At face value, the visual I am unabashedly about to force upon your eyes might seem like one thing, but it is another thing entirely.

stash(close to actual size)

Sure, it’s easy to look at at that incongruous mix of light and dark hairs stubbily extending out all over my upper lip and say “Ewwwww!” or “Kill It!” Or “John! Where’s Ponch?” But what on the surface is simply nine days of moustache growth, is really much more than that. It’s a call to action.

In previous years when this month has rolled around I’ve been known to participate with varying degrees of success and failure in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), but for November 2009 I’m all about NaMoGroMo: National Moustache Growing Month.

See, I was convinced prior to the end of October to join my coworker Chris Piehler and become a member of his team of moustachio’d mercenaries collectively known as The Hair Force, who together throughout this month are growing us some hirsute lips as part of Movember, a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men’s health and benefits the Prostate Cancer Foundation as well as the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Livestrong.

While growing my ‘mo is the fun part of the challenge, the more serious part is the raising of some cash, which is where you come in. Please find it in your heart and wallet to support my efforts and participation with a monetary donation of your choosing. Doing so will be greatly and humbly appreciated by me and will be of benefit to all in increasing awareness for men’s cancers — specifically prostate and testicular cancer.

Visit my page on the Movember website, and click the “Donate To Me” button. And whether you like them or not, stay tuned for additional in-progress ‘stach stills… or as I like to call them: mo’mentos.