Moustache + November = Movember

Posted: November 29, 2010 in Joe's Life, New Experiences
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November has been quite the month and I’m proud to say the thing that excites me every day is my Fu Manchu. It ages me 10 years, draws interesting looks from the ladies (not all of them bad), and it’s for a good cause.

November is Prostate Cancer Awareness month and for the third year in a row, I’m participating in Movember, a challenge for men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG.  Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, my fellow Mo Bros and I commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.

I’ll be the first to say that I look a little goofy with a moustache and sometimes I look like the sick folks on NBC’s “To Catch A Predator,” but if that’s all it takes to help find a cure for prostate cancer, than count me in.

Growing a moustache can be intimidating for guys that have never grown one before and I frequently receive questions about the Movember process. Hopefully, some of the information below will help guys overcome their hesitancies and offer insight to ladies.

Jill, Mark and me during the 2009 Movember Gala in Chicago

How does one cultivate a lip caterpillar?

Similar to the development of a butterfly, growing a moustache is a long and sometimes difficult process that ends in a beautiful creature. I’ve tried several different techniques over the years and I’ve determined that the easiest way to grow a mo is to start by growing a beard. Because each guy grows facial hair differently, a beard will help you understand your moustache growing abilities.

One of my pitfalls last year is that I started to shape my crumb catcher earlier on and I trimmed one of the corners too tightly. Confronted with a difficult situation, I decided to shave my moustache and state over. This year, I grew a beard and developed the perfect working environment for my masterpiece.

After growing a beard for 1-2 weeks, it’s time to show the world your testosterone driven work of art. This year I went with a classic Fu Manchu because it worked well my first Movember and it looks pretty badass. Since clean shaven is preferred in most work environment, it’s important to remember that your moustache will be the first thing a person notice about you, what message does yours send? My says, “I’m going to stick it to the man.”

New Challenges to Tackle

Contrary to popular brief, a living with, and maintaining, a moustache is not a turnkey operation.  Similar to a dog, child and Lamborghini, a fair number of obstacles are associated with moustache “ownership.”

The biggest challenge for me is in regards to my other facial hair. Prior to Movember I could go three to four days without shaving and claim I was trying to mimic the Dave Beckham scruffy look that women find attractive. Now that I have a moustache women have gone from saying “Ooh la la” to “Oh he’s just lazy.” Some of the additional challenges I’ve faced include:

-Eating barbeque wings and getting sauce on the side of my Fu Manchu.

-Avoiding beer foam in my moustache.

-Talking to women in a bar. (Just kidding I don’t have trouble talking to women, they have trouble accepting the intense manliness of my moustache.)


Me during a recent trip to Miami

Oh Joey. – Grandma

That is an AWESOME moustache. Well done sir. – A fellow moustache connoisseur at a wedding in Milwaukee.

I’m sorry but I can’t take you seriously with that moustache. – My co-worker and friend Noelle

*Inquisitive look / hand gesture to face* So what’s with the moustache? I like it. – Random girl at a bar in Milwaukee.

I can’t look out you with that moustche. – My sister Kimberly

Your moustache is looking exquisite Mr. Piehl. – My friend Theresa (via Facebook)

Additional Information

A moustache is like a coat of arms for a man’s face.

Every guy deserves to grow a little bit of luxury. (This year’s slogan.) profiled seven historical figures who were absurdly hard to kill, ALL of them had facial hair.

Understanding Prostate Cancer via the Prostate Cancer Foundation

Shameless Plug for Support (and Your Hard Earned $$$)

Hopefully, it’s clear that growing facial fur isn’t an easy task. The thing that really caught me off guard this year is a new stat saying one in six guys will develop prostate cancer during their life. Unfortunately, this means that one of the guys on my office team will develop this terrible disease.  So if you see a bro growing a mo in the hallway or on the street tell them to keep up the good work, give them a fist bump, or tell him he looks nothing like the guys on “To Catch a Predator.” If you can, a few bucks in the “donation can” would also help.

To donate to either my Movember team or me, click here.

With a stache,


p.s. I’ll send a team photo to everyone that donates to my Movember crew and me.

  1. […] Even though we’re still searching for a cure to prostate cancer, each year continues to be a sweet experience and this year WE raised some major cash ($970) to kick cancer in the […]

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