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Geek Out on Writing Utensils at the Philadelphia Pen Show

Who’s a geek? I’m a geek. You’re a geek. We’re all geeks. (Yea!)

No, really. We are. Or at least I am. Why? Because I love writing apparatus.

Pens, paper, and office supplies in general are my vices. And I know I’m not the only one out there.

Yea, I’m talking about you, hoarder of cute stationary and little journals with pristine paper – all adored but seldomly used.

We should start a club and hit up the Philadelphia Pen Show this weekend, January 22-24 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Center City Hotel.

I had never heard of such a thing until the other day. I mean really, a pen show?

At first I chuckled a bit, but then realized that if the show was in Austin I’d actually go.

I’m actually kind of surprised that we don’t have an office supply conference/tradeshow type thing around here. I guess we are too cool with our tattoo, record-collecting, and green living conventions.

That’s okay, though. I love Austin. But to all you Philadelphians going to the Pen Show, let me know what you think about the Visconti Homo Sapiens collection of pens made with volcanic lava.

visconti lava pens

Lava Pens

Hot Italian pens. Nice.

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We Have Holidays for Everything … Even a Day to Dress Up Our Pets

I’m not even kidding.

Is it animal abuse, or just an excuse to give your pet a killer outfit?

Tomorrow (January 14) happens to be National Dress Your Pet Up Day. No, Simon is not getting a new outfit.

Why not? Because he is an animal, and the only animal I know of that’s actually comfortable in clothing is Winnie the Pooh, and that’s only because he isn’t wearing pants.

I did a little bit of digging to find out how one may dress his or her pet for this national holiday.

An eHow article gives tips on how to celebrate the holiday cheaply. The author’s first suggestion is to drape the dog in a pillow case. He could look like a cowboy or a princess or like he’s wearing a toga or a cape.

Continue celebrating by giving your pet a treat and a new toy, which should be more like a token or apology for putting your pet through so much torment and embarrassment.

I don’t mean to be a hater here, people, and I like the enthusiasm, but let’s give our pets a break in 2010 and not dress them up. How about giving them some extra love instead.

However, if you absolutely need to participate, why not dress little Sparky in a snazzy new bandana, or get your boy Buster a shiny new collar.

I was thinking something like this:

Simon with bandanasimon poodle

See? Cute. Simple. Comfortable.

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Could You Not Buy Anything New for One Year?

Disclaimer: This post doesn’t actually have anything to do with Austin. Just my recent mumblings.

In this day and age, it’s too easy to shop. Even if you lived one hundred miles from the nearest outlet mall or your favorite store, you could still have your wildest shopping fantasies filled with just an extra shipping fee.

Yes. The power of the Interweb has brought your shopping blues to an end.

But if you live in the city or a decently sized town where shopping is oh so easy to do, then maybe the world of online shopping is doing you wrong, hurting your wallet, and making you lazy. Continue reading

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