Greg Mamishian

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since Oct 21, 2018
Rural Unincorporated Los Angeles County Zone 10b
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Recent posts by Greg Mamishian

I need a reason to write so I make up sayings and use them to practice penmanship.

1 day ago

Mike Patterson wrote:Frugal shaving....

As well as being a work hazard, that would truly bother me. (lol)
2 days ago

Tereza Okava wrote:we just had this discussion in my house. My husband is finding that he needs to replace the electric shavers every 3-5 years or so. I have gotten replacement heads but they never seem to fit just right (and they are not easy to find!). Just this weekend we bought a new shaver, which I hate to do, because so much waste, but we both agree that the hassle of safety razor/blades every day is too much (and then you have the waste of the foam/cream, etc). I guess no option is exactly perfect.
I am glad to have convinced my daughter of depilation with a hair-pulling contraption rather than razors- mine has been with me for a good 5 years and I bought a corded, not rechargeable, one, so I expect it to keep working for a good long time.

I originally thought blades and cream would be inconvenient, but discovered them to be surprizingly simple and easy...

...not to mention a lot quieter! (lol)

A Harry's starter kit was only $10 shipped tax included. Blades are only $2 each shipped tax included. Harry's bought a German razor blade factory to manufacture and sell their own 5 blade units which are extremely high quality. Shave cream is $6 a tube at Walmart. Amortizing the total cost of daily shaving comes to 3 cents a day. One set of blades for my electric shaver were $40. Even disregarding the cost of the electric shaver, $40 buys me over 3 1/2 years of hand shaving.  Being frugal I went with the cheaper method and the loss of our electricity has no effect on grooming.
2 days ago

Chris Wang wrote:I fail to see the downside of an electric trimmer, unless you need a very close shave everyday for your employment. I use electric on my face and the rest of my head. No need for a mirror, water or lube. The cost of electricity is almost impossible to calculate it is so small. Shave face 2-5 times a month, shave head every 1-2 months. If i lived in a cold place I probably wouldn't bother doing either.

I totally understand, Chris. I shaved with an electric razor for most of my life. We live out on the edge so when anyone "trips over the extension cord" we're the first to lose power. So I simply adapted to our unusual situation.
2 days ago
[quote]Janell Traicoff wrote:

We're finally ready (well, at least we think we are) to make the leap and find a homestead of our own! This will be our first big purchase as we've been house sitting/renting all of our adult life. We're looking to make 20-50 acres in Northern Michigan our little permaculture oasis! In our price range, it'll most likely be raw land. So, have any suggestions or life lessons for us newbies? We've read Mortgage Free by Rob Roy and Finding and Buying Your Place in the Country by Les Scher, and we're always up for adding to the library!  [/quote]

I'll just assume Rob advises not to go into debt to buy your land and if he did, I'd wholly agree. My wife and I bought a small cheap piece of raw land and built a small cheap house on it just so that we could live totally free of any debt.

There is something else which figures into the mix... and that is destiny. I've worked for local realtors for many years, so I get the opportunity to talk with new homeowners fresh from their new purchase. I always ask them this question:

"How long did it take you to decide to buy this place?"

For almost everyone, their answer was: "In an instant" or a phrase similar to that.

I find the answers gathered over the years to be strikingly relevant in their similarity. A person could take longer choosing which apple to buy in the market than it takes for them to decide to make the largest purchase in their life! Consider this tiny bit of purely anecdotal information and what it implies. For it points to a sense humans possess to know how to to be in just the right place, at just the right time, doing just the right thing.

So I would never intellectually plan anything in advance as far as your decision to buy...

...for you'll KNOW it when you SEE it.

2 days ago

Got a couple of Pilot Metropolitans for my wife and I. They work great. :  )
2 days ago
It's a fun game seeing how long things can last. I used to use an electric shaver but a few years ago decided to shave with a blade instead because it doesn't require electricity. We lose our power quite frequently so this is a small way to learn how to do without.

I use tube shaving cream because you get more for your money than aerosols. A tube of Cremo is $6 and it works very well.

They claim a tube will last 90 days.

My latest tube lasted 11 months and this is how I did it. I saved my first empty tube and squeezed some shaving cream into it from a full one. Then I filled it up with water. Every time I shave I first shake up the tube so that it doesn't dispense concentrated shaving cream it dispenses premixed shaving foam. This really stretches the cream.

I really like Harry's products. They make excellent quality razors and blades so I use them. Just one of their $2 blades lasts me over 6 months of daily shaving.

Frugality is a hobby for me. The last barber who cut my hair was when I in the Army in Vietnam in 1971. Since then I've cut my hair myself. 48 years is 2,496 weeks and a haircut every three weeks makes 832 haircuts. At $10 a cut I saved over $8,000.

Become frugal at anything long enough and pretty soon you're talking real money! (lol)
2 days ago
That's admirable, Travis. :  )

Because each of us lives a different life with different experiences we each make up a uniquely different part of the "body". My part is to be with the dying and it has to be one of the most enlightening things I've ever experienced in my life. For it has totally shattered the collective cultural paradigm held by secular society which is so "scared to death" of death it is not even permitted to be discussed.

Sonja Draven wrote:

Greg Mamishian wrote:

Sonja Draven wrote:I wouldn't have believed it before I watched her die and I don't expect anyone here to either. It is just my story. She is just one person and one anecdote.  But there is a link if you want to follow it.

Your experience says... everyone dies from something.

Over the last three years, I've spent time with hundreds of dying folks, and they are teaching me a valuable lesson that there is ~something else~ going on...

...and it has absolutely ~nothing~ to do with "science".

Well, that was harsh. And the science I was referring to was in the links I added.  I acknowledged that my experience was anecdotal.

Sorry Sonja, it's the truth. Everyone does die from something. However, death isn't the least bit unfair because no one doesn't die. I've been close to quite a few people while they are in the strange twilight area which lies between life and death... and from what I've seen, there is obviously something else going on which is outside the realm of science. Death isn't harsh when it is a kindly release from suffering.

Chris Kott wrote:Scientific belief is an oxymoron...

When a scientist publishes the results of a study,
you will believe they are either valid or invalid.
That choice is always up to you and your own common sense.