No, no, you're not mis-reading the title, nor have I mis-typed it. It does say Shaving a Shin.
I like to think of myself as an efficient person.
I like to plan everything I can in advance, so as to minimise energy and time expenditure. This characteristic is based on both personal attributes (laziness) and learned behaviour (getting my arse kicked for missing a deadline).
|NOTE: This not being lazy, merely efficient|
It's one of the reasons for my love of computers. If you have enough knowledge to manipulate them, they can save huge amounts of time and boredom.
For example, I routinely program macros into my M$ Word or Excel documents to automate routine repetitive tasks. I set up systems which are designed to reduce my input to achieve desired goals. I've even written a program to work out which lottery number I'm going to lose money on.
All in the main endeavour of the Great God Efficiency.
When I'm working on the never-ending and thankless task of setting relief, I move into überefficient mode. Rolls are printed out the day before, lists of relievers are matched up to requirements, and reliever timetables are prepared and printed. This leaves me with spare time in the morning for last-minute changes, epidemics of The Lurgie, and most importantly, a cup of refreshing tea.
Even in my personal life I try to be efficient.
Routine tasks like ironing, washing and drying clothes, vacuuming, rubbish removal and recycling, picking up after m'son are all set in a habitual timetable, so it's all semi-automatic.
(BTW, a Hint to all domestic Gods and Goddesses out there. Listening to an audiobook on an iPod whilst ironing removes a great deal of the boredom, but my Beloved did ask why I wear industrial-grade ear muffs whilst vacuuming; obvious, I can't hear the subtle nuances in vocal production of a favourite novel while the bloody Dyson screams it's song of extraction and micro-particulate collection)
|Efficient, but BLOODY NOISY|
Even my personal hygiene follows the same theme.
Beard trimming takes place every Sunday
Beard trimming and haircutting takes place every other Sunday. (As I've only a little hair left, a quick run over my scalp keeps it nice and tidy and removes any chance of the dreaded Hairover occuring)
Nose and ear hair trimming takes place every 4th Sunday.
Pubic hair trimming takes place every Blue Moon.
|When I trim the nether bits|
A tip I picked up in the Army as regards to shaving stands me in good stead.
I should like to note that even though I wear a beard, tonsorial tidiness demands that the other areas sprouting bristly fuzz need to be planed every day (every third day if on holiday, or every 14th day if my Beloved is away)
I shave in the shower before going to bed.
Again in the demands of efficiency, I've installed an anti-steam mirror in the shower cubicle, from which I hang a wet razor, so I can shave quickly and cleanly while being pummelled by luxuriant streams of hot water. All of the bristles removed by the razor blades are quickly flushed away, and I can them emerge, pink-skinned and smooth cheeked to meet the world in pristine glory.
However, my usual procedure came to a crashing halt yesterday.
We'd had a lovely dinner of roast pork, delightfully prepared as always by my Beloved, redolent of exotic herbs and spices, and served with creamy and buttery mashed potatoes. The pork had been cooked to perfection, but the texture was a bit different from normal, and my Beloved informed me it was a cut known in Scotland as Hough.
|See! I'm not making this up. The word HOUGH does exist. (BUT IT'S BEEF My Dear)|
Now time to shave.
Where' s my bloody razor?
It wasn't hanging on the mirror hook where I'd left it the day before. There was a distinctly vacant razor-shaped hole in the continuum.
Rinsed off, turned off the water, stepped out of the shower, trying to find a replacement razor in the bathroom cupboard.
Back into shower, water back on, EEEAAAARRRGGGGHHH. I'd forgotten the bloody water always starts ice-cold before the thermostatic valve cuts in.
Finally emerged in a slightly irate mood, with a desire to find out the truth about the missing razor. I was pretty sure it wasn't m'son, as he prefers to use an electric Remington (on the few occasions he actually shaves at all. What the hell does the current younger generation think it's doing. Bristly stubble is NOT attractive (unless it's on an Italian lady of generous proportions and an indeterminate age) The current semi-unshaven look just makes me want to give them all a good scrubbing with the trusty wire brush and Dettol. )
|It just looks like dirt.|
This meant that it was probably my Beloved who had removed my razor from its appointed place in the universe. This also meant that I'd have to inquire in a more gentle manner than I was at present inclined to do, as
- I wanted to eat the next day
- I did not want to spend the night either in the spare bedroom or the floor of the garage.
- A Hough was the cut of meat she described as a Shin of Pork (My Beloved was completely wrong here. Hough in Scotland does describe the cut of Shin, but usually referring to Beef, hence Hough Soup, a rare and wondrous delicacy)
- A Hough of Pork has bits of skin adhering to it.
- The skin had quite a lot of bristles still sticking out of it.
- My Beloved had used my bloody razor to give it a quick shave before cooking it (The Pork, not my razor)
|After I used this pic to illustrate the post, I wondered "Return the stool where?" "I hope to God it's the toilet bowl.|
I discovered she had used it when the much abused blades began to dig large and bloody chunks out of my chin. God knows what her hair is made of, but I suspect some alloy of Steel and Titanium.
Then I realised that I had just partaken of a meal composed mainly of bits of meat which had been thoroughly stroked by my razor. A razor which has those embedded soap strips incorporated into its design.
Now I knew what that extra flavour had been.
Sometimes I just wonder how the female brain really works, if at all.
I wonder if m'son will lend me his Remington (The electric razor, not the 12 gauge).
|Oh, Ok, that'll do.|