|12/11/12 Private Reserve Black Velvet ink, S& B Gamma sketchbook|
I nearly jumped out of my skin when he started speaking to me (when I’m engaged in a sketch, I startle easily). The young man sitting at the next table noticed the pen I was using and spoke with animation. He told me that he was relatively new to fountain pens, but now he can’t imagine going back to “ordinary” pens. He had an apple green Lamy Safari like mine, as well as a few others, which he pulled out to show me. Not to be outdone, I showed him mine. We chatted about our favorite inks and being hooked on samples from the Goulet Pen Company. He even opened his pocket notebook to show me some inks he had been trying.
“I like hand-writing so much that I sort of resent having to write on the computer,” he said, gesturing dismissively at his laptop.
His comment warmed my heart. There’s still hope in this screen-centric world.