Everyone knows the urban legend behind the Space Pen, right? Allegedly, NASA spent roughly a million bucks in the 1960s to develop a ballpoint pen that could write in zero gravity. In the meantime, the Soviets used a pencil. Ba-dum-dum.
The reason why this apocryphal story leaps to mind is because, ever since reading The Shadow of the Wind, I've been wondering why I don't own a really lovely pen. (Shut up. Seriously, I've been wondering this.) And then when I'm rummaging around in my bag for a crappy rollerball, I remember why: oh, yeah, I always lose them.
Can you believe there was a time when a pen was practically sacred object, when the time it took to painstakingly construct a quill (which apparently only lasted a week before needing to be replaced) meant that you kept it safely about your person and you definitely didn't lend it to the doofus in the next cubicle?
It's not too late to reject our disposable culture and invest in a serious, grown-up writing implement. Got an extra $850 of Christmas moolah kicking around? Why not treat yourself to the little 18K gold-plated beauty pictured up top? You deserve it. And believe it or not, they still have a few in stock.
This post is a little random, I know. I'm just working through this momentary pen fixation and, unfortunately, you have to suffer a little to help me. But if you think I'm fixated, check out this guy.