The cost of a shave

II'm a lot like my father.  Many of his little idiosyncrasies I've picked up in my middle years: a love of cutting the grass, getting up at the crack of dawn, and using my razor until it's as dull as a butter knife.  

I bought one of those new fangled, brightly packaged razor things maybe a year ago.  You know the one I mean: the razor with seventeen blades and the aerodynamic swivel head to deliver the perfect shave. I recall taking out a third mortgage on the house to buy it. The kit probably came with two or three replacement blades; I've been down to the final one since Christmas.

The other day, I knew I had to go out to get a few things, so I decided that I would treat myself to a new set of blades.  I even went into the medicine cabinet to confirm the name of shaver I've been using, as they strategically make the names tricky to remember.  In that way, you buy the wrong blades and then are forced to buy another package with a blade holder to make them work.  It's a conspiracy of the highest order.

I got to the grocery; I only had a minute or two to pick up the items I needed, including the replacement razors for my Gillette ProGlide (for the record: I just had to go to the medicine cabinet to look at the name again).  I found the aisle with the razors and made my way to the section where they keep the blades - safely locked up behind reinforced, shatterproof glass.  Of course they do.  Slip a handful of these in your pocket and you could sell them on the black market and buy a new car.  They are so expensive!

I gave up.  I didn't have time to grab an attendant and have them come over and unlock the treasure chest.  So, this morning, after I write this blog, I will once again put the same Gillette ProGlide (did I get it right?) blade that I've been using since the festive season to use.  Admittedly, it gets a bit more painful each time.

"Why don't you join the Dollar Shave Club?" said my 16 year-old-son Dylan at dinner last night (who hasn't even started to shave by the way).

"What the hell is that?" I asked.

"You pay a small amount of money each month, and they mail the blades to you."

How he knew about Dollar Shave Club, I have no idea.  But, it certainly caught my attention.  And since it's my birthday, I've gifted myself with a monthly delivery of the 4X for a total cost of $6.83 per month, or just over $0.20 per shave.

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