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Keeping up appearances a difficult thing

It’s about the ‘stache. It’s 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.

Moustaches 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 off.

I once got into a brawl over my ‘stache. A bunch of us were spending a weekend at a friend’s cottage when someone got the bright idea to try and shave off my mustache while I was sleeping. Thankfully, I’m 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.

When 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 years.

The 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.

When 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.

Flash forward to the 2014 municipal election when I used a photo that had been taken four years earlier for my campaign brochures. That’s the picture in the middle.

I lost track of the number of times I was told that I looked a lot younger in the picture. A lot younger? Define “a lot”,

I often felt like asking them. Some even went so far as to claim it was false advertising.

I 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 didn’t grow it back. She had a hard time even looking at me for while, but has since gotten used to it.

The 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.

Having been ‘stache-less for the past five months, I’m quite happy with the new me and doubt I’ll ever grow it back unless it’s in support of a special cause like Movember.

I’m too late to particpate this month, but you can be sure I’ll offer up my ‘stache for the cause next year.

In the meantime, I’m still accepting compliments on the new look. You can send your comments to fsherwin@orleansstar.ca.

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Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending the OutCare Foundation’s 4th annual Black Tie Bingo at the Ottawa Conference Centre.

Being 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.

The closest I came was three numbers away from winning a tandem bike. Not sure what I would have done with a tandem bike, but that’s beside the point.

I 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 Bill’s Bistro on Wellington Street.

The OutCare Foundation supports palliative care providers in Eastern Ontario including the May Court Hospice and Roger Neilson House in Ottawa.

Their 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.

Anyone who’s 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.

You can learn more about the OutCare Foudation by visiting their website at outcarefoundation.org.

(If you wish to comment on this or any other View Point column please write to Fred Sherwin at fsherwin@magma.ca)

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