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  1. Benzadmiral

    What TV series you watching?

    An episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour from 1963, "Terror in Northfield." Dick York plays a young sheriff in a small town in Northern California which is rocked by a series of murders. I saw it in the '80s, and recalled it now because it was written by Leigh Brackett and based on a novelette...
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    The Last Movie You Watched?

    Speakin' of Steinbeck . . . Last night's classic film was The Wayward Bus, the 1957 production of Steinbeck's 1947 novel, with Rick Jason (Combat!), Joan Collins, Dan Dailey, and Jayne Mansfield. Now before you dismiss Jayne, let me tell you, she comes across here as a real person -- a rare...
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    The Last Movie You Watched?

    Nobody could beat Claude Rains, even if he was invisible. Speaking of which, this week I watched a neat little B & W film from 1942, Moontide, with acclaimed French actor Jean Gabin and young Ida Lupino as lovers in wartime seaside California, and Claude Rains. Rains plays a local night...
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    The Last Movie You Watched?

    The Anthony Mann-directed Western with James Stewart? That long tracking shot about 1/2 hr. in, as he strides without hurry but covering ground to do battle with the man who burned his wagons, is a classic.
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    What did you learn from your last shave?

    Maybe I should try my left hand (I'm right-handed) on the left side of my face. Not my throat, that's too uneven, but the cheeks are fairly flat.
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    What's Your Brush Today?

    My APShaveCo synthetic tuxedo brush today. It's weird; after a couple of years with my EJ badger, and a year with a Semogue boar, I disliked the AP for a time because of the face feel, or lack of it. But in the last few months for some reason I'm reaching for the synth more often than I do the...
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    Bay rum I guess the clove scent is not for me

    I'm trying to use up the last of my Stirling samples, Noir and Bay Rum. This morning I mashed them together in one tub so I could clean the other. Noir I like, but the scent of bay rum is not appealing to me. The mix smells fine, though, and works beautifully.
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    What's your soap for today?

    In an effort to clean up my den, I'm trying to use up the last of the Stirling samples, Noir and Bay Rum. This morning I mashed them together in one tub so I could clean the other. A little of the mix served as a pre-shave after my shower; then I face-lathered with my APShaveCo synthetic tuxedo...
  9. Benzadmiral

    What razor/blade did you use today

    Today, the Gillette NEW Short Comb with a Royal Stainless Super blade, 2 shaves on it now.
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    What did you use today? +Rate the shave 1-10 (10 best)

    48-hour beard 1930s Gillette NEW Short Comb; Royal Stainless Super blade (2) Mix of Stirling Noir and Bay Rum soaps APShaveCo synthetic tuxedo brush Clubman SR aftershave, Assured lotion, Clubman powder I'm trying to use up the last of the Stirling samples, Noir and Bay Rum. This morning I...
  11. Benzadmiral

    What Aftershave did you use today?

    Didn't shave today, but splashed a little Stirling Sharp Dressed Man on after my shower. I prefer the cologne as far a scent goes, though.
  12. Benzadmiral

    Going Back to the 53 Super Speed

    My SuperSpeed (I have the same year) shaves beautifully. I prefer a thicker handle to my razors, and so the SS is not as big a favorite with me. But if some malevolent elf should snatch all my other razors away some night, the SS would serve me just fine.
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    What did you learn from your last shave?

    I found that all my other razors except the Gillette Slim will fit in the plastic travel case of the Merkur Progress. If I were to take a road trip and did not want to chance losing the Merkur, my Tech or SuperSpeed would fit in there just fine. The Slim's handle is a bit too long.
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    Shirt on or off when shaving?

    Come to think of it, yes, I've used a bathrobe a few times -- a thick terrycloth one I've had for some years. It would have been during a spell of very cold weather in early 2018 (highs of 27 F. -- laughable to those of you with real winters), and similar times before and after that.
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    La Toja?

    Used La Toja again this a.m. on a 48-hour beard. It lathered up quite well, but for some reason my Merkur Progress seemed to drag on my face. Not the blade, but the head of the razor: It did not glide the way it has with Tabac, the other soap I've used with this razor. My first couple uses...
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    What's your soap for today?

    La Toja in stick form. It lathered up quite well, but for some reason the razor, my Merkur Progress, seemed to drag on my face. Not the blade, but the head of the razor: It did not glide the way it has with Tabac, the other soap I've used with this razor. My first couple uses of La Toja did...
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    What razor/blade did you use today

    Merkur Progress, set at 3 for pass 1, 2.5 for pass 2, 2 for pass 3; Personna Med Prep blade (the one with the smeared printing on it), 2 shaves. A good close shave, comfortable and with no nicks.
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    What did you use today? +Rate the shave 1-10 (10 best)

    Not a great shave today: 48-hour beard Merkur Progress with a Personna Med Prep blade (the one with the smeared printing on it), 2 shaves La Toja in stick form APShaveCo synth tuxedo brush Clubman SR aftershave, Assured lotion, Clubman powder Showered, dabbed on a little La Toja as a...
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    Shirt on or off when shaving?

    No shirt. If I'm shaving right after the shower and before breakfast, I'll put on my pajama bottoms, but not the top. When I'm done I change into my slacks and around-the-house shirt; it's light-colored, so I don't mind if it gets Clubman powder on the collar. If I'm shaving in the afternoon...
  20. Benzadmiral

    What did you use today? +Rate the shave 1-10 (10 best)

    24-hour beard '56 Gillette Red Tip, new Personna Lab Blue blade A mix of TOBS Peppermint cream and Barbasol Original foam APShaveCo synthetic tuxedo brush Clubman SR aftershave, Assured skin lotion, Clubman powder No shower today, so I did the hot towel routine over a little TOBS as a...
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