I write lots of emails at work. I’m not proud of most of them, but I am happy with the few that I’ve written our office manager requesting a certain pen—the JetStream 101 by uni-ball. Here’s an example:
As you may have noticed, Thanksgiving is coming up. It’s a great time of year, probably my favorite holiday. I’m looking forward to a big family get-together and lots of delicious food, perhaps a nap. What are you going to be doing?
I’m also writing, though, not just to find out about your Thanksgiving plans but to also to let you know that I’m thankful for being left-handed at this point and time on earth. Certainly, my left-handed brothers and sisters and I do not have full equality yet (scissors, desks, power tools, etc.) but we are lucky to not have been born in a time when we’d have been punished for our differentness. And many other advances have been made in knives, doors and other formerly-only-right-handed items. One of these advances is that very Jetstream 101 pen that I talked to you about more than a month ago.
When those pens came in I shared them with the secret underground network of lefties (SUNL) here at the WAA and I was treated like a god, or at least a bearded tooth fairy type thing. It was great. But now, as my own pens run low in ink and the cold winds of winter come upon us, I have realized that such frivolous sharing will not help me when I need to write my meeting tomes. Would it be possible to order another pack of pens—blue this time, to match the coming glacial surroundings? I promise to guard them more judiciously this time.
Please let me know if it will be possible. As always, not a problem if not.
Winter is coming,
I think it’s important to share this information with you, Tumblr. Because internet and because writing by hand is still a good thing.