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?

1 comment:

Graham Hunt said...

Dear boy you never ask an Englishman what he keeps in his drawers you know. Some things are intrinsically private.

However I am glad I'm not the only person who does this. Although I don't keep them that long but my kids went through most of their school life with Holiday Inn, Marriott, Hilton etc. pens all picked up on a daily basis by me on my USA travels. I used to sometimes clean out all the pens on the first night to see if they would replace them. Never been disappointed the housekeeping staff just keep putting them back!