The Great Movember Shave Off

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When I heard about the Dad 2.0-led team of bloggers growing mustaches in November to raise awareness of, and funds for, men's health, I figured it was a good excuse to try something different and help out at the same time.
I don't have a lot of free time lately to help others as much as I would like, but I can grow facial hair (Though apparently not very fast.).
I figured I could have some fun and raise some funds. I was right on the first part. Aside from my initial "pump priming" donation of $20, I raised nothing but the ire of my wife and irritation of my children who don't like bristles on my face. The DAD 2.0 / MAN OF THE HOUSE / NYC DADS GROUP / DADCENTRIC / DADLABS team of 65 dads raised more than $19,000 though.
So, when Philips Norelco offered to match up to $15,000 of the teams donation if 40 of us shaved off our beards using their products, I jumped at the chance.

There are more videos from other dads at

If you look on my page at, you'll see that my 'stache was slow growing and seemed to blend in with my complexion. I decided to add the "Fu Manchu" look, about a week in, so the lower part of my mustache was a week behind the rest. Most of the comments I got were questioning whether I could, in fact, grow a mustache. Near the end of the month, It started to look alright. Just in time for me to shave it off.
While I didn't raise much cash, I did make some great digital friends like Jim Higley of Bobblehead Dad and Doug French of Laid Off Dad. And I got to take part in an original effort to turn a marketing campaign into a benefit for men's health.
So, what have I learned?
I'm not a good salesman.
My stubble grows fast, but my mustache grows slow.
My family is bothered more by my facial hair than I am.
I'm going to do this again next year.