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08 January 2009 @ 10:52 pm
Or maybe they're just plain clumsy.  
Today's Keenspot Newsbox links to a strip called Sorcery 101, with an image of a vampire character, glaring at a bloody razor, and a caption reading "80 years of practice doesn't help reflectionless shaving."

The image described; let's see how long it stays linkable

Your Obedient Serpent shaves, by preference, in the shower, sans mirror, and has done so since finally abandoning his electric razor almost a decade ago.

Not only do I rarely cut myself, but I maintain a neatly-trimmed goatee. You can do a lot by kinesthetic sense and just feeling your face to find any spots you've missed. I'm sure that blind people quickly develop the same skills. The idea that the lack of a reflection would be such a handicap in shaving even after eight decades struck me as sufficiently absurd as to warrent a comment.

 
 
 
leonard_arlotteleonard_arlotte on January 9th, 2009 09:37 am (UTC)
I also shave in the shower, and while my face is only shaved on my cheeks and neck, I also shave my scalp there as well. My fingertips are a lot more perceptive than my eyes. I still nick myself from time to time, but that's actually pretty rare.

Sorcery 101 is a comic I've been reading for a while now, though. It's pretty good.
Tombfyretombfyre on January 9th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
Yep, being careful with yourself helps too. Rather than rushing and nicking yourself all the time. I've never managed to cut myself when shaving. ^^() Probably helps that I mostly stick to my electrics and whatnot.
leonard_arlotteleonard_arlotte on January 9th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
Much harder to nick yourself with an electric, yes.

Not so good to use them in the shower, however.

I switched to disposable razors after my electric died on me, and the replacement I bought died three months later.
Your Obedient Serpent: barcodeathelind on January 9th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
I should note that switching from an "old-fashioned" twin-blade to a modern 4-blade razor a few years back dropped my incidence of accidental cuts to near-zero. Maybe it's that pressure is more evenly-distributed across the cutting surfaces, or it may be the guard wires built into the face of the cartridge to help support four freakin' blades.

Replacement carts on the new razor are expensive, but each cart also lasts three or four months, minimum.
McGuffinhitchkitty on January 9th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
That image and caption reminded me of a short story I read a few years ago, about an anorexic female vampire.
Stalbonstalbon on January 9th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
It was also my assumption that being undead more or less saw your facial hair growth become nil, unless you'd already had some at the time of your conversion. More to the point, I suspect that, as ravishing predators of sexual lust, most authors don't depict vampires as having to worry about shaving. Exceptions may be Anne Rice and Laurell K. Hamilton, though.
leonard_arlotteleonard_arlotte on January 9th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
This of course assumes that the author is using the standard gothy and tragically hip vampire that was made popular by Anne Rice and White Wolf games in the 90s.

The author of this comic strip does not. This whole thread is all about making assumptions of this strip based off a single image. Much more information might be gained by you know... reading it?
Your Obedient Serpent: facepalmathelind on January 9th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
I'm just making assumptions about shaving.
Paul Gadzikowskiscarfman on January 9th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)

Bill Cosby has a monologue about saying something stupid and realizing while it's half out.

"So I called Ray [Charles] and I said, 'Ray, I have your check.'

"Ray said, 'Bring it on up to the room.'

"So I go up, and I knock, and Ray says, 'Come in,' and I go in -

"Now, the lights are out.

"It is pitch black in this apartment.

"So I say, 'Ray, where are you?'

"He says, 'I'm in the bathroom.

"'Shaving.'

"So I say,

"'Well, Ray, why are you shaving in the dark -'

"And I tried to stop it right there.

"But the rest of it just came: '- with the lights out?'"