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(sniff) I feel so cheap.(22 posts)

(sniff) I feel so cheap.MXL02
Sep 27, 2002 6:12 AM
In honor of my 1 yr roadie anniversary I shaved my legs this am...my wife is now convinced I have lost my mind. :)
Welcome to the dark side my friendPaulCL
Sep 27, 2002 6:15 AM
Think: moisterizer. Lots of moisterizer. You are now one of us. You will be allowed into the inner sanctum.
Just wait 'till tonight, she'll begin to appreciate it...nmSpunout
Sep 27, 2002 6:19 AM
We'll she be tending to his road-rash tonight? nm.Steve_0
Sep 27, 2002 8:19 AM
'Will', not 'We'll'. duh.Steve_0
Sep 27, 2002 8:19 AM
I shaved last week. My wife is appalled. My daughters, at herbill
Sep 27, 2002 6:37 AM
prompting, are calling me "Mr. Shaved Legs," as if I were a PBS character. She is telling anyone and everyone that she knows would give me sh*t about it (while avoiding telling anyone that may understand even less than she, such as when my 8 y/o announced that she would tell everyone at school and my wife said, no you won't), and she has promised to withhold her wifely duty for the duration.
On the other hand, a guy on the club team I just joined bought me coffee this morning in honor of.
Hmmm. That's one helluva tradeoff.
OMG...I hadn't thought about my kids...MXL02
Sep 27, 2002 6:43 AM
my football playing son may disown me and my daughter...well I'm not sure what she will do...she is already convinced I am an incorrigible dork. (I've explained that it is in the "Dad" job description, but she finds it hard to accept.)
The 4 y/o is behind me. I heard her patiently explain tobill
Sep 27, 2002 7:06 AM
a not-quite comprehending adult that Daddy had shaved his legs. Because he's on a bicycle team, she said. The 8 y/o, on the other hand, scrunches up her face and says, "Daddy, you're wierd," although she allows that my shaved legs look better than Mommy's with, hilariously, begrudging appreciation.
I really didn't (and don't) think that it is that big a deal. At 43, I'm trying to impress exactly no one, and it was merely an expression of commitment and -- something, a kick, whatever. The middle-aged equivalent of a removable tattoo. The reaction among my wife's friends has been . . . interesting. Women really are supportive of their own, boy. Who exactly should care so much, I cannot understand.
I did it for the 1st time this year, too.look271
Sep 27, 2002 8:28 AM
It took my wife 3MONTHS! to realize it! She now tells everyone that she knows that I have done this. She thinks it's a mid-life crisis (I'm 43, too.) I told her, "hey, be glad I haven't started having an affair with someone 1/2 my age-things could really be worse than me shaving my legs!"
My wife typically invites me to have an affair, which is her waybill
Sep 27, 2002 9:58 AM
of assuring me that I've lost whatever it is that I may once have had.
Charming, isn't she?
It's odd for a little while but THEY will get used to it...:-)biknben
Sep 27, 2002 7:18 AM
My wife didn't care too much. Only time it comes up any more is if she notices I've been in the shower really long or if I used her razor.

I did this well before children. My kids may actually grow up thinking everyone else is weird with hair on their legs. That would be a hoot.

Any time it comes up with friends and co-workers I just explain a few of the reasons. They think I'm nuts, but I don't care. I regularly joke with the homofobes in the office.
In honor of MY 1 yr. riding anniv., I'm growing it back! (nm).hrv
Sep 27, 2002 7:22 AM
and for his 1yr+ 1week anniversary...funknuggets
Sep 27, 2002 7:28 AM
he will be complaining about ingrowns on his thighs. Tee hee. Good luck.
you peeked! nmbill
Sep 27, 2002 7:31 AM
Hated shaving so much I decided to quit falling instead.Silverback
Sep 27, 2002 7:45 AM
I did enjoy the homophobic comments from co-workers (universal shut-'em-up response: "That's too bad--I've always considered YOU very attractive"). But I hated the process and neither my wife nor I liked the feel. I finally decided I just won't fall off the bike anymore, so I don't need to shave. Worked so far.
re: (sniff) I feel so cheap.No_sprint
Sep 27, 2002 7:49 AM
Good deal. Race day shaver here. Otherwise, it's the clippers about once a week.
Don't give your wife leg shaving tips . . .ms
Sep 27, 2002 7:49 AM
My wife thought that it was weird when I shaved my legs in May for the first time at the age of 43. I told her it was a rite of passage -- after cycling for two years, it was time to "join the club." She was OK with it until, after I had been shaving for a month or so, I started to give her suggestions on her shaving her legs. Then she gave erupted (details withheld). My 13 year old daughter cringes whenever my legs are exposed around her friends. And, my office colleagues stared, but didn't say anything, when I wore shorts to the office this summer. I still am a slow cyclist (some would say a poseur). But, I do feel that cyclists do judge other cyclists by the hair (or lack thereof) on your legs. I got a lot of positive feedback, etc. from the people with whom I ride. My bottom line: it feels good, it looks good and if it has any other benefits, that is positive too. Now I have to decide, do I keep shaving when it turns cold, or do I quit for the winter?
Give it up for the winter?Fredrico
Sep 27, 2002 8:23 AM
Physicians have told me over the years that regular, repeated shaving toughens up the skin, so presumably it would be a slightly better insulator in the winter than thin, delicate skin with sparse body hair.

More importantly, "hot" cremes and Vaseline are excellent insulators from cold and wind. They go on easier and aren't as messy on shaved legs.

One vote for going hairless into winter.

Fredrico
my 2 y/o saw me shaving my legs ....SIZE16
Sep 27, 2002 9:29 AM
she told me that i looked pretty and i did a good job !!!!!!!
Just needs to start earliermmquest
Sep 27, 2002 8:59 AM
I have been shaving since I was 14 and, after having to try rather hard to convince my mother, haven't really had any problems since. Its just part of who I am and no one really says anything. I don't think most people even notice.

And yes...I have been shaving my legs for longer than I have been shaving my face!
My wife helped the first time! (nm)TrekFurthur
Sep 27, 2002 10:16 AM
Just tell her it's a cover for your crossdressing habit...... ;)joekm
Sep 27, 2002 11:32 AM
Just in time for halloween and the fall fashion season too.... ;)