I Nearly Dropped $275 On a Razor. Here’s Why I Didn’t.

I’ve been looking for a decent vintage  double edge (DE) razor.  I eventually gave up on finding one at a decent price and went to a website that finds the antique razor you want, cleans it up, re-plates it, then ships it off to you.

I wanted a very specific razor – a 1959 Gillette 195 Adjustable (“Fatboy”) despite the fact that I’ve never used one in my life.  Cost: $275, but I figured it would be worth every penny.

See, here’s one of my major flaws – I’m a contrarian to the extreme.  When people say something is good, I tend to avoid it on the basic principle that people are liars.

So when I first started getting into safety razors 8 years ago, it was recommended to me that I purchase a Merkur 34C as my first DE razor.

I did, and the shave was very good.  Good, but not great.  So I purchased a “twist-to-open” razor (also known as a butterfly razor).  I liked the idea of them.  They’re easy to use, easy to clean, easy to replace the blade.

So I tried a butterfly razor on my head and it was the greatest shave I’ve had in my life.

Those who kept promoting the Merkur 34C were doing so because everyone else was doing it.

Still, I wanted my vintage razor.

So I went to the vintage razor website one more time this afternoon and dropped the exact razor I wanted into my cart.  Before I clicked “purchase”, I decided to have a shower and a shave – and that I would use my butterfly razor just to make sure I was making the right decision of dropping $275 on a vintage razor.

I was wrong.  So wrong.

My head right now is absolutely smooth – not a single piece of stubble on it.  The butterfly razor had no problem taking care of it.

So I’ve closed the website and won’t be going back.  From now on, I will only shave with the butterfly razor.

Being a contrarian and a provocateur has served me well in life.  I’ve become rather financially successful by bucking social norms.  At the same time, it has caused me to make some terrible blunders; advice I should have taken, I refused, for no other reason than I thought I knew better.

Being a contrarian is kind of like a double-edged razor blade.  It can do incredible things for you.  It can also harm you beyond belief.

And the $275 vintage razor?  Nah.  I’ll stick with my $17 butterfly razor thank you very much.

-VIS

Redefine EVERYTHING

Since the world seems so bent on redefining everything from family to sexuality, I present my redefined identity:

Sex: No thank you, I’m British.  Don’t judge me just because I don’t meet your personal standards of sexuality!

Diet: I am vegan, but I eat chicken three times per week and rib-eye steak four times per week.  Don’t judge me just because I don’t meet your personal standards of veganism!

Sexual orientation: I’m gay, but I’m only interested in females.  Don’t judge me just because I don’t fit your definition of gay!

Political Alignment: I’m a communist, but I believe capitalism is the best way for the worker to create their own wealth.  Don’t judge me just because I don’t fit your definition of socialist!

Gender: I’m gender fluid, but I identify as male 24/7/365.  Don’t judge me just because I don’t fit your definition of what is logical or makes any sense at all!

Stop being so oppressive!  I can identify how I wish and it doesn’t have to fit your definitions to be valid!

You can do it, too.  You don’t need outside validation to be valid.  You don’t need outside definitions to define yourself.  Stop limiting yourself.  Your life belongs to you, not the world at large.

Stop trying to fit into a box.  The moment you embrace the fact that you’re not what people expect, that’s the moment you become free.

-VIS

I write my personal journals at an old 1940s student desk.  You know, the ones with the flip lid for keeping your papers inside.

I write with fountain pens.  Only fountain pens.  I usually write in blue and have 9 different shades of blue – mostly from Robert Oster Inks, though I do use Noodler’s, Waterman, and Pilot.

I have an oil lamp on my desk that keeps me warm in the winter while I write.  It also provides a surprising amount of light.

And here’s the best part: above my desk is a bookshelf.  On it is a dictionary.  And when I’m unsure of the exact spelling of a word, I pull out the dictionary and look it up.  Sure, I could pull out a phone and look it up, but I don’t permit myself to have ANY electronics in my study (that includes digital clocks.  I rely on my watch – which is not electronic – to tell me the day, date, and time.  Thank God for Orient Watches).

I know cursive handwriting and use it every time I write with a pen.

These things are old fashioned and outdated.

Which is exactly why I love them.

-VIS

Make America Great Again?

I just finished re-reading Sex and Society by William I. Thomas (1907).  According to his research into 80+ civilizations, once a society begins to decline because of its lack of sexual restraint, that society will eventually collapse (usually within 100 years) and there is no case in history where that has ever been reversed.

Do you hear President Trump espousing the virtues of sexual restraint?  Of course not.  Why?  That wouldn’t be popular.  Trump is a populist through and through.  Some say he is a true Republican, but no Republican would support Red Flag Laws.  Some say he is a conservative, but no self-respecting conservative would respect – or even acknowledge – gay and lesbian rights.  LGBT is not a conservative, traditional value, so there’s no way Trump is a conservative.  No, Trump is a populist.  Whatever is popular, Trump is on board.

And before you go saying something stupid like “VIS doesn’t support LGBT!“, let it be known that I am considered to be LGBT+ myself (I’m demisexual) and I am not a conservative, but I am well aware of what it means to be a true conservative because I used to be one.  I am an anarcho-theocratic-monarchist, which essentially means, “do whatever the hell you want, just be prepared to answer to the King when (not if, but when) he judges you.

So, is it possible to make America great again?

Not a chance.  Sure, America may prosper for a short time but eventually (within 100 years), America will implode primarily due to its lack of sexual restraint.

There are other factors that are causing the decline of America – the increasing debt despite the President saying America is making more money than ever, the death of the Bill of Rights in 2012 when President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which was renewed by President Trump in 2017, all of these have contributed to the decline of America.  But if we look at the root causes, porn, sexual promiscuity, and a lack of sexual restraint (primarily female sexual autonomy) is what has caused America to return to bondage.  Just as it was in bondage to England in 1775, this time, America’s bondage is the chains of its own making.  Those chains will see the collapse of America and Western civilization as we know it – probably by the year 2060.

When promiscuity rules the land, the nation is doomed.  According to Thomas, within 100 years of America’s new, permissive culture (I’d say the sexual revolution of the 1960s is the starting point), America will collapse because of its modern, permissive nature.

-VIS

 

Man-hatin’ Maggie comment

I got this comment from someone but won’t approve their comment because their website looks like spam.

It reads:

“Can we ever be wholly free? In this book of breathtaking imaginary leaps that conjure dystopias and magical islands, Margaret Atwood holds a mirror up to our own world. The reflection we are faced with, of men and women in prisons literal and metaphorical, is frightening, but it is also a call to arms to speak and to act to preserve our freedom while we still can. And in that, there is hope.”

My answer:

You’ve never read a word Man-hatin’ Maggie wrote, have you?  Every single victim in everything Atwood writes is because of her tired old war cry, “men are destroying everything!”

Atwood is no George Orwell, she’s a misandrist.

-VIS

Margaret Atwood

“Man-hatin’ Maggie” (as we call her here in her home country) should be charged with hate speech.

Almost the entirety of her work expresses her disdain for men and tries to justify why we should be eliminated.

If she wrote that way about any other group, she’d be hit with hate speech charges.  But because it’s against men, society gives her a pass and, in fact, celebrates her work.

I don’t agree with hate-speech laws.  I’m a free-speech absolutist.  Say what you want, express what you want, anything and everything goes.  Yelling “fire!” in a crowded theater?  Yep, that’s free speech.

But if we have to suffer under the tyranny of hate speech laws, they should apply to everyone – and that includes Margaret Atwood.

Atwood doesn’t belong at the top of a best-sellers list.

She belongs in jail.

-VIS