Hal Stern

https://mobro.co/halstern

$2,994

Target: $2,801
Hal has raised $8,193 since 2012.
Billy Crystal wrote that you become an adult when your childhood heroes die. In the past few years a not-so-small number of musicians who provided soundtracks for particular moments in my life have committed suicide (Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington, Keith Emerson, Butch Trucks). Music has been the glue in my life - it's time to remove men's cancers and mental health issues from the liner notes.

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My Move target

49.54 mi
Target: 60 mi
I'm going to move and groove - goal is to do about 6,000 steps a day (about 50% over my average) for 30 days, with an accompanying musical commentary.

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from Bonnie and Bernie Rosenfeld

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Congrats Hal on this awesome donation streak!

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from Terry Ye

Congrats Hal on this awesome donation streak!

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$500
from Amy Stern

In honor of my big brother, who always thinks of others first.

Donation received
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$500
from Amy Stern

In honor of my big brother, who always thinks of others first.

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from VISA Checkout

Congratulations! You have received a bonus donation to your fundraising efforts from Visa. A proud partner of the Movember Foundation. Every donation made using Visa Checkout until November 27 will be boosted up to $25!

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Hal Stern
38 Week(s) Ago

$2,000 goal crushed, for the second time (Nestle Quik donations seem to have come and gone...). Thanks team

Donation received
38 Week(s) Ago
$100
from Mindy Wiser-Estin

Way to go, Bro! Happy to support you and this great cause. Love u lots!!!

Hal Stern
38 Week(s) Ago

Happy 2/3 point in November. This is when the real business of the holiday season starts - Thanksgiving in our sights in the weekly calendar, Black Friday perched at the end of the week, lists of lists of lists that would make a LISP programmer parenthetically proud, and maybe just maybe a bit of goodwill.

I'm $886 from my third and final stretch goal. Just emailed out the last appeal.

I'm also slightly ahead of my realistic move-n-groove target. 10 days to go, and 18.35 miles to walk.

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Hal Stern
39 Week(s) Ago

[Edit on 11/13: It appears the Nestle Quik matching donation was a one-day thing, and it showed up, then showed up twice, now is gone -- so I'm back to $1,865 raised but not reducing my target! I am, however, now shy of $2,000]

OK, so $2,000 was too easy. Thanks to a generous family-of-friend-of-family gift and a MATCHING gift from the Nestle foundation, I blew right through $2,000. Next up: $2,801, which would put me at $8,000 lifetime Movember raise. 19 days to go, that's about $40 a day. As Nathan Explosion once said, "That's doable!"

Hal Stern
39 Week(s) Ago

First stretch goal achieved! Thanks to the family of friends and friends of family, I had set a new single year record (for me), blown through $7,000 life time raised, and topped my best hopes for 2017. So --- I'm raising the stakes to $2,000 for this year. It's $185, or about 10% above where I am.

And to thank everyone, here I am channeling John Entwistle of the Who, who sadly played his last bar fifteen years ago, but captured the essence of believing that "my generation" will be the one that doesn't get old.

Hal Stern
40 Week(s) Ago

Tomorrow is the 1/3 point in November. I'm going to hit my move goal for the first tier of the month, provided I actually walk from the parking lot to the conference room and back, at a minimum.

I also started taking bass lessons with a new teacher last night; sadly my first teacher has decided to become a full time student. Rather than plowing half-heartedly and half-fingeredly (is that a word) through some tabs, we got into the theory of music - why do different chords and progressions make you feel certain things? We'll build up to tension and release and advanced modes, but for now I'm mentally translating the geometry of the bass fretboard to the tone divisions of scales, and actually learning something.

Diego, my teacher, likes to say that the bass is the most important instrument in a band, because it connects the straight up rhythm (drummer) to the melodic elements (guitar or other lead); if the bass plays an inversion to the main chord then he/she can move the whole song along -- you hear this a lot with Mike Gordon and Phish when they are deep in a jam.

Reminded me of a Peter Frampton concert when he introduced Stanley Sheldon as "the balls of the band".

Which is what had me planning this year's Movember. Like Phish's "Boston Creem" jam, I've been waiting a while to make that connection.

Movember is about protecting that bass (base) connection: it's about ensuring healthy balls of the band, no matter how you make your music.

Hal Stern
40 Week(s) Ago

Happy first full week of Movember, team! Thanks to your amazing generosity and support, I hit my early goal this weekend and am now halfway between that goal and my stretch goal, with only $250 to go.

I'm touched by the number of people who added stories of family members and friends touched by men's health issues.

Starting the conversation and removing the stigma is step one to getting men of all ages and shapes healthy.

Hal Stern
40 Week(s) Ago

My Nokia/Withings Healthmate died on me for the third time in a week. It's in the trash can now -- I'm using my iPhone as my step/pedometer and find it's very accurate for steps. What's scarier is that it's pretty accurate on mileage as well, and I have a short stride (I've known that since high school when doing the 8 steps to 5 yards downfield marching was hard) -- my 6,000 daily steps are closer to 2 miles, not 3, so I've adjusted my Move-mber goal accordingly.

Hal Stern
40 Week(s) Ago

One of the best ways to get moving -- and get inspired -- is to visit a highly walkable city -- New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago and now I'll add Austin, TX to that list. Austin has a long history of live music and creative weirdness, as evidenced by this downtown statue of none other than Willie Nelson.

Hal Stern
40 Week(s) Ago

Here's what I sent to my current and prospective donors earlier today:

In the past year I've seen two friends do battle with prostate cancer, one of them after he lost his own brother to the same disease. I've watched as musicians that banged out the soundtrack of major parts of my life -- Butch Trucks, Keith Emerson, Chris Cornell -- commit suicide.

For many years in my teens and early adulthood, I found myself thinking "this is weird" -- the first time I heard about cliques in high school band (that was weird, I thought we were a band), the first time I learned about indirection in computer programming (I thought that was the weird part of the text book, having learned to program very badly, and didn't realize it was the heart of what I'd do for the next 35 years), the first few times I went to a punk club (hearing Regressive Aid at
King Tut City Gardens was weird, going to the Stone Pony to see Allan Holdsworth come on at midnight was weird, going to the Rathskellar in Boston when I had promised my parents I was going to the Jewish singles of boston dance -- which I did, and then promptly left with two work friends who had the same parental dictate -- was not only weird but terrifying).

But all of those were choices I made. I chose the experience, I chose to learn more about the technical social and musical worlds as a result, and I chose to expand my horizons a bit. I was blessed by parents and family that supported me in this exploration and didn't judge, despite some of my choices perhaps needing a bit of editorial advice.

Dealing with depression, testicular or prostate cancer, or other men's health issues that cut short good lives is not a choice you make. It's something that is weird that happens to you.

Until we get over the stigma and the sense of weird -- and get help, community and communications focused on the problems -- good men are going to continue to die.

Breaking down the weird means that it's ok for me to talk to my friends about Air Pee n Pee (AirBnB for public bathrooms, a must if you have prostate issues).

Breaking down the weird means that Billy Tucker, the guitarist from Regressive Aid would have found help in dealing with the excruciating pain of testicular cancer, which (as I've read) led him to commit suicide.

Breaking down the weird means displacing the loneliness that amplifies the highs of public performance and the lows of depression (think: Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club
Band), and helps Chris Cornell find a way to keep making amazing music, channeling that rage and distortion into a social statement that's less weird and more about shining a light into the depths.

Every bit of support helps and is greatly appreciated by me.

If you find yourself doing the cross-legged tap dance in strange cities, there really is an AirPee-n-Pee:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/ailbhemalone/there-is-now-a-version-of-airbnb-solely-for-toilets?utm_term=.sdeYeEOV2Z#.jjeYKoa86W

Keep it hairy, keep it moving, and keep the conversation going

Hal Stern
40 Week(s) Ago

Happy Weekend, Team Stern!! Thanks for your remarkable support and encouragement. Managed to get my HealthMate up and running again (and it's reminding me to get off my butt and move, move, move).

Thanks to your combined generosity and good spirits, I'm a Platinum Mo for the 4th year!

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