Monday, July 18, 2005

Day 16

I hate shaving! - I can remember waking up one day, looking in the mirror, and coming to the realization that it was time that I start shaving my face. I talked it over with my Dad and he showed me what to do. I used a normal disposable razor, probably a Bic, and was worried the whole time that I was going to cut my face wide open and begin hemorrhaging into the bathroom sink. Luckily, I finished my first shave with no injuries. Had I known what was to follow, I probably never would have begun shaving. What followed was more shaving (at first it was every 4 or 5 days, now it's every other if not every day), and irritated burning skin. After years of shaving with shitty disposable razors, I switched to the trusty Mach3. The Mach3 was an improvement however; it still gave me irritated skin and ingrown hairs (ahhhhhh!). Then I noticed that my Dad had been using an electric razor as opposed to a disposable. So like every good son who wants to be more like their Dad, I decided that I should try an electric. Now, you might ask, "doesn't the electric razor burn you skin more?" My answer is, yes much worse, that is at least for the first 3-4 weeks with new heads. With a little conditioning though, my face has become used to this irritation and long gone are the ingrown hairs and most of the burning itchy skin. Until lately the electric razor has been great, but ever so gradually shaving has been working it's way closer to being put on my "Things I hate doing" list. On this list are tasks such as: laundry, cleaning the basement, filling out thank you cards (wedding, shower, graduation...etc), and urinating. I have to shave my face every day mainly because if I don't I look ridiculous. My facial hair seems to grow in patches and my "mustache" grows in such a fashion that if I were to let it grow out, it would look like I have patches of alopecia affecting my lip. There are actually spots on my lip that completely refuse to grow any hair. For years women have been using a much better alternative to shaving...Wax! Some women wax their lips and they don't have to do it again for weeks or even months. I'm not sure if that's because their facial hair grows slower, or if waxing is just awesome and totally removes the follicle. I've begun to think that maybe I should try waxing; if not my whole face, maybe just the "mustache". What's stopping me is the fact that I would probably end up burning my lip and getting huge, nasty blisters, or actually ripping the skin right off my face. I think that I will settle for my electric razor and shaving every day. I will just mark it down as something that I will always have to do along with: laundry, cleaning the basement, filling out thank you cards (wedding, shower, graduation...etc), and urinating.

See ya.

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