TCI Friday works best if you read and weigh in, but which I mean express an opinion, not step on a scale.
I don’t shave my legs, because they are very hairy and doing so lets me in for all manner of complications and displeasures. I also don’t have the time or patience for that, and my wife has expressed the opinion that she doesn’t find it sexy. In the pantheon of people who get to weigh in on my potential sexiness, only one vote really counts, so…hirsute I remain.
Now, if you’ve made it to the second paragraph after that whopper of an opening, you’ll be wondering why I imparted any of that information to you and why you should care. Well, because we’re on the backside of the autumnal equinox and temperatures (at least here in New England) are now in the 40-50F range, it is embrocation season.
What is embrocation? Well, it’s goo. It’s goo you smear on your legs (and maybe other body parts) to keep them warm without recourse to tights or knee warmers or other forms of textile doping. Embrocation is like a liniment crossed with an unguent, not to be confused with ungulate, and there are a variety of embrocations that warm, that cool, that lubricate, that smell nice, etc.
I myself only partake of these body greases sparingly. I have a nice tub of Mad Alchemy Warming Cream and Muscle Rub, which I mostly use on my lower back when I’ve been riding a lot and the sinews there have grown as curmudgeonly as their owner. I don’t really feel cold like most people, so slathering my knees with goo is a much less common solution for me, but I do know people who are great fans of the goo-slathering lifestyle.
This week’s TCI Fridays wonders, “Do you even embro, bro?” I’m sorry. I couldn’t not write that. But seriously, do you have a medicine chest full of creams and unguents, or do you just pull on a pair of knee warmers like a normal person and get on with your business. If you do embro, where do you put it, and how do you get it off once you’re “done with it?”
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