December 2008 archive

To the moon, Fisher!

Fisher Space PenIn my last blog entry, Pen Junkie, I asked, “What’s cooler than that??” of the Uni-Ball Signo Bit 0.18 pen.  A pen that can write legibly on a grain of rice is going to be mighty hard to top, but I think I’ve found a contender in the Fisher Space Pen. My friend, Pax, visited the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas a few months ago and brought one of these pens home for me.  Good man.  He knows my penchant to all things stationery.

The cartridge of the Space Pen is pressurized with nitrogen, which means it doesn’t rely on gravity to make it work. It is dependable in freezing cold and desert heat, and it can write underwater and upside down.  Just as I don’t have a need for writing on a grain of rice with the Signo Bit, I’m not sure I have an actual need for writing underwater.  I also somehow doubt I’ll be visiting the Russian Vostok Station in Antarctica (-129 degrees F on July 21, 1983) or El Azizia, Libya (136 degrees F on Sept 13, 1922).  But I do live in Florida, which feels like Africa hot to me since I was raised in Germany.

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Pen Junkie

I am a pen junkie.  Actually, it’s much bigger than that.  I’m a stationery/office supply/anything to do with paper/writing junkie.  In high school I aspired to become an administrative assistant because they got to file, organize, fill out forms, type, staple, 3-hole punch…well, you get the picture.  And when I was even younger, my cousin and I would play office all summer long.  Some people played doctor…I played office.  Unlike other kids, I loved the “Back to School” season because it meant new notebooks, pens, pencils and pencil cases.  While other girls were coveting the newest fashions and proclaiming nothing came between them and their Calvin’s, I was busy checking out the latest models of Parkers, Bics and Paper Mates.

Today I have more pens than I can possibly use in this lifetime.  The number of journals I have is staggering – most of which are empty vessels waiting for their turn to hold some great secret or “The Next Best Novel”.  If you were to look in my desk drawer you’d find countless clips, push pins, post-it notes and thingamafloggies all neatly organized.  I don’t use half the stuff, but I like to look at them and organize them.  Sometimes it’s by color and sometimes it’s by type.  Sick, I know.  Places like Office Depot, Staples, and Office Max are some of my favorite places to shop.  I can easily waste away an hour just browsing the isles.  My newest favorite find is the on-line store JetPens.  I’ve spent so much money there in the past 3 months that I should own stock!  Seriously.

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