Paul bought me two pounds of assorted promotional pens from American Science & Surplus, which went a good long way to repair any lingering bad feelings from our fight from the other day---especially since, unlike a bouquet of apology flowers, these were ordered ahead of time out of pure thoughtfulness, when he hadn't yet realized he might be motivated to act thoughtful in order to smooth things over.
I wish I could take photos of the pens to show you, but the children have misplaced my camera and it's been long enough now that I actually ordered a new camera (I bought this one) (and I'm keeping it in my purse where they can't get to it). You know what would be fun? Dividing a house up like a cow field and letting people choose a square where they bet the camera is, and then having a prize for the winner (maybe some pens!). Except, unlike waiting for a cow to poop, we might have to wait until the kids move out to find that stupid camera.
Anyway, the pens. What they are is promotional pen rejects---the ones that didn't meet quality control for the promotional printing on the barrels. There are about 50 pens to a pound, so I have about 100 (Miss Zoot will envy my pen riches). I would say my favorite so far is an orange one with black polkadots that says "OMNIMOUNT" and "1-800-MOUNT-IT". I have a nice big handful of those. But I also have a few red-and-white Iowa State University pens, a whole bunch of pens that make me look like I stole pens from a bank, and a whole bunch of pens that make me look like I stole pens from a CHURCH. That would be a bold move, huh?
Oh, wait, new winner: FUNERAL HOME pens. I think I would prefer NOT to see a promotional pen at a funeral home. Plain black businesslike pens would be better, I think, not only for the dignity of it but because I don't want to think about anyone PROMOTING a funeral home. But for my own pen mug, I want the funeral home promotional pen.
Speaking of promotional, I hope to have lots of future experiences to prove me wrong, but at this point I'd have to say there are few things as satisfying as owning things with one's OWN advertising on them. From the expression "Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt" I glean that THE T-SHIRT is a crucial part of fully experiencing an experience. And now I have been there, done that, and paid too much for a t-shirt designed by a total amateur:
I also made a bumper sticker:
(Both screen shots from Zazzle.com.)
Anyway, I fully recommend this. It is EXPENSIVE, but then you have your OWN t-shirt or whatever, with your OWN slogan on it! It is super-fun, and it really is startling to see it---I'm sure Angelina Jolie feels the same way when she sees her billboards. And you can do many, many versions as you try to figure out what looks nice.
AND, Zazzle has sales pretty often: I got the shirt when they were doing a deal where it was a 4-hour 50% off shirts sale, so it was still pretty expensive but easier to deal with. If you register, they'll send you emails about the sales. And heavens, NO, they have not asked me to write this or paid me to talk about it or given me anything for free or ANYTHING---if they had, this would be over on the reviews blog.
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