kaweco sport ice

So, I sat down and paid my bills today and realized that I had enough wiggle room for a small treat, so I went out in search of a cheap fountain pen.  The Kaweco Sport Ice is a German made fountain pen that retails for around $15.

So of course I ordered two.  A blue fountain pen like the orange one in the picture above, and also a clear "demonstrator" model:

 sport classic

Then of course, I had to order ink, but fortunately was able to stop myself before I started to browse the stationery and journals.

If I had lots of money, I'd order one of these beauties:

 art sport

It would be a tough contest between whether to order to blue one or the tiger-eye one beneath it.  But those are like a hundred and fifty bucks, so it can wait for another time.

What do you think?  The blue?

I finally (finally!) finished The Pickwick Papers this weekend.  I've been reading it for months.  All the blog reading and writing I do seems to mean that I only really get time to read when I'm out of town, waiting on a plane, or my internet connection goes tits-up.

One day, if I'm a good little theropod, I'll be able to use my pens to describe Michelle Malkin and her "Hot Air" flunkies as well as Dickens describes a similar news organ of his own time: 

'The INDEPENDENT, sir,' replied Pott, 'is still dragging on a wretched and lingering career. Abhorred and despised by even the few who are cognisant of its miserable and disgraceful existence, stifled by the very filth it so profusely scatters, rendered deaf and blind by the exhalations of its own slime, the obscene journal, happily unconscious of its degraded state, is rapidly sinking beneath that treacherous mud which, while it seems to give it a firm standing with the low and debased classes of society, is nevertheless rising above its detested head, and will speedily engulf it for ever.'

Yes, "stifled by the filth it so profusely scatters, rendered deaf and blind by the exhalations of its own slime, the obscene journal, happily unconscious of its degraded state…".  I laughed out loud when I read that part on the plane back from Washington.  May the mud rise above their detested heads, and speedily engulf them 4 EVAR!!!