Moustache Grooming Fun

Just one more day to get as many donations as possible for Movember 2009. We did alright, collecting $365 so far, but we can still hit the higher numbers in just one day. So if you read this, get your credit card out of your wallet, or use your Paypal account, and donate at least $1 for Cancer research. It will benefit men’s health in general! Donate here!

Growing a Beard

Today we had a lot of fun grooming my beard to a nice looking moustache. I had the full beard growing for at least 3 weeks, so it was pretty tough to get the hair off my cheeks. Here are some shots just before grooming.

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Just after a week, it started to itch really bad. At that point I had to go beyond myself to not start shaving every morning. After another week, it was ok. No itching anymore, but only if you touched your face a lot, your skin would start to burn from the hairs pointing into it.

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Some people in the office had trouble recognizing me with the shorter hair and the beard at the same time. I will make it up going back to my old look after November 30th. As long as people will donate to our cause!

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I finally got around trying my hair clipper I bought on eBay. It was tough to go through the long facial hair which had grown over the last 3.5 weeks on my cheeks. But at the same time, I started to feel naked in my face… Now I get it why some men keep their beards. It’s nice and comfy warm…

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After the grooming, we had a big laugh. I felt like a truck driver, and almost I started to shave the sides of my moustache off. But then I reminded myself, this is for getting as many donations as possible, so shaving it off right now, won’t get more money in.

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So please donate some more money! At least I will know I have not done this without any pay off!

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I even went out for dinner with this facial hair showing off the ridiculous moustache on my upper lip.

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Can Facial Hair Help Cure Cancer

The months of November is also been known for the increase of the number of facial hair showing faces around you. It seems like men are more inclined to grow some gigantic moustache when the leafs are falling, the sun goes down early and the temperature drops. November might be also known as Movember; the month of growing a moustache!

eBay search team is raising money for cancer research by growing a moustache. Please donate to the cause, even if it's only $1, Donate here

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Picture credit: hapal http://www.flickr.com/photos/hapal/ / CC BY-ND 2.0

Did you know that 1 out of every 6 men will get diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime and that testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 18-35? Are you paying enough attention, as a man, to your own health?

Before you read any further, you can donate at least $1 to the cancer research society. Support our team, the hair on my face is itching… Donate here

I personally have not seen a doctor for the last 2 years. The last time I was checked was for my green card application, where the doctor did a thorough examination. Other than that, I never see a doctor, as I’m hardly ill.

Every year in November since 2004, the men and women of Australia (especially those in the eBay Australian offices) have participated in a fun and exciting charity event called Movember. Since it started, the event has exploded in popularity and in 2007 the event went global with countries like Ireland, Canada, Spain, UK and US also joining in.

Right now, Movember is one of the hot search words in Australia. And from the trending data, you can see how Movember has grown rapidly as a yearly event to raise awareness and money for prostate cancer research.

The cause – to raise awareness of men’s health. It’s really quite a simple concept and there are 2 easy steps to participate

Men (also known as Mo Bro’s)

  1. Clean shave your face of all facial hair on the 1st of November
  2. Don’t shave your face for the month of November in an effort to grow the best mo (Australian for moustache)

Women (also known as Mo Sistas)

  1. Support your fellow brother by encouraging them to participate
  2. Help by donating to the cause

This year, the search team of eBay, at least some of the men, have organized themselves with the objective to raise money for cancer research. So if you are one of the search partners of eBay in the US, or you work at eBay, or you are married with one of the search team men who grow their moustache, expect some facial hair growing in the months of November.

Now, half way, the amount of money we raised is pathetic. We need to be able to raise more! So my call out right now here is to raise money from all of you! Even if you are not a fan of eBay or if you are competing with eBay in paid search or natural search, you can still make a donation!

Take a look at the progress of some of the MO’s below here…

Thomas is one of the only ones who really grows a moustache. All the others are growing beards really. Funny that we finally have evidence he is wearing the same kind of shirt everyday… He has 30 of these blue/white shirts. One for every day in the month.

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I get scary by the thought of the Vikings plundering the Northern France coast villages hundreds of years ago. We have our own Viking in the eBay office, and with the beard he even looks more dangerous. However, you can fully trust me, if I say that JH is no danger for you as long as you don’t scam the quality teams for Adcommerce.

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Kwame must be able to grow a full moustache at the end of November. He is wel under way of growing a good breakfast catcher, that will allow him to have an extra snack around 10 am.

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Although Mike has taken the initiative, and is our captain, he does need to work on more facial hair to keep up with the other boys. Well, as long as Mike is bringing in some cold hard cash for the cancer research, it’s forgiven.

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Bambou probably has the strongest growing facial hair of all of us. He might come out of the months of Movember as the overall winner of our group. Although the real winner off course will be the cancer research society, Bambou has a good chance of getting all of the attention in our final post. However, this will all depends on the grooming of the moustache. A full beard is not allowed, so there is still a chance of others to steal away eternal fame for Bambou!

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Jonathan has somewhat blonde facial hair, but don't let that fool you. His moustache can sneak up on you, and he might be able to walk away with the grand price at the end of Movember...

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And then finally yours truly. I shaved my cheeks and neck last week, after 6 days. Now I have a full beard and around my mouth the hair is getting long enough to curl into my mouth. It’s itching, and even painful as I realize how much I actually started to touch the beard. And every time I touch my chin now, it’s scratching hard hairs against my chin skin.

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PLEASE DONATE

Donate for the following reasons:

  • This beard is itching
  • We need encouragement
  • Men’s health is important
  • We will donate in any women moustache growing contest

This Movember, the money raised in the U.S. will be split between the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation will use the money raised by Movember to fund research to find better treatments and a cure for prostate cancer.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation will use the money raised by Movember to fund:
•    the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance program which has the goal of improving survival rates and quality of life for young adults with cancer between the ages of 15 and 40.
•    research initiatives to further understand the biology of adolescent and young adult cancers.
To date, Movember has raised $47 million globally making it the world’s largest charity event for men. Significantly, awareness of men’s health issues has improved with Movember helping to spread important health messages directly to millions of Mo Bros & Sistas around the world.
We challenge you to join us in changing the face of men's health.

For any further information, please feel free to visit the Movember Foundation

Grooming

Grooming only happens at the end of the months. At that moment, you can decide if you are going to get lifetime acknowledgement for all your hard efforts, or if your moustache is not worth mentioning.

Coming from Europe, I think I will groom in Eurotrash style…

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Just come back in the first week of December here, to see the end results.