated to me (or anyone, for that matter), I want to say thanks.  If you haven’t, it’s not too late.  Just head on over to my Movember profile and make a donation and leave a witty remark.  If you donate $47,400 you’ll put me in the individual leader position for all of Canada!  I’m currently ranked about 30,000th in Canada for donations (out of nearly 120,00) and I don’t anticipate I’ll make up much ground in the next 24 hours.  Mind you, it’s not a contest.  It’s just a bunch of dudes growing mustaches for a great cause.

Here’s a few more photos to remember this great month by.  Sorry they’re a little out of focus.

The silent movie bad guy look

The silent movie bad guy look

I dunno, some kind of cowboy?

I dunno, some kind of cowboy?

Somewhat better

Somewhat better

A bad look, even without the 'stache

A bad look, even without the 'stache

The winter look

The winter look

And the winner is…

What the... ?

What the... ?

Keep in mind, you can’t unsee these photos now that you’ve seen them.  You’re welcome.

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The Seventh Annual trip to Dangerous Dan’s was a resounding success.  We had a record number of attendees (17) and a record number of ladies present (with 4).  I’m also proud to say that everyone who ordered the Coronoary Combo succeeded in finishing it, with some going back from deep-fried desserts (Karim, Alex and Dalton).  I listed their names so you could know that they’re disgusting human beings.

I’ll have photos up tomorrow and I’ll include more detail about the trip, but we had a blast and I wanted to thank everyone for coming out on a freezing cold Sunday to participate.

I’ll also have some photos of my ‘stache progress, which is coming along very nicely.  I look absolutely terrible, so I’m looking forward to shaving it off in just over a week, but it’s a great conversation starter and I think it’s starting to creep people out in public.

Danielle has been a total champ for putting up with it this long, and to share your appreciation, feel free to make a donation to Prostate Cancer Canada on my Movember mustache’s behalf here.  If I can get just another $69 in donations, I’ll get two free tickets to the Movember gala and Danielle will get a night out surrounded by better and worse mustaches than mine.  I already scored one ticket for getting $100 in donations, but what’s the fun of a gala without your best girl by your side?

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It’s been sixteen days since I shaved my face clean, and I’m still not used to the face I see in the mirror each morning, nor is Danielle.  However, the conversations I’ve had with colleagues, friends, family and strangers about what Movember is all about has made it all worthwhile.

Prostate cancer is a disease that kills people.  People with families and loved ones die from it.  All it takes to catch it early is to keep an eye out for warning signs and get tested regularly if you’re in a risk group.  Caught early on, treatment can result in full recovery.

Please take the time to talk to the men you care about and ask them if they know what to look for and if they’re in a risk group.  Tell them to read about prostate cancer on Wikipedia or talk to their doctor.  Together, we can keep this terrible disease from killing the people we care about.

To that end, I’m nearly halfway through growing my ‘ribbon’ and it’s coming along very nicely.  You can click on the image to see it full size in a new window.

Movember 16

Movember 16

If you’d like to help contribute to research into a cure for prostate cancer, I encourage you to make a small donation (or a large one) to the Movember campaign.  You can donate on behalf of my awesome Super Mario ‘stache here.  Thanks for your support and for spreading awareness.

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I’m a day late posting my Movember photo from yesterday, but it’s only because I’m an idiot who forgot an integral cable at home yesterday morning and was too lazy to upload it last night.  Alas, your patience has been rewarded with a blurry t00-close-up photo of my face.  Enjoy.  For the full effect, click to see the image full-size.

The Fourth of Movember

The Fourth of Movember, a day late

I’m probably getting a little too excited about this because I find myself getting impatient to grow something that actually looks like a mustache.

I’ll be periodically sharing photos of my progress, even from our vacation in sunny Florida, so stay tuned and don’t forget to donate to help us end Prostate Cancer!

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Many of you are only familiar with my shiny, happy bearded face, while others of you you knew me in the days before I got all beard0, but it’s been so long you forgot what I looked like.

Beardo

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Growing a beard was something I chose to do, partly because I was lazy and didn’t want to shave everyday, but also because I thought I looked quite young clean-shaven and wanted to look my own age.  It didn’t hurt that I thought I looked pretty darn good sporting one too (and Danielle agrees).

Well, this month is Movember, and I’ve decided that I’m going to take part.  That means that I plan on raising both money and awareness for the fight to end prostate cancer.  Raising money, in relative terms, will be the easy part.  Raising awareness means I have to grow a moustache, and it probably goes without saying that this dude CANNOT pull off a moustache.

Since today is the first day of Movember, I’m starting clean-shaven and looking a lot younger than I did when I woke up yesterday.  Stay tuned for updates on my progress, and for more chances to donate towards my mustache.

Noo-Beardo

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Oh, and in case you were wondering, I plan on going for the Wilford Brimley look by the time my lip hair grows in.  Awesome.

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