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Satisfaction

Posted by Dirck on 18 April, 2011

Some years ago, The Rolling Stones complained at some length and to great popularity that they (or at least frontman Mick Jagger) could not get satisfaction.  Well, we have yet another point at which I am unlike The Rolling Stones– the best I’ve managed to date is to have the same regard for dress as Charlie Watts.

My weekend was crammed with satisfactions, most of them reasonable and small.  I won’t enumerate all of them, but by way of example– if you have a copy of The Joy of Cooking about the house, check out the basic pancake recipe.  In it, if you replace the common all-purpose flour with whole-wheat flour, you will find that the pancakes come up very fluffy and have an improved depth of flavour.  That’s what I had for breakfast on Saturday, cooked on a cast-iron pan seasoned to the point that it is as non-stick as any Teflon implement without the menace of introducing weird polymers into the food.  That’s satisfaction on several levels.

The main head of satisfaction for the purposes of this forum, though, is an item which arrived in the mail.  I purchased a Sheaffer via eBay, which had rather fuzzy pictures and not a huge description.  What arrived was something that needed only a little bit of cleaning and a fresh sac installed, rewarding me with this item:

Is that not pretty?  The only thing to reveal its age is that there is a little plastic shrinkage in the cap.  Smooth plastic, unbrassed hardware, and an ink window only slightly off the original clarity (it’s a pleasant green, which may come around with a more attentive cleaning).  It has been a very long time since I got an eBay pen that I could turn around to functional in under 48 hours.  The model, for those who care, is Sovereign (for those who really care, it’s a Sovereign II).

If the temperature would only climb above 10C, the world would be a splendid place indeed.  Satisfaction need not be ecstatic– it can be a quiet thing.

Today’s pen:  Sheaffer Junior
Today’s ink: Herbin’s Poussière de Lune

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