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Old 31-12-2013, 20:23   #1
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I Need manly and probably moral advice

... IF manly and moral can be used in the same sentence.

We liveaboard in San Diego and have done so, in the same marina/slip, most of the time since September 2010.

I need manly advice (but now that I think about some it - women might also be able to lend advice based on their experience) about shaving in the public restroom.

I shave with a manual 2-blade safety razor and old style aerosol shaving creme. I put the razor and shaving creme in a sink basin, close the drain, and put the HOT water on at a very slow rate. I then walk to the back of the restroom and take a shower where I am out of sight of the sink.

When I finish my quite short shower I then dry off, put on my pants and shoes, and walk back to the sink where I can shave with hot and comfortable shaving creme on my delicate and tender 67 year old face.

The problem is that about once every three or four shaving trips - I come back to the sink and the HOT water has been turned off. The sink drain leaks so frequently the sink is empty and the shaving creme is not HOT.

My goodness! How is my delicate face to cope with that insult? - Not HOT shaving creme! Why, sometimes I am so upset I decide not to shave.

I have never seen or heard the person (I hope it is a person!) who turns off the water. There are four widely separated sinks so my one sink with hot water in it is no burden on others. There are also four showers but I only see a person in the restroom with me once or so a week.

My questions:

1) Is my moral outrage, not to mention epidermal agony, justified?

2) What might I do to stop this outrage?

Thanks for any advice or insight you liveaboards might offer.
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Old 31-12-2013, 20:31   #2
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Re: I Need manly and probably moral advice

Real men dry shave. Even with a disposable.

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Old 31-12-2013, 20:32   #3
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Re: I Need manly and probably moral advice

Well, I'm a mermaid, but here's my tip: a dry erase marker note on the mirror.

Someone at my marina kept leaving the bathroom and bathhouse doors open... resulting in my cats occasionally slipping in and being trapped and, much, much worse, lots of "saber-toothed grasshoppers" getting into the shower and scaring the bejesus out of me. I got sick of being pissed off about it, so I wrote a simple note on the mirror asking that the doors be kept closed and explaining why. Miraculously enough, it seemed to work and then I easily erased my note. Also handy for jotting down brilliant ideas and shopping lists.
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... IF manly and moral can be used in the same sentence.
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1) Is my moral outrage, not to mention epidermal agony, justified?

2) What might I do to stop this outrage?

Thanks for any advice or insight you liveaboards might offer.
1. no
2. A little sign perhaps.

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Re: I Need manly and probably moral advice

I have to say that if occasionally missing your hot shaving cream is the worst problem you experience as a live aboard then you are living easy.

I'm sure you can guess why you sometimes find the water turned off in the sink. Some well meaning visitor has assumed that some idiot absent minded sailor forgot to turn off the tap and wants to do a good turn. Not sure but I have heard rumors that CA may have a water shortage so it's very understandable that people may turn off an unattended, running tap.

So how about this idea. Bring a small bowl or other suitable container, fill with hot water and leave your shaving cream in the bowl to heat. Saves water and energy, keeps the environmentalists happy and you get your hot shave.
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Being a Gillette G2 shaver myself I suggest you shave before you shower.. that way if you nick yourself you bleed out in the shower.. and don't end up wandering around with bits of bog roll stuck all over your face.. basic common sense..
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Re: I Need manly and probably moral advice

Why not just shave in the shower? Why does it have to be so organised? Sort it all in one go, grow a beard.

Have to agree with the other post, if I saw a running tap I would turn it off as well.

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Re: I Need manly and probably moral advice

Ive been showering and shaveing my head and what I shave of my face in the shower since the 50s when I was in the navy! saves time and water! Try it you will find you get a closer shave, less cuts ! works for me ! but I like to be a time saver !!
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Re: I Need manly and probably moral advice

Use a 3 bladed razor...
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Being a Gillette G2 shaver myself I suggest you shave before you shower.. that way if you nick yourself you bleed out in the shower.. and don't end up wandering around with bits of bog roll stuck all over your face.. basic common sense..
Mach 3 please , G2 , aren't they war surplus or something !! , Shaving is a ritual , in the shower, no , no , what's next , eating in your car ??

I personally use soap and a little sable shaving brush to soap up. Never get cuts


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They don't seem to work too well judging by your avatar.

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... IF manly and moral can be used in the same sentence.

We liveaboard in San Diego and have done so, in the same marina/slip, most of the time since September 2010.

I need manly advice (but now that I think about some it - women might also be able to lend advice based on their experience) about shaving in the public restroom.

I shave with a manual 2-blade safety razor and old style aerosol shaving creme. I put the razor and shaving creme in a sink basin, close the drain, and put the HOT water on at a very slow rate. I then walk to the back of the restroom and take a shower where I am out of sight of the sink.

When I finish my quite short shower I then dry off, put on my pants and shoes, and walk back to the sink where I can shave with hot and comfortable shaving creme on my delicate and tender 67 year old face.

The problem is that about once every three or four shaving trips - I come back to the sink and the HOT water has been turned off. The sink drain leaks so frequently the sink is empty and the shaving creme is not HOT.

My goodness! How is my delicate face to cope with that insult? - Not HOT shaving creme! Why, sometimes I am so upset I decide not to shave.

I have never seen or heard the person (I hope it is a person!) who turns off the water. There are four widely separated sinks so my one sink with hot water in it is no burden on others. There are also four showers but I only see a person in the restroom with me once or so a week.

My questions:

1) Is my moral outrage, not to mention epidermal agony, justified?

2) What might I do to stop this outrage?

Thanks for any advice or insight you liveaboards might offer.
1). Not justified. We live in a semi-desert where almost all of our water is imported from several hundred to 1000 miles away.

2). A. Get an electric razor.
B. Grow a beard
C. Preheat the can on the boat then wrap it an extra towel to insulate until use.
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Re: I Need manly and probably moral advice

If you are going to preheat the can on the boat, why not shave there? This is going to be a clsssic thread I can see this.

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How about bring a plastic bowl and fill it with hot water so you don't have to worry about leaks? Or you could get one of those electric shaving cream heaters. I've seen them at Walgreen so they are probably on Amazon.

And actually yes, I do think you are justified.
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Shave in the shower. Simpler. Easier. Save $$$ on the now useless shave cream.
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