Have you ever seen a slot in a medicine cabinet like this?
When I have inspections with younger buyers who are purchasing an older house I ask them.
Seldom do they know what the slot is for.
I don't remember a young person who did!
That slot comes from a bygone era. And a bygone personal-hygiene implement.
It is a personal-hygiene implement that I have gone back to!
What is the implement?
The double-edge razor blade. Those blades are very thin and flexible, and very sharp. They could be dangerous thrown away in a trash can or encountered by children.
The slot was for double-edge razor blade disposal! Inside the wall, or in the crawl space, somewhere, there must be dozens of not hundreds of thrown-away, dull razor blades! All slid into the special slot.
Sometimes the slot is labeled! Not too surprising, it says something like, "Razor Blades." Some even have a little arrow.
I remember a few decades ago when the single-edge razor blade came out.
It was in a stiff handle tool, and blades could be purchased separately to fit into the brand of tool you purchased.
Then the TV commercials came out to show how two blades close to and parallel to each other were superior as the first would cut, but pull out the whisker and the second would cut it off closer. With the new double blade you would get a closer shave!
Everyone bought into the concept and the blades caught on!
I did too. Like everyone else, I purchased packs of the double blades. They would insert into my tool. I had a shaving tool that I used for well over 20 years, a gift from my wife.
Then a couple of years ago the packs of double blades disappeared.
Why? The new three-blade system came out!
That soon gave way to the wondrous four-blade shaver!
Then, wow, of all wondrous events, the five-blade shaver was born!
Well, five HAS TO BE BETTER than 2, or 3 or 4. It simply HAS TO BE. Am I right? Are "they" right?
That was my clue. For these years I had actually been buying the throw-away, two-blade shavers in a bag. They work fine.
Then I got the idea that I am being duped. What is wrong with one blade? Really? What is wrong with one blade!? Or a double-edge ONE BLADE?
And I checked around for old-time, double-edge razor blade shavers, with the little doors that open and close. And for packs of razor blades!
Behold! I found there are many, many! I picked one out with a longer handle, chrome plating and a brand name I recognized.
My search for razor blades turned out to be similar! There are many, many! I picked out a pack containing 100 (YES, 100!!). And boy, they are cheap!
Six weeks ago I bought a shaver and a pack of blades. 100 blades! My learning curve was two days. Judging from how long a blade lasts me that pack of 100 will last for years. Yes folks, YEARS!
Have you seen how much these multiple-blade shaving systems cost? And will cost over time?
Answer me this -- do you think this move from 2 to 3 to 4 to 5 is because it really produces such a better shave, or because you are making manufacturers lots, lots, lots more money?
Do you know how cheaply I will be able to shave for the next many years? The answer is WOW!
My recommendation: go old school! Go cheap! Go shaved just as well! Go proud! And stand up to these wizards of "innovation," who have not improved anything, but make much more money innovating! STAND WITH ME IN OPPOSITION TO THE MULTIPLE-BLADE RIP OFF ARTISTS! STAND WITH ME AGAINST TYRANNY!
This stand fits right in with my genealogy. I am a Son of the American Revolution! And it shows!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560