Long ago I had a Zebra Pocket Pen which I kept in my wallet. Lately I’ve been trying to slim down my pockets so I went looking for another. Unfortunately they were discontinued several years ago. My search for a replacement yielded some interesting results so I thought I’d share.
Apparently this is one of Oprah’s favorite things. Hand made of sterling silver, only 3″ long and with a curious action (press end to open, press tip to close) this is the most expensive option at nearly $50. It gets rave reviews from most users but take that with a grain of salt as people who spend more for something often deceive themselves to justify the expense. That being said I still want it and would gleefully accept a gift of one.
Also only 3″ and with a clip very similar to the original wallet pen this one twists to open. Chrome plated instead of silver or stainless steel. The mid-range price of $32 makes me feel like it would make more sense to just get the silver one.
4″ long with a stainless steel barrel, this is actually almost identical to the Zebra Pocket Pen and even uses Zebra refills. A cheaper option at only $8 shipped.
It turns out Zebra Japan (and Zebra UK, and maybe every region except US?) still sells the pen I used to have. This and the remarkable similarity of the Derringer makes me wonder if there is some kind of licensing deal going on here. I’ve seen them for as little as $5 + shipping.
This is a credit card sized notepad (15 sticky notes) with a tiny pen (really a pen refill with some wings stuck to it). I rarely need a note pad and the pen looks uncomfortable but maybe you feel differently. $3.
I’m quite happy with the Zebra T3. Zebra is well known for quality, the price is fair, and the 4″ barrel fits nicely into my wallet. They also sell a mechanical pencil, the TS3, of the same dimensions.
I still want to own “The Wallet Pen” some day. Please send me one.
Cameron came down to help me install our new ceiling fan. We got derailed in a big way but in the end we got it up and reasonably well balanced. I am very happy with the result.
Update: On a hunch I just discovered that the fan blade that the balancing weight eventually went on was the one exactly opposite the Hunter logo. Yay!
One of the lame things about buying a ceiling fan is the Energy Star label. Fans are rated for their efficiency in cubic feet per minute per watt. The range goes from 60 or so to around 185. You’d think that the EPA would grant the Energy Star label to fans that have a higher airflow efficiency but instead it’s granted only to fans that use compact-fluorescent lighting. Way to go EPA!
This reminds me of when Australia outlawed incandescent bulbs. Regulations ought to make sense. Instead of “no incandescents” the regulations should state “must produce at least n lumens per watt”. Then if someone comes up with an incandescent bulb that’s more efficient than CFLs we won’t have to go to congress to get permission to buy one.
This weekend, in preparation for paving that obnoxious strip of would-be grass between the sidewalk and the street, I worked myself silly to get that area cleared.
This means I finally put the rest of the roadbase gravel into the garden and put the fence back together. No veggies this year, sorry. Hopefully next year some peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and maybe some garlic or something. Yellow squash may go in the front flower bed like we planned this year (but didn’t).
And I transplanted the irises. This was really a lot of work and we can only hope that they’ll survive the ordeal. I think I did just barely. Since I assumed they wouldn’t enjoy being out of the soil for two or more days I worked late into the night thinning them into their new home.
I am profoundly weary today but very satisfied with all we got done over the weekend. We even got to enjoy a delicious lunch with the Hughes’ at Saigon. Oh, and we bought us a ceiling fan for our bedroom. More on that when it’s installed (gotta gripe about “energy star”).