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Things are percolating on a number of fronts here at the Tao of Bachelorhood:

I Will (Still) Review Anything

The agreement I made more than a year ago is still in effect: if you have a product that relates to men’s health, grooming, or relationships, I will review it. Just contact me at bachelorhood@gmail.com and I’ll give you instructions to send it on to me. The primary stipulation is that I will always give an honest review—good or bad.

In that vein, I’ve received a couple of interesting products recently that I’ll have reviews for soon.

Ultimate Spring Cleaning 2011

Last year I authored the month-long Ultimate Spring Cleaning series: a daily task for your home, your world and yourself. You can find the series at that link, all year around, but I’ll be fine-tuning the daily tasks for 2011.

Starting April 4, anyone who wants to participate in Spring Cleaning can find a daily prompt and can join in the discussion at the Tao of Bachelorhood Facebook page. If you Like that page, you’ll get the daily tasks posted to your Facebook wall as well.

New Freebies!

I’ll be sweetening the pot for you very soon, with some new freebies that can be yours for subscribing. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but they’re a couple of the most asked-for items by readers, and they’ll be completely free.

Japan and You

Finally, if you haven’t fully been made aware of the scope of destruction in the Japan earthquake/tsunami, it’s very bad. The devastation caused by the tidal wave in particular was huge in scope, and there is still the ongoing drama of two nuclear plants in at least partial meltdown. My suggestion is that you use this opportunity to help both the Japanese people and yourself.

How yourself? Despite the immense proportions of the earthquake and the rapid follow-up by the tsunami, there will be many fewer deaths than other events of similar or even smaller magnitude. The reason: the Japanese people knew the risks and took all reasonable precautions. Not just the government, but families and individuals knew what to do and where to go when disaster struck.

Do you have the supplies necessary for a week or more without phone or electricity? Do you know the safest routes for evacuation or the nearest shelters? If disaster strikes, can you act on a moment’s notice, no matter where you are? The time you take to be able to answer “yes” to all of these questions may be the most important time you can spend. Whether your area is prone to earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes or any other possible large-scale event, being prepared may save not only your life, but those of the ones you love.

Also, help the Japanese relief efforts by donating what you can. Rescuing those still stranded or trapped, providing meals and emergency care to survivors who have lost everything, and assistance in cleaning up the damage are all vital even in a relatively wealthy nation. In the US you can donate $10 specifically earmarked for Japan by texting “REDCROSS’’ to 90999, or make larger donations at redcross.org. Better yet, make your donation an “unrestricted” donation, so that if the relief effort is over-funded the Red Cross can redirect the funds to other areas in need.

Thanks once again for reading.

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Movember Postscript

by Michael on December 1, 2009 · 0 comments

Movember 30I couldn’t let Movember pass without letting you see the finished product. If I hide the soul patch there’s a little Ron Burgundy in my look, I must say.

It’s been a fun month, and although I didn’t push too hard on the fundraising aspect (ahem, it’s not too late!), I think my facial-hair-sporting brethren and I have certainly helped raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. (The Movember Foundation partners with the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Lance Armstrong Foundation. Even Lance himself has been growing a “mo.”)

Remember that although 27,000 men will die from prostate cancer in the US this year alone, it’s 90% curable if detected and treated early. Screening for these cancers should be a part of every man’s regular check-up, especially those over 40.

In many cities, Movember will be wrapping up this weekend with Gala Partés where you can dress in the “character” of your mustache and celebrate a job well done. As for me, I’ll probably be relieving myself of my upper lip fur soon, and I already have a plan for next year’s event. I’m not going to give it away, but make sure that come next November 1, your typing fingers are limber and ready!

Finally, another reminder to help donate money to LIVESTRONG without having to open your wallet: follow Drew Carey (@DrewFromTV) on Twitter before the end of the year and he’ll add $1 to his donation, up to $1 million.

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Movember Update, Day 13

November 13, 2009 Site Notes

We’re almost halfway through the month and it’s now looking like a mustache. Behold: Once again, I’m growing out my mustache (or “mo”) for Movember, a month of fund- and awareness-raising for prostate and testicular cancer. The Movember Foundation partners with the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Lance Armstrong Foundation, two organizations doing great work in […]

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Movember Update

November 5, 2009 Health & Fitness

For those keeping tabs on my upper lip, it’s really still more like stubble. See for yourself: Once again, I’m growing out my mustache (or “mo”) for Movember, a month of fund- and awareness-raising for prostate and testicular cancer. The Movember Foundation partners with the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Lance Armstrong Foundation, two organizations doing […]

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Hump-day Links XX

November 4, 2009 Grooming

I hope you had a great Halloween. I’ve said before that it’s my favorite holiday, and this one didn’t disappoint. Good friends (in good costumes), good booze and good music conspired for an awesome night. Next up, holiday-wise: a Thanksgiving ski trip. In baseball news, the Yomiuri Giants just beat the Nippon Ham Fighters 7-4 […]

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Drew Carey Wants to Give Big, Needs Your Help.

October 9, 2009 Health & Fitness

A short PSA: Drew Carey (@DrewFromTV) will donate $1 million to Livestrong (The Lance Armstrong Foundation to fight cancer) if he reaches 1 million Twitter followers by December 31, 2009. It all started when another Drew, Drew Olanoff of #blamedrewscancer fame decided to auction off his Twitter username (@drew), with the proceeds going to Livestrong. […]

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