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Happy New Year!

Well here we are.....2023!   I think it's always important to look back, evaluate or reflect on your past year.  When I think back to 2022 it was certainly a year that marked a renaissance for me, not only personally, but for my career and my small business. Last year (2022) started with me returning to the left seat of the 737.  During the pandemic (2020) I took a significant pay cut and also lost my captain position because of seniority and layoffs.   Almost 2 years later I was back where I needed to be.   All was good and things were looking up until March 21st.  That was the day my wife called me in a big panic that our house was...

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The Art of Creating Warm Lather

The other day I went for my usual haircut and decided to get the neck shaved at the end.  Have you tried this?  It's a nice treat (sort of like getting a lollipop after a doctor's visit....do they do that still?)  They normally start with a very warm or hot towel and then they apply a really warm lather.  When it touches your neck, the feeling you get makes you feel like a million bucks.  I think shaving with a warm lather is a real treat and often this is something people forgo while they're shaving.  I promise once you've tried it a few times, you'll want to incorporate this into your routine.   Typically, at a barbershop, the warm lather...

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Season's Change......and so does My Shave

Ah the Byrds.   "To everything turn, turn, turn. There is a season turn, turn, turn.  Now that you have that tune in your head (you're welcome) it has me thinking again about the transitions we make in our shaving routine.  I've mentioned this before and I'll say it again.  Just as the leaves change color and the seasons change, your shaving routine can also undergo a change.   In previous blogs, I've talked about the scent transitions.  Namely that we often switch to warmer or "darker" scents during the fall and winter and citrus or "brighter" scents in the summer.  This isn't a hard rule but in my conversations with other wet shavers, it seems to be a common trend.   I also think...

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Turn up The Base!

No that's not a typo!  Base.....not bass!  In the 6 years I've been running my business, I have seen various trends in the wet shaving world.  The trends vary from scents to label design, to overall product design and concepts.  Maybe one would call these gimmicks- or maybe not.  Like many things, these trends tend to come and go and they each get their 15 minutes of fame.  Regardless of what trend we may be experiencing, avid wet shavers still love to see the latest offerings from artisans and vendors.   Perhaps the one trend that hasn't changed is the desire to have or use a superior base.  Often artisans chase the elusive "superior" or "elite" base (if such a thing...

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Aviate, Navigate, Communicate

It could always be worse.   Those 5 words are often part of my day to day thoughts and feelings. However, I've also been known to say that if it wasn't for bad luck, I would have no luck at all. I guess this sums up March 21st very well.   I was away at work and sleeping when my phone rang at 4:30 am.  I've always told my family that they can call me (no matter the time) because I want them to always feel like I'm within easy reach...even when great distances and time zones separate us.  I figured one of my sons didn't realize the time change.  Imagine my shock and surprise when they informed me (more like yelling) that our...

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