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How Do You Know it’s Time for a Change?

The Gazebo at Kershaw Park, Canandaigua, NY
The Gazebo at Kershaw Park, Canandaigua, NY

The end of 2015 will soon be here and a lot of folks are wondering if they should make some changes in in their lives. These changes might range from making some adjustments in their personal lives, or changing jobs, or just exercising more and eating better to maintain good health in the New Year. Certainly the tough economic conditions of Upstate New York have forced a lot of folks into early retirement or into taking a part-time job just to supplement their income.

I learned a long time ago when I was a student going to college how to stretch your income to meet your personal needs. There was no wasting of that last little bit of bar soap or even thinking about buying a new package of double edged razor blades. Those old Gillette double edged blue blades eventually did wear out and your last shave became a nightmare of cuts and bumps produced by in-grown hairs. When I had my first job, I even began taking pictures of razor blades under a 1000X microscope. Even a new blade at such a magnification ought to discourage anyone from ever putting a razor to their face.

Things definitely improved when Gillette introduced blades made of stainless steel. Yes, it was the corrosion (rust) of the steel blade that caused them to prematurely lose their sharpness and that’s why the stainless steel blade became so popular. Putting an edge on stainless steel initially was a real challenge but at least the problem with in-grown hairs was now gone.

It’s the end of the year and I am down to the last razor in my package of 10 Gillette’s disposable 2 blade razors. After yesterday’s shave, I felt that I hadn’t shaved at all! So I went all out and bought another 10 package of Gillette’s Sensor2 Plus disposable blades. What a difference. These blades are made from steel but have a thin coat of chrome sputtered onto the steel bands.

There’s a lot of technology that goes into the things that we use every day. But what about those things that affect us personally? How do we know when it’s time to make a change in our lives? I would say that if you are doing the same thing day after day and getting the same lousy results, it’s probably time for you to make a change.

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