Fountain Pen Appreciation

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Day’?s Verse:
You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men?
1 Cor 3:3
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Arriving home yesterday, I found a small package wrapped in brown paper waiting for me, postmarked from my parents. When I picked it up, it almost felt empty, but I could hear a very faint rattle as I carried into the kitchen. As I removed the paper, Ian and I speculated about what it could contain — toothbrushes? A pair of socks? Taking the paper off revealed a thin, plain cardboard covering. I slid it off, revealing a box with Parker “21” Smart Set repeating itself in script across the navy-blue top. I knew then what it was, so when I lifted the lid off, I was unsurprised to see a matched fountain-pen and pencil set. Neither had been used, and later Mom told me she had removed the yellowed, aging cellophane from around the pens herself. A little internet research revealed that the “21” series was released from the 1940s through 1965, and that they became very popular, costing only about $5 at the time. Some further trolling unearthed the fact that the pen set Mom sent me, which had apparently languished unused by Grandpa Sullivan for 50 years, is now selling online for at least $165. Amazing how simply saving some things, even originally cheap things, in pristine condition for a long time will eventually increase its value. Continue Reading >>

Weird Computer Problem

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Day’?s Verse:
When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony of God. …My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’?s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’?s wisdom, but on God’?s power.
Romans 2:1, 4-5
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I have an annoying computer problem that, so far, I have only solved by restarting my computer. Here’?s the background. Often I have to print out a single page to a PDF, so I switch my printer to Acrobat printer. Then, of course, I forget that I did that, and I close the document. This sets my printer for the next document I open as Acrobat printer, too. When, a few minutes later, I print a coverletter, I go to Print and switch from Acrobat printer to normal printer. This problem happens immediately on the switch from PDF to normal printing: Continue Reading >>

Worst Ice Cream Flavor Ever

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Day’?s Verse:
The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
Romans 16:20
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SETTING: Pinecroft Restaurant, a group of four friends, IAN, KATIE, DARREN, and NORA making the all-important ice cream flavor decision. All four hold menus, scrutinizing them and discussing the options.

KATIE: [Reading from menu] Frozen pudding? What’s that?
NORA: [Excited] Oh I’ve had it before, it’s really great! It’s like chocolate ice cream, but thicker. It’s basically frozen chocolate pudding.
KATIE: That sounds good, I’ll try that.
WAITRESS: Have you guys decided?
IAN: I’ll have the Brownie Fantastic.
NORA: I’d like a slice of blueberry pie with bear claw ice cream.
KATIE: [Confidently] I’ll have the frozen pudding, please.
WAITRESS: [Writes down orders and leaves] OK. Continue Reading >>

3,102 Miles by the Odometer

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Day’?s Verse:
Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Proverbs 31:9
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Yesterday I stopped by Landry’s Cycle to complete my bike fitting, which involved getting a shim for my right shoe and putting a new saddle on the bike. They said I can return it if I ride on it and hate it, and I’ve ridden about 20 miles on it so far. I can’t decide if I like it or not; it does relieve pressure from all but my butt-bones (sit-bones, as bike people delicately say), which is the goal. The idea is to put your sitting pressure on those bones, rather than on any soft tissue, and this seat does that really, really well. I’m just not sure if I will adjust very easily to the surprising hardness of the seat — or if I want to. In any case, I will ride on it for another day or two to give myself a while to get used to it. I remember when I first got my new bike, the seat felt like cement, but after a while of riding on it, I came to like it just fine. I expect I will feel the same way with this, only I already like it pretty well to start with, and just have to adjust to sitting with all my weight on my sit-bones. Hehehe. Continue Reading >>

Step One

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Day’?s Verse:
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.
Proverbs 22:24
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Yikes. I am totally email addicted.

KF quality

Local Bicyclists Needed!

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Day’?s Verse:
If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength!
Proverbs 24:10
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Alas, 90% of my readers live in Kirkland, Washington, but even so, I’m putting the call out there: I need about eight people who would be interested in taking a bike class with me. This email I received from Mass Bike is why:

We unfortunately don’t have any insturctors in the Worcester area. If you can organize a critical mass of 6 or 8 people who would definitely sign up for a course though, we could discuss sending someone out there to teach a class. Continue Reading >>

What Does This Mean?

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Day’?s Verse:
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:37-39
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Danger Sign

Context:
Westborough Train Station
For reference, the train tracks run parallel to the concrete wall and the yellow edge of the platform you can see there. Continue Reading >>