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Just like kicking a dead horse…

I know this fall I have been pretty top heavy on a few topics but two more instances just popped up. So forgive if I go down these lanes one more time.

I think you all are familiar with my 5 year old techy, right? Do you mind one more story about her?

How many of you have a smartphone with the voice that you can ask questions? I think Siri is the name of the voice in the phone.

Well sometime Dylan likes to talk to Siri like she is a real person. She will ask her questions, personal questions, like favorite color, where she lives or her favorite Disney Princess.

Well Thursday morning last week she asked Siri to find ‘Hello Kitty‘.


Any Mom out there with child under 10 knows who Hello Kitty is. I don’t know if she was looking for a story or a video or what. She just said, “Find Hello Kitty“.

Well, Siri came back with a listing out of Mom’s contacts in her phone book, an old work friend from 7 or 8 years back named Katie.

So DylanΒ asks Siri, “Who is this?” not knowing it is a real contact.

Siri, does her job then and transcribes Dylan’s question into a text to Katie.

Katie, a few states away and probably half awake as this was before school, gets this mysterious text out of nowhere from a phone that doesn’t register on hers evidently and does what most of the rest of us would do…who just got a text asking her ‘Who is this’. She texted her back asking ‘Well who is this?’

Dylan, thinking Siri is playing a game with her now, sees the text reply asking her ‘who is this’. …which in itself is still kinda amazing that she is reading all this from a phone, and so she answers Siri back, “this is Dylan”.

Siri, of course, hears Dylan’s reply and sends in a text back to Katie. Not amused anymore by this inquisitive texter Katie answers back, “You have the wrong number Dylan. I don’t know you.

Which comes back to Dylan, apparently looking like a game or a challenge from Siri.

So my little Kindergartener, undaunted, decides to take a quick picture of herself with Mom’s phone and attached to her new text to Siri.

Now let’s stop for a second. When I got my smartphone for the first time it took me about 3 weeks until my wife to showedΒ  me how to figure out how to attach a picture to a text.

Little Miss D. just flips it over to the camera and back to the text message and shows Siri…….”This is Dylan“.

I can only guess what Katie’s thoughts were when receiving a picture from her anonymous texter, and finding out it was from a little kid. … so early in the morning. But Katie is a good person and she simply replied, “Happy Halloween Dylan

It wasn’t until Mom got to work, and later in the day sees this mysterious thread of texting to her long lost friend that she didn’t remember making. She called her friend that afternoon and got the story from her.

Hello Kitty!So if any of you out there get a text from my little girl…will you please tell her to give the phone back to her father!

Now the SECOND piece of great news is for the whole month.

Do you know what month this is?

That’s right, its the rockin month of MOVEMBER!

Movember you ask?

Movember is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancer and associated charities. (we gave you women the prior month of October for your great cause)

That’s right, men, across the world are asked to put down their razors to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer and other male related cancers. By encouraging men (which the charity refers to as “Mo Bros“) to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths.

Now do you think this is a cause I can get into this month?

Heck Yeah!

Heck Yeah!

Since 2004, the Movember Foundation charity has run Movember events to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and depression, in Australia and New Zealand. In 2007, events were launched in Ireland, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan, and the United States.

It has spread from Australia to South Africa, Europe, and North America. As of 2011 Canadians were the largest contributors to the Movember charities of any nation. Ask Wikipedia!

Men’s Health points out:

Using scary stats to motivate people is not how we roll at Movember, but the facts below are too startling to ignore. In the US:

  • 1 in 2 men, and 1 in 3 women, will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.
  • Over 238,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed and almost 30,000 men will die of prostate cancer in 2013.

I don’t know if you noticed but I see my name 3 times in those 3 lines above. And I wouldn’t be sitting here smiling today if I did not get checked early. To me, this tongue in cheek event is actually not so small of an event that it shouldn’t be taken seriously.

So I am asking you….

Put Down That Razor Matey!

Put Down That Razor Matey!

Please help raise some awareness of those numbers above as well as the great outcomes that can and DO happen when you get checked early! I’m not asking for any money here. Just put down that razor and tell people why you have joined the cause.

Now I realize most of the readers of this blog are ladies and if you ladies want to put down your razors for the month of November, and I sense some of you do, please do it in support of prostates everywhere. One in six men will thank you!

Thanks everyone for dropping by today!

Remember…Put down those razors!

And if you get a text from someone named Dylan, remind her she should be doing some homework.

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26 thoughts on “Just like kicking a dead horse…

  1. Pingback: Show Me Your ‘Stache! | Susie Lindau's Wild Ride

  2. I haven’t gotten up to 90 mph since I lived in the high desert of Eastern Oregon, where there was only one town named Wagontire (population: 3) for hundreds of miles between bigger towns (populations: 1200). Although this morning I noticed I was accidentally doing 84. Whoopsie-doopsie-daisy. Yeah, Miss Dylan’s pretty much got me pegged…

  3. Thanks Ms. Jessica. That ‘stache is filling in. And I have prompted at least a few others to do the same. How about you? Have I inspired you to do anything with your razor? πŸ˜‰ Our weekend WAS great andDylan never ceases to amuse. I hope you had a great weekend too; with no accidents on your bike. πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping by!

  4. Oh she knows your type Ms. Ruby Sea Muse. Multi tasking every minute of the day. Hates to waste time. Takes pictures of other cars while driving 90 mph. Right? I hope you had a safe and beachy weekend! Always great to hear from you SSM…

  5. Love your stories about Dylan! And rock on, Mr. Movember!!! I love it! Good for you. Hope you have a great weekend!

  6. That would be too eerie – sorry, no can go there. I’ll keep my razor and just tell me where to send a check instead. Tell Dylan that AT&T has banned me from texting but she could send me a different phone to use just for that purpose, and I’d be all hers, at her beck & call. Whatever makes her think I might have been texting while driving? She is wise beyond her years…

  7. Or maybe, if you are looking for Eerie part II you could poast those Ruby Reds in the sand attached to those gambs sans razor. Huh? Would that work or not? Its not like any of your fans have ever seens pictures of you above the balls of your feet. So those blonde Scotch-Irishes could really belong to anyone, right? Just a thought. If dylan texted you you might just have a new text buddy..She asked what was your number or could Siri find you? .but not while you are driving? Thanks for dropping by SSM! I hope your day is magical, safe and mysterious!

  8. Hmmm…I suppose there are European beaches, like, um, in Scotland, that I might get away with no razor for a month. I dunno about down here, tho. Those ruby reds just wouldn’t look the same in the sugar-white sand. Can I borrow Dylan to teach me the fine points of texting new friends?

  9. Ohohohohoho!

    I dont have a phone number, but theres my mail.

  10. You are too funny….now stay away from my daughters! (I have my scorn look on at you) She still doesn’t have your phone number yet I think…

  11. Thanks for your support Karen. Yes, like a team! It scares me to think where she may be at 12 years old. She’ll be smarter than me by then! I will have to keep you on speed dial so I can get the correct responses to situations in the future! I hope you and yours are doing well! Thanks for dropping by….

  12. Siri told her Cinderella, Ariel, and Princess Trendy D! Cause every Princess has her own style! I am the poster child for everything Movember promotes. I feel lucky! Now where’s your razor my friend! πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping by D Anna! Always gret to hear from you…

  13. No piercing nor tattoos from me, I hate those.
    Most likely will be to make those musical morning car rides to the donuts place instead of school.

  14. Dylan seems to be progressing right on cue! Just wait until she’s 12 and her phone is 100x more complicated than yours. She will navigate it with little effort and be happy to show you how to work yours. Thanks for the info on men’s health issues also Andy. We all need to work together to keep each other healthy and aware. πŸ™‚

  15. Super cute…I want to know what Siri’s favorite Disney princess and it is great that you are supporting Movember also! πŸ™‚

  16. I was looking for some cardboard mustaches that are sold in stores and sell them from the blog to raise money but I never found any 😦 And Ms. Aurora, it appears you are going to be the devilish cousin or Aunt that we need to tell the kids to avoid at the family get togethers. Next you will getting her to get a piercing! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for looking in AuAu and playing the game. But I am not telling D. code to dial Mexico…

  17. OH she would try if I asked her too…and probably figure it out; at least before me! And I don’t talk much about her being brave but she really is brave as well. Which doesn’t bode well for not quite being a good swimmer yet. But she is frequently amazing a a great joy! Thanks for looking in Ms. Cyndi! Have a great week!

  18. Yes D. is amazing sometimes. I try to keep her good natured as if she turned mischievous I would be in trouble. Who am I kidding, I will anyways! Lets here it for those legs! And besides, its getting colder up there! If you were fundraising I imagine you would do better sans stubble. But hey, like you said, look at those Red Sox! Thanks for your support. I’ll have to give weekly updates on my dishevelledness. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for dropping by Maria! Go Sox!

  19. Im sure I would look gorgeous with a big curvy mexican-like mustache.
    If Dylan ever mails me, Im gonna tell her how to skip homework and school πŸ™‚

  20. Dylan is both SMART and BRAVE!! It doesn’t sound like there is much she couldn’t/wouldn’t do!! Enjoy your razor-free Movember getting the word out! Maybe Dylan can send nationwide texts. πŸ˜‰

  21. WOW! That Dylan is soooo smart! Honestly! That she can do all those things at her age is crazy!! She even knew to smile while taking the selfie and sending it. The best part is definitely that she can read! Good thing your wife’s friend was a good sport. πŸ™‚

    I am already planning on letting my legs get mangly in November – in your honor! I can’t forgo shaving my underarms but I will make up for it with the legs! I may even post a picture at the end of the month. πŸ™‚ What a great cause! Looking forward to seeing your “Red Sox” beard later this month. πŸ™‚

  22. Haha, it wasn’t that they didn’t try, that’s for sure. Hubby and I have eagle eyes about any little thing out of order, so they could never have a party we didn’t find out about ;). That said, Marc is more like Dylan . . . and oh good grief.

  23. I know Sandy. Thanks for your support! Did you hide your razor?Dylan would need your number to text you. If I had your phone number in my phone there would be a solid chance she would text you. Hope your weekend was great Sandy! Thanks for looking in…

  24. I know! You know, even a ‘little’ kid she figured things out and knew how to ‘work it’. It was always so cute tosee how her mind worked. But it won’t be too long until she is out smarting me! Any tips?…not that Marisha ever out smarted you.. πŸ™‚

  25. I would love to get a text from Dylan. πŸ™‚ Very cute.
    Happy Movember. You know I am in full support.

  26. You better hold onto your hat as Dylan gets older. hahahhaha

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