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The Pen [Jan. 4th, 2009|01:45 am]
Tomas Gallucci
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Zebra Steel F 301


My younger brother is thirteen. He bought me a set of Zebra Steel pens for Christmas. They couldn't have been more then $5 for the three pack--black, blue and red ink.

This is the first year that I can recall when he spent his own money on presents. I didn't get him anything this year because I was strapped, waited too late to buy anything and didn't know what Mom would or wouldn't let him have.

I have memories of this pen. The oldest boy used to write with them all the time and loved to use them. I never did. In fact, long ago I married the Uni·ball vision fine point pens (0.7 mm). I started with the retractable Uni·ball Impact 1.0 mm pen ten years ago. That pen put out a lot of ink. It took me almost a year to realize that while I liked the pen, it just wasn't for me. I switched to the fine Vision and writing has been heaven, so much so that I refuse to write with anything else. I'm so anal about the pens that I use, I cary my pen with me everywhere I go and always use it to sign credit card receipts, etc.

I bought a box of the Uni·ball fine Vision that lasted me for three plus years. I like these pens because they are waterproof and fade proof. The Vision is a true ball point pen i.e. the ball rolls. You can take these pens on planes and not have to worry about taking the caps off or dealing with explosions. When you start a new pen, it may sometimes skip or leak. Once, however, you break the pen in, it is as good as gold until the ink runs out which you can monitor via various windows on the body. The ink is very bold and has an even flow, but the corollary is that there are certain surfaces on which the pen refuses to write. These tend to be wax and certain glossy cardboards.


uniballVision
Uniball Vision


The body of the pen is full plastic, even the finger rest. This can be a little uncomfortable from time to time, especially where the tip of the pen meets the finger rest, but all in all, the plastic has a natural silky feel against the middle finger. One may long for a rubber finger rest from time to time, but my experience with rubber finger rests are that they can be just as excruciating unless they are soft rubber, fit on a pencil and are made by Yikes!

I tell everyone that I special order my pens...which is a half-truth. I used to be able to walk into Walmart or Sam's and get a 20 pack for $12. Now, they cost almost as much for a five pack and are difficult to find in a big box store--even if that store happens to be an office supply store such as Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, etc. I haven't had to resort to ordering the pens online just yet, but I fear that I may have to on the next stock-up. Because I always have to hunt for my pens an fear having to order them online one day, I don't consider this to be a non-truth, just a prophecy that hasn't come to pass.

My dilemma is such: I want to use the Zebra pens that my brother gave me but I cannot for several reasons:


They are uncomfortable. The finger rest is a hard plastic or vinyl that is grooved all around the finger rest. Very uncomfortable.

They do not roll across the page like the Vision does. The Zebra create too much drag.

The Zebras are faint on the page at best whereas the Vision puts copious amounts of ink on the page leaving a nice, crisp bold text.


I'm resolved not to use these pens. It's not like I was bought an expensive pen set from a jewelry story, but I think it would be shitty to give them to someone else. I thought about sticking the pens in a community pool at work, but again, that feels dirty. The only solution that allows me to sleep at night besides putting the Zebras in a drawer to collect dust is to find someone that enjoys the pen, but this takes effort, much like finding someone to adopt an unwanted child or pet.

Dear reader, I put the question to you: What is the the most tactful way to deal with this situation?





trunthepaige has come up with the perfect solution: a Xanga contest. The 100th commenter on this post will receive the 3-set Zebra F·301s via First Class United States Mail. Live Journal users need not apply (unless you want to sign up for a Xanga. Anonymous comments will not be considered for the drawing nor will my self-comments.)

Let the comments begin!
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-01-04 04:10 pm (UTC)
They say the pen is mightier than the sword. In your case, however, I think I'd take up fencing.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-01-04 04:22 pm (UTC)
I could seriously get hurt if I took up fencing.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-01-04 04:24 pm (UTC)
You could seriously get hurt if you ever took up writing.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-01-04 04:13 pm (UTC)
I think it would be shitty to give them to someone else.

EDIT: The 100th commenter on this post will receive the 3-set Zebra F·301s via First Class United States Mail.

Translation - giving them pens to someone else.

Result: No matter how much you whore yourself out, you're still going to feel shitty for giving the pens away, and your brother won't give a damn about the how or why.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-01-04 04:19 pm (UTC)
It was working last night on Xanga. I almost made the top 50. Currently there are 30 comments, but it's a slow traffic day.

No matter how much you whore yourself out, you're still going to feel shitty for giving the pens away, and your brother won't give a damn about the how or why.
Thankfully, we only see each other once a year. Besides, if I can hit the Xanga from page off of this, it will be a more appreciated gift and I'll have my brother to thank, so I see this as a win/win.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-01-04 04:21 pm (UTC)
Also, I'd like to refer you to the fine print: this is a Xanga contest. Comments must be on Xanga.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-01-04 04:17 pm (UTC)
Dear reader, I put the question to you: What is the the most tactful way to deal with this situation?

I would throw them away and never mention them again. Simple. Easy. No pathetic 'comment me' whoring involved.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-01-04 04:20 pm (UTC)
But isn't throwing the pens away rude?
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-01-04 04:28 pm (UTC)
Not as rude as pimping them out for personal gain by whoring yourself out for comments. When viewed in this light, throwing them in the trash is the most polite thing you could ever do.
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From: snapper521
2009-01-05 03:04 am (UTC)
I have used the zebra pens. Hate them. :-|

Like the visions well enough. But atm I prefer the Pentel R.S.V.P. (med. point). Bit big for the smaller writing, but it works well for my style because of the fact that I have a rather large handwriting style.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-01-05 04:46 am (UTC)
You have rather large hands.
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From: snapper521
2009-01-07 01:46 am (UTC)
Yeah I do. I think we already determined that my hands are bigger than yours are.

Which works fine since they are the same size as Donny's and that's all that matters.

God I love him Tomas... my screw ups or not... and if this works or not... I love him so much I can't even describe. More than Brian even and I didn't know that was possible.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-01-05 03:34 am (UTC)
At least someone gets it.

What's your suggestion?
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