Tag Archives: Causes

Where’s Your Movember Moustache?

Q: What’s the male equivalent of the mammogram?

A: The doctor puts his finger somewhere uncomfortable…like the back of a Volkswagen.

Everybody knows what Save the Ta Tas means. But do you know what Movember means?

Starting November 1, men all over the world stopped shaving the hair above the lip. The funds raised by these men support health programs for prostate cancer (and other male-specific cancers).

To show my support, I sported my own moustache at a bar crawl this weekend.

Pregame Curly Moustache

The group I was with got some crazy looks, and lots of people asked what was going on.

Stranger #1: Why are you wearing that moustache?

Me: What moustache? (I totally should have said that. I lose cool points for letting that opportunity pass by.)

Seductive Crooked Moustache

Stranger #2: I don’t know if I’m disturbed by that or oddly turned on. I think I’m turned on.

Me: ::runs away::

Even Hello Kitty (Blarney) had a moustache.

Feel free to donate to a team of my friends or some other moustacheteers.


Walk a Mile (or 10) in Her Shoes

Last year I participated in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes (Are You Man Enough?). And I did it again this year. This year was the 10th anniversary of the walk to stop violence again women.

Are you man enough to wear heels...and paint your nails?

Men gathered in the cold, rainy weather on Saturday to walk a mile…in heels. High heels. Heels I wouldn’t even walk a mile while wearing.

I want these.

I let someone borrow my knee-high boots, but I was sure to get all the compliments.

Black Knee Highs are mine.

Woman: Great boots!

Boot Wearer: They’re hers.

Me: They’re mine!

…1/4 mile later…

Man: Nice hooker boots!

Me: They’re mine!

Boot Wearer: I love that you still owned up to that.

The money the men raised went to the Heartly House, a local organization that helps victims of domestic violence.

Did you know…

  • 1 in 4 college women experience a completed or attempted rape during their college years. (This year a group of guys from a local college walked to show their support.)
  • In America, every 2 minutes someone is sexually assaulted.
  • Around the world, 1 woman in every 3 has been beaten or sexually abused.
  • Only half of domestic violence incidents are reported to the police.
  • Somewhere in America, a woman is battered (usually by her intimate partner) every 15 seconds.

Putting a Name With the Number

I have a 10-minute commute, so I don’t listen to the radio much. Don’t hate. I’ve been driving 45-90 minutes (one way) for years.

I also don’t have cable, so I don’t watch the news. Perhaps I should have led with this instead. Then you’d feel sorry for my TVlessness.

I don’t get a newspaper either. I’m pretty much the most uninformed person ev-er.

Did you know we’ve had troops in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001 and 2003? Who knew? Not me.

Ok, so I knew that. I’m not that disconnected.

But you know what I didn’t know? Four people from my town died in Afghanistan.

And exactly 2 years ago today….

  • Spc. Zachary Taylor Myers from Delaware, OH, died in an explosion in Iraq. He was 21 years old.
  • Hospitalman James Ray Layton from Riverbanks, CA, died in an ambush in Afghanistan. He was 22.

CNN has an extremely sobering but informative website that shows the number of casualties in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

I encourage you to go check out the site. You can see the people who served and were from your city. It tells you where they’re from, where they died, and it shows their picture. And if you knew that person, you can post a memory about them.

For a project for work, I’m researching OEF and OIF, and that’s how I stumbled upon the CNN site.

Approximately, 2,689 soldiers have died in Afghanistan and 4,793 in Iraq. Why not take a few moments today to put a face with the numbers?


Boxers, Bieber, and Big Brown Eyes

It’s time for the ultimate question…

Are you a dog person or a cat person?

I’m definitely a cat person. But don’t tell Esme that.

But I have to admit that sometimes I’m a dog person. Until it’s time to pick up their poo in a plastic bag. Then I switch back to a cat person.

The best way to avoid the poo part is to fall in love with other people’s dogs. For example, last weekend Radley and I went to the pet store to cuddle with puppies.

Radley would kill me if he knew I used Bieber's head in this pic.

Another puppy I love is Nikita.

Isn’t she a cutie? Look at those big brown eyes. Maybe you can help her out by donating to the Cleveland APL?


Victory, Valentine, and the Other V-Word

Until the violence stops…

Did you celebrate V-Day this year? V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women.

Saturday Princess and I went to see The Vagina Monologues. That’s right. I said it: Va-Gi-Na.

If you haven’t seen it, you should. (Guys, I’m talking to you, too.) Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues combine humor, startling statistics, and touching true stories. Best of all, 100% of the money from the play goes to different organizations to help victims of violence.

And plays that give out chocolate vaginas count as something artsy, so I’m crossing #23 off my 30 Before 30 List.

My favorite monologue was “My Angry Vagina.” Here’s an excerpt:

Then there’s those exams. Who thought up those exams? I know there has to be a better way….Why the funky rubber gloves? Why the flashlight all up there like Nancy Drew working against gravity?

Here are just a few things I learned:

  • The clitoris has twice as many nerve-thingys as the penis. Twice as many!
  • Every 15 seconds a woman is abused in the United States. How long will it take you to read this post? How many women were abused while you read?
  • 130 million women a year suffer genital mutilation.