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Posted by Dirck on 15 July, 2009

I was just reading an entry in some other fellow’s blog (I still don’t like this word), and I was struck by a couple of things. Thing one– the posting person apparently has much the same take on “disposable” and modern fashion as I do. Thing two– the vehemence of some of the comments responding to his suggestion that it’s not altogether a good thing that “Dress as thou wilt” is the whole of the sumptuary law.

About the time I got very serious about my pens (as opposed to the idle dalliance that had been going on since third or fourth grade), I also resolved that, after a long patch of t-shirt and jeans, it was time to dress my age. As it happens, this is the ’40s, and within my funds (The Regular Job doesn’t leave a lot of slush for hiring tailors) I’ve been doing pretty well with that.

One of the advantages to this is I always have a pocket for a pen. One of the disadvantages is that there is regularly some shambling git in oversized and droopy jeans, with a puffy baseball cap on more or less backward, who shouts an inarticulate taunt about my hat. The irony is delightful, of course, but the bare fact of such encounters is irksome.

My point is this– I may think someone walking into a reasonable restaurant in sweat pants and a t-shirt with a scatological slogan on it looks like an utter dink. He may think the same of me in my pleated trousers, brogues and fedora. But if “Dress as Thou Wilt” is indeed the law, how is it that he feels free to pass negative comment? I’m not suggesting (hoping, certainly) that he move his mode of dress closer to mine, but I get the feeling that the Totally Casual Crowd don’t like to have examples of a more elegant fashion on hand. It makes them aware of their inadequacies.

Well, too bad. I’m unwilling to descend to the lowest base, common and popular denominator (it’s a Henry V reference) merely so those who primarily compose it feel better about themselves.

What’s this got to do with pens? Not much directly, but the same urge that leads to people to wear Crocs in public is the one that leads to the use of biros. It’s easier. It’s more convenient. It’s disposable. All of a package, and I’m not interested in it.

Today’s reused and elegant pen: Waterman 52
Today’s stylish and noteworthy ink (from a recyclable bottle): Noodler’s FPN Van Gogh Starry Night.

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