And by that I mean a pencil, you see. I’m at the new gig and collecting office supplies. When it comes to randomly taking notes that I might actually value (as opposed to note taking for the sake of appearances), I like a pencil. Makes me feel like I’ll be more likely to edit/correct/erase, even though that’s not the case. And besides, as I’ve mentioned before, when you walk the halls with a sharpened pencil you feel like you could stab a coworker if you really needed to. I never would, of course, but it’s nice to know I could :).
So I find the pencils, and of course they are unsharpened. I ask the admin/HR lady for a pencil sharpener. She says, “I think it’s in one of the boxes since we moved.” She then digs into a box and pulls it out. “You’re the first one to need it.”
At this, another coworker pops his head into the hallway and asks, “Is that a pencil sharpener? I can’t remember the last time I saw one of those.”
I take it back to my office (why not, if I’m the only one using it?), plug it in, and sharpen some pencils. I turn and there’s another coworker in my cube saying, “Wow, that *was* a pencil sharpener I heard!”
The funny thing, though – what’s so obsolete about a pencil? What new bit of technology has replaced it? Is everybody running around with mechanical pencils? I always break those, I write too hard. Pens? I lose too many pens. I told a coworker, “You can tell at a glance if your pencil will work, and you don’t have to actually scribble on your paper first to prove it.”