My friend reacted to my hobby by having his kids forge a straight razor for me.
The other evening my wife turned towards me and said “you didn’t hear a word I said did you?” I thought to myself what a strange way to start a conversation.None of my friends have even the slightest interest in my hobby. The lovely eyes of my lovely wife glaze over the moment I begin speaking about traditional shaving, or anything else for that matter. By contrast I am expected to pay very close attention to her discussion of needlework, cookery, shoes, or handbags
Take my advice. Do not talk to others about your DE razors and blades. Ever!
We have B&B for that purpose.
Too true. Last year, my friend H called to ask what I wanted for my birthday. She's a tiny blonde firecracker who's never lost for words, but I rendered her speechless. After the obligatory 'oh, I don't know, I already have everything, it'd be nice just having you there', I remembered that she sometimes goes antiquing with her mother, so I said: "Oh, actually, there's something I'd really love, if you were to happen upon it."I'm about 6 months into this journey and I'm surprised that if I mention my newest passion to friends or relatives, they give me a thousand-yard stare and sort of mutter, "Mmmmm. Well, okay."
That's the thing; I do have an easy target audience because I'm a millennial. I finally went for it with a few friends who are 'planet-conscious' (think: natural cleaning products, little to no meat, no single-use plastics like straws, etc) but when I announced my wonderfully sustainable shaving hobby, they reacted as if I was attacking myself with a kitchen knife on the regular. Some told me they'd considered sustainable shaving methods, but that they'd immediately envisioned themselves bleeding out, or worse, finding their significant other slumped on the bathroom floor after a shaving accident. They were very impressed by the lengths I'd seemingly gone through to shave without plastic, so they think I'm badass now. I tried to correct them like; 'No, it's easy, it just takes some practice...' They weren't convinced.So here I am being curious again, wondering if any of you guys find that your friends have zero interest in this hobby/pursuit/interest or if you've been joined in brotherhood with a friend or two or if you just reached the conclusion years ago that we're all anomalies in this modern age of plastic razors and left it at that.
None of my friends have even the slightest interest in my hobby. The lovely eyes of my lovely wife glaze over the moment I begin speaking about traditional shaving.
Even my wife, who isn't retired yet or have any real hobbies, rolls her eyes when I bring up a new purchase.
"That's nice, dear."