Rave: LG Electronics Tone+ HBS-730 Bluetooth Headset

Pretty much any picture you see of me I’m wearing these. And you know why? Because they’re fantastic! Really, a long battery life, easy Bluetooth connection to 2 devices, and seamless operations with my Windows 8 Phones and Tablets. Very highly recommended.

Truly, Love Waits

Yesterday I received the news that my aunt’s husband passed away. “Mr. D”, as I have known him all my life, was a century old and a part of my life from the time I was born. A respectable, handsome gentleman, his love for my Aunt and her son, my cousin, was undeniable. I was fortunate to spend a month with my Aunt during a summer of traveling in my youth. And during that time he was a father figure to me, offering advice on everything life has to offer. I still recall his “talk about the ladies” one evening I had decided to go out to the clubs. Suffice it to say he was blunt and got my attention!

Above all, he and my Aunt were in love. Patiently, they waited decades for the proper time to get married, just a few years ago. Recently however he suffered a fall that ultimately led to his health’s decline. But I know they both would say that those years as husband and wife were their most joyous. Oh, that we all have a relationship like that. Where nothing else matters but the change to be as one, no matter how long it takes. And, to then treasure that gift so very much. The way she would talk of him, there was no doubt he was her prince. And his doting on her was smooth like butter – there was no doubt when he called for “Baby” who he was talking about. I smile just thinking back to the way they spoke to one another.

When I heard of his accident I considered visiting, but prayed that he would come through. I’ll always remember him for who he was as a man and hope to someday be remembered with even half the respect and love he richly deserved.

Rave: Dollar Shave Club

Let it be known: I love a good shave. I mean love – I’ll take close to an hour to lovingly rid this milk dud-looking orb of hair just to get that wonderful feeling of smoothness. But, this comes with a pretty hefty price, as I go through premium razors like an LA Crisis Center on a really bad day. Most of my adult life I’ve used Gillette but switched to Schick Hydro last year, which seemed to offer the same quality shave for a little less cost per blade.

Being in the startup community, I’m always rooting for products and services that disrupt the norm. When I found the video for Dollar Shave Club, I was intrigued, but not enough to risk going Corleone on my own neck, bleeding out, and ruining a perfectly nice shirt. So, I continued burning cash in hopes of extending my youthful look and saving my kids from the ridicule of being asked why their granddad is kissing their mom.image

The way it works is this: you sign up for one of 3 different plans: $1 (The Humble Twin), $6 (The 4X), or $9 (The Executive). Natch, I chose The Executive, which seemed most like the razors I’m used to. In return for a $9/mo subscription, I’m promised a first shipment of blade handle + 3 cartridges, followed by 3 new cartridges each month. So, I decided to give it a try.

Within a few days I received my first shipment, as ordered. Thoughts of impoverished Chinese workers Dollar Shave Club (4)putting the components together with dirty hands then applying a last minute rinse and polish using sweat from their brow and the tail of their shirt encouraged me to take my time examining the handle and the blades. I was impressed: the handle had a good balance to it, and the blades seemed sharp and very similar to those of the Gillette variety. Eyes closed, I really couldn’t tell a significant difference. So it was time to put them to the test on my face. After laying out the first aid kit and putting on an old shirt, it was time to get started.

Admittedly, it was difficult using a new razor while stayingWP_000560WP_000557 consistent to my style of shaving, but I think I did pretty well. The results: not bad. In fact, I was impressed with the results and felt good about the fact it was saving me a lot of money too boot.

Like clockwork, I’ve received my new blades the past 2 months, and continue to have a great experience. It’s definitely worth trying, even at the $1/mo (which includes 5 blades per month). I’m using new blades more often, and not having to remember to shop for them or wince at the prices. The video is pretty awesome, and Dollar Shave Club has backed it up with a pretty awesome product and service too.

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