Wandering Thoughts

October 22, 2008

Pen Tide

Filed under: Ramblings and Musings — terence @ 7:36 pm

I can’t be the only person who suffers from this:

The number of pens in my life fluctuates wildly. A few months ago I couldn’t open a drawer without finding at least a couple. Sometime since, quietly, one by one, they started slipping away from me. Now a 15 minute search might turn up one pen – if I’m lucky.

This has happened before, so I know that if I wait long enough the pen tide will turn. And then, before I know it I will be wondering whether the lean times were just a dream.

But why? It’s almost like there’s a critical mass of pens. A minimum viable population which below which the herd can’t sustain itself…

Come back pens.


  1. I feel ya. It’s like that at work. Except my tide seems always to be going out until I do an enforced round-up.

    Comment by Nikki — October 22, 2008 @ 9:34 pm

  2. maybe they are the canary of the stationery world – they could even be some undiscovered early predictor of the state of the economy – you could be onto something big here, monitor their movements closely.
    I am still using the stash of drug company pens from working at the hospital. They are like currency there.
    Teaspoons also have a habit of disappearing. What are they up to then?

    Comment by sarah — October 23, 2008 @ 4:31 pm

  3. yes, and what we see here is the difference between an active approach to managing the pen cycle – Peynsian (haw haw) if you will from Nikki, who judiciously intervenes in a counter-cyclical fashion. While I adopt a more laissez faire (how do you spell that?) approach. Nikki could wisely say that laissez faire didn’t help much when it came to the banking crisis and she might have a point…

    Teaspoons have never been problematic for me. Plastic forks on the other hand – now there’s a volatile commodity!

    Comment by terence — October 23, 2008 @ 8:16 pm

  4. Can’t say I have ever suffered from pens envy. :-)

    I’m not happy unless I have at least 6 pens at close hand. I always have two in my handbag.

    Socks on the other hand, or should that be foot, do seem to travel in swarms and are often somewhere else.

    Comment by PC — October 24, 2008 @ 10:50 am

  5. very nice blog and entries. keep it up. :)

    Comment by Mabel — October 24, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

  6. Thanks Mabel.

    PC – socks, now they’re subject for a blog post of their own I think…

    Comment by terence — October 25, 2008 @ 9:51 am

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