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2019 Shave Purchase Sabbatical - The Maltese Falcon Razor

One argument against allowing Bingle Buddy Gift Exchange as an exception is that it is incredibly vague and might be against the purpose of the exception.

One argument for it, and that I think makes it reasonable to allow Bingle Buddy without allowing other gift exchanges, is that it is a Badger and Blade event that can build community and that helps members get to know each other a little better.

I am not sure it really matters either way. I joined the sabbatical knowing that I wouldn't be doing the Bingle Buddy gift exchange if I made it this far (a strange kind of anti-reward) and while I enjoyed doing it previously, I've enjoyed appreciating what I already have this year more (plus it has lasted longer.)

I think if it was added to the list of possible exceptions I might take advantage of it next year and it might convince me to do the sabbatical again. I am debating it as is because I have a very small list of things I want and part of me would rather have the freedom to purchase these items when they are on sale, not just the first week of Jan.
 
While we are on the subject of changes to the rules, it would really help me if the restock period went to three weeks. The reason is that I am a minimalist, so I try many things in the restock period and then buy big for the year. An extra week would really help that process.

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I know last year Bingle Buddy was allowed because it is an official B&B event. I remember I specifically asked before I joined the sabbatical because I enjoy being part of that tradition. The ruling then was I was good and I counted myself as a survivor last year.

Of course, I’m out this year so I can do whatever I want with no consequences. 😂
 
Happy Halloween gents. I can see now that I will not need to exercise my exception(a/s balm) this year. These sabbaticals have shown me how long some of my shaving products actually last. Looks like I can go another year without purchasing any balm. I need to choose a better exception next year, like getting my British Gillette Rocket Red Tip razor refurbished.
 

Pepin

Ambassador
If there is no one willing to take over for next year's restraint (GRU), I will try one more year. From some posts and hints from this year's operatives I have come up with four introductory story-lines.
  1. A car rally taking place across Europe in 1933, and based on the movie "Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies"
  2. A spy/James Bond theme taking place around Europe and the Mediterranean in 1963, and based on the movie "From Russia With Love'
  3. A WWII plot based on the movie "Kelly's Hero's"
  4. A western them taking place in the south-west during 1863, and based on the movie "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly"

Beginning paragraphs are below. So cast your votes. Will tally the votes after November 24th.. and post the winning theme and rules.

Those Daring Men with their Jaunty Razors & Cars

The Great Rally has been announced, London to Vienna, with stops in Paris, Berlin, and Budapest. Who can complete the arduous journey, avoid breakdowns, and dangers to claim the coveted gold trophy. Will you be part of the winners circle who will drink champagne out of the gold cup, encircled with gold razors and brushes, encrusted with jewels.

How will your team do in their 1920's to early 30's vehicles. Who will be able to avoid a dangerous brush with disaster, will the slippery and slick road cause doom for the contestants, who can shave off a few minutes in this great rally. There will be razor's edge tension as they line up at the starting line.

Rally teams will choose a period car from one of the links below.
Category:1930s cars - Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:1930s_cars
Category:1920s cars - Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:1920s_cars


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From Russia with Shaving Supplies
You stand before the large carved oaken desk, and wait as the grey-haired figure behind it finishes writing. The office is dim, only a couple of wall sconces and the bankers lamp on the desk provide illumination. Finally the pen is laid aside, and a pipe picked up. The initial draws as it is lit remind you of a blacksmith's bellows that you heard as a child, when at a country fair in the distant past. "Good evening. Something has come up, important, and worthy of your doubble-0 distinction. Station O in Istanbul, and I need not remind you of its importance as the bridge between the Occident and Orient, has had several interesting intercepts from the Russian station in the Balkans. We have several well placed agents in some of the Russian barbershops and supply stations. Seems that one of their cypher clerks has fallen in love with you, ... or least your file and photograph. Yes, yes I understand the absurdity of it all, but I suppose it is no different than our young people falling over these film stars. Amazing, 1963 and the youth are so easily led astray. Anyway, your mission is to travel there, make contact with our man in Istanbul who will provide further information, and assess the situation. if, and I stress the "if", you think we can get something useful from her, then by all means carry on. We will provide what we can from London. So are you ready for these "Russian Shaving Supplies"?"

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Kelly's Razor Hero's
R & R, rest and a long deserved relaxation. You and the boys have been pushed hard, many did not make it past the beaches. Then came those hedgerows, sunken roads, small towns with a maze of streets and alleys, all filled with the enemy. Finally the others get sent up to the front and you get some time to rest and recuperate. Sitting under an apple tree, have a cup-o-joe you see Kelly, the platoon leader coming back, and rushing off to see the supply sergeant. Looks like something is up, just as you got some clean clothes and a bath, some hot food and coffee.

Later that night, sitting around a fire built in the corner of a ruined house the story comes out. Kelly scanned the crowd, looked around for eavesdroppers; "I was out scouting when I came upon a wounded German officer. Upon inspection he had papers in a briefcase describing several sets of gold shaving objects that were being cast, bowls, razors, stands brush handles and such. It seems that there was a large supply of gold bars waiting to be melted and cast before the invasion happened. Now it has been hidden and the officer was taking the details to his commander when his convoy came under artillery fire. He was the only survivor. The gold is hidden in the village of Clermont, but just as he got to that part, one of our planes came along on a strafing run and the German officer was killed." Kelly pauses looking around at the gathered faces, silence prevails. "So we know there is a large supply of gold in the village of Clermont. Shouldn't be too many safe place s to hide a supply of gold, you know how careful the Germans are." There is some rustling of papers and then a voice pipes up, "Clermont! that's way behind enemy lines. How do you think you'll get there? Ask the Germans for a pass?"

Kelly scowled at the voice, takes a cigarette and lights it. "We got maps, we got weapons, supplies, a small group can sneak past the lines, the front is so mobile neither the Germans or our commanders know where it is at any given time. We can do it. So who's in?"


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Razors: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Texas, 1863 the War of Northern Aggression still rages on. Picking up a copy of the latest newspaper you read about the latest stagecoach and its shipment that disappeared. It appears that some uppity fella by the name of Rockefeller was having a shipment of gold razors sent to his home back in New York. Damn, another carpetbagger got what he deserved you think. Then the image of a strongbox filled with gold razors and shaving kits comes to mind. You could really use that gold, easy to melt and all. Now let's see, what was the path of the stagecoach? Time to plan a trip and see what we find.
 

emwolf

Contributor
If there is no one willing to take over for next year's restraint (GRU), I will try one more year. From some posts and hints from this year's operatives I have come up with four introductory story-lines.
  1. A car rally taking place across Europe in 1933, and based on the movie "Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies"
  2. A spy/James Bond theme taking place around Europe and the Mediterranean in 1963, and based on the movie "From Russia With Love'
  3. A WWII plot based on the movie "Kelly's Hero's"
  4. A western them taking place in the south-west during 1863, and based on the movie "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly"

Beginning paragraphs are below. So cast your votes. Will tally the votes after November 24th.. and post the winning theme and rules.

Those Daring Men with their Jaunty Razors & Cars

The Great Rally has been announced, London to Vienna, with stops in Paris, Berlin, and Budapest. Who can complete the arduous journey, avoid breakdowns, and dangers to claim the coveted gold trophy. Will you be part of the winners circle who will drink champagne out of the gold cup, encircled with gold razors and brushes, encrusted with jewels.

How will your team do in their 1920's to early 30's vehicles. Who will be able to avoid a dangerous brush with disaster, will the slippery and slick road cause doom for the contestants, who can shave off a few minutes in this great rally. There will be razor's edge tension as they line up at the starting line.

Rally teams will choose a period car from one of the links below.
Category:1930s cars - Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:1930s_cars
Category:1920s cars - Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:1920s_cars


_______________________________________

From Russia with Shaving Supplies
You stand before the large carved oaken desk, and wait as the grey-haired figure behind it finishes writing. The office is dim, only a couple of wall sconces and the bankers lamp on the desk provide illumination. Finally the pen is laid aside, and a pipe picked up. The initial draws as it is lit remind you of a blacksmith's bellows that you heard as a child, when at a country fair in the distant past. "Good evening. Something has come up, important, and worthy of your doubble-0 distinction. Station O in Istanbul, and I need not remind you of its importance as the bridge between the Occident and Orient, has had several interesting intercepts from the Russian station in the Balkans. We have several well placed agents in some of the Russian barbershops and supply stations. Seems that one of their cypher clerks has fallen in love with you, ... or least your file and photograph. Yes, yes I understand the absurdity of it all, but I suppose it is no different than our young people falling over these film stars. Amazing, 1963 and the youth are so easily led astray. Anyway, your mission is to travel there, make contact with our man in Istanbul who will provide further information, and assess the situation. if, and I stress the "if", you think we can get something useful from her, then by all means carry on. We will provide what we can from London. So are you ready for these "Russian Shaving Supplies"?"

_______________________________________

Kelly's Razor Hero's
R & R, rest and a long deserved relaxation. You and the boys have been pushed hard, many did not make it past the beaches. Then came those hedgerows, sunken roads, small towns with a maze of streets and alleys, all filled with the enemy. Finally the others get sent up to the front and you get some time to rest and recuperate. Sitting under an apple tree, have a cup-o-joe you see Kelly, the platoon leader coming back, and rushing off to see the supply sergeant. Looks like something is up, just as you got some clean clothes and a bath, some hot food and coffee.

Later that night, sitting around a fire built in the corner of a ruined house the story comes out. Kelly scanned the crowd, looked around for eavesdroppers; "I was out scouting when I came upon a wounded German officer. Upon inspection he had papers in a briefcase describing several sets of gold shaving objects that were being cast, bowls, razors, stands brush handles and such. It seems that there was a large supply of gold bars waiting to be melted and cast before the invasion happened. Now it has been hidden and the officer was taking the details to his commander when his convoy came under artillery fire. He was the only survivor. The gold is hidden in the village of Clermont, but just as he got to that part, one of our planes came along on a strafing run and the German officer was killed." Kelly pauses looking around at the gathered faces, silence prevails. "So we know there is a large supply of gold in the village of Clermont. Shouldn't be too many safe place s to hide a supply of gold, you know how careful the Germans are." There is some rustling of papers and then a voice pipes up, "Clermont! that's way behind enemy lines. How do you think you'll get there? Ask the Germans for a pass?"

Kelly scowled at the voice, takes a cigarette and lights it. "We got maps, we got weapons, supplies, a small group can sneak past the lines, the front is so mobile neither the Germans or our commanders know where it is at any given time. We can do it. So who's in?"


_______________________________________

Razors: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Texas, 1863 the War of Northern Aggression still rages on. Picking up a copy of the latest newspaper you read about the latest stagecoach and its shipment that disappeared. It appears that some uppity fella by the name of Rockefeller was having a shipment of gold razors sent to his home back in New York. Damn, another carpetbagger got what he deserved you think. Then the image of a strongbox filled with gold razors and shaving kits comes to mind. You could really use that gold, easy to melt and all. Now let's see, what was the path of the stagecoach? Time to plan a trip and see what we find.
those are all great ideas. Even though I'm a huge Bond fan, Those Daring Young Men series was a great favorite of mine that doesn't get a lot of play these days. That struck a real chord of nostalgia for me.
 
Hi,

Yeah. You'd get the gold razors, only to find out they are gold wash! And, not from Rocky, some guy named King!

Stan
 
I’m planning on being in the 2020 sabbatical. I like the car race theme; other themes are as good and could be incorporated into the main narrative. Hope for twisted plot(s) and grizzly deaths.


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Killed another soap this year. Only got 60 shaves out of NO Barrbarr (I got over 100 out of WSP formula T) which made me a little sad. I find that I get through about a third to a half of a bottle of aftershave per soap so still have lots of the stuff left.

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Really looking forward to using B&M First Snow as the weather starts cooling off finally. I Love the scent and haven't spent a lot of time with B&M. I assume this will be my last kill of the year as I will switch to Stirling Christmas Eve for the month of December.

As an aside, I like the car rally or the western as they seem most dissimilar to the theme of the past two years. I love the other options but feel like they remind me more of the past two years. Spy theme seems similar to detectives and the War theme seems more similar to the dogfighting ace theme from snoopy and the Red Baron. (I am fully aware that the themes are rather distinct, the car rally and the wester just seem further afield to me.)
 

johnwick

Contributor
I like all of the topics a great deal. But dare I say we should count Bond out? I absolutely love the movies. However, could the type of story line and villainy be too close to what we have going this year? Pepin will do a great job with it, no doubt! But it’s a similar type of thuggery.
 
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