Happy Anniversary, my love

Posted on September 30, 2017 by quashnsa

Happy 17th Anniversary! September 30th, 2017.

A Story Remembered:

It was 1987 when I met you and our history started. We met in band camp at West High School. You were 14 years old, I was 15. You have been a part of my life for 30 years. Let that sink in for a minute. I have known only 15 years without you. We started dating in 1995 and were married 17 years ago in 2000.

We have so many shared experiences that it would be too ambitious to recall very many of them, but here are a few that stick out in my mind.

Before we were together, we were friends. We had the same group of friends in band; we spent a lot of time hanging out as a group. Preparing for football games, putting on the green and yellow uniforms, marching, playing, a large group of friends making music. Band parties, band competitions, growing up as a group.

The Mitsubishi Mighty Max, the smell of pipe tobacco, the song "Southern Cross" playing on the tape deck, chlorine, and you. Those were the greatest nights in high school for me, picking you up for swim practice and taking you home when practice was done.

Driving out to your house to help you with Chemistry. Sitting on the floor in your messy room talking about protons, neutrons, electrons, the periodic table, calculating the energy of combustion, and oxidation/reduction changes. Getting the crank call from that crazy girlfriend of your chemistry partner.

The smell of grass, sitting on a blanket as the sun was setting, drinking beer and wine, and listening to jazz at CSUB's Jazz Festival. Those were great days. Sharing the music experience with you was pure heaven.

We decided to make it official and change our status from "friends" to "dating" at the Kern County Fair in September of 1995, while sitting on a bench near the animal pens. We also promised not to tell anyone until Christmas of 1995, just in case the long distance relationship didn't work out. You were in the Bay Area, and I was in Bakersfield. It was a long drive between our houses, but it was worth it. Getting up at 4:00am on Mondays, leaving your house at 5:00am so I could get back to work by 10:00am for my first class of elementary kids.

After we were officially dating, we ran into our high school band director and his family at a restaurant while you were in Bakersfield for a visit. His reaction to finding out that we were dating was to exclaim to you in disbelief, "You're with him?!"

In the summer of 1997 I loaded all of my stuff into the back of my truck and headed up to the Bay Area to begin my life with you full time. During my drive up, I passed my parents while they were towing the trailer to Tahoe. Oh goodness, I hadn't told them that I was leaving Bakersfield. Whoops!

The summer of 1999, we traveled to Bakersfield for my 10 year high school reunion at Bakersfield Country Club. Sheryl Crow's "All I Wanna Do" was on the radio. We discussed that it would be easier for us to tell everyone that we were married instead of trying to explain to them that we were dating. I already knew how accurate "we are married" was going to be in a few months time.

The evening of September 8th, 1999 there was a large electrical storm that you stayed up all night to watch. The problem was that I had dinner reservations for us in Santa Cruz on the wharf on the 9th. You called me during the day and asked if we could skip dinner, I would not let you skip out on our dinner plans. After dinner, we walked on the beach in the moonlight where I proposed, and you said, "yes!" I still wonder how I got so lucky that you would choose me.

After a year of planning, I married my best friend on September 30th, 2000 in a ceremony at Stockdale Country Club in Bakersfield surrounded by friends, family, a people that are important to us. The ceremony was beautiful, the reception was amazing. Our first dance and the last song of the night still moves me: Don Henley's "Taking You Home". We shut that place down! By the end of the night we still had most of our guests dancing and drinking.

It was October 1st, 2000 at 1:00am went we drove through the Taco Bell on Ming Ave in our wedding attire. A "congratulations" from the tired staff at Taco Bell still makes me laugh. We were so hungry and tired that we walked through the hotel lobby and straight to the room like zombies. Your dress weighed a ton while I was holding it for you as we worked to get it hung up.

In the fall of 2002, I packed a small amount of stuff into my truck on a rainy day while you were at work. I shoved the box spring and mattress into the back of my truck and moved into a new apartment. You were sick, and you had not slept well for a long time in our old apartment. I had to get you out of the old apartment and into the new apartment, so you could sleep and stay warm. I spent a lot of time using your hair dryer to dry the box spring and mattress so you could come home to a warm bed, snuggle in for some much needed sleep, and healing.

In the end, we have met challenges together and defeated them every time when we stand together. I have always said, "It's just you and me against the world." I can not imagine anyone that I would rather share the good, the bad, and the in-between times with than you. You make me better, you make us great. I love you.


Happy Anniversary, my Love

Astra DE Blade

Posted on January 25, 2016 by quashnsa

A week ago I used the last of the Russian DE blades from the package. Like the Ladas, Rubie, Voskhod, and Rapira, this blade was packaged very well. This has given me a very close shave. Very similar to the Merkur blade and the Feather blade. Definitely one of the superior blade from the Best Safety Razor Blade Sampler Pack. The single-pass quick shave was very smooth and close.

I used the blade for a second shave last night. The blade did well (I did not flip the blade as I should have), but not as well as the first shave.

My shaving equipment: Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor, Escali 100% Pure Badger Shaving Brush, Proraso Shave Soap, and Shaving Brush Stand

Ladas DE Razor Blade

Posted on January 08, 2016 by quashnsa

Like the Rubie, Voskhod, and Rapira, this blade was packaged very well.

This has given me the closest shave. Very similar to the Merkur blade and the Feather blade. Definitely a superior blade from the Best Safety Razor Blade Sampler Pack

Gillette Rubie DE Razor blade

Posted on January 08, 2016 by quashnsa

A few weeks ago I used the third brand out of the Russia DE blade pack. As with the others, I opened the 5 blade pack and removed a blade. All of the blades are well wrapped (inner wrapping for protection, outer wrapping with brand name).

I was not as impressed with this blade as the other two (Voskhod, Rapira). The blade performed the same as Persona blades. It retained the same performance through a second shave a week later.

Rapira Platinum Lux Double Edge Razor Blades

Posted on December 13, 2015 by quashnsa

The second Russian blade I have tried is nearly as good as the Japanese Feather brand.

Rapira Platinum Lux (Russia) $0.18/blade @ 100 count

The Rapira Platinum Lux Double Edge Razor Blades were fantastic on the first pass (not quite as good as Feather). I completed my shave with a three-pass close shave for the best shave I have had since the original Merkur blade.

My shaving equipment: Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor, Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream, Escali 100% Pure Badger Shaving Brush, Colonel Conk Model 111 Santa Fe Shave Cup, Slate Shave Razor and Shaving Brush Stand

Voskhod Teflon Coated Double Edge Razor Blade

Posted on December 07, 2015 by quashnsa

I was not as impressed with the performance of this blade. I did a single-pass quick shave like with the Feather blades. I found the Feather blade did a better job, but the Voskhod was better than the Persona.

Voskhod Teflon coated (Russia) $0.20/blade @ 100 count

My shaving equipment: Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor, Proraso Shaving Soap, Eucalyptus & Menthol, Escali 100% Pure Badger Shaving Brush

Feather Hi-Stainless Platinum Double Edge Razor Blade

Posted on December 03, 2015 by quashnsa

I originally purchased the safety razor a few months ago. The best shave I ever experienced with the DE razor came from the Merkur blade that was shipped with the razor. I have a box of 100 Persona blades that have been doing a fine job, but not as well as the initial shave with the premium blade.

12/2/2015
Feather Hi-Stainless Platinum (Japan) $0.27/blade @ 100 count
I tried this premium blade first. This blade out performed the Persona blades on the first pass. I was using the same Merkur DE razor, Proraso soap, and Escali brush to make the comparison. There was no drag or pulling across my heavy, four-day stubble.


Safety Razor = My Best Shave

Posted on September 28, 2015 by quashnsa

After many years of shaving with a Gillette Fusion razor, a multi-blade system, I decided to move to the old-school approach that worked for my dad. Dad had a Safety Razor and double-edge blades. I have had a straight razor shave, and it was fantastically smooth; however, I am not confident that I would take my time and shave slowly. My only option after removing the straight razor idea was to use a safety razor.

barber poleMerkur Long Handle Safety Razor

My shaving equipment:


Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor
Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream
Escali 100% Pure Badger Shaving Brush
Colonel Conk Model 111 Santa Fe Shave Cup
Slate Shave Razor and Shaving Brush Stand

"Do you believe that all children can be successful in the classroom, despite their circumstances?"

Posted on August 06, 2015 by quashnsa

Recently on Facebook, a friend posed a question to all of his friends:

Dear Facebook friends, especially teachers. Please answer this question. "Do you believe that all children can be successful in the classroom, despite their circumstances?"

Here was my response:

That is a tough question. When I taught, I helped one of the worst performing students become the top performer by changing the way I taught. That change might have left some other students behind. Not everyone learns the same way. I also had a terrible student that interrupted class and made it hard to teach, but he was extremely bright despite the parent that kept telling him that he was stupid. Finally, what is the measure of success? A child that can think and question, find and discover, speak and listen are successful.

Is God the creator of evil?

Posted on January 13, 2015 by quashnsa

Well, let's use the bible to answer that one. Most christians are dumb enough to only believe that god is good. Well, here are a few lines from the infallible bible. There should be no conflict here...right? God is only good.