Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Write Stuff

It seems that anywhere I go where they have pens or some other kind of swag to offer, I will go ahead and grab me one/some. Over the years I reckon I've gotten a few as you see here. This bout of anal retentiveness was prompted by my young niece asking me if I had a pencil she could use. I went to the drawer and managed to find one (I only had 3). After sharpening said pencil for her with one of my 2 pencil sharpeners (Wil loves him some office supplies, I am fully stocked at all times!) I decided it would be a good time to go through my pens and such.

Note the gold pen right under the keyboard.  That is my Cross Metropolis, the "signature" pen, if you will, of Wil Harrison

So I proceed to go through all of them one by one.  All were tested to see if they still worked, only lost 5 or 6.  As you can see on the left we also segregated the dastardly red pens and right above them the aforementioned 3 pencils.  I did NOT go so far as to separate the blacks from the blues, I do have some restraint, occasionally.  And now here comes the exciting part of this post!  The "notable" finds:


I can't believe I still have one of these.  I've had this Holiday Inn pencil since I worked there in 1985.  Yep, 30 years and 14 moves, still got it.  But wait, that's not all!  


The pen shown above dates back to 1977!  It is from the "Woodcliff General Store" my family owned in Georgia.  Short story:  Back in 1976 or so my parents decided that they wanted to own their own business and thought it would be a good idea to sell our house in Crestwood and open a store near my Mom's family down in Georgia where she was from.  It wasn't.  The store closed after a whole year or so and we were back up here in Blue Island just over 2 years after we left for Georgia.  But hey, at least I got this pen!  

Now see, wasn't that fascinating and fun?   I ask you, what's in your drawers?

Friday, July 17, 2015

RIP Jules Bianchi


Sad news out of Japan tonight that Jules Bianchi, 25, has succumbed to injuries sustained in a horrifying accident during the F1 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka back in October.  He suffered massive head injuries when his car slid under a tractor that was off the track assisting another driver that had crashed previously.  I was watching the race live that morning and the camera angle they were on didn't even really catch what had happened, all anyone saw was a blur and the tractor bouncing in the air.  After a few minutes the commentators figured out what had happened and they went to the other camera angle and everyone was stunned.  You could tell right away that this was a very serious crash.

Jules had been in a coma ever since and today his fight ended.  This is a terribly sad end to a very promising career and a very promising young life.  He is the first F1 driver to die in a race or because of injuries sustained in a race since the great Ayrton Senna was killed in 1994 at Imola.

I include video of the Jules Bianchi crash below for those who haven't seen it. It is not graphic but it is disturbing.


My thoughts and best wishes go out to the Bianchi family.  Jules will be missed by many. 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Culinary Wil


Mmm. Mostaccioli from Beggar's.  So good!  


And Wil bakes too!  Cornbread.  Yeah, I like. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Cyanide & Happiness


This made me seriously LOL. If you don't currently subscribe to this, you really should. So sayeth Wil.