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What is Movember?

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Hello everyone!
I wanted to write a quick little note telling everyone why am I posting all these photos everyday of my face with a mustache growing on it. Since 2004, the event which happens throughout the month of November, is to raise awareness about men’s health. While for some years there has been focus on specific men’s health issues, like prostate cancer, testicular cancer and depression, the main focus has been to simply bring awareness to men’s health. One of the main reasons is because the average life expectancy of a man in the US is about 76.2 years. For women it’s 81. Another scary fact of men’s health is that 12.1% of men 18 years and over are in fair or poor health. The originators of the movement have more facts and claifcation on their website here: http://us.movember.com/mens-health

So why am I growing a mustache and posting photos of it? While I do enjoy all the comments about how I look like a creeper and what not, what I would like for people to take away from this is to have a discussion with a man you know and love about their health. Check in with that man. Ask him if he has had his yearly physical. Ask about how they are feeling. That’s what I’m asking you to do. I don’t want to ask you for money or for you to contribute anything to me. No, just go and talk to a man in your life about his health. That’s all there is to it.

If you want to learn more about the Movember movement read more about it here:

http://us.movember.com/

and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Movember

Thanks for reading.

Eric

Death is everywhere…

1.) In the morning went to my folks to get ready to take them to the airport for their trip. Helped them out by taking their cat to the vet for boarding. Was taking “Sammy” out of the car into the vet when I noticed the vet technicians bolting out of the vet building carrying a stretcher. They rushed out over to a SUV an popped open the back where a man in a runner outfit was covered in blood. They pulled out a dog covered in blood and not moving. They loaded it on the stretcher and sprinted inside. It immediately shook me. I started crying immediately and told the runner guy covered in blood, “I’m so sorry!”. It was overwhelming. I just stood there in the parking lot for several minutes just crying and feeling the shock and pain of the poor animal. Once I made it inside it was clear that everyone that works at the vet were shocked. Turns out the animal and owners were customers of the vet and had been for many years. Even more sad.

2.) As I was leaving the vet, I was exiting the parking lot out onto the main street/throughfare and I noticed that there was a major, MAJOR accident just up the street in the opposite direction I was going. THREE ambulances and a fire truck at the stop light just up the road. I have no idea what was going on, but the entire lane of the traffic was stopped.

3.) When I got home and relayed the events to my parents, my mother mentioned to me that my sister, two days prior, had lost one of her three dogs from getting hit by a car. Something to the effect of, she had let him outside and he got in the street and got hit by a car.

4.) I was at my place and was conveying the above three events to a close friend when she commented about a book I was reading that was open on the coffee table infront of us as I was talking. I was like, “What about the book?” And she said, look what the page is talking about:

Chart about Death

5.) Me and my friend, later on when to the Asian Market Restaurant and had dinner. When we got out of the store and walked to the car, parked next to me was a hearse vehicle!

I’m not going to try and pretend to understand what this all means. I’m just going to say, I noticed. It is what it is. That being said…my new friend has me feeling more “alive” than I have been in the last 4 years. She’s rocking my universe!