I suppose I should note they also just came in cardboard tucks back then too, so the fancy dispenser was for people with excess cash. I don't know when they started wrapping individual blades in paper.
This is what I remember my dad's razor blades coming in when I was a kid... these fancy metal and plastic dispensers with a used blade "bank" on the bottom. They weren't refillable, you just threw them away with the used blades safely stored. This dispenser comes with 15 blades.
Modern blades come individually wrapped in waxed paper, which allows them to be stored in a tiny card or plastic box (with a slot for used blades in the back) just 5 at a time.
Horizon Zero Dawn not-quite-a-spoiler
It's okay to cry for Aloy in the "birthday message" scene.
That scene, for me, really drove home how isolated and lonely young Aloy is. Her guardian loves her, but he's all rough edges and strict rules, and I don't think he knows how to have fun. The game devs put so much heart into such a simple scene, I literally teared up.
Every day, I think, "Today's when I'm going to get to those employee reviews." Every day is either full of meetings (doing job interviews again), or when I have "free" time people have been waiting on me to help them with project roadblocks.
I'm going to end up doing these reviews on the holiday weekend. I'm finally starting to understand why managers do so much of this kind of work outside of business hours.
I'm wearing denim shorts with knee-high compression socks. I am in the privacy of my own home. Manayunk should thank me for not wearing this to yesterday's art festival, with sandals. The heat had me sorely tempted, but I'm not yet old-man enough to say, "I don't care what you think!" But a few more years.. who knows? I'll at least buy some compression socks with snazzy patterns before I do that.
I got sucked into Amazon with Prime a very long time ago. Lately, recognizing both that Amazon is kind of a crappy employer, and that the third-party seller scene has gotten very iffy, I've tried to buy from smaller online retailers, especially specialty shops.
But it's always frustrating. $40 product, $12 shipping. "We've shipped your item!" except they just created a shipping label and hand-off to the carrier might be tomorrow. Inconsistent interfaces, etc. It's just so easy to use Amazon.
Looks at spreadsheet cataloging my sample pack of 18 different blades, manufacturer and country of origin, relative sharpness rated by two different sites, and my notes on each blade's comfort and performance.
Yeah, definitely a hobby.
strained parent relationship
One weird thing about taking up shaving with a double-edged safety razor and all the fancy shave cream, etc... now I smell like my father. I haven't even used after-shave for like 30 years, and now all day after I shave, I'm thinking about my dad.
And the weird part is, my dad and I had a strained relationship all my adult life, but this vague reminder doesn't carry baggage... the "dad smell" is one of the few good things I remember about him from my youth.
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