One Man’s Quest for Manliness
A couple of months ago, I received one of those suspiciously “too-good-to-be-true” emails. It was so out of left field, I almost deleted it. It was from the folks at MadeMan.com. They were looking for someone to ride along and blog about the Made Man Movember Mo’asis – a decked-out, customized Airstream trailer and “manly tailgate experience” that will travel the west coast of the United States to give free shaves and encourage Movember registrations.
If you’re not familiar with Movember, it’s the global men’s health charity engaging men to grow and women to support the Mo (moustache) for the 30 days of November. Through the moustache, awareness and funds are raised for men’s health to combat prostate and testicular cancer and promote mental health.
This is the third year that Made Man has been the digital partner for the Movember charity.
What would my involvement be? Complete a Manly Bucket List on a Quest for Manliness during the Manliest Month on the Road.
That’s a heckuva lot of manly.
The conversation then went something like this:
Me: “Sounds great, but I’m not that manly.”
MM: “That’s okay.”
Me: “No really, I think you have the wrong guy, I mean, I’m the least manly man I know.”
MM: “Oh that’s good – you’ll bring humor to the blog.”
Me: “Well as long as it’s fun. Or at least funny. I don’t have to kill any pandas or anything, do I?”
MM: “No, there is no killing of pandas.”
Me: “I’m in.”
My Dad was a prostate cancer survivor, so it’s always been a cause I’ve been keen on. And I’ll get to do tons of cool stuff while helping to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues. How could I say no?
Over the past few weeks, I worked with the team at Made Man to create a Manly Movember itinerary that’ll I’ll complete over a six-week period. There are literally dozens of “manly experiences” on the list, plus plenty of quirky, offbeat stuff too (gotta be true to my roots you know.)
Here are some of the highlights:
1. Fly a Plane
For a very short while after seeing Top Gun, I was convinced I was Tom Cruise (and for a much shorter while, Kelly McGillis — college “brownies” can do that to you kids, beware.) So at the very top of my Manly Bucket List is the Top Gun Experience offered by Sky Combat Ace in the skies over the Nevada desert. For a few moments I’ll even get my hands on the controls. Plus I think I get to sing that “Highway to the Danger Zone” song really loud. Actually, I think it’s a requirement.
2. Ride a Harley
Do you have any idea what it’s like to be the only one of four brothers who does not know how to ride a motorcycle? I know there’s a biker in me somewhere (it may very well just be the Vespa variety), but I’m gonna give it that good old college try by taking Harley-Davidson’s Rider’s Edge New Rider Course over a 5 day period in Glendale, California.
3. Fire a Gun
Although I have no plans for gun ownership any time soon, I’ve always wanted to shoot something. Like anything really. I mean, who hasn’t at some point in their lives? I’ll not only get to fire a gun, I’ll get personalized instruction from a former Navy Seal sniper at Ready-Five in San Diego. And this will also be the ideal opportunity for me to finally start ending sentences with “…gonna pop a cap in yo’ ass!”
4. Make a Fire
I’m unearthing my inner Caveman with this task. Ever since the first season of Survivor I’ve always wanted to make my own fire (and maybe a little bit of walking around naked like Richard Hatch) so I’ll be taking a Wilderness Survival Course where I’ll get that opportunity (the making fire bit, not the naked bit.) Besides rubbing two sticks together, I’ll get to build a shelter, eat berries and roots, and maybe even eat some bugs. Watch your back Bear Gryllis. I’m gunnin’ for you.
5. Drive a Race Car
I’m saving the details on this one — the schedule is still being finalized, but it looks like I will definitely be driving a few laps at more than one race track. Lord. Help. Us. All.
How You Can Get Involved:
Calling All Bloggers!
Since the aim is raising awareness of Movember and men’s health issues, I know the power the blogging community has to do just that. I’m asking any blogger that is interested to get involved by doing the following:
- Choose 5 activities you’d like to do and create your own Manly Bucket List – they can be something you commit to do during Movember, or simply something you’d like to do before you kick the bucket. (Ladies, this is open to you too! Mo Bros and Mo Sistahs are equally welcome!)
- Nominate 5 other bloggers to create their own Manly Bucket List.
- Include a link to Movember to encourage people to register or donate.
- Tweet and Share your posts with the hashtags #Movember and #ManlyMoments
Here are the 5 bloggers I nominate to create their own Manly Bucket List:
- Matt from ExpertVagabond.com
- Amy from KidFreeLiving.com
- Leah from LeahTravels.com
- Talon from 1Dad1Kid.com
- Pete & Dalene from HeckticTravels.com
Not a Blogger? Here’s something everyone can do:
- Read along as I attempt to complete my Manly Bucket List at MadeMan.com/Movember
- Follow along on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtags #Movember and #ManlyMoments
- Go to Movember.com to find out more about men’s health issues, support a Mo Bro or Mo Sistah, or to register to become one yourself.
- Check out the schedule for the Made Man Movember Mo’asis Bus Tour and come on by if you are in the neighborhood for free shaves and tons of great activities.
- And, if you’ve got some spare cash lying around, DONATE!
In addition, every time you send a Tweet, a Vine, an Instagram, or post to Facebook with your own manly photo or text using the hashtag #ManlyMoments, the folks at Made Man will donate $1 to Movember.
You’ll also be entered into a draw for a Trip for Two to Las Vegas to experience your very own Mancation which includes the Top Gun Experience from Sky Combat Ace.
You can view the gallery of Manly Photos and all other social shares at MadeMan.com/movember/manly-moments, and also share and enter the contest directly from the portal.
I am over-the-moon excited to part of this, and I hope you’ll join me on my quest. Hopefully we can raise a ton of money for men’s health!
Thanks for your support!
Now I’d like to hear from you – what’s on your Manly Bucket List?