Bye bye Movember

I’ve got through Movember.

I shaved the mo’ off. Ultimately, it was always going to go after the month was up.

The moustache, about to be vanquished

By week three I thought I’d got used to it, but in the final week, the itching seemed to get worse. Maybe I was conscious that it was about to come off.

It’s certainly more hassle having a moustache than not. If you’re clean shaven, you just shave everything each morning; with the moustache you have to keep it trimmed so it doesn’t get out of control, but not accidentally trim it back too much so it looks too much like a Hitler moustache.

In the warm weather, it gets sweaty.

When I sneeze, it gets snotty.

And ultimately, I didn’t really like how it looked.

Others may like having facial hair, but it’s not for me.

So I shaved it off

So it came off. And you know what… afterwards, it was still itchy. Argh.

Half a mo’!
Half a mo'!

Fundraising

As of last night, I’d reached $825. There seemed to be a burst of activity on Tuesday, perhaps following a pleading Tweet. Thank you to all who donated — every amount, big or small, is appreciated!

It’s not too late if you wish to throw a few dollars in: Daniel’s Movember page

Clean-shaven again

Four days of Movember to go (and a bit of Monty Python)

Four days to go, and here’s this morning’s picture (in the rain).

Movember day 26 (in the rain)

The whole moustache business reminds me of this Monty Python sketch… skip to 30 seconds in for the relevant line.

At this point I’m looking forward to the end of Movember. From a maintenance point of view, it’s easier to just be clean-shaven, and I thought I’d got used to the itching, but it still bugs me from time to time.

Donations have slowed down, so if you’ve been holding off, jump in now! Any amount, big or small, appreciated!

Donate to my Movember here

Movember: any Modern Warfare/Call Of Duty fans want a limited edition USB drive?

Are these Modern Warfare: Call of Duty 3 “Captain Price” USB drives, sent out as part of Movember, really “limited edition”, or are there eleventy-billion of them out there?

"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" USB drive for Movember

Although I’d normally subscribe to the view that one can always use another USB drive, I’m wondering… would any of you MWCOD fans pledge a donation to Movember to buy it?

It’s still wrapped in plastic, and with a little box it came in. I’ll cover the postage to anywhere in Australia. Click here to see it bigger.

Anybody interested? What am I bid? (Leave an email address if you want it.)

Movember day 1 (nothing to see here… yet)

As I’ve mentioned, this month I’m growing a moustache for charity. I’ll try and post a picture each morning. Here’s the first: day one of Movember.

It should probably really be day zero, because under the rules we start clean-shaven.

Daniel - Movember day 1

Being Cup Day, I took the time to do the blade shaver thing this morning to do it properly… it does give a closer shave, though I’m not convinced it looks any different from a distance of more than a few inches, and because I’m not used to it, I invariably end up with a bunch of little cuts. Oh, and I’ve got a pimple on my upper lip. Maybe the hair will cover it.

Tomorrow things start to change… I’ll be interested to see how the moustache develops.

You can donate here — any amount, big or small, is welcome.

The Jeff issue

Andrew Highriser makes some very good points about BeyondBlue chairman Jeff Kennett’s comments recently. This has discouraged some people from donating to Movember, and I did consider this before deciding to participate.

I decided to go ahead because, regardless of Kennett’s comments, I think BeyondBlue do good work, and also because only a portion of the funds raised by Movember go to BeyondBlue — a (narrow) majority (55% after admin fees) actually goes elsewhere.

Kennett’s interview with Joy FM’s President David McCarthy is online here — scroll down to the installments published on 7th October 2011. Part two from about the 6 minute mark, and also part three discuss the contentious comments.

Anybody considering donating has a choice to make, of course, and I totally respect those who do not wish to donate to Movember. Alternative fundraising is: Fauxvember and Homovember.