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So, Oliver survived the Christmas play. We admired his steely resolve (read “stage struckedness”) to not sing any of the words to the “and shepherds salved Jesus’ heart upon the breast of Mary”-type songs. He was cute in his shepherd costume, delighted to see Santa Claus, and happy to introduce his Uncle Johnny to all his friends and teachers.

Earlier in the day our attempt to go to Interlude for “Gung Bao Thursday” was thwarted by Jodi’s revelation that they are closed until Dec. 14th. So I had to make do with a cheeseburger platter from & Country">The Town & Country. I miss you, Gung Bao… I miss you.

On the way to the T&C I noticed that the City of Charlottetown is about to unveil a new Town Clock on a pedestal on the corner of Kent and Queen. As the person who (inadvertently) drummed the last public clock out of town back in 2002, don’t I deserve some place at the opening ceremonies later in the month?

Finally, I am giving serious consideration to the notion of switching from a “bar” shaver (a Braun 3612) to one of the newer “rotary” models, like those made by Philips. When I first started to shave, it was with my Grandpa Ross’ Norelco (it was later stolen from my house, believe it or not, in a brazen robbery); I’ve been using Brauns (with a break for a Panasonic wet/dry, also a “bar” shaver) ever since. I simply seems like the three rotating blades would inevitably make shaving go faster and “closer.” I welcome any comments from the readership on this feeling.


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Mandy on December 8, 2005 - 22:36 Permalink

Oliver was indeed fabulous. His march during his introduction was my personal fav. Cute guy.

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oliver on December 8, 2005 - 22:49 Permalink

Being a cynic in regard to market-oriented engineering innovations and somebody’s who never compared, I couldn’t be more skeptical about the supposed advantage of three rotary blades. Also it seems conceptually if not physically inefficient (I don’t know enough of what’s happening mechanically inside to reasonably opine on the physics). You have yourself to move the razor around and you’re doing it already, so waste electricity spinning saucers? Also it’s a broken surface—there’s that gap in the middle. I don’t want gaps in my facial baldness (not that the razor’s design would really do this). The bar just seems simpler, which I’m counting as a virtue in this context. So in sum: NOOOOO! DON’T DO IT, PETER!!!

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alexander o'neill on December 9, 2005 - 00:28 Permalink

I always get the feeling like I’m running a lawnmower over my face with those things.

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davem on December 9, 2005 - 13:50 Permalink

you know, except for a couple years, i’ve always used a razor. i like the Sensor by Gillette myself. i find the electric razors burny and inefficient. i enjoy the soaping up the face, the feel of the razor, the cream taking away all those little hairs down the sink, the fresh-shaved feel, the cool after shave lotioning.


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Yeroc on December 9, 2005 - 20:59 Permalink

I don’t think my next razor will be a Braun either though I can’t shed any light on how well the rotary-style razors work. A couple months ago my old razor (Braun 6520) broke down and I went looking for a new one that was comparable. Unfortunately, Braun doesn’t sell anything comparable anymore. The closest I could find is the Braun Flex XP II 5775… which, by the way, you might want to try because it has a triple foil system that you may find shaves faster than your current razor. The downsides of this razor compared to my old one though: built of plastic instead of metal, no on-switch lock to keep it from being accidentally turned on when travelling, same size as the old razor but powersupply is external now so it takes up quite a bit more space if you’re travelling, no foil guard…must use large plastic case to protect the foil (again, if you’re travelling).

Braun seems to be focusing its efforts on: a) cutting costs and b) trying to convince people that their razors now suddenly need fancy self-cleaning systems that require the purchase of consumable Braun-manufactured cleaning supplies.

I’m not impressed.


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Peter Rukavina on December 9, 2005 - 21:14 Permalink

The things I *like* about the 3612 are that it’s very compact, can be used in any country (with appropriate plug adapter), it has very good battery like (it puts iPods and iBooks to shame, although of course it only has to run a few minutes a day…).

The things I *don’t* like are: you can’t buy a simple replacement foil, you need to buy a completely new head, which costs about $45/pop, even at Wal-Mart; it doesn’t offer a very close shave in the “throat area” — lots of back and forth required; it *does* turn on by accident when loosely packed inside luggage.