Bald Guyz for bald guys

I get asked to try products and review things all the time and I normally say “no” to everything.  About a year and a half ago I was asked to try some products specifically designed for guys who enjoy the bald look (not necessarily “balding” guys). Since this directly appealed to me, I decided to try them and ended up really enjoying them, so I decided to leave a banner on my blog. Other than the initial four product samples, I wasn’t paid for anything…I just felt the product was really good.

I was considering getting rid of it a few weeks ago. I mean, my readers (for the most part) aren’t bald people so I wondered what the point to keeping it after a year even was.

Then I got a comment from “Brian” asking me about shipment costs to Canada being extremely high.  I figured this would be the end and I’d dump the banner…after all, I’m Canadian first and foremost so if this product can’t be shipped here for a reasonable cost, then why bother?

I sent an email to Bald Guyz and got a response less than 24 hours later (you can see the reply in the comments below). Not only was I impressed with the customer service, I was also impressed with their resolution to the issue.

So here again is the initial post I made over a year ago telling fellow baldies about this pretty sweet product line.

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I got an email awhile back asking if I’d be interested in promoting a line of products designed for bald men.  I gotta be honest…I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to just throw an advertising banner somewhere on my main page for the sake of just doing it.

So I told them that I wasn’t entirely sure I’d put a banner on my blog without at least trying the products first.

I received a box of Bald Guyz products in my mail just over a week ago. As I took the products out of the box, I was still a bit unconvinced that these products would actually work.

It’s been a week of trying out the products and here is what I’ve found:

The “Clear Shave Gel” is giving me the smoothest shaves my head has ever had.  Period. Even Sunshine noticed this past weekend when she rubbed my head 24-hours after I shaved it and said she could tell a noticeable difference.  So that’s definitely a plus.  I have found, however, that my head has been breaking out a little bit more than it usually does.  I don’t know, though, if it’s the shave gel or one of the other products…but in the interest of being a fair reviewer I thought I’d at least mention it.

Now this product is pretty interesting. I’ve been using it as an “after-shave gel” once I’m out of the shower and my head has been shaved.  For guys out there that shave their heads (especially in the shower like me), they can sometimes find that the skin can get very dry once out of the shower.  I really find this gel works great.  So well, in fact, that I’ve even used it in some cases around my face where it’s become extremely dry and it has really worked great.  It’s a bit sticky…kind of like aloe gel, but I’m definitely a fan.

I gotta be honest…this is one I’m not 100% sure of. Am I supposed to wash my head before or after I shave it?  The directions do not specify.  And it’s a clear and runny liquid, so I find myself having to be extremely careful with it upon opening.  Because it’s such a runny liquid, I don’t find very much lather happens when I apply it to my scalp…but maybe that’s not necessary with this product.  So I’m not going to say it’s great, but I’m not going to say it sucks, either.  I’m using it and will continue to use it until the container is gone…so maybe it’ll grow on me.

As it happens, I can only wish that I’ve been able to use this product more than I have because the weather around here lately has been TERRIBLE!  But let’s face it…an SPF 30 specifically designed for my bald head has GOT to be a good thing.  I’ve absolutely been the victim of a head-burn before and it ain’t pretty.  In fact, I remember driving around in a car with a sunroof for about 20 minutes a few years ago and STILL got a sunburn…so this product will definitely get some use over the summer.

Okay…so here’s the bottom line.  I like the products.  I’m not going to just say that because they sent them to me because I wouldn’t feel comfortable doing that.  So I’m placing one of their banners on my site.

And yes, I realize that not a lot of guys read blogs…but if you want a quick little gift for your bald-headed significant other, please click on the banner below and pick something up.  The pricing is extremely reasonable and these are products I would buy again in the future.

So thanks to Chris for the opportunity to review and promote Bald Guyz products on my blog.  I’m now a happy consumer.

Confessions from a Cubicle

Confessions from a CubicleSometimes I drift off at work a bit. It’s not like I actually fall asleep or anything…I just let my mind wander. But sometimes on a break or during lunch I’ll hear or read something online that sticks with me.

What I do is just jot something down and then finish these thoughts once I’m home. I haven’t done one of these in about a year and had a few minutes of downtime yesterday, so I decided to throw some thoughts on paper.

– I gotta admit that the X-Factor absolutely has me hooked. It’s a shame that more people aren’t getting into it more because it really combines the best of all other singing competitions and wraps it up into one big package. Of course, the UK version was the original that American Idol was based off of, so it’s not like this is a rip-off of anything else. This show is unique and fun and has a TON of talent. My pick to win it all is Josh Krajcik, but I’m not so sure after seeing the awful song choices his mentor, Nicole Scherzinger, gave her team last night. Hopefully his talent will overcome the poor music choices.

– Don’t ask me why, but for some reason Ankle Biter is totally into LMFAO right now. He has spent the last three months listening to “Party Rock Anthem” almost non-stop and watching the video a few hundred thousand times (he likes the “dancing zombies”). Now it’s time for the second single, and as soon as The Ex told him the song on the radio was by the same group who did “All Day Shufflin” (what he calls the first song), he went nuts for the song. Now I can’t NOT play it every single moment he’s sitting in my car. I can’t lie and say the song is terrible, though…so at least there’s that. It’s just weird to hear my five-year-old tell me that he’s “sexy and I know it”.

– So what does a Hollywood actress do when she’s broke and washed-up before aged 30?  Well, if you’re Lindsay Lohan you pose naked for Playboy to  the tune of almost one million dollars. I’m sorry, people…I know she has addiction issues and everything, but she’s also a talentless bimbo who thumbs her nose at the world because she’s a celebrity. I’m just waiting for the day when she FINALLY comes crashing back to earth and realizes that the world owes her nothing…that she needs to be in charge of her own life and make something of herself without relying on the paparazzi.

– How is it that KISS and Rush aren’t even NOMINATED for the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame, yet this year the noms include The Cure, Eric B & Rakim, The Spinners, Donna Summer, and War.  Wait…are you trying to tell me that The Cure has been more successful and more influential in the history of rock music (or the last 30 years of music, period) than either KISS or Rush??? No offense to Cure fans, but please…it’s ridiculous. I don’t get it…I really don’t. Mind you, this year includes nominations for the Beastie Boys, Guns’n’Roses, Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. So I guess all isn’t lost.

– I haven’t seen a good movie in a movie theatre in a very long time. The last movie I saw in the theatres was The Smurfs, which was cute but not great. Sunshine suggested that we go to a movie this weekend…but I don’t see anything great playing that would make me want to dish out a ton of money. Puss ‘N’ Boots, maybe…but I don’t want to have to deal with the kiddies on opening weekend. And what’s worse is that I don’t see any movies coming up that even tickle my fancy except for Sherlock Holmes 2. I didn’t even care for the summer blockbusters from this year (Green Lantern was “meh” and Transformers 3 was horrible). Is it just me?  Where have all the good movies gone?

My Dad Is Engaged

Yeah…read that title and let it soak in.

So for those keeping score, it was June when I mentioned that dad was now dating somebody. At the time I thought that four months after mom’s passing was a bit too soon to be jumping in to the dating world (especially after 40+ years of marriage), but I was okay with things because dad’s happiness came first.

So here it is only four months later and dad told me at lunch on Sunday that he had proposed and that she had accepted.

Wow.

I knew he was going to do it, though. He had told me a few weeks ago that he had planned to do it (hell…he told me two months ago that he was going to do it at Christmas), so the only surprise was that he did it last week instead of this week (it’s her birthday and that was his idea of a “great gift”).

So why the rush?  I don’t know…I really don’t, but I have my theories.

They are both 65 so they feel like time is fleeting and thus don’t want to waste time that they may end up not having. They are both widowed and feel like since they get along really well and can relate on certain levels (i.e. talking about the other person’s spouse who has passed away) that this must be the “real thing”.

And dad, simply put, is trying to replace mom so he doesn’t have to feel pain anymore.

This is why I’m backing dad on the relationship. This is why I spent 30 minutes on Sunday trying to calm down my little brother, who was livid over the suggestion that they were getting married in the spring because, for him, getting married so soon was simply inappropriate. He was ready to punch out my dad at one point. I talked to him and then talked to my dad…and eventually they got together and hugged it out with tears. My dad is now going to wait to get married until either my little brother has moved out of the house after graduation (he’s 17) or feels comfortable with the situation (unlikely, but possible).

Dad then told me that he was taking her down to Florida this weekend for an entire week…completely last minute…to celebrate the engagement. She’s never been to Florida and dad wants to take her to all the places he loves to go…Disney, Sea World, that huge flea market down in Daytona. Pretty much all the places that he and mom used to go.

And that’s the kicker. That’s why I’ll support his decision making process regardless of how wildly inappropriate I may think the timing may be. He’s absolutely trying to replace mom in his life…in all areas…and I’m okay with that. I know what’s going on, even if he doesn’t. He doesn’t realize what he’s doing and he feels like he’s in love with her…so who am I to argue that point with him? If doing this makes him happy and makes it so that he can go through a few more years of happiness, then I’ll support him 100%.

Sure, it’s awkward knowing that my dad is engaged before me (my divorce papers are in the mail, people) but it’s not about me…which is something I tried to explain to my little brother.  Dad is hurting…he’s grieving…he feels empty inside. Being with this new woman (I really need to come up with a name for her) helps that. And I believe that his thought process is that if they’re married, she can’t just up and leave him…so he won’t be lonely for the rest of his days.

This whole thing is surreal. I’m still processing things. But it’s happened whether I like it or not…so I need to either jump on the bandwagon or watch it go off without me.

I’ve decided that I’ve got my dad’s back, regardless of whether I agree with things or not.

My Fantasy Football Team: Week Seven

I rebounded last week with a pretty impressive win, bringing my record up to a 2nd-place-in-the-league 4-2.

Then came this past weekend…

I knew it was going to be tough. I had FIVE (count ’em…FIVE) of my starters on a bye week, so I wasn’t expecting a ton of points from the back-ups.

I was disheartened by Jay Cutler, who I put in my line-up in place of Tom Brady. I mean…really? You couldn’t get more than 10 points for me? Then Willis McGahee got hurt. Then my Jets only got me six point. Then that Carolina tight end decided he didn’t want to play at all.

But the most disappointing for me was the BRUTAL performance by Miles Austin in a big-time Dallas win over the hapless Rams. Dude only caught two passes for sixteen yards. That’s it. 16. I was floored when I saw his stats. And the sad part was that I really needed him to perform well, too.

Yes, I realize that I could VERY easily claim that going up against Arian Foster’s 41.40 points would have been an insurmountable odd to overcome. The problem is that even if Foster didn’t play, I still would have lost the week…so there’s no point in crying about it.

I’ve got a couple of waiver requests in place for this week. The Jets defense is on a bye and I’m not sold on my current back-up, the Patriots, so I’m trying to pick up Detroit in a nice match-up (going up against a Denver team that allowed SEVEN sacks last weekend). I’m also going to try to get David Akers back (I had to drop him this week because he was on a bye).

Returning to the line-up next week will be Tom Brady, Jeremy Maclin, Ahmad Bradshaw, and Rob Gronkowski…so I really think my team is looking up if the waivers go through.

So wish me luck. I’m still doing okay at 4-3 but I’d be in pretty good shape for the playoffs with a two or three game winning streak.

It’s a little bit funny

It’s a little bit funny…

…how there are “real” people from my life who read this blog. I mean, I always intended for this to remain kind of an anonymous get-away from the realities in my life, but I realize that isn’t always going to be the case. There aren’t many people IRL who know of this blog, but there are some. In fact, one of them bumped into me at the grocery store on Friday night and asked how I was doing because he was concerned. It was a bit weird because I had to accept the fact that the blog is “out there” for people to read…so it’s something I need to expect to hear from time to time.

…how much the written word can be taken to heart. I sometimes take for granted the power of my typed-out voice and how, even if I may say something in passing, people take it to mean something much more. While I was in a very “down” mental state last week when I wrote this post, I didn’t realize just how much those words would concern people about me and my welfare. Please know that I’m fine…I was just REALLY depressed to have let Sunshine down in something that was so important to her.

…how little I knew of myself until the past five years or so. I mean, I think I was like most guys…just sputtering through life living it the only way I knew how. It took the failure of my marriage and the unhappiness in my workplace to really help me take a look at myself and find out not only what was wrong, but how to fix it. Last week opened up some old wounds that I thought had been closed, and those are issues that I’ll have to work through in the coming weeks (nothing serious…just the same self-loathing and self-sabotage issues I’ve always been dealing with).

…how much a hornet sting hurts, especially if it’s on the back of the neck. While at the zoo with my son on Saturday, hornets were out in full effect. Apparently one of them didn’t like how I tried to move AWAY from it and decided to sting me. Little bugger. Those things are really aggressive right now (I saw somebody else get stung, too). What the heck?

…how I’ve become the only one in my family, apparently, with the ability to converse without getting into a huge fight. I had to endure a bit of drama yesterday between my little brother and my dad (the reason to be discussed later this week). I ended up talking to each guy individually and smoothed over what was a VERY intense situation…to the point that there were tears and hugs between the two of them only a short time later.  Man…I’m a frickin’ Dr. Drew!!

…this feeling inside. I’m not one of those who can easily hide. I don’t have much money but boy if I did I’d buy a big house where we both could live.

 

Damn straight.

I Want This

This really is an amazingly beautiful story, even though it has a sad ending.

A couple who were married 72 years were…well…read this story from RadarOnline.com and see for yourself.  This is extremely touching and inspirational. What couple wouldn’t want to have this type of life-long love?

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It’s a truly heartwarming tale of eternal love.

Gordon and Norma Yeager were happily married for 72 years before they died last week, just one hour apart, while holding hands, RadarOnline.com is reporting.

The State Center, Iowa couple were in a car accident last Wednesday and both sustained broken bones and injuries that left them in the intensive care unit.

“She was saying her chest hurt and what’s wrong with Dad? Even laying there like that, she was worried about Dad,” the couple’s son, Dennis Yeager, told ABCNews.com. “And his back was hurting and he was asking about Mom.”

As the couple’s condition deteriorated, they were moved into a room together and put into beds side-by-side so they could hold hands. Gordon, 94, passed away at 3:38 p.m. — but what appeared on his monitor shocked his family.

“Someone in there said, ‘Why, then, when we look at the monitor is the heart still beating?'” their daughter, Donna Sheets said. “The nurse said Dad was picking up Mom’s heartbeat through Mom’s hand.”

Dennis added, “And we thought, ‘Oh my gosh, Mom’s heart is beating through him.”

Gordon’s wife Norma, 90, died exactly one hour later.

“Dad used to say that a woman is always worth waiting for,” Dennis said. “Dad waited an hour for her and held the door for her.”

According to family members, Gordon and Norma were married on the day she graduated from high school, just 12 hours after becoming engaged.

“They always did everything together,” Donna said. “They weren’t apart. They just weren’t.”

The loving couple’s obituary lists survivors as 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild in addition to their own children.

“Grandpa and I were talking this summer about all of the people getting divorced for this reason or that and he mentioned that nobody stays together anymore,” their grandson, Randy Yeager, wrote to ABCNews.com in an e-mail.

“I told [him] that my wife Mara and I would never be getting a divorce and he said, ‘That’s because you’re old school, like me!’

“That was one of the greatest compliments I could have ever received and one I will strive to live up to for the rest of my life.”

Gordon and Norma were placed in a casket together, holding hands, and will be cremated with their ashes mixed before the burial.

“All their life has been together,” Donna said. “So, when it came to the funeral home, the family asked, ‘Can we have them put in the casket together holding hands?’ Because that’s the way their life was.”


I Failed

All I had to do was be there for her. All I needed to do was make sure I was there when she needed me.  Instead, in my attempt to come off as the “glorious perfect always-there boyfriend”, I ended up missing the most important part of the entire weekend.

In my attempt to support the woman I love, I completely failed her.

I could come up with excuses, but I won’t. I could go into the details of exactly what prevented me from being at the finish line when she crossed it, but there’s no point now.

I’m going to lay low for a few days and try to wrap my head around why I’m not being the man that she needs right now.  I need to figure out what I have to do to be a better person…why I find myself not only letting her down but letting those close to me down, too…not to mention myself.

What was supposed to be an amazing weekend with a fantastic story about Sunshine’s triumph over her own fears has turned into an extremely unfortunate series of let-downs that took away from her happiness.

I need to take a step back and analyze the situation.