Yesterday morning we were at the attorney’s office reviewing and signing the documents that I mentioned in a recent post—healthcare proxy, Power of Attorney, Last Will & Testament, Revocable Trust, etc. It’s a head-spinning process where I understand the broad strokes but not necessarily the pages and pages of finer details. In any case, we’re making good progress and it’s satisfying to “get our affairs in order,” as they say. Throughout the course of the meeting, we signed and initialed a significant number of pages. In blue ink. With a pen provided by the attorney.
I’d brought my own pen, a Lamy Safari ballpoint, but that pen had a black ink refill so it was a non-starter. Signing in blue makes it obvious which document is the original and which is the copy. I’d overlooked that detail when choosing a pen. So attorney pen it was.
I was prepared to be unimpressed by the generic-looking pen I was given, but, hey, it was quite good! The Integra 39060 0.7 mm gel capped stick pen wrote smoothly, cleanly, and in a classic blue color. Nothing to criticize there. In fact, I grew kind of fond of it over the document-signing time.
When the meeting wrapped up, I found myself (irrationally) reluctant to turn it back in DESPITE HAVING A TON OF PENS AT HOME. “Can I keep this?” I sheepishly asked, all the while knowing that this was definitely a “carrying coals to Newcastle” scenario. “Absolutely. It’s your memento.” So despite the ridiculousness of bringing another pen into the house, I’m very much enjoying my Integra 39060.
Do you do that, too? Collect cheap pens that are good writers? Or am I weird?
I think I know the answer.