Well Ladies and Gentleman alike,
I reached a milestone on this forum. I have been a member of the B&B (and B&B only) since June of 2011. It wasn't until this afternoon that I even realized that I actually passed the one year mark.
I recall finding this place in my Google searches, over and over again when I was looking up information for the Merkur 34C HD. Finally I gave in to see what all the fuss was about and why this website kept coming up.
It was with the help of you, (yes YOU members) that I was able to cross over from the overpriced 5 blade contraptions....and learn how to make a morning chore, a daily event that I really look forward to.
There have been nights that I would shave just because I had the extra time to learn how to improve my technique - or simply test out a new product. And like some of you, I used that time for self reflection as I was wrapped up with thoughts of my Mom recovering from cancer, and of course, the birth of my beautiful baby daughter who will be 1 year in August. My how the time really does fly.
I've gone from the mindless walk to the local Wal-mart to pick up shaving "stuff" - to researching and finding new traditional brushes, soaps, creams...stuff I had never even heard of. I've had the chance to grow as a member by creating PIF's and helping those in need- and receiving some thoughtful PIF's in the process as well. Heck, you've even let me take up your personal time while you would read my evening excerpts about my shaving experiences formatted in a story. You could have been anywhere else, but you chose to stop and read something that I had written on a whim. And I am grateful. It always astounds me to this day that people who have likely never even met each other- are always so willing to support each other when called upon. (This includes the Mods.) Race, gender and religion are never a factor for any of you to step up and help someone else in need. I am so very proud to be associated with each of you.
The world would be a far better place, if only the strangers of the world could converse and lend a hand to each other like they do here on the B&B.
I tip my hat to all the men and women here and I humbly wish to say "Thank you".