Tuesday, April 17, 2007
I would like to give one piece of advice to every person that drives and reads this blog. ALWAYS HAVE AN EXTRA SET OF KEYS!
This morning at 7:54 I set off for a wonderful day of work. I had my favorite Chicago Cubs coffee mug full of piping hot Classic Cup blend coffee, my freshly ironed shirt, and it was beautiful out, probably 74. I am ready to walk out the door and realize that my keys are nowhere to be found. I remember having them yesterday and think they are in my fiancee's car. I grab the "extra" key for my car thinking I'll just go pick them up from her car, come back home, lock up, and try this all again. Sounded good, not ideal, but good. I go down to my car and with my "extra" key, unlock the door. I realize that I have locked my car the evening before with my key fob and activated the security system. So as my car is yelling loudly at everyone and waking up every dog for a county mile, I go into panic/MacGyver mode. I try to unlock the door again to see if some sequence of locking/unlocking will deactivate the alarm. No dice. I try the ignition. Nothing. I shut the door and think for a minute. I can't go back up to my apartment because I'm keyless. I can't drive anywhere because my car is on lockdown. I call the Subaru dealership and find that if you turn the key 3 times in the ignition it will deactivate the alarm. Works perfectly. I get in my car and set off to get my actual set of keys. After retrieving them I realize the gas light is on. I stop at the gas station and pay $31 for 12 gallons of gas. I have one of the "I remember when" moments about gas prices and then shuffle home quickly. I get home lock-up and set off for my day of work. So lessson to be learned here, have a full set of keys at home, a "mirror" set if you will.
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Friday, April 13, 2007
After I turned 18 years old I got a Gillette Mach 3 razor in the mail...from the US Army. I guess it was better than being drafted and turned out be a pleasant gift. It didn't make me want to run down to local headquarters and enlist with the guard but it did revolutionize my daily life. Seven years have passed and razors have come and gone. I experimented with electric razors only to be dissapointed. If I had to clean the innards I would need a manual or number puzzle to put all the blades back in the head of the razor so it didn't rattle. After my trials and tribulations with electric-razor syndrome, I opted for the Mach 3 Turbo Power. In about 3 weeks the "power" turned into a rusty battery horribleness and it meant I needed to spend $37 on 3 more cartridges. Finally, eureka. The Gillette Fusion. 4 blades for my daily looming facial hair, one blade for my ever-present sideburns and voila! An answer all men are looking for.
C.O. Bigelow offers a phenomenal shaving cream. This beats the $9 Nivia stuff that dissapears in 3 days. This nice looking green package will last you months. It costs $10 and can be purchased at most Bath and Body works. For most of you males that aren't familiar with Bath and Body works, it is the store in the mall that the employee will lure you in with some scented lotion and/or the place you use as a last resort for Christmas presents. This shaving cream paired with the razor mentioned above will leave your face feeling like a really clean shaven face.
So now I'm sure you'll sleep a little better knowing my tri-weekly ritually of shaving my face is a pleasure. So thank you Target for all of the razor options but from now on I'm sticking with the Fusion, and Thank You Mr. Bigelow for producing such a fine concoction of shaving goodness.