Thursday, October 23, 2008

sharp edges

My mom gives great presents. She is a smart gift giver at Christmas and for birthdays. She actually gives stuff that you night need or that nobody else would ever give you. Her presents are so much fun, for adults and she does a great job with the grandkids. Well, about 12 or 13 years ago she gave a great Christmas gift, of course. I can't remember the year, it was either 1995 or 1996. Matt and I were married 10 days before Christmas, so it was either our very first Christmas together, or the next year when we had been married for a year. Either way, it was a LONG LONG time ago!
One of the gifts she gave Angie, Tori, and myself was a new razor, razor refills, and shave gel. Matt and Glen got the same gift, just the manly version. Wasn't that a great gift? Yes, it was. It was useful and thoughtful and original. I loved it. Well, I have great news for everyone concerning this gift. I used the very last cartridge yesterday! That is right, I inserted the 5th and final razor refill into my razor yesterday. I have 6 red slit marks on my legs to prove it.


Some of you may be sick by now. I truly do shave quite frequently (although in my Oregon-living years I can't say it was very often). Frequently for me means on Sunday morning in the winter and 3 times a week during the summer. So why then do you ask did it take me 12 or 13 years to use 6 razors? (there was one on the razor) Technically, the last blade isn't even used yet, I still have a good 2 years until that one is considered used. Well friends, I love a dull razor. Sharp, crisp, new razors scare me. Maybe it stems back to the days of 6th grade in the tub, shaving my legs when I wasn't supposed to be shaving my legs and watching in horror as a layer of my skin curled up into a nice little 3 1/2 inch long ringlet as I brought the very sharp razor up over my shin bone. Who knows? But I still like a nice dull razor. Maybe all I am doing with a 2 year old blade is breaking off the hair, but it shows no blood and it makes me feel better.




I have to show this picture just so you all realize how long ago I received this great present from my mom. Remember price tags? Wow, bar codes were nothing to us! Thanks mom for such a great gift. I know you never intended it to last this long, but thanks all the same. To make you all feel better, the gel is long gone. Be glad I didn't post a picture of the actual razor. 13 years of hard water, it is not pretty. Oh yeah and mom, Matt's razor died about 2 years ago. I had to replace it. But he is very different from me, he goes through those refill blades like they are ice cream! I guess a sharp edge doesn't scare him.

13 comments:

Tori said...

Oh my hell, you totally kill me and I just snorted at work! Are you serious? I dont even have the razor part anymore--it was trashed after a few years!
Don't you get razor burn with a dull razor? I hate dull razors and I have had many times of hacking my legs to pieces.
You make me giggle.....

mom said...

OH MY HELL!! I cringe just thinking about you cutting your leg in the bathtub,,, the way you describe it makes my belly roll.
Your welcome for the gift,, and just for the record, you people that are reading this,,,,,I REALLY did give more gifts other that a razor,,,,,, LOL

Britt said...

You make me laugh! Thanks for that post! I think that razors are a great and practical gift!

Jenn said...

That is great. It's not just any price tag-- it's a VS varitey store tag. Oh I miss Mayberry! :D

Family of ARTISTS said...

Those razors didn't just rip your hairs out. I have to change mine often because of the ripping out of said hairs. love ya.

Camille said...

Holy crap!! I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. I though your post was funny, but then I laughed even harder when I read Tori and Button's comments -- Seriously, you have the funniest blog of all the blogs I view, so thanks for the big, huge, cackles that I just laughed and the tears on my cheeks. If I remember right, didn't you try an epilady once? Man, I love the way you described the curling skin off the shin bone. Thanks for the good laugh!!

mom said...

Camille,,,,She used my epilady thingy too??? HOLY HELL!
First she sneaks into the tub and about loses a leg,,,,,,, then she uses that horrible epilady thingy!! That thing was TORTURE!!
Marion gave that to me,,,, and when i used it,he would get a evil grin,,,,,UNTIL i used it on one of his legs,,, that was the end of the epilady thingy.

Krista said...

This was a great post! I am impressed that you can make a razor last that long. I usually change mine about every two weeks!
I remember you telling me that story about the horrible shaving incident. I really don't blame you for being afraid of them!

Anonymous said...

THE EPILADY - what is there to say about that machine of torture? Camille, that is so funny you remember that. I took it with us to a Vball camp in Orem one time. That is so funny! Mom, dad was evil to buy that torture machine for you. I did try a few things that involved no blades and that stinking epilady didn't have a sharp edge, but when it pulled those leg hairs out my the hundreds, dang that hurt!
Thanks for the memory!

Rachel

Anonymous said...

Well, I guess the years of that razor are truly showing when you talk about some silly epilady....what in the heck is that? I did always know you Chappell girls were silly and still are, but I am perplexed now....
Misty

Camille said...

Buttons & Rachel -- I am still laughing about this post!! Your comments are even more cracking me up!! Don't ask me why I remembered that epilady, it just popped in my mind while reading the shaving stories -- Sounds like a beastly little machine!

Grama36 said...

Really funny... But I can understand the part about not liking sharp razors.. We didn't even shave our legs when I was a lot younger.. If we had we would have had to use Dad's straight edge and sharpen it on the razor strap that hung just inside the kitchen door.. No way In H---was I getting that thing near any part of my body. The strap on the part of my body that has a lot of cushion was enough... But then I was glad I wasn't the oldest.. we had to line up by age when we all got into the same trouble.. Have you ever seen a grown man cry while trying to discipline his kids?? How did I get on to this subject just from shaving legs.. Must be a senior thing.

Buttons said...

This is for Misty
Picture a tightly wound spring, spinning around on your legs, grabbing hairs every time the spring coils open.
It really was effective, but the pain was sooo not worth it.
And the spring thing was on a handle.I am not so. good at explaining this, but that my dear is a epilady.

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