I Give Up

My work shirts don’t have pockets, so I’ve taken to clipping my pen to my badge lanyard. Recently, that caused me to lose one of my favorite pens, when the pen unscrewed from the cap and disappeared.

Today, it was my Lamy Safari. The cap pulls off, and is sturdy enough to survive my daily routine. But not the barrel. It unscrewed and dropped, leaving me with the cap and the guts of the pen, but no barrel.

I think my journey with fountain pens is over. And this makes me sad.

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Grumpy Might Not Die

This week. Of heart disease. Maybe.

Last month FaucetCompany had their annual health fair, complete with blood screening. If you recall, last year’s results weren’t all that good. Glucose and triglycerides were in spec, and my “good” cholesterol was only one point below the recommended range. But my “bad” cholesterol was 434, with an upper limit of 130.

This year, my glucose is close to the upper limit, but still in spec. Triglycerides remain good. “Good” cholesterol has dropped to six points below the recommended minimum, but “bad” cholesterol is now 140. While technically high, with a maximum of 130, it’s a shitload better than 434.

Not sure how it happened. I’m still as obese as I was last year, within a few pounds, anyway. And my lifestyle hasn’t changed much. I’ll take it, though.

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Defective. Or both.


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i haz a sad

My favorite pen is the Pilot 78G. The Lamy is a sentimental favorite, because it began my fountain pen journey. The Chinese pens are pretty, and write well, but just don’t speak to me. The Parker Vectors are hands down the best utilitarian pens that I own. But my heart belongs to the Pilot.

I acquired two extras shortly after I bought the first one and discovered just how much I liked it. One took flight within a few months, so I tried to be protective of the remaining two. But I did use them. A second escaped from my badge lanyard last week.

Somehow, the main part of the pen came unscrewed from the cap and dropped, presumably into the witch’s brew of corrosive, toxic and otherwise unpleasant chemicals that live in the pit underneath of my machine. And then there was one.

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New work schedule – 0300-1330+. Reassigned to a new line. Haven’t had a day off in two weeks. Am temporarily commuting sixty-five minutes each way to and from work, making for really fucking long days. Drilled a small hole halfway through my palm a couple days ago, and it still hurts.

But I did get laid last week, so not everything sucks.

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Can’t Have Nice Things

When a demon child toddler lives in the house.

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Well, Hell!

I got stuck working some overtime since my last post, and I had planned to invest some of those earnings into a IWB holster for my Taurus 617. I’m not a fan of IWB carry, but it’s the best deep concealment option that I’ve found.

First, I checked out Evyl Robot, since I’m already one of his satisfied customers. He’s not accepting new orders, due to a massive backlog. Because I’m a previous customer, and because he’s a nice  guy, I probably could have talked him into taking my money, but with a likely lead time of ten weeks or more, what’s the point?

Sunrise Leather, where I obtained the holster that has been home for the Alaskan for the past decade, is also not taking new orders.

Shooting Buddy has a Fugly and a gun belt from Dragon Leatherworks that he can’t say enough good things about. I emailed Dennis, but he can’t (or won’t) build one for the 617. His reply when I asked was simply, “No, sorry.” He must have plenty to do, too. His decision to limit his reply to two words ensured that I won’t disturb him for any future leather needs, despite his reputation. Not that he gives a shit. Or would, if he knew.

Privateer Leather was the last on my list of folks I’ve done business with in the past, or are recommended by someone whose opinion I trust. Wes took the time to explain that no one seems to make a mold for the 617, or any other Taurus revolver for that matter. He put out feelers for any 617 owners local to him, but has not found anyone yet. I doubt that he will, since it’s not a popular model.

I appreciate the time that he took to explain why he couldn’t help me, and the effort he made on my behalf. He will be my first call the next time. Hopefully, he’ll stay busy enough to be successful, but not so busy that he has to put a moratorium on new orders like others have done.

At that point, it seemed like I was going to be stuck with an off-the-rack model. There aren’t many of those out there, either. Maybe I should’ve bought a Smith, but if I remember correctly, when I bought the 617, S&W was busy playing footsie with the first Clinton administration.

I found exactly three. All three are single clip with zero forward cant. One is obviously not tuckable, which is an important feature for me. Tuckability for the other two was indeterminate. Both were listed on Amazon, where the option to ask a question exists. 

On each, I asked if the model was tuckable. That makes sense, right? I mean, what else could be meant by that question for an IWB holster? Six people answered. Only one knew what I was asking, and responded in the negative. The other five, one of whom was either the vendor or the maker, thought I was asking if I could tuck it inside my pants.

How the fuck else would one wear an inside the waistband holster, if not tucked inside the waistband of one’s britches? I need to know if I can tuck my fucking shirt in between the holster and my pants, or if the clip would prevent such action. Dumbasses!

Even after I elaborated on the question, there was confusion. Either I’m an idiot, or people are stupid. Or both.

Since the last holster is made by the same company, and is simply a nylon cousin of the leather one now known not to be tuckable, I assume that it isn’t either.

It looks like I won’t be doing any deep concealed carry with the 617. Anybody wanna trade for a J-frame .357?

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