I'm hoping this is the end of the week, anyway. It's been a busy one, complicated by medical folderol.
Tamara is back, after a couple of weeks house-sitting for a well-known SF author. She seems to have picked up a mild case of the fancy-pens bug, and even owns a nice fountain pen, which she uses. That's a big deal for a left-hander; I've known other left-handed fountain-pen users and there are a number of tricks to it, most of which the user has had to figure out alone. Both the SF author and I are taking credit for Tam's newfound enjoyment of good pens, but the truth is, equability pens sell themselves: she saw a particularly nice rollerball pen online, bought it and found the writing experience so much improved that she looked around for more of the same. Fountain pens take more looking after than the other kinds* but much like the Chemex coffeemaker, for some people, the extra effort is worth it.
The lost parts at work remain a mystery; the fellow who stored them says they're not where he put them, and no one else remembers having even seen them. My basic replacement assortment arrived yesterday and I'm probably going to keep them in my desk. We're still sorting out our expanded workshop area and I don't want to have to go through this again. The bulk is so small that I can file them in a manila folder.
* Liquid-ink capillary pens like the Rapidograph, often used as drafting pens, do need similar care and perhaps more, since dried ink will clog them. I used them for many years before deciding they were just too fragile to carry; points for the old-style Rapidographs had become all but impossible to find.
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