Once in a while I'll drink some of the Kool-Aid and try out one of the advertisers from one of Leo LaPorte's shows on the TWiT network. Most recently I tried products from "Harry's". They sell shaving supplies marketing them as giving the "Smoothest Shave Ever". The other selling point was how inexpensive and high quality the blades were. Wow, that's quite a claim and who could resist, right? Steve Gibson went on and on about them even in unpaid spots (Leo wasn't happy) so I said what the heck and ordered a basic set for my brothers and brothers-in-law around Fathers Day. I got one for myself too and tried it out right away. When I opened it I found a very nice presentation in their packaging. This was definitely packaged as the razor for iPhone/iMac users if the packaging presentation can be ranked. The basic set comes with a razor handle, 3 razor blades, and a tube of very nice shave cream. I opted to get the Truman set with the plastic handle ($15.00/set) because of the supposed slippery feel of the Churchill's smooth metal handle ($25.00/set). I found the grip on the handle to be really good and I found the shave cream to be great. The shave was exceptional. True to their claims it was a great shave but was this the closest I had ever had?? It was AS close but there is still a spot on my left neck that is the failure point for all razors. I have to say that Harry's performed just as well as my Dorco blades/handle using Dr. Bronners Pure Liquid Castille Soap derived from Hemp. The Dorco handle/blade does offer one performance advantage however. I can bash the Dorco razor on the sink as hard as I need to in order the clear the blades from stubble/cream. When I try that with the Harry's razor the blade flies off into the sink. To be fair to Harry's, I have not reported this to them but I'm sure they'll give me another handle to try if I ask. So, which set wins? Well, they both win but I think the Harry's set will go into my travel bag and I'll keep the Dorco set as my every day set. Why? My Dorco razor has a better grip in my opinion, the blades are less expensive (8% in quantity of 16), and we always have Dr. Bronner's in the house. Tea Tree Oil is best for shaving.
And afterwards, a trip to Cook's Dairy for ice cream which always involves the animals.
Nothing like a little bit of target practice to beat the heat. These bull's-eyes are for real. Need to fetch 2 arrows from the woods however.
Got my first QSO in quite a while this evening; a DX contact from FInland
Yesterday I reassembled Katie's old Pitch Back whose pieces had been duct taped together for the last 7 or 8 years. Not much was left of the tape however. The net and frame are both in fairly good shape but the rubber bands that attach the net to the frame had rotted long before I finally stowed the rest. Since the boys are starting to play baseball it seemed like a good idea to see if I could put it back together. I have a handful of bungee ties, you know, the plastic ball that has an elastic loop attached to them, that I used to get the net stretched fairly taut. I need to get another half dozen or so to do the job right. They will give the net that needed extra elasticity that should cause the ball to bounce back farther than it does.
After I got things together yesterday I threw for a few minutes and it was fun except for the slanted ground which made me fall hard to the left after I released each pitch. Today I moved the contraption to the side lot which is quite flat and threw for nearly a half hour - left handed which was even more fun. Katie still has a glove here at the house and luckily it is an over sized softball mitt that fit a bit snugly but as long as I didn't take it off and put it on it worked out well. Now if I can just get the kids' minds off Minecraft long enough to use it.
I spotted this little guy on the kitchen floor last night. At first glance I thought it was the creepy plastic spider ring that floats around the house but as I looked longer at it I could see it was brown and not black.
Sam's first baseball practice was this evening but we're lucky it even came off. It was raining when we arrived but after a short while it let up enough to practice. As expected, 8 and under coach-pitch yielded a diverse selection of players which were further defined by their talents. It was easy to spot the ones who had the natural ability. One stand-out was a young girl who may have been 7. She was one of the smaller kids on the field but she may have been the best. Her hitting stance and follow through was fierce. She had a wicked throw and could catch very well.
Sam did well and we already know some things we'll need to practice. Running won't be one of them however. He streaked around the bases at the end of the practice. He has a super arm and just needs to work on his control a bit. Shortly after we arrived home the light rain shower returned as a pretty intense storm causing me to reset the clocks in the house twice. Just waiting for the sunny warm weather now.
Both kids had soccer games this morning but Sam's was cancelled on account of the field being in bad condition due to the amount of rain we have had in the past few weeks. Griff's team won their game 5-1.
My wife and I went to Ann Arbor tonight to see Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks at the Ark. We were running late because of the kid's soccer games but we managed to arrive at 8:40 for an 8:00 show. I hate arriving late for a concert but that's the way it goes. When we entered we were asked ask which show we were there to see. When I showed the cashier our tickets she told us, "that show was cancelled some time ago". Well you don't say. She told us she couldn't refund the ticket price since they were not bought at their box office but the Michigan Union (where they were purchased) would surely give us a full refund. It's a bit of a shame since I was really looking forward to the concert but we were able to have dinner out and at Sabor Latino which is one of our favorite restaurants in the area.
I called him on the way home but no answer. I sang Happy Birthday for a message.