Further Adventures in Shaving

I just won an eBay auction today for a DE (Double Edged) safety razor that may be older than me!  It's a Gillette Super Speed vintage razor. Here's a few photos of the razor swiped from the auction: 

I also found a site that has a fabulous forum about the topic of shaving and signed up on it today as "Radiotube".  It's called The Shave Den. There are a multitude of shaving enthusiasts that are ready to help you figure out how to better enjoy what many men consider a curse... having to shave.  I admit that ever since switching to a DE razor about four years ago (a Parker 96R), I do enjoy shaving more... and saving tons of money by not having to buy 3,4 or 5 blade cartridges at the store that won't even last but a few shaves. Single blade double edge razors are the way to go for me.  I was ready to try another razor, though so I bid on a vintage razor and now anxiously await its delivery.  

My goal is to eventually find a Gillette Super Speed razor made the same quarter I was born: 4th quarter of 1959.

If you haven't made the switch to shaving this old-fashioned way... consider it. You'll never go back to those multi-blade cartridges again!

Clues in the death of Kreskin

I remember about 15 years ago, when the internet was young... the mentalist known as Kreskin shared with the world an innovative "contest" of sorts (this was around 1999) on his website.  It had within its pages hidden 13 clues in the death of the performer.  I excitedly hunted and tracked down every clue and saved the results to a floppy drive and to my Palm Pilot.  

I've thought about that list every once in a great while and wished I could have located it.  Well, apparently in the transition from my handheld computer to various others during the years since, I must have kept a copy on a USB thumb drive. I just found it again today!  I'm glad to say, I have the 13 clues again that will occur (according to Kreskin) before he can die.  Considering that these haven't happened yet, I'd venture to say he's safe (if his predictions are true).

I now present to you.... the

13 Clues in the Death of Kreskin

  • 1.Three days before I die there will be a serious financial drop.
  • 2.During the month in which I will die a set of twins will begin to make headlines.
  • 3.During the year in which I will die a silver vase rumored to be on the table at the last supper will receive public attention.
  • 4.During the month in which I will die a highly publicized wedding will end in disaster.
  • 5.During the month in which I will die there will be a devastating fire in a New York nightclub.
  • 6.During the month in which I will die four lines in a diary will reveal an astounding insight into the life of a famous rock musician.
  • 7.During the year in which I will die two chests will be found containing a wealth in gold and jewels.
  • 8.One of the key words surrounding my death will rhyme with the word SKY and the word LIGHT.
  • 9.Days before I die a famous sports figure will make headlines with an unprecedented scoring record.
  • 10.During the year that I will die there will be a famous prison escape.
  • 11.During the week in which I will die a famous treaty in Middle East will be signed.
  • 12.During the month in which I will die there will be a fatal disaster in the sky.
  • 13.If there is snow on Sulpicius Day (January 17) you know my end is near.

I wonder if Kreskin still feels that these are valid or if he wants to update them?  Perhaps I'll ask @Kreskin on Twitter.

New QSL Cards from Kiev!

It's hard to believe, but 1000 QSL cards will fit in my mailbox! I just got my new QSL cards from UX5UO today and boy, are they well done!  I love the glossy front  and thick card stock. Gennady will be getting a rave review from me on exceptional quality and service. Excellent work. Now to get on the air!!!


Again, thanks to Gennady Treus for the great job. I will keep you and your family in my prayers that you all stay safe in Ukraine.  

73 de N5PRE, 


Procrastination, or Just Busy?

Good grief! it's been over a year since I posted anything. Well, to be frank, it was a heckuva year in 2013. I wasn't in much of a mood to post because of my job situation. I got laid off from my employer with less than 72 days remaining before my 30th anniversary with them.  Fortunately, they didn't throw me to the curb. I was given a fair severance and the last 60 days of my employment, I was able to search and find a replacement job. It forced me to relocate, however.

Now I am living in Aiken, South Carolina.

It's funny how I just got 500 QSL cards from a printer in China with my Cumming, GA address on them and then find out not long afterward I will be moving to another state!  I didn't immediately replace those cards. I have been somewhat busy with the new job, packing, selling the old house, closing on the new house and life throwing things at me in general that it was a low priority. I only recently got my HF rig back on the air even though I've been in the new house since January.  A few weeks ago, I started looking for a new supplier for QSL cards. I did some research and found Gennady Treus (UX5UO) of Kiev, Ukraine was the best out there. I sent him a preliminary request for a new set of cards using an image familiar to this website, the Radio Active Geek character.  After figuring out that his emails were defaulting to my Spam folder, I was able to respond and offer additional requests for tweaking the design. In spite of the political situation there in Kiev going on currently, Gennady has come up with a good design, I think. I asked him to go ahead and print them. Here's how they'll look on the front:

 N5PRE QSL Card Design (Front)

N5PRE QSL Card Design (Front)

I used the Radio Active Geek theme from my site (drawn by my friend N2EST, Jim Massara of Hamtoons.net ) along with the same font I used in the titles for my site (Comiccrazy) to give it a comic book flair.  Jim started off editing at Marvel and I really like his work. You can see some samples at his other site jimmassara.net.  

The obverse of the card has all the details, including a photo of me, QSO details, the website and even room for a stamp and address.  It looks like this:

 Obverse of N5PRE QSL Card

Obverse of N5PRE QSL Card

If you are interested in obtaining some excellent QSL cards, check out Gennady's site at ux5uoqsl.com and don't forget to also check out Jim Masssara site and commission a unique ham radio related image for yourself also!