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Bart Torfs (Bart)
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From: Belgium
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This thread is starting to sound like an AA-meeting...;)
I don't do narcotics myself, too much a control freak I guess. I've been really drunk a couple of times between the age of 15 and 18. Then I decided it wasn't for me. I just get very very tired from alcohol. I don't seem to have that "having fun" window that most people seem to display before they enter the sleepy stage.
But I like beers and other alcoholic beverages from a culinary viewpoint. I ran a beer specialized pub from 1992 till 1997. (It still exists today) We carried about 100 different beers, mostly Belgian. There is no country more densely packed with (micro)breweries worldwide than Belgium, and you won't find a wider variety of different styles anywhere. I can talk about beers all day and then about whisky and Calvados all night. :D But I'm not going to bore you guys with that right now.
Cigars is another culinary passion. I smoke about 1 every fortnight. Only the premium brands. A good cigar has to be worth the health risk.:lol:

Dave, I sympathize with your health condition. I hope it transgresses at the slowest possible rate, or rather not at all. Life seems to offer you unique perspectives, and I'm glad to have you around.

Actually, I'm glad to have you all around. We seem to be a very colorful bunch around, here in the Cafeteria, and still it is very obvious to me that we have more in common that just shaving "straight" and honing on a Coticule. I imagine it takes a particular type of character to take that route for shaving, an activity that most people find rather trivial.

Gary, I can't wait to hear more about the history of your barber store, but that you already know.


If any of you guys ever come to visit Belgium, don't hesitate to let me know. It would be my honor to offer a roof and a bed for a couple of nights. That offer comes with free Belgian beers.:) And a honing session B)

Cheers,
Bart.
Then the light shone, trumpets sounded and I got to the other side, where men shave with smiles on their faces, razors pop hairs, and a continuous choir singing «~~Keen and Smooth~~» is heard everywhere. (Matt)
2009-11-02 11:12
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justin
From: United States
Posts: 241
Great posts everyone. :thumbup:

I'm pretty much in the same boat as you Bart. I grew up in a small town, and everyone in my school was a pothead. I didn't care for it though, it just didn't do it for me. As for alcohol, I love it, but I don't like taking it to the point that some people do. :thumbdown: Lately I've taken an interest in cigars; I'd really like to try one. Bart, you think you could recommend me a first cigar? Where can you buy singles online?

iconBart:
Actually, I'm glad to have you all around. We seem to be a very colorful bunch around, here in the Cafeteria, and still it is very obvious to me that we have more in common that just shaving "straight" and honing on a Coticule. I imagine it takes a particular type of character to take that route for shaving, an activity that most people find rather trivial.


This is something I think about sometimes. I really like how forums bring together such a diverse group of people. It would never happen in real life. Would you guys ever hang out with a young dude like me? Would I ever hang out with an ancient dude like Ralfy? I'd probably give Ralfy one look and think, "Man, that guy looks ancient. And he was probably in a bike gang. Why would I hang out with him?". :lol:

iconBart:

If any of you guys ever come to visit Belgium, don't hesitate to let me know. It would be my honor to offer a roof and a bed for a couple of nights. That offer comes with free Belgian beers.:) And a honing session B)

Cheers,
Bart.


Cheers mate,
Justin
2009-11-02 17:02
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davek
Posts: 12
Our ancient looks are mysteriously hiding a wealth of life experiences.

And yes I would hand out with a young dude! Actually I still feel like a young dude even at 51 :lol:
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2009-11-02 17:24
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Dr Ralfson Bwhahaha (tat2Ralfy)
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iconjustin:
Would I ever hang out with an ancient dude like Ralfy? I'd probably give Ralfy one look and think, "Man, that guy looks ancient. And he was probably in a bike gang. Why would I hang out with him?". :lol:



Heres one of me, needing a little quiet time at work.



Bwhahahahaha

Seriously though, it would be a pleasure to meet up with any of you guys, I guess 1 of the benefits of forums is that we dont get to see the other members, I only know what Sir Bart looks like because of His BBW video and the write up He did about his visit to the quarry

Justin, would you believe Sir Bart and I are the same age!
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2009-11-03 09:02
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justin
From: United States
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But Bart looks so young! Bart, anyone ever tell you you look like Le Comte de Monte Cristo? :lol: Reminds me of the Modern Library Clasics cover art. :lol: Nice stache, by the way.

Do you longboard Ralfy?
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2009-11-03 21:38
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Dr Ralfson Bwhahaha (tat2Ralfy)
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Hold on! how do you know what I look like Justin :confused:

iconjustin:
Do you longboard Ralfy?


I did every now and again, I still have my Lush its beautiful, but about 5 yrs ago I had a big "off", long story but heres the highlights:

Divorce
Girlfriend
Break up
Time alone
Holiday
Big off
Bad Ribs
Friends 21st
Blown Engine ('69 beetle)
Broken Cellphone
Lost
last £3.50 (I stil have it)
Rescued
Visit Old Friend on way home
Still have pain

Wonderful adventure mate
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2009-11-03 22:29
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davek
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Hey Justin, I wanted to let you know that ancient dudes can also rip up the pavement. I have over 10 different boards. I'm not a skate park guy, but I love to carve down nice long hills! I've been skating since 1977. I'd wager that you were not yet born when I got my first Gordon and Smith Proline 300 with red krypt wheels and ... what were those trucks? Loosing memory. OK I might be an ancient dude:w00t:
Dave
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2009-11-03 23:05
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Bart Torfs (Bart)
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From: Belgium
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iconjustin:
But Bart looks so young! Bart, anyone ever tell you you look like Le Comte de Monte Cristo?

Nope, you're the first to bring up the Count. People used to tell me I looked just like Frank Zappa (I used to wear my hair longer and sport a soul patch). But since it started to turn gray, my wife prefers a shorter haircut. Same reason I started shaving more regularly a few years ago. Gray stubble looks so scruffy.
I'm 40 by the way, that's why I look still young...:D

Bart.
Then the light shone, trumpets sounded and I got to the other side, where men shave with smiles on their faces, razors pop hairs, and a continuous choir singing «~~Keen and Smooth~~» is heard everywhere. (Matt)
2009-11-03 23:14
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davek
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Bart, I am liking you more each day! I wish I could of seen you with the stash and soul patch. Many people have a strange misconception about Frank Zappa. I enjoy his music. Mary and I have seen several world premiers of his classical compositions at the Disney Center in Los Angeles. Frank is also consistently ranked in the top 10 guitar players of all times. Dead at 52; guys, not to be preachy (again) but, regular prostate exams are important:cry:
Cheers,
Dave
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2009-11-04 02:48
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Dr Ralfson Bwhahaha (tat2Ralfy)
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icondavek:
guys, not to be preachy (again) but, regular prostate exams are important:cry:
Cheers,
Dave


How very true
You wouldnt believe how hard it was to convince my Alicia that She had a prostrate :lol: :lol: :lol:
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2009-11-04 03:00
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Jantjeuh
From: Belgium
Posts: 81
I'm a little late to join this conversation, however I completely agree. I know my grandfather used a straight each sunday. And my dad told me the guy had one stone and one strop. I didn't know what stone and all that, but anyway, so then I arrive on internet and start looking for that stone. Turns out, apparently I need to spend my month's salary to buy the 5 hones and pastes and films (the bare minimum) to get my razor honed.

How the flipping heck did my grandfather ever afford those? And still he claimed to my dad that it was the best shave he got (every sunday before going to church the poorer people would shave at home, the richer people would buy a razor, and take it to the barber for a shave on sunday before church, fun fact). So he must have been doing something right with that darn single stone.

My luck was that I read Bart's article on srp and noticed he used only coticule and a BBW (which is a cheap stone anyway). More luck struck when Bart invited me to have the razor fixed and he would show me how it worked, yay :w00t: As you can guess, he had quite some stones on the table, yet, correct me if I'm wrong Bart, you honed almost all the time on a damn coticule :scared:

Got myself that coticule, and still do what he showed and explains on this site. To be honest, I have no clue what grit rates I go through when adding water, but for some reason, my razor shaves hair. Though the HHT does not seem to work for me :blush:
2009-11-06 11:21
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Jantjeuh
From: Belgium
Posts: 81
I just noticed that this thread went way off topic and my reply completely disrupts the conversation, oh well, carry on :D
2009-11-06 11:30
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Bart Torfs (Bart)
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From: Belgium
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Great story, Jan.

It's always fun to have someone over for eh, a honing lesson. As a matter of fact, a fellow straight shaver just left less than an hour ago. His Coticule in one hand and his both razor (now HHT positive) in his other hand, a big smile on his face.

He sat on the same chair as you did, although there were only Coticules on the table this time (and one DMT-600 later on to fix some chips missing at the edge of a Thiers Issard).:)

Don't worry about the HHT, if the shaves are nice. It's only one possible method to probe the edge while honing (the article is in the Sharpening Academy).

You should drop by again, sometime,
Bart.
Then the light shone, trumpets sounded and I got to the other side, where men shave with smiles on their faces, razors pop hairs, and a continuous choir singing «~~Keen and Smooth~~» is heard everywhere. (Matt)
2009-11-06 13:14
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Jantjeuh
From: Belgium
Posts: 81
I'd like that too, I'll save up a razor just for that occasion then :)
2009-11-06 14:22