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Go Big!

Posted by joeabbott on December 3, 2011

At the end of October a new co-worker poked his head into my office and said something like, “say, you look like you could grow a mustache, can’t you?” Well, aside from what seemed like a personal question apropos to nothing … and that I usually wear a goatee … I hesitantly agreed. And he disappeared.

A bit later, Arian (the chap who probed me about my hirsute potential), stopped in again and educated me on Movember: an effort to raise awareness about men’s health issues by asking participants to grow mustaches during the month of November. From the Movember About Movember web page:

Once registered at, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Yes, I was a Mo Bro.

But, let’s be honest, if you normally have facial hair and you’re joining an effort to grow facial hair, you should try a bit of something different. I didn’t believe I could manage waxed whiskers, so I went south of the border for a more macho look. I’m (happily) back to normal now but for a while, I was rockin’ a fancy bit of facial hair that made it hard to engage in business conversations without feeling a bit self-conscious.

Take a look!


If you’re going to do something, do it big!


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