Jason Vertucio

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Ageing ungracefully

the big four oh

I realized that in less than three and a half years I’ll be turning forty. It doesn’t seem so scary anymore. Maybe the whole being single part, but then again I ain’t gonna find no one who loves me more than me anyway. And I spoil myself when I can!

(I can’t wait till I can buy myself a Tesla. Man, the look in my eyes when I roll into the driveway in one of them.)

Back when I was a kid, I decided the thirties was gonna be a great decade for me. And you know what? It was. I never thought, damn I’m gonna be too old at 30. Never even thought that I’d be old till I’m fifty. Nowadays, I don’t think I’m gonna think I’m old till I’m seventy. Or eighty.

My parents are nearing those ages. They’re still alive and kicking and moving and shaking and whatever old people do. That’ll probably be me someday, too. I look forward to it. Hopefully I’ll have taken care of my body so isn’t broken and in pieces by then.

And then there are the people who turn 26 and whine that they’re ancient. That there’s nothing left for them in life anymore. I’ve known a couple; as I get older my friends or acquaintances tend to get younger.

I just want to tell those people, their twenties are gonna suck. I know for a fact their thirties are gonna be awesome. And if they don’t screw it up, their 40s and 50s might be great, too. Be a grown up and do grown up things. Or don’t. Just allow yourself to get older. It’s cool. It’s gonna be hella cooler than it is now. Unless you’re the type who relives your high school days for the rest of your life.

Look forward. It’s a brighter future, even if this world gets bleaker and bleaker.

I’m raising money for men’s health


Why am I part of the Movember movement? Because men’s health is important to me, as a man. I mean, that’s kind of obvious. Prostate cancer is the second-most common cancer among men in the US. 1 in 7 will be diagnosed over the course of their life. 1 in 36 could die from this. the older we get, the more prone we are.

And prostate cancer is pretty nasty. The idea of walking around with a tumor down there is just gross.

Enter the Movember Foundation

Movember focuses on some of the big ones: testicular cancer, prostate cancer. Mental health.

How? By making men do one of the manliest things they can do: grow a moustache.

Movember isn’t just some little fad that hipsters do. I actually imagine them not doing it cos they were doing moustaches before they were cool (though in all honesty, Tom Selleck did moustaches before they were cool; he made them cool). Movember has been investing in programs devoted to men’s health since 2004. They even have an entire page dedicated to explaining what they do with the money raised.

I’m a little late to the game, so to speak. But luckily I haven’t shaved since Halloween night. So I started Day 1 of Movember with that clean slate. I’ll be about eight pictures short this month, but I am pledging to grow out a moustache this month. It’ll be a difficult one, cos my face just doesn’t like growing a moustache. But I believe in myself. Most importantly, I believe in my face.

Follow me, and every day we’ll get to see the progress of my own moustache. And if you can, please back me in my pledge to raise awareness through the power of facial hair. You can click below or just go to http://mobro.co/jayvertucio.

I’m all proud of myself because

I rode my bike on Sunday and then I went to the gym every day and then I rode my bike again today . . . . But, I mean, even though I went to the gym every day I was probably only there for fifteen to twenty minutes. But still, it’s better than nothing, which was how active I was this time six months ago.