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Last month, as I stepped off a ski gondola and onto the ice-packed mountaintop approach to Schaffer's Camp restaurant near Lake Tahoe, I knew that something was really, really wrong with me. Just hours before, I was standing on the lakeshore (pictured above), and now I was heading for a farewell dinner along with other members of the media and our hosts from Kia Motors America as we celebrated the launch of their 2016 Sorento (reviewed here). What I'd originally thought was the result of drinking too much coffee throughout the day was pointing to something much worse, as a few folks asked me if I was ok - a stressed look no doubt starting to show through my body language. I tried holding out, but after informing the waitress that I wouldn't be dining with the group, I nearly passed out in the washroom before quietly slipping out and taking a seven-minute ride back down the Zephyr Express in complete darkness. At the foot of the slope, I would be taken via four-wheeler back to the Ritz-Carlton for what became perhaps the most frightfully painful night of my life. I texted my wife. I got some meds from the concierge, and I shivered through the night despite the warmth of the fireplace. I should've gone to the hospital.

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Monday, December 01 2014 21:43

Movember 2014: The Wrap-Up #ShaveOff

"Wake me up, when Movember ends..." at least, that's what was sorta in my mind this year, borrowing from the GREEN DAY song that says "September" while swapping in "Movember." A "second year Mobro," I once more grew a mustache (or moustache for extra-hipster style) in an effort to help raise funds and awareness to combat men's health issues, with mental health of particular interest to me. This year, my campaign was generously-powered by Panasonic & Neutrogena, who partnered with me to draw attention to my cause. Through our #ShaveOff promotion, reader Lacey Burd scored a fantastic prize pack that included the PANASONIC ES-RT77-S Arc3 Wet/Dry Shaver and a full suite of shaving essentials from Neutrogena with a few other goodies thrown in. While it was all in good fun and got some people talking, this year's fundraising efforts largely fell flat, causing me to start questioning my approach for next year.

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#MovemberOn November 1, I started my second Movember journey - committing myself to growing a mustache... or moustache, in support of Movember and their mission to raise funds and awareness to combat men's health issues including cancers and mental health (the cause I've chosen to support). This year, to raise awareness for my personal campaign, my friends at by Panasonic Neutrogena  have provided a fantastic Shaving Essentials kit for all of you to have a chance to win, but there's something a little disappointing: I'm 20 days into this and have ZERO donations. By this time last year, I already had a few hundred dollars in, and I wasn't even holding a giveaway to raise awareness. 631 entries since my original post on November 1, and it's time for an update - to let all of you see the ridiculous 'stache that I'm growing not only for the amusement of the public at large, but also to raise funds for this great cause. How have Panasonic & Neutrogena helped me keep this looking top-notch? Take a look... and yes, you still have a chance to win that sweet shaving kit!

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#MovemberUPDATE: This promotion continues here!

For the second year in a row, I've committed myself to growing a mustache... or moustache, in support of Movember and their mission to raise funds and awareness to combat men's health issues including cancers and mental health (the cause I've chosen to support). My wife says that I "grow amusing facial hair," so that adds to the fun as I do my best to cultivate a fantastic 'stache by month's end, using the immortal Burt Reynolds (SMOKEY & THE BANDIT), Tom Selleck (MAGNUM P.I.) and David Hasselhoff (as the evil Garthe Knight from KNIGHT RIDER) as my inspiration - my "poster boys," if you will, in my journey. I break the rules a little bit right off the top, not starting "clean shaven," but working around my goatee to add a complimentary 'stache into the mix, and this year my Movember journey is powered by Panasonic & Neutrogena as they work to keep me looking good, while serving up a rockin' giveaway to help draw attention to and raise awareness for my personal Movember campaign. What could you win? Check this out...

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At the beginning of February, the folks at Panasonic USA reached out to THE ROCK FATHER to give their new Panasonic Arc 3 Wet/Dry Shaver (available now from my affiliate, Target) a spin. You could call it a bit of a "Scruffy Dude Challenge," and actually, that's exactly what we'll call it! There's one area of my chin that never gets a shave - my ZZ Top portion, if you will (for a price, I may cut it) - but the rest of my baby-like face often needs some attention. While I might go into more detail on my personal Arc 3 (sounds like something IRON MAN would use) experience in a future post, Panasonic has offered up another Arc 3 Wet/Dry Shaver (a $130 value) that one of YOU can win. But we'd like to see your #ScruffyDude...

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MovemberFor the past month, I, along with over 70 fellow Dad Bloggers have been working as a team to raise funds and awareness for men's health issues by growing moustaches in support of Movember (read my official announcement here). With over $13,000 donated thus far, half of which was thanks to a contribution from Dove Men+Care, we have one week left to reach our goal of $30,000. Currently, I rank lucky 13 on our team, with $180 generously contributed through friends of The Rock Father (thank you!). In an effort to amp things up a bit, my friend Tommy over at Life of Dad put together a group of a dozen Dad Bloggers (the #MovemberDads) to perform an a cappella cover version of "Thrift Shop" - the massive hit by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (who will be performing at The AMAs later tonight). Check it out below, and keep an eye out for yours truly popping up on guitar for the chorus...

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