Welcome, welcome, welcome!!!!
Welcome, welcome, welcome!!!!
Glad to have you along.
Steward in the Shaving Cream Forum
"Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it."
I must vigorously protest the use of the Katie Puckrik image on the home page of the B&B Site.
Mainly, because once I see the image, I completely forget why I came to the site in the first place.
Jeff in Boston
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I think Katie earned her first custom title.
I think your personality will fit in quite well here
From Katies site:
Vanessa - WAY too technical, right? But a fascinating insight into the masculine mind - something as simple as a shave turns into an Arthurian quest involving archaic tools, elaborate manual skills, and above all, danger!
But the B&B approach is an admirable way to tackle the Sisyphean task of shaving: turn something dreary and inevitable into a hobby. Imagine what guys could do with periods!
(Do you like how I worked in references to two different myths?)
On the wrist this week: Fortis Millenium Starship Limited Edition Flieger Chrono in Valjoux 7750
A very warm welcome to Katie and her members. We hope our ruminations have an appealing waft!
I have been thinking about the substance of above quotation--apart from the clever (even learned!) and delightful style. Does what we talk about around here provide a fascinating insight into the masculine mind? On some level how could it not.
But have we turned something "simple" into a quest for the Holy Grail, and does it involve "archaic tools, elaborate manual skills, and above all, danger"? Yes and no, methinks. First, a "shave" may be "simple," but a "good shave" might be considered anything but "simple." Although that is not quite right either. A really good shave, to me, is like sublime art in that it is elegant, and elegance is "refined grace of form." A simplicity, but one difficult to achieve.
But "archaic tools, elaborate manual skills"? Absolutely! But tools, would not have to be "archaic," to appeal to the masculine mind, I think. Archaic is fun, but "tools" period are appealing. Elaborate manual skills? Absolutely. Skills which are effective andhard to achieve are satisfying.
Involving danger? Sort of. When it comes to straights, I think part of the appeal, or at least the initial appeal, for most guys is the image of a macho activity. More the outward appearance of danger to the uniniated,however, more than any actual danger. The idea, which is accurate, I think, is that if one has the proper skills, what looks dangerous is not dangerous at all. On some level, I suppose, that a real man knows how to use his tools of choice and is therefore safe, whether those tools be a straight razor, a chain or circular saw, a saute pan or a broiler, or, say, more commonly, an automobile or spreadsheet software. The danger re the latter being not knowing what one is doing potentially compromising the application of crucial finacial information.
I am not sure, however, that much apparent danger is involved in DE shaving. Manual skills, absolutely.
Shaving as an Arthurian quest for the Holy Grail? Essentially an ongoing quest for perfection that nearly by definition can never end? KP IMHO nails it there for many of us here, at least from time to time or for particular time periods, and for what takes up much of the discussion space on this forum. In the end, I think most of us, after a time, conclude we have reached a place in the quest that is truly excellent, and close enough to perfect. That, after awhile, there may be a better razor out there for me, or a hone or strop capable of creating a better edge, or maybe a better technique, but holy smoke, what I have now is pretty frigging amazing and I do not feel the need to keep up the quest. My personal experience is that that desire for the quest often returns, though, when something becomes newly available, say in hones or strops. The desire to try something new never goes away completely!
<Sisyphean task of shaving: turn something dreary and inevitable into a hobby>
A little more off the mark here perhaps. One could think of the need to eat as being Sisyphean and dreary and inevitable, too. If one were eating the same food at eat meal and it was terrible and badly prepared, eating would be drudgery. I think commercial interests have essentially made shaving that for many people. But I think eating and shaving can each be highly pleasurable activities. So I do not think it is unexpected or particularly masculine to make shaving or cooking into a pleasurable and satisfying hobby.
I think women do the same with, I am not sure what the right words are, grooming and makeup. I think there is something soothing, comforting, creative, and satisfying about skillfully taking care of one's person that is not at all limited to men. And there is a real Zen to these activities, be they shaving, other grooming, or makeup, that all human beings are drawn to!
But KP is pretty darn insightful, and a lot more succinct and entertaining than I am!
Will I fall beneath the shadow of some broken cross?My arms emptied and all my treasures lost?
I was wondering if I could ask you for your expert opinion on behalf of all Musgo Real users on this forum.
Musgo Real balm and to an even greater extent the After shave splash is renowned as one of the most calming for sensitive skin, yes I know that sound weird but the Alcohol based splash is more calming than the balm.
I have read your comments about your incomprehension of the bearded gender to apply Alcohol based products to skin after a shave where the fairer sex moisturize rather than cauterize. This may be because the stubble is coarser and thicker that on legs or that the skin is more sensitive, I dont know. But Musgo Real splash would go a long way to explaining why we use a splash, as a good After shave is more about the skin goodies which continue to condition tonify and moisten the skin all day after the shave, than the alcohol which acts as an astringent and evaoprates with in seconds, try it you will be amazed.
Now why to we need your expert opinion, well most of us Musgo fans started out with the balm, liked the the calming properties and smell however faint. Then decided to try the the splash, all be it dubiously because of its alcohol content only to find it even better than the balm and with a stronger scent.
Unfortunately this scent fades all too quickly and here in lies our dilemma, as we all LOVE the scent what Cologne by any vendor would match it or compliment it best?
Musgo Real have three Colognes but none of them seem to match the scent of the After shave.
Whats Katie been up to these days?
I thought this was about Katie Couric.
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Welcome Katie and her followers to B&B
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