Gotcha... shave the first pass with a clipper-type electric razor, then the second pass with a regular razor. Shave everywhere, then be ready to keep up the regimen once a week or so. Sounds simple enough... provided it doesn't freak the wife out too much. I'm fine with it, really I am.
I'm going to go the tanning bed route for about a month to give myself a base... remember, I'm heading out on a cruise, so I'll be outside most of the day in the sun (with sunscreen of course). But I'll have a head start on everyone else for the summer! I'll end up looking like this guy! -->