5 blade madness

Posted on Wednesday 26 April 2006

sense :: hearing // Bambi Strikes Back – And Again

I completely forgot to mention that I wound up giving the Gillette Fusion Power a shot, thus letting myself give in to the massive Shackhype over it. Surprisingly, for such an expensive razor with even more expensive blades, the thing is amazing. Don’t get me wrong, I has serious doubts about a razor that required a battery and promised to get an even closer shave thanks to “vibrating pulses,” (images of my lopping off ears, noses, lips, and such danced through my head at the store) but I don’t mind my little vibrating razor one bit, in fact, I kind of like it! So yeah; damned good, close, smooth shave.

I remember back in high school when I was starting to really shave on a regular basis, everything I tried didn’t work. I had horrible razor burn and razor bumps; a time I don’t really want to re-live; when I used everything from electric razors (not a close enough shave, too stubbly) to funky creams that I smeared on my face to pull the hair off with a plastic “razor” (essentially nair for your face, except it burned like acid and using the plastic “razor” to peel the creme-and hair-off brought along the top two laywers of skin at the same time) and even disposable razors gave me the closeness but cut my face up in the process. It wasn’t until I picked up a Mach3 that I finally got a good, solid, clean, and mostly painless shave. Suffice to say I’m not going back; and this no doodad is definitely a step up.

Okay, that must have been the worst thing to blog about ever.

Moving on. We’ve had the opportunity to see a couple of episodes of Honey, We’re Killing the Kids! on TLC recently, and that show is out and out frightening. From the parents to the kids, if this is everyday America, I’m very very sad. From parents who smoke freely in the house even though their kids are asthmatic and have to wear a nebulizer while playing video games to kids who curse freely at their parents and refuse to do even the most basic of chores (ie, cleaning up after themselves after meals, taking out the trash, making their own beds) and all that piled on to the food that they catch these folks eating, I sorely hope that this isn’t the portrait of average America. One family had an entire shelf in their pretty large pantry dedicated to Little Debbie and Hostess products, for example. Another family’s oldest child packed up his video games (and nothing else, mind you) and tried to run away from home when his video game time was limited. Every kid, regardless of age, had a TV in their bedroom.

Okay, I’m going to totally call myself out here as a grown-up, or at least someone older than 14, but that’s ridiculous, and some of the things these kids got away with (cursing at their parents, for example) would never have happened in my parents’ house. I can’t even imagine what would have happened to me if I had cursed at my parents, because such a thing was unthinkable in our household; I could even fathom it. And “refusing” to do the chores? Yeah right. It was absolutely mind boggling. On the up side, it made me feel exceptionally good about my upbringing; not that I didn’t before the show, but damn-every now and again when I see programs like that I’m impressed at how intuitive the discipline and courtesy and respect were in my house, and I’m grateful for it.

Also, they really need to send someone in those homes when they cook their first healthy meal to help them out; the poor parents more often than not can’t cook anything if it doesn’t have directions on the back and have a hard time following a recipe or customizing it to taste, so their first healthy dinners turn out looking (and probably tasting) like mush-and if the reactions of the kids are even remotely accurate (and they’re almost always overblown) then it’s probably not that great.

I’m not sure I can really watch it again. It’s kind of scary, but not at all in the way the producers wanted it to be. I tried to watch Shalom in the Home, but overhwelming stereotypes forced me to change the channel.

People wonder why I don’t watch much TV.

Dr. Know, on the other hand, on Discovery Health is an amazing show, and not just because Dr. Know himself, most of his experiments and shows, and all of his volunteers are taped at and from locations in the Washington DC area, most notably at and around the University of Maryland at College Park, my undergrad alma mater. That’s worth tuning in for.

3 Comments for '5 blade madness'

    April 27, 2006 | 9:33 am

    re: Honey One so appreciates the trend of homeschooling with shows like that . . .

    April 27, 2006 | 9:41 am

    P.S. kuriimupan appreciated the razor discussion. He received a Norelco razor for his 13th birthday, which “sorta blows chunks.”

    April 27, 2006 | 10:14 am

    ::giggle:: I have to admit that the show was mildly entertaining, but in that “oh, the horror” kind of way, not in that “wow, i should exercise” kind of way.

    And you know, I had this big long comment about shaving all ready to go, then realized it was so long I may as well make a whole post on it….so I think I will. 🙂

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