Well, it’s definitely November. Halloween has past. Most of the leaves have fallen from the trees. The burst of colour that was fall has faded to brown. The air is crisper. The sky greyer. And I’m constantly shivering when I’m outside. And while all of these things collectively tell me it’s November, I didn’t really incorporate that fact into my psyche, until today.
So, what changed?
Well, walking around campus today – between meetings, and during lunch – I couldn’t help but notice the number of guys that seemingly forgot to wash in the morning. It wasn’t that I could smell the unmistakable stench of B.O; it’s what I could see. That faint bit of dirt just above the upper lip, and below the nostrils.
Now, you’ll have to excuse me. In the event that you don’t know, I am follicle-y challenged when it comes to my face. I couldn’t grow a beard or a moustache to save my life, and I’m 36. In fact, I think the first time I ever shaved was when I was 23 or so. My younger brother taught me, because I was a bit freaked out about taking a razor to my face. It took me over 10 years to use up a standard can of Gillette shaving cream that my mother had generously put into my stocking one Christmas when I was 18. She gave all the Gillis boys shaving cream to be fair. In all honesty, that can of shaving cream wasn’t even used for about 5 years. Even now I use an electric razor every few days, but that’s mainly because of how I look if I don’t. I’m not blessed with a ‘full beard’ or ‘full moustache’ type of face. I get ‘neck beard’, and it’s patchy at best. I also get some fuzz growing above my upper lip, but it’s blond. When it grows in, and if the light hits it just right, it looks like I have sparkles on my face. I don’t care how manly someone is, sparkles subtract from that manliness.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I love not having to shave like the typical man. I’ve heard many a complaint about having to do it every day. I enjoy that shaving is still a novelty. I find using the electric razor hilarious. In fact, in my head I’m often singing Homer’s “I’m shaving my shoulders” song. Sometimes I sing it out loud. I probably sing it because I think it’s about as ridiculous as the idea of me shaving. On top of all of this, I’ve saved a lot of coin considering I’ve only ever bought 2 cans of shaving cream, and can count the number of times I’ve bought razors on one hand.
But back to the point at hand. The dirt. Everywhere I looked – dirt – above so many otherwise attractive faces.
And that is when it hit me. It’s November. Or more accurately – Movember. A month set aside for men to put down their razors and take up the challenge of raising money for Prostate Cancer awareness. Yes, those monstrosities known as moustaches actually serve a purpose other than keeping one’s face warm and collecting food bits and milk.
So, I’m presented with a dilemma. I can’t sport a ‘mo as it’s essentially impossible for me to do so. But, I want to help out. It is a worthy cause after all. What’s a guy like me to do? I mean, several friends have already identified as ‘mo bros (apparently the term for those raising funds). I’ve seen them comment on the Twitter. I’ve seen them comment on Facebook. And I’ve even received emails from them soliciting funds. I can’t give to all of them, as much as I’d love to. And I don’t want to pick one person over another.
And then on the way home today, I was struck with an idea. I need to hold a contest. A contest to determine which of my ‘mo bros deserve my donation. Clearly, it really doesn’t matter who gets the cash, as it all goes to the same pot in the end. But how it gets there could turn out to be supremely entertaining. At least for me. And isn’t that what it’s all about? Oh right – raising money for Prostate Cancer research.
The contest itself is simple: I will award a $100 donation to whomever has the most amazing moustache by 8pm Eastern November 27, 2011. To enter, simply send me your Movember Canada donation page with a picture of your clean-shaven face dated November 1 (or later). On November 27 (by 8pm Eastern), I’ll ask each entrant send me an updated photo of their mustachioed face. Entries can be sent to consumedbywanderlust [dot] wordpress [at] gmail [dot] com.
I’ll set up a page at Consumed By Wanderlust with all the entrants’ initial photos, their donation pages, their tweets/haikus, and their final mustachioed photos. Between November 28 and November 29, I will ask my readers to select their favourite moustaches. The top 5 will make it to the finals. Another poll will be held on November 30, where my readers will again be asked to select their favourite moustache of the 5 finalists. The person on the 30th who has the most votes will win. Be creative! Have fun. And note – the tweets/haikus that you submit might help you win (see the rules below for more info).
Entries will be accepted up until 8pm Eastern, November 14, 2011.
- You MUST be registered with Movember Canada. That is, you must be able to send me a link to your personal donation page. I will be donating online, and only online.
- You MUST submit a clean-shaven photo (dated November 1, 2011 or later) by 8pm Eastern, November 14, 2011.
- You CAN submit a 140 character (tweet style) blurb about yourself, or a single haiku about yourself.
- You CAN submit a photo of your moustache in progress (by 8pm Eastern, November 14, 2011).
- You MUST submit a final mustachioed photo (by 8pm Eastern, November 27, 2011).
- You CAN submit either a 140 character (tweet style) blurb about your moustache, or a single haiku about your moustache.
- You MUST submit either a Twitter handle or email address so that I can contact you if you win (and also to remind you about the second photo required by the 27th).
- If you are selected as the winner, you MUST provide me with a photo that you are still mustachioed on November 30th, when the prize will be awarded. That is, to collect the prize, you can’t have shaved until after the prize is awarded. If you have shaved prior to the prize being awarded, you forfeit the prize and it will go to the finalist with the second largest number of votes.
That’s it. Good luck to all the entrants.
Oh, and to my readers – should you want to sweeten this pot and create second or third prizes, or a special prize (such as widest moustache, thickest moustache, most pathetic moustache, etc.), just let me know. Perhaps we can raise a lot more than the $100 donation that I’m offering, and we can have a lot of fun in the process.
- Issuu: Mo Bros, Issuu stands with you. (issuu.com)
- Mr. Clean to Grow a ‘Stache for Movember (mashable.com)
- More manly moustaches to mark Movember (windsorstar.com)
- Welcome to Movember, our Mo Bros and Sistas (joystiq.com)
- Support #Movember and the battle against prostate cancer (myntpr.com)
- Movember & The Facial Growth Starts (sparkthedebate.blogspot.com)
- VIDEO: Justin Trudeau shaves for Movember (cbc.ca)
- All-party shave-off marks start of Movember on Parliament Hill (canada.com)
- MPs shave off for Movember (cbc.ca)
- Movember – Changing the Face of Men’s Health (annetteholland.com)
- Movember Kicks Off Month of No Shaving to Boost Men’s Issues (inquisitr.com)
- Grow a moustache and fight cancer! (mattcutts.com)
- You: Movember 2011: Fighting Prostate Cancer with Mustaches (artofmanliness.com)
- The Month of ‘Movember’ (blogs.confused.com)
- I’ve donated my face to Movember 2011 (viciousimagery.blogspot.com)
- Movember pays homage to country gentleman as moustache season begins (mumbrella.com.au)
- ‘Movember’ madness (blogs.confused.com)
- Movember: When Men Grow Mustaches For a Good Cause (bellasugar.com)