up appearances a difficult thing
about the stache. Its been five months now
since I made the momentus decision to shave off my mustache
after having it grace my upper lip for nearly 25 years.
are a funny thing. The longer you have one the more attached
you get to it and the more reticent you are to shave it
once got into a brawl over my stache. A bunch of
us were spending a weekend at a friends cottage
when someone got the bright idea to try and shave off
my mustache while I was sleeping. Thankfully, Im
a light sleeper and I woke up at the first sound of the
electric razor. With legs and arms flailing, I managed
to fight off my assailants and saved my beloved stache.
I first started writing a column for the Orleans Star
in 1989, my stache quickly became my trademark.
In fact. the picture on the left is the same one that
graced the top of my column for the better part of 12
only problem is that while my picture never changed, I
did. I remember visiting Colonel By Secondary School in
1999 or 2000 when I overheard two girls behind me debating
who I was.
I turned around and verified that I was indeed the guy
who wrote in The Star, one of them said, You look
a lot older in person. No kidding.
forward to the 2014 municipal election when I used a photo
that had been taken four years earlier for my campaign
brochures. Thats the picture in the middle.
lost track of the number of times I was told that I looked
a lot younger in the picture. A lot younger? Define a
often felt like asking them. Some even went so far as
to claim it was false advertising.
finally decided to shave it off out of curiosity, if nothing
else. The response from my kids was immediate. The boys
took it well, my daughter not so much. At first she threatened
to disown me if I didnt grow it back. She had a
hard time even looking at me for while, but has since
gotten used to it.
decision to stay clean-shaven was made easier by the number
of people, most of whom just happened to be members of
the opposite sex, who said I looked a lot younger without
the stache You can judge for yourselves.
been stache-less for the past five months, Im
quite happy with the new me and doubt Ill ever grow
it back unless its in support of a special cause
too late to particpate this month, but you can be sure
Ill offer up my stache for the cause next
the meantime, Im still accepting compliments on
the new look. You can send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
this month, I had the pleasure of attending the OutCare
Foundations 4th annual Black Tie Bingo at the Ottawa
a closet bingo enthusiast I was hoping to take home one
of the prizes that included a box suite for a Sens game;
a pair of VIA Rail tickets to Halifax; and a trip to Italy.
closest I came was three numbers away from winning a tandem
bike. Not sure what I would have done with a tandem bike,
but thats beside the point.
ended up buying a framed Max Keeping tie in the silent
aution for my friend Randy Fitzpatrick. Randy and Max
were good friends, and the tie now has a place of honour
in Petit Bills Bistro on Wellington Street.
OutCare Foundation supports palliative care providers
in Eastern Ontario including the May Court Hospice and
Roger Neilson House in Ottawa.
mission is to help provide support so that patients and
families receive the care they need, in the setting of
their choice, for their end-of-life journey.
whos had a parent benefit from quality palliative
care understands the importance of organizations like
the Outcare Foundation and the Elderly Care Foundation
of Ottawa which co-hosted the Black Tie Bingo.
can learn more about the OutCare Foudation by visiting
their website at outcarefoundation.org.
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