Un Cachito de la vida

Un Cachito

Un Cachito de la vida - A little piece of Cameron's life

The title is in in reference to my legs. I shaved them today for the first time after a bunch of mixed feelings, and the result is... a bunch of mixed feelings. The idea of shaving my legs has come up before, but I've always considered it a ridiculous idea - one I'd likely never do. So what made me change my mind? I've got 3 reasons:
1) Cyclists usually shave their legs. I ride with some guys at work who have their legs shaved and I was the hairy exception. So, even though I'm not at all hard-core, part of my attempt to be a cyclist was to be like the others.
2) Wounds. Why do cyclists shave? Perhaps a little for aerodynamics, but the main reason is because if/when you crash, the hair really makes things like wound care messy and an even greater pain. (ha! a pun)
3) PT&T. Physical Therapy and Tape. This is what pushed me to actually shave, instead of just laughing at the idea. I've gone to a PT a couple of times to try to help my knees, which often cause pain and discomfort. Yesterday, the PT was trying to tape my patellas in such a way as to force them down and in, where they were supposed to be. The tape wouldn't stick well to the skin because of all the hair, and when I'd move the leg, it would try to yank out clumps of hair on my leg - not the most pleasant sensation. I've had similar problems before when trying to tape bandages, etc.So now they're shaved. It took much longer than I thought, partly because I had pretty hairy legs and partly because I'm new to this. At the end, there was a large pile of hair and I know some tricks. I also have a bit of empathy and lots of sympathy for women having to shave their legs. What do I think now? It's still weird. They look like much different legs and when I was putting some lotion on to minimize the burn, it seemed like I was applying them to someone else's legs. Ewww. It's an interesting feeling, but became really weird when I put a pair of jeans on. But, I'm sure I'll get used to the feel and I might as well keep it up for a while to make it worth it.

Update with a pic link:
This one's for you JC. I removed the thumbnail here 'cause it was weirding me out. Click on this link for the pic and please notice the exceptionally fine tan line!

Posted by charr at 8:52 AM

Reader Comments

I'm not really an expert in this field, but I have shaved a full beard a couple of times and I've picked up some tips from my wife over the years. Here's your problem...You should really trim first, then shave. It works much better. If you have access to some electric clippers then you would trim off the majority of the long hair. If you don't trim first, then the razor gums up with long hair and irritates your skin. It also takes much longer because you're constantly trying to clean off the razor.

Posted by JLow at March 28, 2007 6:31 PM

I found that out with a little trial and error. Shaving with a razor right off did not work. Next I tried the trimmer on electric shaver, but what really did the job was a pair of hair clippers. Then I did the razor. The problem I'm having though is irritation (what some I guess called ingrown hair) above the knee. One guy said always shave towards the knee, but that doesn't really get the hair. At any rate, it's an education. :)

Posted by Cameron at March 29, 2007 9:30 AM

Well well Señor Camaron. Que bonitas piernas. A ver si pones una foto para admirarlas. :)

Posted by JC at April 7, 2007 10:03 AM

Pues, sí, son bonitas. A ver si pueda conseguir unas fotos. Tabíén, averigué que el usar crema de afeitar hace una diferencia.

Posted by Cameron at April 9, 2007 8:20 AM

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