I've been reading these boards for a while but never really posted. A lot of that was caused by this feeling of almost eavesdropping because I wasn't using a DE or Straight razor. I had a brush and some decent shaving soap but nothing really spectacular...the brush wasn't even badger hair.
This, however christmas everything changed. I opened one gift to find a very nice Merkur Progress, a badger hair brush and a tub of AoS unscented cream. At first I found the adjustable part of the razor a bit intimidating but so far the changes have all been for the best and I actually enjoy my morning shave now.