Little things that we take for granted
it is not obvious until they are missed
Daily musings #609- Sunday, 2 October 2022
I packed a regular toothbrush for my trip as my powered toothbrush would require a converter to charge and that would be an additional hassle to carry. I also found a couple of replaceable blades for my old Schick having stick so I thought why not use these up during the travel? So these went into my travel pack with good old regular toothbrushes for the trip.
But what a bad idea they were. I realized this the moment I started using them. For nearly the last ten years I have been using powered toothbrushes - both from Philips and Oral-B. These two brands have done so much to improve oral and dental hygiene with these products. Going back to manual toothbrushes was such a backward step. My teeth and gums did not feel clean enough in spite of trying vigorously. So after my week in Poland, the moment I landed in India I was on Amazon ordering a Philips USB charger-based toothbrush which got added back to my routine yesterday. Poof. What a problem solved? Feel alive again. Literally by the mouthful.
Not so lucky with my shaving. The invention by Gilette and others to add an additional single blade had helped me trim a straight line on my sideburns while I shaved. The 5-blade head struggles with doing this every time I shave. These are the types of little inventions that one can’t live without, especially once you started using them and after a while, they became table stakes in your everyday life. These blades that I packed, I am going to live with them, run them out over the next few weeks and then I can move back to the habits that I take for granted, once home.
What a little pain in the @$$ these are. And you don’t know it until you are faced with the reality of not having these around.