Taking a Break from Facial Hair: Movember Comes to an End

Posted: December 6, 2010 in Joe's Life, New Experiences
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The first year I participated in Movember, I signed on because it’s a great cause and I thought it would be a unique experience. 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 crotch.

Unlike previous Movembers, this was the first year my team had more than two people. The experience was completely different because there was more enthusiasm, we turned heads whenever two or three of us entered the same room or bar, and we had more opportunities to nudge our friends into parting ways with their cash. (Just kidding. We didn’t nudge our friends/co-workers into donating, we blackmailed them.)

The White Russians (minus Owen Donnelly)

Before the month was over, all of our friends and co-workers knew about Movember and almost daily we were approached by colleagues that would say “[Insert name] told me I needed to check out your moustache” or “Are you part of the Movember crew? You guys look hilarious. Keep up the good work.” This year’s crew consisted of the following gentlemen:

  • Dave Bauer
  • Owen Donnelly
  • Brian Gabriel
  • Amit Patel
  • Joe Piehl
  • Danny Prokup
  • Mark Rasmussen

We all have funny stories to share but the thing I loved the most was watching someone’s facial expression the first time they saw me rocking a moustache. As you can imagine, the looks ranged from “you’re creeping me out” to instant laughter. However, I was a little concerned when people wouldn’t react and instead they thought my crazy cookie duster was my usual look.

The second best experience from Movember was the photo shoot I did during the final days of Movember. On top of having an awesome time raising money and aware, I now have a packed album of ridiculous photos.

Ladies, let me know if you want an autographed copy.

Many thanks to the wonderful people below that supported my team and me financially. Every donation brings us a little bit closer to a cure (and throwing a really big “We beat cancer party”).

The Movember Gala this past weekend. (FYI - Men with moustaches rarely smile.)

  • Sami Air
  • Melissa Chalus
  • Cathy Calhoun
  • Tim Cassady Jr.
  • Vanessa Daniele
  • Abbey Ervin
  • Caroline Guth Lainio
  • Jaye Hilton
  • Sarah Lang
  • Melissa Layton
  • Emily Luiz
  • Noelle Overly
  • Kimberly Piehl
  • Mama Piehl
  • Papa Piehl
  • Amy Pfeiffer
  • Elizabeth Stiles

This weekend a buddy mentioned that he wanted to participate in Movember but he wasn’t able to get a group together from his office and some co-workers discouraged him from participating. Clearly his co-workers didn’t understand the point of Movember and that had to suck.

If you had a similar experience this year, if you can’t convince a buddy or two to face 30 days of almost constant rejection from women, or if you’re a woman that would be intimidated to raise money by yourself, consider this blog post an open invitation to join my team next year.

Cheers from a clean shaven bro,



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