Sunday, February 28, 2010

On Pens in Mugs


For some really odd reason (which still evades me), there is a sort of tradition for using mugs as a stationery “organiser” on a desk. I do not like the term “organiser”, since a mug is in no way capable of organising. All the stationery is together and allowed to mix freely. Every time you move the mug even slightly, the pens jump around and rearrange themselves. This is hardly organised. The stationery would be far more organised if it was just laid out on the desk.

Another thing I do not understand is the need for so many pens that they need to be organised. I get by with a single clutch pencil, and a single pen (black, rarely used). The nice thing about having only two of anything is that they are organised even if you get the order back to front. (You can always claim reverse alphabetical order). There are very few jobs which would require more stationery than that, and if they do, that stationery is not normally used often enough to justify the space it takes up on the desk. This stationery should be kept in a drawer – the correct place for storing stationery.

Honestly, have they not considered what would happen if they were to suddenly want a cup of coffee? They’d have to drink it out of the drawer...
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2 comments:

Pink Spectacles said...

I can see the attraction of having an array of pens at one's disposal. One could run out of ink, or it could be chewed beyond use. The pens I use are always temperamental. Thus, I need much more than one...

Alphanumeric Sheep Pig said...

Oh. So are you saying the root of the problem are cheap pens? My pens last ages... And, luckily, I managed to get into the habit of being gentle when I chew my pens...