FOLLOWING UP ON LAST YEAR’S RAZORBLOGGING, I should note that a couple of weeks ago I got a nice gift — a fancy shaving brush, some upscale brush-style shaving cream, and a razor handle that uses the Gillette Fusion blades I use anyway.

Using the brush is kind of fun, actually, and to my surprise both the Insta-Wife and Insta-Daughter say that it leaves my face noticeably smoother. (Insta-Daughter: “Your five o’clock shadow looks more like two o’clock now.”) I don’t know if it’s because the brush raises up the whiskers or if the overpriced shaving cream is actually worth the money. Either way, it was a nice gift.