I Seem To Be Going Backwards In Time

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    Jan 24, 2015 6:03 AM GMT
    If you look at my recent posts of the last year or so, I'm going backwards.

    I just got a double edge safety razor, that I first had over 50 years ago, which gave me my first shave at age 12. And that's a razor type almost obsolete now. Very old-tech today.

    I also got a newspaper subscription last year. I can't even remember when I last did that. I've read, and still do, most of my news online. But now we're getting this paper delivered, too, which my husband loves with his breakfast.

    Then there's the breakfast egg cups I recently got, something going back to the 1950s for me. I started a separate thread here about them.

    And I always prefer to write with a fountain pen, that I keep in my shoulder bag. Something younger guys don't even know about, probably don't even know the term.

    I dunno, I seem to be reverting back to the 1950s and early '60s. I'm not rejecting technology, I'm on an iMac now, and many of my posts here are done from an iPad while I'm out & about.

    I just seem to be falling back to the things I knew as a kid. And in that sense I'm going backwards. For the older guys here, has that happened to you?
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    Jan 24, 2015 7:25 AM GMT
    Is a fountain pen the one with the feather? Haha
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    Jan 24, 2015 7:35 AM GMT
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    Jan 24, 2015 7:24 PM GMT
    I'm streaming old movies I never saw, like "It Happened One Night," on my iPad while doing cardio. Beats Key & Peele reruns.
  • Svnw688

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    Jan 24, 2015 7:35 PM GMT
    No matter the age, fountain pens leave an imprimatur of class and sophistication. Every decent lawyer and judge I know writes with one. I'm legit not joking.

    You can call it elitist, but I internally laugh and snicker when I see opposing counsel writing with a "Bic" or similarly trashy pen in open court. There's no excuse.

    For better or worse, appearance matters in a professional setting. It's akin to wearing Dockers to court in place of suit pants. Just don't. If you're too poor to afford a proper pen or clothing, don't pretend to be a professional.

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    Jan 24, 2015 7:39 PM GMT
    Show up to court with this, and I will socially annihilate you, and make a quick (but piercing) zing regarding your poor/trashy choice of pen before the jury. Try me.

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    Jan 24, 2015 7:43 PM GMT
    Nothing wrong with reliving some old nostalgia.
    I have a fountain pen that was given to me in the last year as a gift. I only pay bills with it because I like the way it writes and fun to play with once a month.
    Think of yourself as eclectic. Just like my furniture, modern pieces mixed with antiques.
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    Jan 24, 2015 7:44 PM GMT
    bk11789 saidIs a fountain pen the one with the feather? Haha

    Well, it's sorta related. Here's the fountain pen I had custom made, when I had attained the rank of US Army Lieutenant Colonel. A vain gift to myself.

    I had it done in a blue marble finish, because that's what my late father had. My mother's matching fountain pen was in a dull red.

    And all the gold trim you see is actually solid 18k. Including the point, tipped in Iridium. Modesty prevents me from saying what this thing is worth, which I still have. My initials were engraved on the cap in gold leaf. In an art deco style, since this is a replica of a 1920s design.

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    Jan 24, 2015 7:53 PM GMT
    @ArtDeco

    I LOVE that pen! Well played.
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    Jan 24, 2015 7:57 PM GMT
    Svnw688 said@ArtDeco

    I LOVE that pen! Well played.

    Thanks! Well, it was kinda a tribute to my parents. Every time I hold it I think of them. It's less about me, than about a remembrance of them. That's really why I had it made.
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    Jan 24, 2015 8:15 PM GMT
    Svnw688 said
    No matter the age, fountain pens leave an imprimatur of class and sophistication.

    Well, I dunno. I think it also has to do with age.

    When I was a kid we weren't allowed to write with the new ballpoint pens in school, fountain pens only. Nor were ballpoints accepted at banks. Which had fountain pens in holders at the counters.

    I think it's more a matter of age & generation, than "class". I'm just showing my age. icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 24, 2015 8:24 PM GMT
    The advantage of getting older is we can pick and choose things from our past that are memorable.

    For example Mid-century modern architecture, with a 71 Trans Am in the garage, watching Avenger re-runs streamed on a modern flat screen TV.

    Not that I want to relive the 80s! Everything in the past had their high points, never to be repeated again. I'll conveniently forget the lows.
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    Jan 24, 2015 8:26 PM GMT
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    bk11789 saidIs a fountain pen the one with the feather? Haha

    Well, it's sorta related. Here's the fountain pen I had custom made, when I had attained the rank of US Army Lieutenant Colonel. A vain gift to myself.

    I had it done in a blue marble finish, because that's what my late father had. My mother's matching fountain pen was in a dull red.

    And all the gold trim you see is actually solid 18k. Including the point, tipped in Iridium. Modesty prevents me from saying what this thing is worth, which I still have. My initials were engraved on the cap in gold leaf. In an art deco style, since this is a replica of a 1920s design.

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    Wow that's really nice! I can't imagine writing with one haha.
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    Jan 25, 2015 1:08 AM GMT
    bk11789 said
    Wow that's really nice! I can't imagine writing with one haha.

    Thanks. But that's the only pens my generation had. So that today I dislike writing with ball points, and felt tips, and all these other pens.

    I do keep a Cross ball point in my checkbook, in order to make a carbon copy. Cross is the only ballpoint I'll use.

    But for formal legal documents I use the fountain pen I pictured above. My signature is actually different with a fountain pen versus a ballpoint, and duplicates the legal signature I've had for over 50 years.

    Here's the pen closed, how I carry it in my suit jacket:

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    Jan 25, 2015 1:28 AM GMT
    Svnw688 said@ArtDeco

    I LOVE that pen! Well played.

    Thanks! I'm not sure about what "played" means, but every time I use it I think of my late Dad. And that was my purpose. I don't know what happened to his original pen, I think my estranged sister may have it.

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    Jan 25, 2015 2:20 AM GMT
    At the retirement home where my Mom lived her last few years, they had the rec room kitted out like a 1950's teen hang-out/diner. Juke box, movie and music posters, red vinyl and stainless furniture, black and white checkerboard flooring etc.
    It made me a little apprehensive that I might some day end up in some joint fixed up like "Saturday Night Fever". icon_sad.gificon_eek.gificon_redface.gif
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    Jan 25, 2015 8:00 AM GMT
    Who uses pens?
    I just jam my finger up one nostril and write the message in snot.
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    Jan 25, 2015 7:33 PM GMT
    Sharkspeare saidWho uses pens?
    I just jam my finger up one nostril and write the message in snot.


    classy

    do you still seal the document with ear wax?
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    Jan 25, 2015 9:36 PM GMT
    I've ruined a dozen dress-shirts over the last 10 years by quickly sticking a felt-tip pen into my shirt pocket, when I'm in a hurry, without capping it. I now can only wear those shirts with a sweater on.
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    May 17, 2015 6:21 PM GMT
    I just bought a 5 pack of Inkjoy pens for $3.99. They give me an air of class and sophistication that the ones I usually lift from work just don't.
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    May 17, 2015 7:55 PM GMT
    Honey, you just got a Bosch dishwasher. Clearly moving forward! icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 17, 2015 11:41 PM GMT
    Svnw688 saidShow up to court with this, and I will socially annihilate you, and make a quick (but piercing) zing regarding your poor/trashy choice of pen before the jury. Try me.

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    And if I was on that jury I'd make sure your client ended up on death row, even if it was just for a parking ticket. What kind of lawyer would jeopardize his client's case by ridiculing the opposing counsel's pen in front of the jury? What kind of lawyer?