Dude. It’s November, and the question is: “To shave – or not to shave?”

Hey, guys. It’s Rick and Keon. Cal texted us and asked if we’d be doing a “Friends Friday” post this week, and if so wanted to know if he could “tag onto it”. We told him “Yes” and “Of course” – so here you have it. Keon and I had fun putting this together. Some of the pics match better than others but hey, whether these guys “match up” or not, they’re still HOT 🙂

It’s Cal and we’ve got some good news. We met with Chance’s medical team on Wednesday and he’s set to have his cochlear implants done on Tuesday, November 26th. We’re excited for him and he’s obviously very excited about it himself. We understand that getting the implants is just the first step on his hearing journey, but we’ll be there for him – as will the Northland gang. We got approval from our insurance company in, like six hours after we submitted it, which is a blessing in itself. Ben and Dub have already made arrangements to miss school so they can be there with us on the 26th. We think is’s going to be an amazing Thanksgiving and we hope you’ll keep us in your thoughts and prayers. xoxo Cal and Alex

Movember? Bunch of silly rules. Not happenin’ here in the Northland!

As you guys will probably remember, the last few years the members of the Northland gang have all grown beards in support of Movember. We think it’s a great cause because it supports research on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, men’s mental health and suicide prevention. That’s cool. However, this year we got an e-mail from the November folks with the “rules” for this year. Here they are:
1. Once registered at movember.com each Mo Bro must begin the 1st of November with a clean shaven face.
2. For the entire month of November each Mo Bro must grow and groom a mustache.
3. Don’t fake it. No beards. No goatees and no fake mustaches.
4. Use the power of the mustache to create conversation and raise funds for men’s health.
5. Each Mo Bro must conduct himself like a true gentleman.
When we got the e-mail, we forwarded it to the gang. We won’t publish the replies but the response was unanimous.
1. We all support awareness of mens health issues.
2. We all have facial hair.
3. We ain’t gonna “begin the 1st of November with a clean shaven face.”
So we’ll sent them contributions, but we aren’t shaving off our facial hair.
We should mention that Chad has had a goatee for about as long as we’ve known him. He’s a handsome dude and wears it well. A while back, Alex told us that one night while he, Cal and Bella were reading (this was before “Chance”) Bella rubbed his (bare) face and said “I wish you had a fuzzy face like Unca Chad.” He said he and Cal talked about it and started growing goatees the next day. It’s been a while and they both have awesome goatees now.
Which brings us to the point that we’ve never done a “Goatee” post on UnrulyDude. It’s probably time we did 🙂

The end of Movember

At the end of November, all of us shaved off our Movember beards – except for Ben. He has a wonderful beard, and I had encouraged him to keep it, so he did. And he’s had it throughout the Christmas holiday and we’ve all gotten used to it. But, this morning, we were in the bathroom and I saw him shaving it off. I asked him why – and he said, “I’m going to be doing my student teaching and I think I need to look respectable.” I told him he looked plenty respectable to me with a beard and he just shrugged and said, “David, I’m going to be a professional now… and I want to look like one.” So that was the end of it.
…Until breakfast. We were sitting at the table and Dub looked at him and said, “Why’d you take off your hairs?” Ben just smiled and said, “I thought I should look more professional if I’m going to be a teacher.” Ben kept eating… and without looking up, said, “Shouldn’t take off your hairs.” We all kept eating and I thought it was a closed subject – until Dub finished eating and stood up. He looked straight at Ben and said, “Dad, you need to get back your hairs.”
Ben didn’t respond, and THAT was the end of the subject.