Hi Kyle! I was pointed to this entry of yours by the lovely grammardog
, who came to your LJ, she tells me, by way of slutmuphin
, who I'm also lucky enough to be able to call my pal. CJ brought Sara to my wedding in PA as a wedding gift - I'd never been given a *person* as a gift before, and Sara was a lovely person to be gifted. Alas, she had to go back to Canada after the wedding weekend was over... ANYWAY, the reason G'dog pointed me to this entry is because we (you and I) have two connections: one, Pennsylvania - I grew up in Bucks County, PA - and two, fountain pens!
I now live in Scotland with my fountain-pen-mad husband the_pilchard
who never posts anymore on LJ. But after moving here, with his help I started up a fountain pen blog
as well as a wee online shop, both mainly concerning British pens. I'd heard the Philly pen show was this week and wished mightily we could have been there. We're so far up in the Highlands that going to any pen show would require hundreds of miles of traveling (or thousands, were we to go back to Philly), so we haven't been. Boo!
In any event, I just thought it was cool that grammardog
sent me the link to your post - I really enjoyed reading about the show and the pens through the eyes of a fellow enthusiast, it's nice to geek-out-by-proxy, and I thought I would say hi. I've linked to my blog on the chance that you might find it interesting and/or entertaining, and posted here because it's always nice to find another fountain pen person floating around out there in the world! You've picked up a couple of really lovely pens, and I admire your "two in, two out" method of not becoming that crazy fountain pen guy. Our house has, at any given time, a couple hundred fountain pens in various states of restoration / sales readiness (and many, many bits and pieces in the spares box!), so I'm kind of a crazy cat lady only with fountain pens. They are such lovely things, my favorites are the 100 year old pens that write like the day they were purchased originally, with lovely flexy lines and all that history. My ultimate favorites are the ones which have a back-story, the all-time favorite being a pen that came in a box, on the bottom of which had been scrawled, "you want to watch this bloody pen!" I always wondered how many shirt-fronts that pen had ruined, in order to garner such a warning, sent down through time.
Thanks for the ramble through the Philly Pen Show, and it's very nice to 'meet' you! (And thanks for the link, grammardog