Last summer we went to Paris.
I don’t say that to brag. It was part of our visit to my sister and her family, who live in Belgium.
Anyhow, one afternoon, my oldest son Jay and I decided to stroll along the Champs‐Elysees, a famous avenue in the city known for its romantic cafes and luxury specialty shops.
Needless to say, we didn’t sip coffee at a sidewalk cafe. However, we thoroughly enjoyed visiting a Fiat/Lancia/Alfa Romeo shop/museum. (Jay is next to the wonderful Alfa Romeo Mito, a car that sadly won’t be making it to the USA.)
One surreal moment was seeing scores of Chinese people getting wedding pictures taken in front of the Arc de Triomphe.
The point of this story? My romantic dream of experiencing The Champs‐Elysees involved a leisurely brunch at one of those cafes. That didn’t happen. What did happen may have been even better — a fun afternoon with my son that we’ll probably both remember for the rest of our lives.
p.s. Heather and I did enjoy a romantic evening in Paris. We had dessert at a divey bar, not on the Champs‐Elysees.
I love writing. As in, taking a pen out and dragging it across a piece of paper. It’s a dying art.
Papermate recently released their InkJoy series of pens. I bought a 6‐pack (well, 4) and love the writing pleasure this pen provides. It glides across the page unlike anything else I’ve tried.
It’s a ballpoint, so the ink is maybe more permanent than a gel pen’s. And it just glides more smoothly than a gel pen ever could.
The only problem is a bit of blobbing. The ink is so juicy that it does leave a few blobs, but regular pen‐tip cleaning solves that problem. At the end of a few lines of writing, I wipe the tip on a scrap of paper. Problem solved.
Oh — my color of choice is blue. People are more prone to believe your writing is real. (This goes back to the xerox days, when black always meant a copy.)
Disclosure: I bought these with my own money. Office Depot advertized them, and the ad convinced me to give them a try. I’m glad I did.
Disclosure two: If you would like to buy these pens via Amazon, you’ll give my friend Jon a few cents by buying them through this link. Thanks.