The Pen Predicament

12 Aug

I have a problem that I inherited from my mother: I am addicted to writing utensils. It sounds absurd, but it’s very, very true. Not too long ago, I had an entire conversation with my mother about Pilot G2 pens. No joke. I was excited because I found 0.38 mm G2 pens and they write so much prettier than the 0.5 mm that I normally use. (I only use 0.7 in the event I can’t find my other pens.)

Given this affliction, I got really excited when I saw Sharpie Liquid Pencils. The concept of an erasable pen isn’t new. I know. I was required to have erasable pens in grade school. But it’s shiny and new! Plus, the packaging says several appealing things:

“Smooth like a pen, erases like a pencil” — When taking notes in class, I write faster than I think. I make oodles of mistakes and when it comes time to re-read those notes it’s a pain to read around the scribbles. Why not use correction fluid/tape? Because that’s even worse. If I make mistakes on top of mistakes, I get a massive lump of correction tape/fluid on my notes.

“…eliminates broken leads” — This is a major problem with me and mechanical pencils. This and squeaky lead.

“No. 2 lead equivalent” — I’m in college and Scantrons happen.

“Becomes permanent on paper after about 24 hours” — I’m hoping this means I don’t have to outline my occasional comics.

Here it is:

Pros: erases well, good for note taking, doesn't smear. Cons: writes like a sh*tty hotel pen, not good for drawing, takes effort to get started.

I don’t hate it. It’s just not what I expected. I’ll most certainly use these for class, but I guess I’ll have to stick to outlining, which isn’t too painful. Another pro? It’ll be great for blue book exams.

-Michelle

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One Response to “The Pen Predicament”

  1. Note Booker, Esq. 08/14/2010 at 9:50 am #

    Sounds absurd? Not at all!

    And “sh*tty hotel pen” is one of the best descriptions I’ve ever read. Everyone can relate to it!

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