Collections: An Addiction

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Do you collect something? This may or may not be something people know about me, but I enjoy collecting things.

That's a piano eraser that I collected when I was young. There are much cooler erasers now!

That’s a piano eraser!

When I was small, I used to collect all sorts of things – here is a list of such things, quite typical and not really special:
– Stamps
– Coins
– Erasers
– Stickers
– Pens
– Postcards

I would say I did quite a bit of collecting when I was a kid and it never really translated to anything valuable in real life where I had a collection worth anything than my own personal satisfaction. Out of the items I collected when I was young, I would say I still collect coins, but not that seriously. I just collect foreign coins when people go abroad, or currently, the state coins. This is a collection many people strive for, which makes me no different. I have been eyeing that Vancouver 2010 silver mint dollar, but I will refrain.

Sticker collecting was rabid when I was about 6-9 years old. Trading would occur on a regular basis during recess and lunch time. Each of us brought our sticker albums and would look at each of the “categories”. The fuzzy ones, the smelly ones, the shiny ones, the puffy ones. The list would go on.

I collect postcards in the sense that it’s my one thing I buy when I go somewhere as my way of saying that I’d “been there”, but in more recent years, due to the invention of the digital camera, I place less importance on the postcard.

I still enjoy stamps but find that they require more attention. However, I think stamps and coins are the only real interests of mine where there would be some value acquired from growing my collection, and not my one and only remaining addiction: pens.

Yes, I have an addiction to pens. I’ve had a love affair with pens ever since I was young. I don’t know what it is about a nice pen, but there is something about how it feels while writing and the smoothness and ease with which the ink leaves the pen and touches paper that is addictive. For as long as I can remember, not only have I had an affair with pens, but I’ve had an affair with Japanese pens. I’m not sure when I discovered the Pilot Hi-Tec C pens, but it was many years ago when somehow, my dad came back from Taiwan with a few pens for me. Up to that point, I had no idea pens < 0.7mm even existed and I was beyond enthusiastic. I’m a sucker for needlepoint pens – gel or ballpoint. When I discovered JetPens, I was elated and annoyed at the same time. Elated because I found I could purchase my pens without flying to Taiwan or scrounging around for stores that sell them; annoyed because I asked myself why I hadn’t thought about it doing a similar business. All the while I was wondering “how to get more from Asia”. I’ll blame the fact that I was still in school at the time and the business pondering ideas did not even enter my mind until the last year of college. (Read: I still don’t have my own business as I have no ideas!) Anyway, long story short, that’s how much I love pens – it’s a passion of mine that I would have loved to have started something like “JetPens”. But, I’ve grown to love Jetpens, with their huge selection and great service. Still waiting for Korean pens to be added, but no complaints from me.

To “help” my addiction, I subscribe to Pen Addiction, and now believe that is probably a very bad idea as I am always lusting after some new pen after reading a stellar review. I’m always trying to control my spending habits, but just yesterday, I caved. I bought more pens to experiment and play with at my favorite place, JetPens.

Latest order:
1 x Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto 3 Color Multi Pen – Pen Body – Clear
1 x Pilot Petit1 Mini Fountain Pen – Black
1 x Zebra Mini T3 Ballpoint Pen – Silver Body – Blue Ink
1 x Pentel Slicci Gel Ink Pen – 0.25 mm – Purple Ink
1 x Zebra Sarasa 3+S 3 Color Gel Ink Multi Pen + Pencil – Blue Body
1 x Zebra Techno Line Ballpoint Pen – 0.4 mm – Light Green Body
1 x Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto Multi Pen Ink Cartridge – 0.3 mm – Aqua Blue
1 x Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto Multi Pen Ink Cartridge – 0.4 mm – Apricot Orange
1 x Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto Multi Pen Ink Cartridge – 0.4 mm – Apple Green
1 x Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto Multi Pen Ink Cartridge – 0.3 mm – Violet

I think I’m good for the rest of the year, what do you think? One thing to note, after discovering all the wondrous other pen addicts via Flickr, I also found the lovely notebook that is “Moleskine”, via awesome pictures such as these ones.

I’ll probably devote more entries to this wonderful addiction, but I’ll keep a better lid on my spending thank you very much! : )
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