Just wanted to officially say "Hi" for the first time. I started wetshaving about 8 years ago with a puck of Williams and a Wilkinson's boar from WalMart. About 2 years ago, I started lurking on this forum when I was looking for opinions on razors, soaps, etc. and started DE shaving with a EJ Chatsworth and some D R Harris.
I loved that this forum's members never hammered a guy for making a mistake, and there's no such thing as a stupid question. Everyone here who isn't a noob can remember when he was. The members don't slag vendors, and try to be as objective as possible with their reviews (occasional over-excitement is tolerated and well understood - we've all been blown away by a new product at some point).
In less than two years, I've managed to amass several razors, brushes, and a serious SAD. (Seriously, I'd have to live to about 95 to use up all this shaving soap).
For me, shaving has gone from a chore to a zen moment. I find myself watching TV in the evening, and wondering what shave soap I'm going to use the next morning. Whatever disease it is that causes a grown man to want to save change in a jar so that he can get a razor within a year (did that to get my Feather AS), I've got it pretty bad! I figured, since I'm clearly infected, I might as well join the forum and participate with the rest of the infected. We mustn't quarantine this! We gotta spread the word!