Yesterday I posted “Hygiene Hijinks” in which I posed a series of intrusive questions about personal hygiene habits. One of the astute readers of that post, Melanie at Sparks from a Combustible Mind, commented, “Now where are YOUR answers, sir? I notice you left that part out.” Fair enough. Here are my answers.
I prefer showers. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I took a bath.
I shower every other day, unless I do something physically strenuous and/or sweat a lot, in which case I shower daily or possibly even more than once a day. The good news is that I’m an old man, so I rarely do anything strenuous. And I live in San Francisco, where it’s almost never hot enough to cause me to sweat.
I brush my teeth twice a day, once when I first get up in the morning and once right before I go to bed at night.
I wash my hair every time I take a shower. Well, to be more precise, since I’m mostly bald, I wash my head every time I shower.
I pretty much wash my hands every time after I go to the bathroom.
I wash my hands before eating when I remember to (or when my wife reminds me to, which is more often than when I remember to on my own).
I put on clean underwear every day, even on those days when I don’t take a shower.
I wear jeans maybe three or four straight days before washing them. As to shirts, I may wear them two or three times before tossing them in the hamper.
I have a neatly trimmed beard, but I shave my neck below my beard line two or three times a week. I don’t shave my armpits, legs, or any other parts of my body…ever.
I weigh myself whenever my wife gets worried that our cat is losing weight. She asks me to get on the scale to weigh myself and then hands me the cat to see how much I weigh when I’m holding the cat. Our cat weighs 11.8 pounds.