planIT HARDWARE Shaves Goodbye to Movember

moustache man, planit hardware, used cisco, fundraising, movember, mustache, spiceworksplanIT HARDWARE raises awareness and donations for Movember, the mustache-themed prostate cancer and general men’s health awareness month.

Movember has officially ended, and with it a whole trend of beard growing and a voluntary ban on facial hair shaving. Expect to see those who played by the rules rocking their mustaches in full glory for the next few days (or weeks, for the truly dedicated). According to the official rules (as per us.movember.com) participants start the month of November clean-shaven, spending the next 30 days growing and grooming their new crumb dusters, with no shaving allowed. Some opt to grow just the mustache out, while others bring in a full beard (or whatever they can muster up) before shaving all but the focal area off. As they do this, some are asking for contributions and sponsorship to donate to men’s health organizations, mainly through the Movember website, while all others are raising awareness of these issues (such as prostate and testicular cancers) just by sporting the new look.

“Globally, the funds raised…support world-class men’s health programs that combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges. These programs, directed by the Movember Foundation, are focused on awareness and education…and research to achieve our vision of an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.” (via us.Movember.com)

planIT HARDWARE launched an awareness campaign last month on the online IT community Spiceworks. For every mustache picture posted in our message board thread, we donated $10. We gave the most upvoted, popular ‘stache pics some cool prizes, including shaving kits and a grand prize of a year-long supply of craft beer. As of yesterday, the company has raised nearly $450 for the Movember Foundation and men’s health issues.

So, now that it’s December, you can boldly rock the ‘stache or wipe the slate clean, but don’t forget to stay healthy and conduct yourself like a true country gentleman! [A big shoutout to all the Mo’ Sisters who put up with all of the unkemptness flying around this month.]

Meet the Man Behind the Stache

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I’d like to introduce you to the man with all the big ideas around here. We fondly refer to him as Mr. Mustache, although his real name is Carl.

Carl “Mustache” Lundquist grew up in Bethesda, MD, with all the pomp, commerce and crab cakes the area had to offer. The son of a keyboard manufacturer, Carl often spent Saturdays deconstructing old Casios just to see how they worked. He soon began gutting out PCs and taking electronics (some not that old) off the streets of his affluent neighborhood on “large garbage” nights. Deconstructing was the easy part, but it was the rebuilding that Carl began to enjoy. He soon started custom-building PCs, optimizing their hard drives, processors, and RAM. He made a killing in high school not only by selling these units to the few kids of his district whose parents didn’t turn their nose up at the notion of buying refurbished, but also by repairing older units for the elderly around the block and the pawn shop guy off Old Georgetown Road.

In a few years’ time, he would be accepted into MIT, drop out after 3 semesters, work as the lead technician for a top IT hardware manufacturer and quit because of a disagreement about his grooming habits. After moving down South, he would come to work for planIT HARDWARE, where he was lovingly accepted for both his extraordinary expertise and facial hair.

It’s true, I mustache him a few questions, but I’ll shave them for later (har har har). “Please don’t ever say that again.”

Monsieur M. is an avid drinker of dark roast coffee, likes it with a splash of cream: “UPS Brown.”

He refuses to talk about the weather. “Hail no,” he says when asked if he checks it daily.

Lately, he’s been jarring his own peaches with some help from Owen. Peach season is ending here in the Peach State, and those Mason Jars are good for more than a quaint drinking glass. “I need a napkin whenever I have a drink of any sort…a mustache napkin, for wiping off after each sip. It’s a lot of work having this thing.”

He only dons the finest of threads. “I buy all my clothing from Brooks Brothers and Brooks Brothers only.”

Does he have any tattoos? “Just one. A little mustache the runs lengthwise on my pointer finger.”

Hipster girls love him. “They’re always busting out their mustache wallets or flasks that they got from Urban Outfitters. It’s flattering, I suppose…although I don’t understand the fascination.”

Who are his closest friends? “Rich Uncle Pennybags, you know, the Monopoly guy…he and I are pretty tight. Also, Tom Selleck. And Steve; oh, he’s just a fellow IT hardware broker with a killer ‘stache.”

Mr. Moustache is an excellent salesman, as well as an experienced IT technician. He used to work in the northeast, but quit after he was constrained by his employer to shave the ‘stache. “I moved to the south, where that sort of thing is more acceptable in the workplace. Asking me to shave is like asking me to cut my head off…and that’s just not gonna happen.”

He knows how to save money and is a guru in the virtues and benefits of buying refurbished. “In this new economic culture we’ve all been adapting to the last few years, beards have become more popular and fashionable once again—people don’t want to waste money or time on shaving anymore. ‘Stop shaving and start saving,’ is what I always say.”

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