It’s January!!! 2019 has arrived and we’re loaded and ready to go!!! January is always a special month around here because it marks another anniversary of the 30 Day Crew. Our humble beginnings back on January 1, 2015 led to the past four years of shaving knowledge, fellowship, fun and general shenanigans and mayhem. Who knew, right? Four years and still going and growing. I can’t wait to see where we end up at the end of this one. I’m going to post a “State of the Crew” message shortly so I’ll leave a lot of thoughts for that. But just let me say, from Cartel HQ West on the banks of the mighty Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, a huge THANK YOU to you all and here's to our fifth year being even better than the fourth! One programming note – our unofficial theme of the month would be Shavettes – and Jeeves January. If you want to follow the theme feel free. If not, feel free. If partly, feel free. You know how difficult we are to get along with. So, let’s get down to the usual business. Wondering what the heck a 30 Day Rule or Focus is? Well, let’s let the one, the only, the legendary and mystical @Bama Samurai remind us. Please rise and remove your hats and hold your favorite razor aloft in tribute. We’ll pause for a moment of revered silence. The 30 Day Rule (designed to build solid technique or learn new technique) 1 brush, 1 soap, 1 brand of blades, 1 razor, 30 Days. The rule is really that simple. It seems boring, but this is probably the most straightforward way to learn for a brand new shaver. This is the exercise that really allowed me to clearly see the interplay between the four elements. It is highly recommended for newly converted shavers and more experienced shavers who have a problem that defies resolution. This exercise eliminates variables and will likely solve any problem you may have, with a strict scientific approach.Any thing that strays from these simple guidelines is not a rule, but rather a focus (not that there's anything wrong with that!) The 30 Day Focus (more flexible, for exploring and comparing) This is a less rigorous exercise, designed for exploration and comparison of gear and technique. This is the most common exercise on the thread. Generally the elements are rotated one by one to allow clear observation. Examples of focus areas include brush types, blades, soaps, razor variants, or technique foci as a standalone. These are the suggested guidelines, and serve as a starting point for the discussion each month. The theme for January is SHAVETTES!! And, by request, we're also declaring JEEVES JANUARY! If you want to shave along to either or both themes we welcome that. If you choose to do your own thing, we welcome that too. It's your shave – ENJOY IT as you work on technique and knowledge to make all your shaves fantastic. We believe that if you've ever sought a great shave, you have something to offer. And if you're searching for great shaves, we will definitely try to help. If you are new to TSD, I believe you've landed in a great place. Everyone here participating would love to answer your questions and help you get the most from your shaving. We are very glad you're here! So, if you're new, stop in for a cookie and meet the crew. If this is old hat, welcome back, and let's rock another month out! Rules are the same people. 1. New Members always welcome. Start anytime. 2. Old Members always welcome. (Don’t like being considered “old”? Too bad, I know your birthdate.) 3. Respect everyone 4. Follow the rules of the forum 5. All razor types and styles welcome 6. Ask questions about anything you are unsure of or need help with! Let's have some great shaves people! Welcome to the FOURTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!!!!!!! Group hug people!