What they hell.
George pretty much describes my basics. Additional rambling thoughts:
In the shower, I shave first with, then against the grain. This is partly because the second pass gets things so much tighter than I can skip a day or two, which I find is one of the best things for my face. My face gets enormously less irritated shaving every two to four days than every day. Shaving every day really beat my face to hell. Also, dunno if this is just me, but it is MUCH less irritating (with a blade) to shave off several days worth of growth, with a little length to it, than to shave very short stuff. Or this may just be a perceived artifact due to my skin not getting shaved every day. On the other hand, if you want/must use an electric, then the exact opposite seems to apply - it is less irritating for me to use an electric everyday, or twice a day, than to skip a day or two.
My only other real electric advice is I’ve been much less irritated by the ones with some sort of “holes for the short, slots for the long” screen. Right now I have a Braun 3612 that does OK in that regard - beats the crap out of my previous Broun and Norelcos. The 3612 is NOT top of the line, I’m sure better is available.
I’m also on the goatee bandwagon. For years I was more of a neat jawline trim guy. But I’ll echo the remarks about goatees and acceptable scruffiness. For whatever reason, the most socially acceptable way to appear in public with non-daily shaving, or trimmer shaving, is a goatee. These days, with the goatee, I shave Mondays, with and against the grain, but I’m not working in an office. If I was I’d do Monday and Thursday if I could get away with it, or Mon/Wed if I couldn’t, or Mon/Wed/Fri if my boss was a dick about it.
Note on that topic - I had a stickler boss who kept a spare - cheap - electric in the office. If you caught his eye as unacceptably unshaved, you were sent to the men’s room with the loaner. Uggh.
Hot dates. This may mostly apply to you single guys. :D In terms of repeat dates - ie, leaving your date happy - there is a lot to be said for either a fresh, with-and-against, baby smooth shave, or enough growth length to be soft rather than scratchy. Leaving stubble-induced rugburn on someone’s sensitive areas is not usually appreciated. In my limited experience, IMHO, YMMV, etc.
Ok, now, REAL shaving question - best anecdotes/methods on getting the fairer sex to keep the playground neat and smooth? :D
(Next week - how to introduce anal sex to your relationship - perils and payoffs of the “Oops!” method. :twisted: )