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Archive for August 5th, 2011

Back from bike errand

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I figure that I should get out at least once a day on the bike so my body can relearn the tricks and moves: balancing, turning, etc. And I do better if I have an errand to justify the ride. So today I biked (using the bike path much of the way) to Grove Market (the Quonset hut) in PG to pick up a couple of things. Just back, pleasantly winded.

No ankle brace today. Yesterday it was hurting—the brace digging into my foot—so today I’m trying (cautiously) without.

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5 August 2011 at 11:23 am

Posted in Daily life

Good reasons to grow a garden

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Too late for this year, but something to plan during the winter: your very own garden—and here’s why. Perhaps add a beehive and a few laying hens, and you have a good and nourishing hobby. 🙂

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5 August 2011 at 10:17 am

Posted in Daily life, Food

Shaving experiments and results

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The Alt Innsbruck pre-shave was mentioned favorably recently, so I thought I’d give it a go. Unfortunately, applying a pre-shave is not part of the routine, so this morning I simply forgot. I’ll try again tomorrow.

I did, however, try a lathering bowl again, something I’ve not done for a while. I used QED’s Casablanca shave stick (very nice) with the Plisson Chinese Grey brush that The Wife bought for me in Paris, and I got a fine lather. I had come across a heavy soapstone bowl that I had fancied as a lathering bowl, so I had filled it with hot water to sit while I showered. After working the brush around on my face to load it with the shave stick soap, I moved to the lathering bowl and worked it there for a while. I think the lather did improve somewhat, and I let the brush rest in the bowl when I did the razor work. It didn’t quite work as a warming scuttle: too large for the brush to fit snugly. (A warming scuttle and a lathering bowl have conflicting dimensional requirements.)

The Gillette Rocket, the British version of the Super Speed, is way more skookum than the US razors: a truly massive handle and solid construction throughout. In comparison, the US Super Speed is something the low bidder would create, whereas the Rocket is the work of a craftsman. With a Swedish Gillette blade and three passes, I had a lovely shave.

I may have forgotten the beginning step, but I was ready for finish. First, the alum bar from the freezer: magnificent. If you’re shaving in the summer, I highly recommend trying this. It’s wonderful! A lovely smooth coldness slipping around over the beard area—not to be missed.

The All Things Jill Just for Jack Aftershave Spritz is terrific. I need to bring this back into rotation. (I see the page at the link has a testimonial from me, one with which I still agree.) Note the ingredients:

Witch Hazel Distillate, Aqua, Glycerin, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Flower Water, Lavandula officinalis (Lavender) Flower Water, Citrus aurantifolia (Lime) Oil*, Zingiber officinale (Ginger) Oil*.
* = organic

This was fresh from the fridge, so it was nice and cool—and of course the spritz feels cool in any event, due to evaporation. I still think the way to go on this is to splash it on, but the mist does work and makes it go further.

A highly successful shave. I think the Rocket does a better job than the Super Speed.

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5 August 2011 at 8:18 am

Posted in Shaving

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