Music, books, movies, TV, games, hobbies, food, and potent potables. And forum games! Pour a drink, put on your smoking jacket, light a pipe (of whatever), and settle in.
And now I have two! I think she probably forgot she'd given me a black Parker fountain pen back in 2013, but my wife has now given me a "Big Red" Duofold. Fountain pens are per se retro, but this particular pen in this particular color was extremely popular in the 1920s. Will I use it much? Probably not. But on those increasingly rare occasions I wear something approaching business attire, I'll certainly put it in rotation with my two other high quality fountain pens.D.A. Ridgely wrote: ↑10 Jul 2013, 13:15In the category of further frivolous items I have gladly received as a birthday gift:
I'm not exactly a pen collector, but I own several other, as they say in the ads, "fine writing instruments" and I've wanted a Parker Duofold fountain pen since way back when. My handwriting is bad enough to have been a physician and there really isn't much call for me to do much handwriting anymore, anyway, but there is something immensely and irrationally satisfying about writing with a really good fountain pen. It's also something one has to get used to or, if old enough, used to again because fountain pens do not require pressing down on the paper as ballpoints and most other writing instruments do so you have to have a much lighter touch.
Again, totally unnecessary and I love it!