It Was A ‘Stachetacular Experience

My ‘Stachetacular Experience began with an invitation from Doug French from Laid Off Dad to join a team of dad bloggers for Movember madness. It really wasn’t a question that I had to think about. Prostate cancer is something that something that friends and family have battled so I can’t ignore it. Not to mention that having an excuse not to shave is just a bonus.

Technically you are supposed to grow a moustache during Movember but vanity and sanity prevailed. I am not a 70s porn star, cop or mercenary anymore and Halloween is over so I opted to grow a beard. So if you look just below at Figure 1.0 you’ll get a sense of what happens when I get to go razor free for a short while.

The mighty dad blogger team raised more than $19,000 which I think is a respectable sum. But we weren’t done yet. Philips Norelco approached us and offered to match up to $15,000.

The caveat was that we use their Vacuum Stubble & Beard Trimmer and a SensoTouch 3D Shaver to make a video of our ‘Stachetacular Shaveoff. You can use that last link to see the website that contains all of the videos that the boys and I made as part of this.

Or if you are lazy you can simply watch the video below and learn how Jack the semi-anonymous dad blogger should drink more coffee before filming himself.

If I hadn’t already shaved I would have redone it or maybe not. I think it is kind of funny but maybe that is just me compensating for looking silly. Aw heck, who am I kidding I don’t mind looking silly.

I also don’t mind telling you that I thought that both devices were solid. The Vacuum Stubble and Beard Trimmer has several features that I like. There is a reservoir that catches the hair that is clipped that I thought was kind of neat and I appreciated the settings/display that you can use for trimming your beard to a certain length.

The vacuum feature wasn’t quite as strong as I would have liked. It caught most of the hair but there were still a few that made it onto to the counter. Nonetheless it made cleanup go a lot faster than it would have otherwise.

I really like the shaver. It can be used wet or dry. Due to time constraints I wasn’t able to try using it wet but the dry function worked very well. It didn’t yank the hair off of my lip or face like some other electric shavers I have used.

With the holidays just around the corner it is worth noting that there is a $30 rebate available on this unit.

If I can figure a way to swing it next year I’ll stop shaving for three months and then we can really put the trimmer and shaver to work.  I am guessing that probably won’t happen. The kids don’t know Grizzly Adams but based on their comments I am fairly certain that they would prefer that I not look like him. 😉

Please note that Philips Norelco provided the Vacuum Stubble & Beard Trimmer and the SensoTouch 3D Shaver for this review free of charge. 

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  1. Kaarina Dillabough December 2, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Do you want to be Starsky or do you want to be Hutch?

    I love this video, especially after talking about it at our hangout yesterday. And I like sideways. Adds another dimension of interest.

    As I said, my husband and sons all participated, and I will be DELIGHTED when my husband shaves off the Grizzly Adams beard he’s grown. He always has a moustache, but the beard…yuck!

    Congrats on the success of your Movember fundraising…and fun! Cheers! Kaarina

    • Jack December 2, 2011 at 10:35 pm

      Starsky or Hutch? Good question- Huggy Bear had all the good clothes. 😉

      Beards are fun, especially when your kids find food stuck in it.

      I wasn’t so sure about the video but I am glad that you enjoyed it. Sideways fits me- I don’t like doing things like everyone else. 😉

  2. Adrienne December 2, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Woo hoo Jack! We caught a semi glimpse of you, now that was fun. I even saw some chuckles there!!

    Prostate cancer is no joke, my grandfather had it and another dear friend of mine, both caught very early thank goodness. That’s nothing to joke about and my brother had his lecture from all of us at Thanksgiving. Glad to hear that a good bit was donated. Great job!

    Really enjoyed the video, thanks for entertaining us. Hope you’ll come out from behind that camera some day but we’ll take what we can get.

    • Jack December 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      Hi Adrienne,

      I am really pleased to have been part of such a cool project. It is gratifying to be able to help people.

      So glad that you enjoyed the video. One of these days I’ll make another.

  3. Claudia December 2, 2011 at 6:35 am

    hahaha….loved the video Jack. If you ever do a semi-anonymous video again, I can help you with the sideways issue with my editing software 😉 IMHO all three stages looked good…I happen to like beards so I thought you looked good in the beard. I also like mustaches so I happen to think the mustache looked good on you as well. But…at the end, clean shaven worked nicely.
    Thanks for creating this cute documentary of sorts!

    • Jack December 2, 2011 at 10:57 am

      Hi Claudia,

      Oy, I was pressed for time when I made the video and bam- I ended up sideways. Figured out a short time later how to correct it and then decided that I sort of liked it from the side.

      Appreciate offer of help and compliments. I don’t mind the beard and I am lucky to be able to grow one quickly so it may come back.

      But the ‘stache, well that usually gets a thumb’s down. When my daughter saw my clean shaven face yesterday she started clapping.

      Can’t tell you what a sucker I am for that. 😉

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