Dr. Livingstone, I presume?

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Dr. Livingstone, I presume?

Post by churchilllafemme » Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:11 pm

From Smithsonian magazine:

Imagine for a moment that you are Henry Morton Stanley early one morning in 1887, long after his first journey into Africa as a journalist, when he'd become famous by finding the Scottish missionary Dr. Livingstone. You emerge from your tent in the Ituri rain Forest in Africa. It's dark. It's been dark for months. Your stomach, long since ruined by parasites, recurrent diseases and massive doses of quinine and other medicines, is in even worse shape than usual. You and your men have been reduced to eating berries, roots, fungi, grubs, caterpillars, ants and slugs - when you're lucky enough to find them. Dozens of people were so crippled - from hunger, disease, injuries and festering sores - that they had to be left behind at a spot in the Forest grimly referred to as Starvation Camp. You've taken the healthier ones ahead to look for food, but they've been dropping dead along the way, and there's still no food to be found. But as of this morning, you're still not dead. Now that you've arisen, what do you do?

For Stanley, this was an easy decision: shave. As his wife, Dorothy Tennant, whom he married in 1890, would later recall: "He had often told me that, on his various expeditions, he had made it a rule, always to shave carefully. In the Great Forest, in 'Starvation Camp,' on the mornings of battle, he had never neglected this custom, however great the difficulty." Stanley himself once said, "I always presented as decent an appearance as possible, both for self-discipline and for self-respect."
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Post by GA Russell » Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:13 pm

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Post by Squire » Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:55 pm

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Post by fallingwickets » Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:21 pm

i dont shave every day but after reading this maybe i need to reevaluate


no squire, im not going to shave twice a day :lol:
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Post by Rufus » Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:29 pm

There's nothing like a shave every morning and shiny shoes to keep a man's spirits up. My father insisted on both when I was growing up and at boarding school it was no different: a shave every morning when you reached that age and shoe inspection every evening before dinner regardless of age. To this day I follow this regimen regardless of where I am or what the circumstances are.
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Post by ShadowsDad » Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:36 pm


If I'm too busy in the AM for my blade shave (since once again shaving with a blade) my day simply isn't "right". I like to take the time.

If I ever had to go back to carts' I'm certain I'd revert back to shaving every 3 or 4 days.

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Post by Reverend Jim » Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:36 pm

I don't remember who it was that said. "Shaving is like working, If you don't do it every day you look like a bum."

Some one around here is bound to know.
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Post by Captain Pre-Capsize » Fri Nov 25, 2011 6:26 pm

A great story and an inspiration - thanks! As someone who is self-employed I can assure you the past few years have not been easy. It will give me context to keep this story in mind.

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