Sunday, September 30, 2012

Coronation mug, classic cars and how to shave


Her Protestantism notwithstanding, I like the Queen and what she stands for.

Since the ’20s, coronations and royal weddings look Catholic and illustrate the same principle as the American Missal: the words of the old Prayer Book work with Catholic ceremonial because they kept the church’s credal orthodoxy and Godward worldview.

Taz has arthritis.

201! In league bowling Donna gets a high game complete with four-bagger.

Burlington, NJ.

What my ride would look like but with stock wheels:

US Navy (and Marine) flight jacket. The only difference from the WWII one is it has synthetic lining. It squeaks because it’s waterproofed of course. I should get one of those leather visor caps with the sheepskin fleece, even though that’s Army Air Forces, to go with it.

The James Dean ’49 Merc with fender skirts. The year of the first real postwar designs; Ford went ultramodern for the time as you can see from the blue car above. I like the more conservative designs like the late-’40s/early ’50s Chevys, Dodges and Pontiac Chieftains. (Quintessential beautiful ’40s car: the ’42 (came out fall ’41)/’46-’48 Chevy Fleetline Aerosedan, not really a sedan.) Interesting and of course one of the movies’ more famous cars (Rebel Without a Cause), said to be the most customized make in the ’50s (kids, amateur engineers in training, hot-rodding them). I understand he died today in ’55 crashing his own car, a Porsche, on his way to a race. I’m not a fan but RIP.

Barry Goldwater. I think it’s in Slovak.

Reaching out to the voters who later became part of the Silent Majority and later the Reagan Democrats.

How to mug-and-brush shave at home.
  • Get a ’50s Gillette safety razor (I’ve got one and two spares), a box of good blades like Merkur or Astra (mine; platinum-plated from Russia for the Middle Eastern market), a little tub of cream (mine now is Omega from Italy; cheap), a badger-hair brush, a shaving mug (any mug or bowl in a pinch), a washcloth, a towel, and a styptic pencil and some witch hazel for any cuts.
  • Take a hot shower to soften the hair and skin. Makes all the difference in the world. Your blades will serve you twice as long.
  • Partly fill the sink with hot water.
  • Put a little more than a fingertip’s worth (the size of two peas) of cream in the mug.
  • Only slightly wet the brush (it soaks up a lot of water), twice if you have to, then use it to whip (a lot!) the dab of cream in the brush into a good, thick lather.
  • Use the brush to put the cream on your face.
  • Shave, finding the razor’s right angle of attack for you. (Some later Gillettes have adjustable settings). The experts say shave with the grain of the hair. Hell, no. That won’t do jack. Shave up and across; wipes the stubble right off. An old blade might need a few more passes; just keep checking by touch till it’s all gone.
  • Rinse off your face (of course). Then wet the washcloth in cold water and put on your face to close the pores. Use the witch hazel and styptic pencil as needed.
Blades are supposed to last a week but I’ve gotten barbershop-quality shaves longer than that doing it this old-fashioned way.