But the man cannot grow a beard to save his life. Blame it on his viking roots or his white collar job or his brother whose face seems to have hogged all the hair. But the bottom line is that he really only has like seven hair follicles on his face. And that’s being generous.So when his friends at work convinced him to participate in Movember, a national fundraiser where men grow mustaches to raise money for prostate cancer and other mens health issues, I sort of laughed in his soft little hairless face. The only time I had seen even the suggestion (and I’m talking a whisper) of a mustache on him was when he returned from from a 14 day trek up Mount Kilimanjaro.
To his credit though, he’s really pulled out all the stops this month. Here are the top five proof points he gave our friends and family as evidence they should sponsor his ‘stache.
1. Imported from the West Coast
2. Raised on craft beer and an organic diet
3. Received 2nd place ribbon at 8th grade Science Fair
4. Lowest carbon footprint of all Mo’s
5. Rescues kittens from burning buildings
It’s hard to argue with this campaign platform. In fact, it was so convincing that my sister Michelle’s boyfriend, Gabor, grew a mustache in support of Mike’s. That’s some solidarity.
And apparently everyone at his office was was persuaded too, because his ‘stache was voted second best in the company in a mustache popularity contest. He also pulled together an impressive $417 of donations. That’s about $75 a follicle. Not bad.
And now after 30 days of diligent growing, if he sits in just the right light and tilts his chin just the right way, I can make out the subtle shadow of what, by next November, threatens to be a full blown mustache.
If you’d like to make a last minute donation to this awesome cause or just read the demeaning things Mike’s friends have written about his hair growing ability, go here.
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