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Fare Thee Well, My Pen
New York Times, by Nick Bilton

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Posted By:toledo, 7/24/2014 12:03:08 PM

The pen is dead. It was murdered by the finger. I first realized this last week when my girlfriend asked to borrow a pen to sign the back of one of those paper check things. “Sure,” I replied, picking up my laptop bag to rummage inside. I pulled out a succession of rectangular-shaped gadgets, but there was no pen to be found. “Hmm, maybe we have one upstairs,” I said as we both began a detective-like search for anything that resembled a vessel for ink. We scoured the home office, kitchen drawers, bedrooms, even looking through our cars. But again, no pen. After backtracking

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Tucker, 7/24/2014 12:05:53 PM     (No. 9938229)

Good grief!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: sabrajet, 7/24/2014 12:18:52 PM     (No. 9938250)

Never fully trust anything that works only with electricity. You have to power up all new, and required an update last month, computer-pen replacements. I have spent more time in airports, stores, hotels and other people´s homes, looking for outlets, once I discovered that the cordless recharger needs also to be recharged! BUT a pen, or pencil is there for you when the power is knocked out and you are making notes by the smelly perfumed candles your cousin keeps thinking are good Birthday gifts. No, I have a house and handbag full of pens, pencils, in many colors, and highlighters.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 7/24/2014 12:21:02 PM     (No. 9938251)

And Apple just ordered 80 million new large screen Iphones for Xmas sales. We humans don´t have long to go now.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: crunchycon, 7/24/2014 12:30:21 PM     (No. 9938263)

As my 85-year-old mother says: "What happens when the electricity goes out?" I always have an analog backup; I fantasize about going totally paper-free and digital, but just can´t make myself go there.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: steph_gray, 7/24/2014 12:33:02 PM     (No. 9938268)

I just saw an article that typewriters are newly popular in Germany because of privacy concerns.

And yes I have plenty of pens, but never in the room where I want one.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/24/2014 12:35:30 PM     (No. 9938275)

Neat article, but not applicable in this house. I keep pens on each desk, on most of the chairside tables, next to each phone (yes, landlines!), in the glove compartment of each vehicle and at least two or three in each purse. I use ALL of them quite often.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Susannah, 7/24/2014 12:37:16 PM     (No. 9938279)

They´ll take my pens from me when they pry them from my cold, dead...fingers.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: varkdriver, 7/24/2014 1:22:09 PM     (No. 9938334)

Rats! For one brief shining moment, I thought the last writer for the NY Slimes was hanging up his spikes/pen/word processor/computer. Alas, not so...

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Reply 9 - Posted by: kono, 7/24/2014 1:26:41 PM     (No. 9938341)

Note to author: Everybody´s got personal problems -- but that doesn´t mean it´s appropriate to share them in the NY Times.

Having no pens at all in one´s home is a sign of personal negligence, not progress...

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Reply 10 - Posted by: lil dotty, 7/24/2014 2:09:44 PM     (No. 9938416)

Persons in the IRS & EPA would be the first to mention the reliability of electricity and digital...or maybe not.

Mate here carries a special pen and very cautious to see that it is with him at all times. If it should be misplaced he has another in the car just like the first.

ballpoint pens abound but do any remember the erase-able ink and is still around?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: texaspast, 7/24/2014 5:36:12 PM     (No. 9938719)

I generally carry either a Parker 51 fountain pen (I have quite a few, dating from the mid 1940s to the sixties), or, if I feel especially modern, a Parker Jotter (still the best ballpoint ever). These modern ´gimme´ ballpoint pens pale in comparison. When I´m especially adventurous, I carry a Parker ´Big Red´ - not the 70´s repro, but the 1920s original. Can´t beat a ´51´ though. I LOVE pens! It takes much less time to whip out a pen and write myself a note on the index card I also always carry than it is to put a note to myself in my phone. BTW - I had a very old second grade teacher who thought all children should still learn to write with a dip pen. So we did. Then we graduated to the old Sheaffer cartridge fountain pens. I´ve been hooked ever since.

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