May. 6th, 2017

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Pens took me out of the house again today. Our local writing emporium—Dromgoole's—held a vintage pen event that drew me in as surely as a candle flame attracts a moth. Fortunately, I didn't get burned.

I asked a lot of questions and learned quite a bit. The fellow in charge of the vintage pens is a doctor from Oklahoma, and in the course of our conversation, I learned his collection numbers some 4,000 pens, which are housed in a structure built to withstand category 5 tornadoes. (It would appear I have some way to go. :)

I learned that "lubricated" inks (described as, basically, "water with coloring in it") are what one would want to use in a flexible nib pen, and any of the Noodler's "Eel" series of inks was recommended. (As opposed to, say, my Noodler's Nikita—"We will bury you"—red ink, which appears to me to be quite viscous.) Larry, the owner of the shop, was quite hospitable and friendly, and the atmosphere was jovial all around.

There was even time to grab a cheese slice from Pizza L'Vino across the street from Dromgoole's in Rice Village before the two-hour limit on street parking was up!



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