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An Unclose Shave [Aug. 22nd, 2006|03:38 pm]
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My wife and I had split itineraries on our return portion of the trip. I was in Portland for a day and then flew back home while she will drive our car back later this week. One of the upshots of this airline-based leg is that I'm currently without an electric razor.

You see, given recent problems, I decided to carry the absolute minimum of items onto the airplane. This meant my laptop and a small stack of notebooks and reading books. I chose to leave my travel toiletries kit (thereby defying it's nominal purpose) since it contained assorted medicines and *GASP* liquids and gels. Personally, I think parting me from my deodorant is more likely to be a terrorist act, but that's (just one reason) why I'm not the TSA.

So I'm also without my electric razor for the next few days. This would seem to be no big deal except that I realized (belatedly) that I've never learned how to use a safety razor. I mean, I think my dad showed me how to shave with one when I was 12. But then I started using shavers and I haven't switched back.

On the way home, I stopped at the drug store. Not having any basis for comparison, I picked a mid-range model Gilette Mach 7 Tensor Swoop Ergo-grip Ultra Low-Carb Whirligig III (genuine leatherette carrying case included). I also bought some shaving foam, a product line that, sadly, has not kept up with the razors in terms of product modifiers.

It's weird to be a 31-year-old man, standing in your bathroom, wondering how the hell you actually shave with one of these things. I've certainly seen other people do it. I generally know what's involved. You know, general "shaving theory". I'm good at picking up the theoretical side of things. But the practice...

Ouch! These things catch. And stick. Even with the foam! In the end, I have to admit that this technically-sophisticated razor gave me, quite frankly, a really uneven shave. I guess I haven't figured this thing out. And if I can hold out for three more mornings, I won't have to!
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[User Picture]From: nevermint
2006-08-22 10:58 pm (UTC)
Please excuse me while I roll on the floor laughing my ass off!

The razor gives a clearn shave. Just remember to go in straight lines up and down. Going side to side will cut you in the wrong way.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-08-22 11:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm glad I was able to milk some humor out of the situation. :)

Yeah, I did the up-down thing. I think that I just haven't got the right speed/angle/pressure/humidity/lunar-phase combination down yet.
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[User Picture]From: nevermint
2006-08-22 11:07 pm (UTC)
Dude your the king rat and you don't know how to do it?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-08-22 11:11 pm (UTC)
Hey, real rats don't actually have to use razors. Shaving isn't one of the rat superpowers. (The rat superpowers being... umm... maze solving, I guess.)

Darn reliance on technology...
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[User Picture]From: nevermint
2006-08-22 11:17 pm (UTC)
At least you can see more then 3 feet in front of you unlike other rats.

You must learn the powers of the blade....
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-08-22 11:27 pm (UTC)
Glasses. I'm pretty nearsighted, actually. (Again with the technological crutches!)
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[User Picture]From: nevermint
2006-08-22 11:32 pm (UTC)
*pats on the back* There is hope for you yet. Just you wait for the rabbit to fix that for YA!
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From: ex_tjcoyote516
2006-08-22 11:15 pm (UTC)
I used to use a regular razor, before switching to electric. One thing Norelco tells you when switching to an electric is that it may take your skin 2-3 weeks to adjust to the electric. I wouldn't be surprised if there's an adjustment going back to a blade.

Not to mention, getting the right pressure, angle, etc. with a blade...

Personally, I'm sticking with my electric. At least I don't cut myself like I used to with the razor!
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2006-08-22 11:18 pm (UTC)
splinter would be very disappointed.

*shakes head*

(maybe that's the problem? maybe it would work if you used a katana?)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-08-22 11:26 pm (UTC)
Wait, when did we see Splinter teach shaving?

(Hmm... I do have that extendable razor I used for trimming foam rubber... It's about 5 inches...)
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2006-08-22 11:48 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking more conceptually than emperically here. Unless we assume the mutagenic goo somehow stopped his fur from growing, then it wouldn't be untoward to assume that shaving was, for him, something of an issue?

(turtles don't grow hair, fair as I know, so it isn't necessarily a skill he'd have to pass on. but still.)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-08-23 07:20 pm (UTC)
I assumed that his new pelt came in like animal fur, at a natural length, and didn't require trimming. (Combing and grooming, perhaps.)

Though, IIRC, he was clean-shaven as a human.
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From: ex_purpleca
2006-08-22 11:21 pm (UTC)
I have the best luck with those cheap disposable razors with two blades and the little goo-strip for lubrication. Shaving foam seems to make little difference for me; YMMV.

I shouldn't point out (but will anyway) that I first learned to use a regular razor shaving.. other than my face.. and developed a steady hand out of the sheer terror of nicks and cuts. That must be the Seekrit!
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[User Picture]From: nevermint
2006-08-22 11:26 pm (UTC)
You shave in more places then your face?! The horror!
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From: ex_purpleca
2006-08-22 11:32 pm (UTC)
I have an unusually hairy big toe. Horrific is right!
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[User Picture]From: nevermint
2006-08-22 11:37 pm (UTC)
Oh I can fix that perminently! Where is my chopping block!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-08-23 07:21 pm (UTC)

Re: LJ Nostalgia time!

Nice! Yeah, definitely similar experiences. And at a similar age, too! Maybe it's a rat thing? ;)
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[User Picture]From: whobunkyboo
2006-08-22 11:50 pm (UTC)
Pffftt....

Try shaving the backs of your knees standing up in a shower stall THEN bitch about how hard it is to shave your fac! ;-)

Seriously though; first, shave in the direction of the beard growth, then shave in the opposite direction. That is supposed to be the best way to go about it.

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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-08-23 07:23 pm (UTC)
Yowch.

Okay, granted, my challenge is definitely at the beginners' level. For my second time using a safety razor, though, that's still enough of a challenge. I'll move up to knees later. :)
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[User Picture]From: furahi
2006-08-23 01:10 am (UTC)
Well, I have to admit that, other than a small patch of my chest once (when I was a kid and hair had just started growing there); I've never used a real razor myself. My first shave, and all succesive ones, I did using an electric razor.
So I know how it must feel, to be so old and not knowing how to use these things...
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[User Picture]From: rcking
2006-08-24 12:38 am (UTC)
I too have never used a blade. An electric has served me well for the last 30 years.
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[User Picture]From: mcfractal
2006-08-24 07:17 am (UTC)
Multiple edged razors tear me up to. I'm used to a 1940's era razor holder that holds double edged blades, one on sharp edge on each side as King Gillette intended, and it's the only way I can shave decently and painlessly.

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