Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Shave, a Haircut and a Fainting Spell for Prostate Cancer!

When my wife suggested that I become a Mo Bro to help raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer, I was shocked.

Now, please understand, my reaction was not because my wife is of the uncharitable sort but rather it was that she hates moustaches.

However, she (for reasons yet discovered) not only gave me permission to take part in MOvember, but allowed me to put my face, and potential ‘stache, in the hands of others.

Last week, 10 potential ‘stache candidate were offered up the voting public and yesterday the winner was announced (see final results).  For the 30 days of November I will be rockin’…“The Hulkster”!

The standard procedure for Movember is for one to start the month completely clean shaven and grow their preferred ‘stache throughout the month. For many it is seen as a grow-off of sorts.

I, on the other hand, have taken a different route. Riding what is a clearly a wave of grace from my wife and not knowing if such a great opportunity will ever be granted again I wasn’t about to waste any ‘stache time.

Therefore, I stopped shaving 2 weeks ago, letting a full beard grow in, so on November 1st I’d be able to hit the ground running.

Embracing the “man” spirit, I decided to visit the candy striped pole and let an old school barber shape my ‘stache into being with a classic “shave & a haircut”.

ROMA - BARBER SHOP Queen Street, Toronto

I was very excited…

...and slightly nervous. You see, from the moment my face became “shaveable” until yesterday I had only used electric razors. I have NEVER put a blade to my face…let alone beside my jugular.

But, this guy knew what he was doing…right?

I sat in the chair, described what I was looking for and my good man went to work.

After forming a rough ‘stache (with an electric razor) he then moved on to my hair cut. It was the best hair cut I’ve ever received. He took his time…and earned himself another customer. There’s no way I’m heading back to the franchised “salons”.

Anyways, it was now onto the real work...

Slight Apprehension
Is the red sheet to hide the blood spills?

The Hot Cloth
It looks like an "after" face lift picture

All Lathered Up
It was like being covered in whip cream by my wife...but not as fun.

Hypnotic State
I didn't know he cast a spell on me until I saw these pics.

The First Cut
He seems to be getting ready to dig deep

Passing Out
True Story...
...I don't know why.  It may have been the combined odours of the alcohol wipe & the shaving cream.  Maybe the hot cloth had been too hot.  Or maybe it was feeling a blade running up and down my neck.  Whatever the case...my stomach was spinning, my eyesight was blurring and I was perspiring as if I was wearing a parka during an African Safari.

The barber quietly asked me if I was doing okay.  To which I responded...


After opening the door for some fresh air and taking a brief moment to let me breath normally again...the shave recommenced...except now my barber was the one feeling nervous.

Slight Apprehension
Is he dead?

He's Alive
...or something like that

Sizing me up
If I didn't survive he was going to mount my head on his wall 

The Massage?
Yep!  You get a shoulder massage at Roma's!  It was awesome. 
He told me to tell when I was relaxed.  The massage lasted 2 hours...

Sweat Hog!
I told you I had been perspiring!

War Wound
I hope it scars.

Hulkamania is alive and well! 

I've got an entire month to try and FILL IT OUT...and reach my FUNDRAISING GOAL for prostate cancer research!

I hope to raise $1 for every hour that I rock the 'stache!
MY GOAL:  $720  

Please consider helping me (and my team) RAISE FUNDS for prostate cancer research by donating at my secure MOvember profile page

- In 2010 tragically more than 4,400 men will die as a direct result of prostate cancer -

1) You most likely know a man who has been, or will be, diagnosed with prostate cancer!
2) My wife Heidi has to live with "The Hulkster" for 30 days.  Don't let it her sacrafice be in vain!   

Thanks ahead of time...and stay tuned for all the TUESDAY UPDATES throughout MOvember!

Have a good one,
Hulkster Jr.  


  1. I can't believe that you never had a shave with a blade before. You young pups....

    Looks good!

  2. Thanks Micheal! Now I gotta figure out how to keep it trimmed.

  3. I wouldn't be surprised if Heidi starts to like it... she may not let you shave it off! ;) Sue

  4. Sue, I think it's a long shot.

    Michael, I think you missed the part of how badly I handle "blades" near my face...

  5. You need to borrow some of your wife's eyeliner and darken it a bit, Timmy.

  6. Joanne, I think I might dye it blond!

    Lisa, I knew you'd end up liking it.

  7. Hey Tim, The hulkster is definitly the way to go... I think we could be brothers!

  8. Wow, you look great. We'll donate $ 20 and bring it the our Thanksgiving dinner on the 27 th. Way to go Heidi.

  9. Thanks...but don't ask so surprised. Donation is much appreciated and I'll tell Heidi you're proud of her.


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