A Thoughtful Birthday Present the Braun Series 7 790cc

I was stuck on what to give as a gift for my brother. This is the guy who has everything: a nice car, a home entertainment system, and a set of Apple products. So, what could I buy him for his birthday that he would appreciate, yet not already have?

It seems like this is the problem of every woman who must buy a gift for a man. The last time I was over at his place I had a quick look around. What did he need? I didn’t want to buy him something boring like towels, yet that seems like something that everyone can always use. So, I had a peek in the bathroom.

On the counter was a dinghy and very old electric razor. What a brilliant idea! Men are often hesitant in tossing out something that still works, yet I was sure I could find the perfect men’s cordless and rechargeable electric razor for him. I didn’t want to be cheap, so I settled on a purchase price of $150.

The Braun Series 7 790cc is an electric foil-style razor for men. This kit also comes with a clean and charge station, taking the chore of maintenance away. This was the best electric razor for a gift. It’s packed full of features.

The electric razor is made in a medium grey casing, with a flexible shaving head. There is a circular button on the lower half which lights up when turned on. The razor is built with Braun’s intelligent sonic technology that actually speeds up the power over thicker stubble. It can work up to 1000 micro-vibrations per minute.

The electric razor head has three rows of cutting blades. One of these is an ActiveLift trimmer that can actually lift up flat-lying hairs and trim them off. Often this can be a problem for men in the neck and chin area. There are also two OptiFoil cutters on either side. They will trim hair as short as 0.5mm which is not discernible to the eye. Braun has the claim no other razor can get this close.

The clean and charge station is in pure black with a stripe of blue at the base, and a blue button. This station takes special five-action cleaning cartridges that are full of solution. This works to clean and lubricate your razor. Once that process is done, the unit will charge up your razor and prepare it for another week of shaving.

This razor has one unique feature at the bottom that I haven’t seen on any other types of razors. The base is flat and you can flip it over to view a battery power indicator. This tells you how much power you have consumed/how much power is left, until you need to plug it in for recharging again.

Another neat feature the Braun Series 7 790cc has is that there are three different shaving modes. You can adjust these for a sensitive shave, regular, or high-powered.

This was the perfect gift for my brother because the Braun Series 7 790cc can achieve in one stroke what other razors can do in two. I’m sure that he could appreciate how he could get ready faster in the morning.

On his birthday, my brother was extremely happy with his Braun Series 7 gift. The true test would be to visit the following week to see if he had tossed it in the drawer, or was really using it. That week I peeked in his bathroom and his new Braun Series 7 790cc electric foil razor and clean and charge station was set up on the counter! His old razor was nowhere in sight.

Get Your Kicks on Route 66

Anyone alive in 1946 to 1980 likely has heard the Nat King Cole song “Get Your Kicks on Route 66”. This song was composed by Bobby Troop and has been recorded by many popular musicians throughout the years. This song was done in rhythm and blues style and the lyrics are based directly on the old route that went through the USA, from Chicago, Illinois, to Los Angeles, California, and included eight different states. Today, portions of Route 66 remain merely as a remembrance.

According to the song the correct way to pronounce the road is “Route Six Six”, and not “Sixty-Six”. This road has also had many other nicknames, including Will Rogers Highway, the Mother Road, and the Main Street of America.

The road was created in 1926, and road signs were added in 1927. This is perhaps the most famous highway in America, taking people from the popular city of Chicago to the favored land of opportunity in California.

In between the two main cities the route originally ran through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, before stopping in Santa Monica, California, which is right beside LA.

The road covered a greater portion of the USA with 2448 miles/3940 kilometres. The road became popularized in pop culture with Nat King Cole’s song, as well as a Route 66 TV show in the 60s.

Route 66 was a popular way for people to escape the Dust Bowl states in the 30s. Terrible dust storms ravaged many farms, causing dead crops and unbearable living conditions. This forced people to seek enterprise elsewhere. As a result, all towns along the route experienced a boosted economy, even during the depression years.

The highway was mostly flat but did have a few dangerous section. It was also a popular trucking route. Route 66 was likely the instigator for the mom-and-pop style of businesses that exist today along every freeway and road, including service stations and restaurants.

The early highway was not paved, it was merely gravel or graded dirt. It was finally paved in 1938. Despite the flatness of the roads, there were several steep and sharp curves that resulted in the nickname “Bloody 66”. Work was done over the years to make the highway safer.

The section outside Oatman, Arizona was particularly bad with its steepness and sharp curves. Motorists would actually hire drivers to take them safely past this section.

Route 66 was eventually removed from the highway system in 1985, being replaced by the Interstate Highway System. However, certain portions of the road have been preserved, particularly in Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Arizona. This has been named the “Historic Route 66”. Some cartography companies have even been adding the Historic Route 66 to their new maps.

Other states have followed, and have named their historic sections of the route as “State Route 66”.

Route 66 has a long, interesting history. If you ever have the opportunity, you should look up where the old Route 66 roads are and see if any are still open to traffic.