Simple things you wish you started sooner.

MRR

Senior Member
As I was combing my hair this morning, I recalled how 35 years ago I was standing in line with 25 other six-year-olds being handed plastic combs in preparation for our school photo. I recall at that time being disgusted at that comb and much preferring the one I had at home. Most of the rest of my life was spent knowing that Ace Hard Rubber combs were far superior. More recently, I'd read people praising Kent combs. I finally bought a Kent and agree that they are noticeably better than my trusty Ace.

So...
Simple things I wish I had begun using sooner in life;
1) Kent combs
2) Double Edge Safety Razors
3) Shaving brush (and I'll probably lament that I didn't get silver-tip badger sooner once I use that)
4) Locally made goats milk soap (bars last longer, not as harsh, no horrible moisturizer that non-harsh soaps have)
5) High quality bit set for cordless drill and hand screwdriver (that's for a different forum, though)

No so simple things;
1) Allen Edmonds (but wearing Bostonian for a few years helped me learn to appreciate shoes that fit my narrow feet)

Anyone else with gems of wisdom?

EDIT: With all the flack Nordstom is getting on this forum lately, I find it interesting that whatever ad-program this site uses decided to link AE to Nordstom's site (specifically to shoes that do not fit me).
 
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Earl of Ormonde

Connoisseur
Military service, I was 3 months from being 19 when I joined up, I would have preferred to have been 16½ - 17, straight out of secondary school. 17 is the minimum age for front line units in UK forces. I feel that the 2 years I spent after leaving school at 16½ before I joined the RAF, at nearly 19 were pretty much wasted time.
 

blairrob

Senior Member
1) The obvious- family time. It took a couple of years of college to appreciate how enjoyable time with them could be.

2) Great books. Great books were a chore to be endured in school until I my 26th birthday when my brother sent me the The Sun Also Rises. I enjoyed that enough to really begin to explore good literature.
 

Flanderian

Connoisseur
Didn't start using shoe trees until the late 70's, and quickly found out why I should have been.

Shoe Keeper shoe trees from Petersboro New Hampshire were the ubiquitous brand. And had I realized they would become unavailable, I would have purchased double the number I did. Nothing being sold today works as well as these simple, ingenious and functionally elegant unfinished cedar trees.
 

Snow Hill Pond

Elite Member
Retain the services of a good tailor.

Finding one may not be so simple, but it is worth the effort. Many of the customers highlighted in the Studio Suits photo gallery would have benefited from this advice.
 

Howard

Connoisseur
I wish I started shaving years before 2004, I thought that if I grew facial hair I would look older but then I shaved every day and now I look a bit younger.
 

orange fury

Connoisseur
The main thing would be shaving my head. My hair started thinning around 16 or 17, and I allowed it to stress me out to no end. Around my Junior year of college I started using clippers to cut my hair myself (eventually using no guard for several years), and this past summer I finally started shaving it with a razor. On the upside though, since I'm in my mid-20's, I won't have to worry about a hair-related midlife crisis in 20 years. Plus, bed head, hat hair, and shampoo purchases are things of the past lol.

as for some of the other things, I started smoking cigars at 18, wet shaving with a DE razor and best badger brush at 19, and drinking scotch at 21, so I got a head start on some of the overly expensive hobbies lol
 

Flanderian

Connoisseur
I wish I started shaving years before 2004, I thought that if I grew facial hair I would look older but then I shaved every day and now I look a bit younger.

Howard, I shave every day. But when I look in the mirror, I still see an old man! :mad2:

Do I need to shave more than once a day to look younger, and if so, how often?

T.I.A.

Flanderian
 

Howard

Connoisseur
Howard, I shave every day. But when I look in the mirror, I still see an old man! :mad2:

Do I need to shave more than once a day to look younger, and if so, how often?

T.I.A.

Flanderian

I shave every day cause I would like to keep that babyface look and this March I will be 41.
 

Wolfslair

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
I am glad you said "simple things", this saved me from lamenting on poor decisions I have made in the past. My simple thing would be to stop being vain and switch from contact lenses to eyeglasses. What a pain in the posterior it was to care for and wear contacts, especially in the summer with allergies.
 

gaseousclay

Super Member
The simple things I wished I started sooner wouldn't have started without the internet. Needless to say, my dad taught me jack squat and as pathetic as this may sound everything I've learned is due to the Internet. Without message boards, YouTube, blogs, etc., I would not have learned what I now know. I'm talking about mundane things like tying a tie, shining your shoes, color coordinating (still a work in progress), shaving with a DE razor, and basically a whole myriad of other things I was not exposed to as a young man.


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Peak and Pine

Connoisseur
^^^

Very interesting admission that. Glad you posted it.

A lotta tallk nowadays how harmful and mind numbing the net is. I've felt the opposite and you corroborate that. In my case, I came of age waaaay before the internet and I look with backward envy when I spy a campus with kids with cells and pads. It must be nice to be young and electronic. Not that being young with just a pack of Luckies in your sleeve was all that awful.
 

momsdoc

Connoisseur
^^^

Very interesting admission that. Glad you posted it.

A lotta tallk nowadays how harmful and mind numbing the net is. I've felt the opposite and you corroborate that. In my case, I came of age waaaay before the internet and I look with backward envy when I spy a campus with kids with cells and pads. It must be nice to be young and electronic. Not that being young with just a pack of Luckies in your sleeve was all that awful.

And no need for Viagra.:lol:
 

gaseousclay

Super Member
^^^

Very interesting admission that. Glad you posted it.

A lotta tallk nowadays how harmful and mind numbing the net is. I've felt the opposite and you corroborate that. In my case, I came of age waaaay before the internet and I look with backward envy when I spy a campus with kids with cells and pads. It must be nice to be young and electronic. Not that being young with just a pack of Luckies in your sleeve was all that awful.

The Internet isn't without its faults, but I like to look at it as a tool with which I can learn and discover new things (as most of us here do). I'm glad the Internet wasn't around when I was a kid because I don't think I would've truly enjoyed my childhood as much. When my son gets older I'm going to make it a point for him to engage in activities outside away from a computer, or inside with a trusty book. But I also look at it this way - I will pass what I've learned onto my son so he won't become a late bloomer like me


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StephenRG

Honors Member
Good single malt scotch! I wasted many years not knowing the joys of a peatey single malt from Islay!


FWIW when I was at college in the mid/late 70s in England, we used to drink Laphroaig because it was not much more expensive than regular blended scotch!
 
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