Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Full Swearengen

I met Laid Off Dad (Doug French) last month at the Dad's Lounge of the New Parent Expo, and we got to talking.  Two things we talked about is our love of all things Deadwood, and about Movember, the moustache growing way to raise money for prostate cancer.  I knew a lot about Deadwood, but little about Movember.  (You can read more on LOD's very nice blog post about Movember here.  And if you meet Doug in person, ask him to imitate E.B. Farnum.  He's got him down cold)

At the time, he told me he was planning on growing a Full Swearengen, based on Ian McShane's rough and tumble saloon and brothel owner.  He's got quite a distinctive moustache..

At the time, LOD urged me to join, and my NYC Dad's Group was also getting involved.  But I'm not much of a joiner. And I already had facial hair. And I generally don't like my look in moustaches.  And I'm a lame-o that doesn't like to do good by putting myself out in any way.

But somehow, the phrase "The Full Swearengen" has been rattling around my head for awhile.  I've made half a dozen thoughts about it.  But somehow, today was the day.  So today, I shaved my beard down to a Swearengen moustache.  Mostly on a whim, but I've been thinking about doing it for a while.  So I did. And I joined the Movember team for my Dad's group (which is also linked to Doug French's Dad 2.0 Summit team.   And here are the results.

[caption id="attachment_433" align="aligncenter" width="378" caption="Ian and Adam and their Full Swearengens."][/caption]

While Mr. McShane and I are similar in many regards (a love of florid language, a love of Shakespeare,) alas, and alack, we do not share a bone structure.  Between the different colored hair,  a slightly shorter moustache length, I don't think we look much alike. All things considered, I've got more in common with three other famous moustachioed men.

[caption id="attachment_434" align="aligncenter" width="389" caption="John, Bryan, and Nick all show their moustaches."][/caption]

I'm not sure how much longer I'll sport this (once my wife sees it, all bets might be off) But Hey, while I've got your attention, think about supporting Prostate Cancer research, why don't you?

You can support me on Movember here:

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