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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.
First Picture, Week One
First Picture, Week One
Back at it for year NINE!   Hard to believe.  And, as usual, at week one, it's really, really, weak.  But what it's for sure isn't.  Kids in need of support.  ASK, SCAN, Childrens Hospital, Friends of the Homeless, etc, etc.  Check them all out at the link to the left.  Last year, collectively we raised a HALF MILLION DOLLARS for the kids.  What's this year going to bring?

Help me get to my goal and continue to make this yearly suffering worthwhile.  A month with no kisses (started on day one) and odd stares.  But... It's For the Kids!  LET'S GROW THIS THING!!
Trying to find the damn thing at Week One!!
Trying to find the damn thing at Week One!!
I give up.  Really!  There's a mustache under there this first 'weak' but this is about the only way to show one!
I give up. Really! There's a mustache under there this first "weak" but this is about the only way to show one!
Week two and it's kinda-sorta visible
Week two and it's kinda-sorta visible
Week 2 and it's starting to itch.  So...conditioner time.  And about that... a little life lesson, check it out below..

Well, I got stares today, so even when I'm not thinking about it, I know it's M4K time and it's looking pretty freaky right now.  The young lady behind the counter at the pharmacy, I swear there was compassion in her eyes, maybe she thought she had something there for me.  And a woman of a certain age (mine-ish) who would normally be checking me out (in my dreams) was clearly only checking out, in apparent consternation, what I was doing to my otherwise remarkable visage.  She was not enthused.

BUT (you know what's coming)...  It's For The Kids! Every one of our charities is doing such good it's worth the stares, the itches, the kisses relegated to the forehead.  Help me help them.

LET'S GROW THIS THING!
 
Life Lessons:  1) Listen to your wife!  2) Watch the conditioner!  3)  See #1 and don't worry about #2.
Life Lessons: 1) Listen to your wife! 2) Watch the conditioner! 3) See #1 and don't worry about #2.
Life Lesson:  You'll need to click on the image to explode it to read it, but it's worth it...
Week 3, click to explode the pic if you dare.  Had to shoot the it from below to see the damn thing.  Thank God I'd tri
Week 3, click to explode the pic if you dare. Had to shoot the it from below to see the damn thing. Thank God I'd trimmed my nose hairs last week!!!
Week 3, progress being made.  More in the fundraising department than in the 'stache growing, however.  But that's as it should be.   You'll note a friend and contributor's post below about an image consultant advising him to loose his growth.  Reminded me that at around the time my "Cap'n Matt" picture above was taken as a Boot Ensign, my Dad opined that he guessed I'd grown it because it would make me look older.  Sort of, he noted, like why he began smoking.  To seem older, but a method he regretted.  Subtle wasn't he?  I can only imagine his opinion if he saw this abomination today.  But, and say it with me...

IT'S FOR THE KIDS!!  ASK, SCAN, Children's Hospital, Feed More et al.  They need your support and I need your support to make my goal and the group's goal.   LET'S GROW THIS THING!!


 
Week 4 and FINALLY it's visible.  Though why I'm so glad about that, I'm not sure.  Still pretty scary...
Week 4 and FINALLY it's visible. Though why I'm so glad about that, I'm not sure. Still pretty scary...
Finally Week 4 and into the home stretch.  I've decided the morror is not my friend.  Except for the maddening itching, I can, unbelievably, sometimes forget this thing is there.  Until YIKES there it is in the mirror.  Imagine that first thing in the morning.  Helluva way to start the day.  And the other day I over-sloshed mouthwash straight out of the bottle.  A blue quasi-mustache was not a pretty sight.  Then I thought what the damn thing must have looked like with Thanksgiving gravy in it!  YIKES again!

But, (say it with me) IT'S FOR THE KIDS!  And speaking of Thanksgiving, huge thank yous again to those of you who have contributed to date.  SO very appreciated.  Now we target Friday's 'Stashe Bash and get the word on what the group has done for the kids.

LET'S GROW THIS THING!!!
 
Nicely done once again, Captain.  Your fund raising, not your Mustache!  V/R  Philo
Nicely done once again, Captain. Your fund raising, not your Mustache! V/R Philo
How he manages to get on here every year is beyond me, but glad to have his 'stache as a model!

Recent Contributors

Philo McGiffin Amount: $ 172.28 Date Received: 12/3/2021
"Well played once again, Captain. Your mustache will never compete with mine, but your efforts, and especially those of your donors on behalf of the children more than make up for it. BZ to you and all."
 
John Walker Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 12/3/2021
 
Viper Date Received: 12/3/2021
 
Anonymous Amount: $ 180 Date Received: 12/1/2021
"It's always important to achieve one's goals."
 
Emily Lehmann Date Received: 11/30/2021
 
Ron Lanning Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/29/2021
 
Kathleen O’Connell Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/29/2021
"Still so handsome Uncle Matt with or without the lip foliage 😁"
 
Kerry Daniel Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/29/2021
"So proud Dad! ❤️"
 
Clay Stabler Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/28/2021
"Couldn't have a stache back in the USNA days. This feels like delayed rebellion."
 
Steve Wilkke Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/27/2021
"At this age my finest hair grows in my nose!"
 
Paul Blunt Amount: $ 72.28 Date Received: 11/25/2021
 
Don Frahler Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/24/2021
"Thanks for doing this!"
 
Patrick Dunne Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/24/2021
"Great work Matt!"
 
Dion Clancy Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/21/2021
 
Anonymous Amount: $ 125 Date Received: 11/20/2021
 
Kasia Grzelkowski Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/19/2021
"Keep up the good work and sharing of humor!"
 
Bill Sabo Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/19/2021
"Thanks for doing this, Matt!!"
 
11/19 Match Date Received: 11/19/2021
 
Julee And Steve Fletcher Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/18/2021
"Looking good, Matt!"
 
Bessie McCauley Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/18/2021
 
John Preisel Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/18/2021
"Math still works:72+28!!"
 
Adam Stauffer Amount: $ 1251 Date Received: 11/18/2021
 
Chris Heath Date Received: 11/17/2021
"I wore a moustache for about 20 years.. I shaved it off the day an image consultant said that it made me look 15 years older. My 10-yr-old daughter then disowned me! She's over it now, some 30 years later....."
 
Brooke Umstattd Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/17/2021
"Grow, grow, gadget! -HRH "
 
Jim And Barb O’Connell Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/17/2021
"Way to go, little brother! "
 
John Welch Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/16/2021
"Always glad to support!"
 
Melody Seabron Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/16/2021
"Hi Matt, your are sorely missed here at SOAR"
 
Michael Foley Date Received: 11/15/2021
"Good Luck Skipper!"
 
Whitney Lester Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/15/2021
"Keep up the great work, Matt!"
 
Adrienne Whitaker Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/15/2021
"Great to see this tradition continue Matt. Take Care. - Adrienne"
 
Marshall Butler Amount: $ 200 Date Received: 11/12/2021
"Glad to see Cap'n Matt is still going and growing!"
 
Marilyn And Steve Sztuk Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/11/2021
"Way to go Matt! "
 
Jeff Penny Amount: $ 75 Date Received: 11/11/2021
"Happy Veterans Day! Thanks for your service!"
 
Ryland Harrelson Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/10/2021
"Great cause. Been a “Stache” man myself for 51 years. "
 
Kimberly Watson Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/10/2021
"It’s for the kids! "
 
Tom & Linda O’Connell Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/10/2021
"Grow that stache and keep reminding Barb that it’s for the kids!"
 
George Voelker Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/10/2021
"28 + 72 can't be beat! Keep growing, Matt!"
 
Raybo MacKown Date Received: 11/10/2021
"Sorry so late getting involved."
 
Demis Stewart Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/9/2021
 
Gregory Peairs Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/9/2021
"53 Years Plus MPOC! "
 
Douglas Payne Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/9/2021
"You had me at "Its hat time of year again..." Here's to beating last year's record!"