Welcome to March Madness 2019!! This is the month where we have the chance to try new things, change routines up, compare items in honor of the real March Madness and basically just do what we do! It’s not MAYhem yet, so we’re not looking for that level of insanity, but just the chance to change things up and have some fun. My first March Madness featured a blade tournament pitting Russian steel against the world! This year it’s going to be an entirely different idea. But I think you’ll agree – for me – it will seem MAD! A quick look back at February shows the busiest February in our history! With a short month we won’t break the all-time record, but that’s not really the goal anyway. The goal is for the newbies to learn how to shave, the not so newbies to try new stuff or just improve on what they’ve learned, and the old-timers to cheer the whole group on! We can try a few new things as well! Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? So…..let’s get going with March Madness! Welcome back or welcome for the first time!! 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. Any thematic elements are up to each individual. 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 March Macadamia cookie with some Mocha Mint Ice Cream and meet the gang! Rules are the same people. 1. New Members always welcome. Start anytime. 2. Old Members always welcome. Ok, ok…you’re not old. You’re experienced. 3. Respect everyone 4. Follow the rules of the forum 5. All razor types and styles welcome 6. There is no such thing as a stupid question, or a question that has been asked too many times. If you need to know something just ask! 7. Given the current state of the cold war between the Cartel and the Cookie Rebellion we are still offering donuts as our second option for daily goodies. We’re negotiating for cake – but until the Rebellion loosens up the Ice Cream supply that will be difficult. Negotiations continue. 8. If you are completely at a loss to understand the Cartel, Rebellion, etc ……know that these all fall under the category of “shenanigans”. It’s just another thing we do. Let's have some great shaves! Welcome to March Madness!!! Group hug people!