I guess I was preparing for a pen shortage?

Earlier this week while reviewing my pen stash (I like to take things into work and taunt my boss with them, she's a fellow junkie) I noticed how many generic ballpoint pens I had. It was really ridiculous, I actually thought to myself "has my habit gotten so bad that I resorted to saving logo pens from the bank?"

I am pleased to report that I have cleaned out my stash and now only possess pens that are of some personal value to me.

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Where are they?

So like, what did you do with them? Huh? Where are they? Huh. Huh. Tell me. Tell me...

Generic ballpoints

I tried to avoid buying generic ballpoints, although I'd usually still have one or two to give out when I didn't expect the pen back. Then, my father in law gave me about 20-30 cheap papermate ballpoints that he didn't have a use for. I think those pens have a habit of finding you, they want a nice loving home next to the affluent gel pens.

Kind of like...

the cat who sits outside the patio door, watching your pampered felines enjoying the comfort of regular meals, warm beds, and loving petting. It wants to be insode, too, and join the fawning adoration bestowed on your fuzzy companions!

Good owners always seem to attract the downtrodden.


and that's how we ended up with eight cats.

How is it that they show up on my doorstep? Can they smell the cat food from outside? I know I can for the occasional canned item, ugh. Do they smell other cats and gravitate in the direction? Is it because I don't chase them off or try to run them down like other neighbors do?

odd you mention that about cats...

We had neighbors that paid more attention to their cars than their cats. Always working on fixing up some car in their garage. Their cat would often come over when we were outside in the yard and rub up on my legs and want petting.

Then one day my wife and I were out for a walk and this cat was somewhere else in the neighborhood at least a 3 or 4 blocks away! The cat recognized us and started following us. I think it had just wandered off and didn't seem to know where it was. So we walked home with the cat following us the whole time. It didn't want to cross the street to get back home so we had to pick it up and carry it across the street. We got the cat back to its rightful home, but the owners weren't home at the time. They have long since moved out of the neighborhood, taking the cat with them, I assume.


Don't assume anything!

Learned that lesson long ago.

And I've seen far too many pets left behind by owners who moved away without them!

the cat isn't around any more

I'm only assuming they took the cat with them because I haven't seen it around since they moved. Unfortunately, it seems to have been replaced with a neighborhood skunk! I've never seen it but there have been two nights in the last month or so we didn't dare go outside because of the smell.


But does the skunk follow

But does the skunk follow you home? :)

pen avalanche

I used to go to a couple of library conferences per year. One thing the vendors love to give out are pens. They would range from nasty little sticks with logos to really really nifty pens in boxes. Junky, gimmicky, quality -- I couldn't resist any of them.

It only took a couple of years before my SO declared that pens were no longer allowed unless they were TRULY unique. And that included the multi-color light rotating pens. (though those do make excellent night-lights when nieces and nephews visit!)

I've been away from the conference circuit for a few years now, and that combined with a rigorous campaign of throwing away pens we don't like, mean that pens are now back on the allowed list.

Thank goodness!
I'm grateful, JetPens is grateful, Levengers is grateful, Bertrams Inkwell is grateful...
Guess I still better be careful. :)

There is a museum

for floaty pens. It's part of the squished penny museum. No kidding. It's for real. So, if it gets too out of control, open a museum and treat pen acquisitions as a work expense.

"We can't afford any more free pens!"

Sounds like something that happened between my wife and I a couple months back. She was complaining about all the pens we had around the house - many of them free ones I picked up at conferences. She said "We can't afford any more free pens!" It had just happened that day I had read about the Pilot G2 pens and decided to buy a pack to try them out. Whoops!

It turned out what had happened was I had been buying the cheapest pens I could find trying to find ones I liked because I thought my wife would object to me spending a lot of money on pens. My wife couldn't understand why we had all these cheap junky pens around. Some of them don't even work! After talking about it, I found she didn't really care if I spent some money on pens, as long as I didn't buy a bunch of pens I don't use, or go WAY over board. A pack of G2's or Pilot Varsity pens? Fine! $20 fountain pen? Fine. 100 pack of ball point for $10 or a $200 fountain pen? NO WAY!

I have no pens of sentimental value so any that don't work, I just toss. Any that work but I don't like went into the yard sale we had and I donated the rest. So now all the pens I have left are ones I like. The Pilot G2's, a few other gel pens and ball point pens that work well, and a couple fountain pens I bought. I'd much rather have a dozen nice pens than a hundred junky ones!