Category: Mishegas

Swinger

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Went to Elbe’s in Wheaton Friday to pick up an oil can of Fosters and a stack of PowerBall Quick Picks when I met the owner of this Dodge Dart Swinger.  All original paint, vinyl and interior, bought from a retired couple who couldn’t handle it any longer…or so he said.  The owner and I talked a lot of cubic inches and horsepower and how cheap labor was ruining his cabinetry business.  I mentioned I liked the paint color.

I Don’t Think That’s How It Works

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Great day at Target yesterday.  Found this Easter Egg under the hood of a Stok grill.  Adorable 70s drawings, sure, and the text was superb.  Jesus is your best friend, unless you’re a dirty shameful sinner (and we all are).  Repent your evil ways, the little girl narrator says, surrounded by happy woodland animals, and He will love you in the Kingdom of Heaven.

I’m pretty sure that’s not how friendship works.

That’s Right: I’m Writing About a Pen

Noodler’s Ahab Fountain Pen & Bulletproof Black Bottle Ink

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 I’ve always admired the inkstand on my father’s desk. It’s a walnut wooden box, with a brass carry handle and two crystal jars with brass lids, one for ink, the other for water. A slim drawer in the base has held an assortment of pens, paperclips, gummed postage stamps and odd foreign coins. Any one of the dozens of fountain pens he writes with rest in the notch on top. Seeing that inkstand now reminds me of the days I would come home from school or wake up on a Saturday morning and find my Dad sitting at his chair, scribbling on a yellow legal pad with a fat-barreled Waterman.

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