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Matt OConnell " Cap'n Matt "
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From MSN's analysis of Facial Hair:
"If your guy is a mustache-man, he deserves major props. The 'stache is the only difficult part of a beard, making it hard to eat, kiss, etc. ... For a man to voluntarily take on the hardest part of the game ... it's a sign that he bows to no challenge, least of which being the number of negative stereotypes that so unfairly haunt the mustache."
'Nuff said.

There was a day Scott had no 'stache.  Check him out and follow him, too, as he tries hard to match the old man.
There was a day Scott had no 'stache. Check him out and follow him, too, as he tries hard to match the old man.

The winner and son at last year's 'Stache Bash.
The winner and son at last year's 'Stache Bash.
Last year I beat him (again).  Help me out to do it again!  THANKS --  It's for the KIDS!!

Week 1.  Weak One.  It'll get uglier, just wait!
Week 1. Weak One. It'll get uglier, just wait!
One  week in, and while it's evident, it's certainly nothing to brag about.  And certainly just prickly enough that Barb has already retreated even from pecks on the forehead.  What a sacrifice.  But it's For The Kids!  Kids' charities that M4K Richmond has already boosted with nearly $800,000 donated since its inception.  We're looking to top $1,000,000 total this year.  And with your help we'll crush that.

Browse around the whole web site to get a flavor of this crazy bunch of guys growing sweet 'staches for good.  And check back weekly to see how I and the rest of the crew are doing to meet our goals.

Thanks for your support.  It's For The Kids!!

Week (again Weak) 2 and it doesn't look a whole lot better than Weak 1!?
Week (again Weak) 2 and it doesn't look a whole lot better than Weak 1!?
The conditioner following shampoo has begun.  To no effect.  The attempted pecks on Barb's forehead are still resulting in a recoil and an "OUCH!".  (So far no "I HATE that thing" as in years past, but I know that's coming.)

And it's creepy.  I don't remember ever saying that specifically in previous years, at least not me accusing me of being creepy.  Others looking at me like I'm creepy, sure.  And that's happening again this year.  But this year, for some reason, I have to admit that when I look in the mirror, I'm a little creeped out.

Look -- If you've scrolled to here and are stomaching this photo, THANKS for supporting our efforts to help kids in need of various types of support.  That's what this is truly all about.  

THANKS for both your financial and moral encouragement.  Means so much.

It's for the Kids!

Week 3, filling out, looking old!
Week 3, filling out, looking old!
So this past weekend, when my daughter saw me sporting my sweet M4K ball cap and my rugged-man thermal vest over a flannel shirt, she commented that the mustache 'worked' with that look.  Thus this great photo.  Now take a second to scroll back up to the top for a moment to see my Cap'n Matt photo.  (Actually Lieutenant (junior grade) Matt.  i.e. O-2 / 1st Lt for you non-Navy types)  Call me 24 at the time.  My dad said he understood why I decided to sport a mustache then because it made me look older than a baby faced JayGee.  Well, unfortunately I think that continues and the thing is making me look not older but just ... old.  Which, of course, I am, but let's not go there.  BUT, and you know what's coming...

IT'S FOR THE KIDS!  So it's well worth it.  Look at the total!  Almost there to my all time best, with the help of many of you and some (including the infamous Philo McGiffin) yet to come.  And the whole group is on track as well.  Just a little over a week to go. 

Thanks so much for your support.


Final for 2017.  'Highly attractive'!?
Final for 2017. "Highly attractive"!?
Wow!!  THANK YOU to all who have supported this sweet 'stache this season.  We're looking at over $2500 by the time it's all over this evening!  Simply Amazing!

I have to say, this year's growth has certainly been better than years past.  Of course, you may recall last year's "DUH" moment when I nailed it with my razor at ~ week 2.  So having the full month's growth again this year has been, um, dare I say special?  You decide, looking at this last pic, but I'm owning it and don't think it's all that bad (other than the itching.  Really bad this year, for some reason.)  In fact in the final days I've had some positive comments from dis-interested men.  And the best one was from a lovely lady of a certain contemporary age who assured me that she found a man with a mustache highly attractive.  Well, YEAH!! 

On to the Bash!  It's For the Kids!  THANK YOU!!!

The Young Philo
The Young Philo
Well, Captain, I must say, Nicely Done.  You and your bunch of zanies that do me proud as the ultimate non-conformist.  And you have done well, as did I, transitioning from the baby-faced young midshipman to a beautifully mustacioed Senior Officer.

Admiral Philo
Admiral Philo
But more impressive, is the funds you've raised on behalf of the children.  $268,000 USD!!  Very, very impressive.    Until next year....  Bravo Zulu gentlemen!  Bravo Zulu!

Once again, Winner & Son at 2017 'Stache Bash
Once again, Winner & Son at 2017 'Stache Bash

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Whitney Lester Date Received: 12/4/2017
Friends Of Matt Amount: $ 10 Date Received: 12/2/2017
Mark Whetstine Amount: $ 26.75 Date Received: 12/1/2017
Philo McGiffin Amount: $ 179.77 Date Received: 12/1/2017
"Zounds, Captain! FINALLY you are approaching a mustache worthy of being called a mustache! Perhaps with another month you might succeed!"
Friends Of Matt Amount: $ 65 Date Received: 11/29/2017
Jerry Twigg Amount: $ 104.68 Date Received: 11/28/2017
"From your "Suppo" Shipmate in Hampton. A great cause!!"
Steven Wilkie Amount: $ 52.73 Date Received: 11/28/2017
"Seeing your latest picture I now appreciate how big of sacrifice you endure!"
Paul Blunt Date Received: 11/28/2017
"Congratulations once again Matt !"
Brooke Umstattd Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/28/2017
"Go MP, go! Thanks for doing this for the kiddos! Sending a big hug from Indy."
Jeff Penny Amount: $ 52.73 Date Received: 11/27/2017
"I bet you can't wait until Friday!"
Julee Fletcher Amount: $ 104.68 Date Received: 11/27/2017
"Looking good Cap'n Matt!"
Anonymous Amount: $ 104.68 Date Received: 11/27/2017
Gregory Peairs Date Received: 11/27/2017
"Boy Matt, you sure do look young in that photo"
Tom & Linda O'Connell Amount: $ 104.68 Date Received: 11/23/2017
"For the kids of course, but also to beat that young upstart kid of yours. Here's to the old guys!"
Douglas Payne Amount: $ 20 Date Received: 11/22/2017
"Good luck with the 'stache!"
Clint Kelly Amount: $ 52.73 Date Received: 11/22/2017
Jule Mueller Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/21/2017
"You go Matt. Should I be relieved I am not there to see it?"
Marshall Butler Amount: $ 104.68 Date Received: 11/18/2017
"Oh, how come so quickly after Halloween? Go Matt!"
Kasia Grzelkowski Date Received: 11/18/2017
Ruthanne & Clay Stabler Amount: $ 75.87 Date Received: 11/17/2017
"Looking good!"
Demis Stewart Date Received: 11/17/2017
John Welch Amount: $ 75.74 Date Received: 11/16/2017
" glad to help a shipmate display some real facial hair!"
Kerry Daniel Amount: $ 78.69 Date Received: 11/15/2017
"Creepy Dad...it’s for such a good cause!!!!"
Marilyn & Steve Sztuk Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/15/2017
Anonymous Amount: $ 52.73 Date Received: 11/15/2017
Mark And Patty Minnick Amount: $ 52.73 Date Received: 11/15/2017
"Way to go Matt. Thanks for the effort once again."
Cara Coffman Amount: $ 25 Date Received: 11/13/2017
George Voelker Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/13/2017
Michael Foley Amount: $ 25 Date Received: 11/10/2017
Bill Sabo Amount: $ 75.58 Date Received: 11/10/2017
"Go (I mean Grow), Matt!"
Thom Horsey Date Received: 11/8/2017
"Good Luck!"
Stauffer Family Amount: $ 751 Date Received: 11/2/2017