Mustaches for Kids
(Oh, that's what that's about)

Greetings family, friends, acquaintances, arch-nemeses, etc.
This is a current picture of me and my three-week old mustache.
It's flourishing, and getting plenty of attention from colleagues and strangers alike.

If you were not aware, I'm growing it for charity, and there's just a little over a week remaining (Dec. 13th)
Thanks to those of you who have already donated to the cause.
I really appreciate it. If you'd like to donate, click my mustache below, or here ,
and it will take you to the Philadelphia Growers page of
It's a terrific group that aims to raise money for schools-in-need by
funding specific projects proposed by teachers themselves.
Just a few bucks will make a difference, both to the kids and to my
potential ability to trash-talk my mustachioed competition, once they are defeated.
Please help this super-worthy cause.

If that hasn't convinced you, then look at my picture and imagine me saying, dramatically,
"Please. Won't you think of the children."

There you go.

It's a general consensus that it looks pretty bad. But I am soldiering on.

In this space I'd like to thank many of you who have helped shape my recent experiences of being a guy with a mustache.

A few folks have pretended it didn't exist,
rather than bring it up, and I thank you for your discretion.

Some have tried to put a positive spin on it:
"When you shave it, you'll look ten years younger!"

Thank you Random UArts student!

"When the competition is over, it will be like a great reveal!"

Thank you, non-random UArts student! (Graham)

Many have just brought it up as a statement of fact,
as if they are informing me of the existence of said mustache, in case I was unaware:
"You're growing a mustache!"

To the many friends, neighbors, UArts students, faculty,
and even my dog, Lola, who has clearly expressed this sentiment in recent days,

I thank you all for your concern.

But the most popular reaction by far, has been the flat-out mocking laugh:
Dude, that looks pretty bad."

To the numerous friends, neighbors, students (former students, mostly. Current students wisely went with "pretend it's not there"),
and to my entire immediate family who expressed this sentiment in unison on Thanksgiving Day,

Thanks for your candor.
I truly think that honesty is the best policy when it comes to facial hair (beards included, hipsters!).

C'mon people, now
smile on your brother, ev'ry-body get together,
try to fund someone's mustache right now