I thought this was pretty neat. For years I carried a "touchstone" in my pocket, a smooth pebble I would rub when I was feeling anxious or nervous. Finally I lost it. One of these might work for that.
This will be my last post until Monday. I hope I haven't seemed off kilter lately—I've been a little under the weather. I'm going into week three of a bad toothache (hyperemic molar), and the pain has been getting me down some. And I'll be distracted come Sunday. This weekend is "our" Super Bowl—the Packers meet their longtime nemeses the Bears for the 182nd time, for the Championship of the NFC. Believe it or not, Packers vs. Bears is the #1 rivalry in American football (meaning, no other two teams have played each other as many times), but this will be only the second time the two have met in the postseason. Nobody paid much attention the first time...that game took place the week after Pearl Harbor. It's only the fourth time both teams have been in the playoffs at once.
My brother and I have a bet—loser buys a round of golf and wears the winner's jersey. Oh, the ignominy*. Go Pack.
Hope everybody has a very nice weekend. This is the #1 weekend of the year for football as far as I'm concerned...the Super Bowl takes second place. Oh, and the touchstone...it's called the Galet, a French word for a round, flat stone, and it's a collaboration between the French silvermaker Christofle and the computer hardware company LaCie. Cute. Available here.
*Actually, I used to live in Chicago and he grew up in Wisconsin, so the rivalry doesn't run quite as deep for us as we like to pretend it does. Go NFC.
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