October 6th, 2011
"A moustache is facial hair grown on the outer surface of the upper lip. It may or may not be accompanied by a type of beard, a facial hair style grown and cropped to cover most of the lower half of the face."
Is it just me, or have moustaches gotten a bad rap lately? I know what you're thinking: "They're soooo 70's man." Or, "Moustaches are great for Tom Selleck and the RCMP." Yes, your dad probably has one, and so does that guy riding the fixed-wheel bike downtown, but what happened to the young, moustachio'd professional? I realize that we're approaching Movember, the one month of the year that everybody decided moustaches are socially acceptable, but what about the other 11 months? It's for all of these reasons that I've decided to engage in a quest, a quest for the truth, justice, and to re-establish the moustache as a fixture in the office.
My plan started out innocently enough. Start growing a moustache, attend work as per usual, and see how long it would take to get a comment (positive or negative) on it. A social experiment of sorts. To be honest, the one person's opinion I was really curious about was my boss. Days went by. Nobody said a word. Finally, one of our ladies at the front desk asked me, in a bold, to the point fashion: "Dude, what's up with the moustache?" What's up with it? What ISN'T up with it. This new upper lip decoration is about to become an industry standard. I've since had confirmation from my boss to 'fill your boots' in regards to growing a moustache, an affirmation which I'm still trying to understand when applied to the growth of facial hair.
As this beauty fills in, I'm curious about two things. One: how will a moustache affect my role as a sales rep for Executive House? Will people treat me seriously? Will the stache offend clients, or will it spur spontaneous high fives, and thus generate room nights? Two: as a freshly single man-about-town, what will women make of this 'new development'? Only time will tell, and I'll be sure to keep you Executives in the loop. It's like a reality TV show that you don't have to watch, just read.
In closing, I ask all of you readers capable of growing a moustache to give it some serious consideration. As much as I applaud Movember's efforts to raise money for cancer research, I don't agree with the way it brands moustaches as novelty items, fit for one month of the year only. They're much more than that. They're a lifestyle.
Stay stachey Executives,