Campus Speed Limit

March 19th, 2007

You know how the speed limit on the Ole Miss campus is 18mph? And you know how everyone thinks it’s completely retarded? It’s apparently 18 because that was Archie Manning’s jersey number.

Am I the only one who thinks that it’s silly, and maybe a bit embarassing, that so much of our University revolves around one family of athletes, only two of which even attended Ole Miss?

So, I finally got around to scraping a razor across my face today, after over two weeks of facial hair growth. I was going to shave on Friday, but I realized I was out of shaving cream and fresh razor blades.

It turns out that two weeks of growth leaves me quite scruffy looking. Kristen told me I looked homeless. If my clothes weren’t at least clean, she’d probably be right. The hair outside of my goatee area (which I’d trimmed a couple of times in the past two weeks) was getting pretty close to a half inch.

It was surprisingly not too bad shaving it this morning. Normally if I’ve got a lot of facial hair, shaving is a pain (literally), but this morning I lathered really well, used a fresh blade, and made short strokes. The hair came off with pretty much no pain. Of course, it turns out that I missed a few hairs on my neck. I didn’t notice them until a half an hour ago. I guess I’ll be doing a touch-up shave tonight.

I’ve been thinking about switching to a proper safety razor. The people who use them swear by them, and the blades are cheaper to boot. I could buy about 20 replacement blades for a safety razor for the price of just 4 Mach III blade cartridges. The safety razor itself would only cost a little more than a 12-pack of Mach II cartridges.

When I actually take the time to look at the actual cost of using Mach III blades, it’s not that costly. Each blade costs ~2 dollars, so if I replaced the blade every day (which I don’t) and shaved 7 times a week (which I obviously don’t), it would only cost me $14 each week, which in the grand scheme of things, really just isn’t that much. Still, plunking down 20 bucks on a pack of cartridges hurts, especially when the the 12 pack of Bic disposables is right there, and only costs $3.

I ran 3 miles yesterday, nonstop.  Unfortunately, I didn’t actually do the math to figure out that 5km is actually about 3.1 miles, so technically I fell short of my goal.  Nonetheless, I did get in 3 miles, which is nothing to sneer at, I don’t think.

On a related note, my foot is killing me.  Just one foot, the right one.  I don’t know why it hurts.  It’s done this predictably as I’ve increased my total running length.   I only ran once last week, because my foot was still really sore the next time I was supposed to run.  I need to figure out what to do about this, because it’s more than just a little bit problematic.  Running when my foot already hurts, well, hurts.  I’m a little afraid of causing some real damage if I keep running with an injuring.

Also, all my pants need to be taken in now.

Cold in Here

February 2nd, 2007

Why is it 64 degrees Fahrenheit in my office right now?

Lanolin

January 11th, 2007

Raise your hand if you know what lanolin actually is.

I didn’t. I kind of assumed it was some sort of gentle oil, possibly from a plant. Nope. It’s wool grease. It’s a product of sheep’s sebaceous glands, which is a nice way of saying “it’s funky skin grease”.

Good to know.

People rub this stuff all over themselves in the form of lotion. I wouldn’t rub myself all over a sheep to treat my dry skin. I don’t think I’m interested in lanolin now, either.

I’ll stick with aloe vera from now on.