Saturday, November 9, 2013

Personal Growth

Graduate school is a time for personal growth... intellectual growth... professional growth... and yes, facial hair growth! This month, I’m doing my best to get the HGSE campus into the spirit of Movember. Every year, folks around the world grow out their mustaches in an effort to raise awareness—and money—in support of men’s health issues, particularly cancer. We call it “changing the face of men’s health.”
Just to clarify, this is not exactly the same thing as Brovember, or No Shave November, or No Shame November, while I do support all of those movements. In fact, during a recent visit by Rory*, we discussed the possibility of organizing another festival of M.E.A.T.** But I digress...
I am the captain of our HGSE Movember team, and we’re looking to make our mark on the global fundraising scene! At the time of writing this post, our team is ranked #9343 in the world. But that’s beautiful! Just think, there are least 9343 teams geared up to raise money for this great cause. Besides, we're just getting warmed up.

Part of making this campaign a success is working the infrastructure. Thankfully, I've already developed a strong bond with my local barber shop—a must when relocating to any new neighborhood. The team at Brighton Barber Co. can hook a fade up, and since my barber is Puerto Rican, you know he can handle the crazy wavy curly not quite good hair that I'm throwing at him. They are very supportive, even though I'm not planning on cutting my hair anytime soon—it's just way too cold to be cute, and according to the locals, it hasn't even gotten cold yet. Do they actually believe the things that come out of their mouths? So, my hair is longer than it's ever been since I shaved off my afro ceremoniously to celebrate graduating from San Francisco State. Maybe I'll keep it growing until I have earned the right to have you call me Master (don't worry, I won't be holding my breath for that one).

In the meantime, I'm more focused on this mustache, which I unfortunately just cannot seem to find of picture of right now. Sorry (cough, cough). Who cares if its creepy or ugly or both... it's for a great cause. If you want to support what I'm doing, you can click here or on the link below to make a large of small donation to sponsor my stache growing efforts. The money goes towards supporting organizations like the LIVESTRONG Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. There movement has even expanded to tackle men's mental health issues, which lord knows we have plenty of. 
So, I hope you consider donating, or even growing your own as a show of solidarity. Trust me, I know it's not sexy. That's kinda the point.
Pura Vida,



* Rory = my roommate while serving in the Peace Corps in Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde.
** Men Eating Animals Together, a feast held on the 30th of November to mark the end of Brovember.


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