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Shaving on the cheap!

Tired of the high cost of double and triple blade disposal razors, cans of gooey shave cream, try shaving the old fashioned way!

All men typically shave their face on a regular basis. I happen to shave almost everyday. I am currently 46 and have been shaving since I was 20ish (ya I started late). Still, that’s 26 years of shaving.

Now I am probably like a lot of people out there, I had used either a double blade, or triple blade cartridge or disposal razor almost my entire life with Edge shaving cream.

I’m sure that we all know the cost of these types of blades and cartridges, they are terribly expensive and most really don’t give a great shave.

Well, this past Christmas I was given a Parker double edge butterfly safety razor, along with a badger shaving brush, a ten pack of blades and a bar of Williams shaving soap.

Okay, I had never used this type of system before, and it is kinda of a process to start with.

First of all, take a shower first, it helps prepare your beard for shaving. While you are showering, soak the bar of Williams shaving soap in hot water. When you get out of the shower, soak your face and the badger brush in very hot water. Take the brush, swirl it in the bar of shaving soap, then apply it to your face. Very important, then swirl the brush directly on your face in a circular motion. This action will start to create a meringue like foam on your face. Once you get there, brush it on in a paint brush like motion.

Now you are ready to shave.  Be careful, this is a double edge razor it is very sharp. I find it is best to move the razor along your face at about a 30 degree angle. The first few time I cut my face. Note that it could take a couple of passes, here and there.

After shaving I apply some Nivea post shave  balm, to help prevent burn.

I know it sound like a process, but its kinda of fun. Also after doing it a couple of weeks it becomes routine.

Now here it comes, get ready 🙂

There is the starting cost of buying the razor $25-35 and the badger brush on average $13-40

Then there is the ongoing cost. razor blades $1.97 for 10. $.97 for the Williams shaving soap and then the most expensive (for me) Nivea post shave balm $6.99 for 3.3 fl oz.

I change blades once a week that is 0.19 per week.

A bar of shaving soap last about ten weeks, that is $0.10 per week.

A bottle of Nivea post shave balm last about 25 weeks, that is $0.28

that is a total of $.57 per week or $0.8 per shave! compare that to disposal systems.

I have to admit there are more expensive products out there. However, you can buy blades from Amazon extremely cheap. Williams shaving soap is not the best shaving soap out there, and I probably will be trying some other product. Still how can you beat this price. Sure there is a startup cost involved, but think of it as an investment over time.

So I recommend this type of shaving very strongly, it is really going to save a lot of money down the road.

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Posted by on May 15, 2011 in Health



This is my review of the movie Thor, released by Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment. It is written by Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz and Don Payne and directed by Kenneth Branagh. It is rated PG-13.

Thor is based on the Marvel Comic of the same name. It is the story of the Norse God Thor, set in the modern age. The comic and movie both, blends mythology with superhero action.

The comic has been continually released by Marvel comics for nearly fifty years. Thor’s first appearance was in Journey into Mystery #83 (Aug 1962). That issue was written by Stan Lee (who makes a cameo appearance in the film), penciled by Jack Kirby and Inked by Joe Sinnott.

The high points of the comic has been the Lee and Kirby run, a long storyline in the 80s by Walt Simonson and recently a storyline by J. Michael Straczynski, who gets a story credit for the film.

I just want to note that I saw the 2D version of the film (my rant about 3D versions for another time).

The film, pretty much mirrors the characters of the comic, with some slight changes and updating. However I think that the character of Loki, Thor’s brother is handled slightly better in the film and given better motivation for his actions.

The modest summary of the plot is Thor finds himself banished to earth, and must save the girl, and his father, and become a better Norse god for doing so 🙂 I HATE SPOILERS, so I won’t do it (ever).

With that being said, lets get this out of the way, right now, Thor is an action movie. No highbrow message to be found here, this film is all about special effects, explosions and popcorn. Does that necessarily make this a bad film. No, it’s actually a pretty good film. I enjoyed it from beginning to end, and found it to be very entertaining. The special effect are living large in this one, as the entire realm of Asgard is created, as well as a planet populated with frost giants and the super cool Destroyer.

All I can say about the cast is they do an adequate job. There are no stunning performance here. Although the cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman and that guy from Good Will Hunting. They have all done better jobs in better movies. I think the stand out and underplayed performance in this film is Tom Hiddleston who plays Loki. As for Chris Hemsworth, I believe that he did a much better job in his ten minutes of screen time in Star Trek.

Is this film for everyone? No. Many will find the fantasy aspect, too much, or plot line too little. I don’t think many of my married friends will be bringing their wives to this one either.

Thor is one of many Marvel Entertainment movies that have been released, including the upcoming Captain America which are leading up to next years Avenger’s movie. Like the other films this one also includes post credit scene with Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

If you love comics or action movies I think that you will be highly entertained by Thor. If the typical summer movie season is not your thing then pass it by.

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Posted by on May 14, 2011 in Comics, Movies



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