The Wish List
Pure self-indulgent fantasy, or self-indulgent fantasy with a marginal utility as an aide memoire? If I can’t tell, it’s a pretty good bet you can’t, but for the aspiring long-distance clinical psychologist I offer the following list of acknowledged desires. If you find yourself struggling along under a burden of any of the following, and want to either spread the wealth or have interest in trading yours for something I’ve already got, drop me a note at my non-blog site:
Pens of Desire– I am not at all fussy about point width, and this is not really in any order:
- Waterman Edson, Sapphire body.
- Waterman 100 Year pen, first year Lucite body, red or blue for preference but I’d never say no to a green.
Pelikan M600 or M800, green striped body
- Pelikan 1935 LE– jade, lapis or gold, they’re all stunners.
Mont Blanc Meisterstück 146 or 149 (not that I’m really that mad about the styling, but I’d like to be able to comment on the maker in an informed manner). Don’t have one, but have handled a 149. Itch scratched.
- Parker Vacumatic with a speedline filler– all mine are the third pattern plastic-stemmed type.
- Parker 51 Double Jewel, any colour but Buckskin, Yellowstone or either grey.
- Parker 41
- Parker 35
Parker 75 Parker 180
- Sheaffer PFM V
- Sheaffer Intrigue, ideally in the “whale shark” finish
- Sheaffer Legacy Heritage Centennial Limited Edition (say, that’s a mouthful; I’m not usually given to LE envy, but this particular maker is one I’ve a fondness for)
- Conklin crescent-filler. Modern and/or vintage.
- Conklin Nozac, in a herringbone pattern.
- Pilot MYU, either the original or the recent limited re-release.
- Pilot Super Ultra 500.
- Gate City Pens New Postal
- Gate City Pens New Dunn
- Gate City Pens Belmont (although I’m a little less enthusiastic about it than the previous two)
- Aurora 88, the semi-hooded vintage sort.
- Yard-O-Led Viceroy, barley finish (and since we’re spending phantom money, why not a matching pencil?).
- Visconti Homo Sapiens (while I’ve got a house full of the actual H. sap., I’d still like the pen).
- A couple of bottles of Akkerman ink– a very splendid 150ml example of the (industrial) glass-blower’s art which I wouldn’t mind a couple of. I’m not even that bothered by the colour, as long as it’s not the magenta nor the pink; familie in Nederlands, take note.
- Bindery in a box. It would save some space.
- A full set-up for hot tooling of the binding.
A decent 3 piece linen suit. The satisfying item is only two piece, but it fits real nice.
- Several decent non-linen 3 piece suits with high arm-holes (which might be taken as “Vintage suits in 52 Tall” or “a tailor willing to work for nothing”) in a variety of sensible colours.
- Vintage fedoras in size 7 5/8 or 7¾, blue, grey, brown, and loden green. Scanty brims need not apply.
- The address of a place in north-west North America a fellow might get his hat cleaned and blocked.
- A Hamilton Ventura watch.
- Volkswagen Type 2 (you might call it “van”, “station wagon”, “bus”, or “damn hippie thing” depending on where you’re coming from), properly restored, either a late splittie or an early bay. Since we’re wishing, white upper with the lower part either orange or that sort of pastel teal. And let’s include a full set of seat-belts in the restoration.
…and having said all that, let’s have a bit of philosophy to keep desire from running away with sense:
…Epictetus points out, “It is impossible that happiness, and yearning for what is not present, should ever be united.” A better strategy for getting what you want, he says, is to make your goal to only want those things that are easy to obtain– and ideally to want only those things you can be certain of obtaining.
That’s from the early part of chapter 5 in A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine, and I quite recommend the whole book. I could also mention something about the foolishness of grasping after any of the world’s ephemeral pleasures from Buddhist scripture, but I’m not a good enough Buddhist to stick firmly to the party line.