Without Flair

 

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Searching through the rubble of my bedroom desk drawer, I find the estranged top to my last remaining Flair pen. I’ve been looking for it for weeks, sealing up that last precious pen in Saran Wrap and a Ziplock bag, lest it dry out. They don’t seem to import Flair pens to Mexico and the last time I looked for them in the states, I could only find lurid colors of orange and purple and green.  No black.

My first attempts to scribble poetry with a mere rolling writer were not successful.  That attempt was without precedent.  I’ve been scribbling with Flair pens for as long as I can remember. Their little felt nibs flow so effortlessly over the surface of the paper. The track they leave is wide enough to make a writer feel important and acknowledged. In the world of writing aids—pen, paper, notebooks, staplers, dictionaries—Flair pens are the perfect neighbors. They do not make a noise or leave an impression on the page under them. 

Now I move to restore this much-looked-for cap to its spouse, only to find someone has moved the ziplock back containing the pen.  With no one else to blame but the cats or Yolanda, my three-times-a-week housekeeper, I mine my mind for memories of where I might have moved it. Sigh. Place the top in the place formerly designated for its companion. The search continues.

 

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14 thoughts on “Without Flair

  1. Leah Jay

    There is something about a new pen that gets me very excited. I even once bought the nasa pen that works in zero gravity, absolute novelty. My father acquired that one.

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong

    They sell them on Amazon. I bought a dozen black ones a few months ago. We only have two left. I don’t understand where they go, but that plastic crunching noise I hear from the dogs may have something to do with it.

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  3. slmret

    That looks like a good post for the Forgetting prompt too! I have been using Pilot gel roller pens recently — I like a fine point, but there ae several sizes. They do disappear as quickly as any other type of pen — I had two on my desk this morning — now only one!

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      1. slmret

        No animals to walk off with my pens — I just pick them up and move them, forgetting as I go that I put them down! Wasn’t there a prompt a couple of days ago about Forgetting (or did I make that one up)?

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      It has a fairly fine felt tip. It is made by Paper Mate and is called a Flair pen. They’ve made them for at least 25 years, I’d say..Must research this. They were sorta replaced by the rolling writers which don’t hold a candle to them. I can still find them occasionally, but they are getting harder and harder to find since they started making them in so many colors. People snap up the black ones which are what I prefer. Must admit that the photo with the cat was staged.. ha.

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  4. Anton Wills-Eve

    Judy, what on earth is a flair pen? I’ve used felt tips of all sorts, can’t stand the ones that screech agonisingly on plastic notice boards, but your description is of an altogether more desirable escrirablatory object and I’d probably love one. Even buy two and send you one, but what is it?

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Made by papermate. Has a very small felt tip. You can get it in fine or regular tip. Regular is like a big ball point nib, the fine is finer..as though you’d dipped a needle in ink and written with it for the fine point. You should be able to get them online if not in stores in England. I love them. I have a photo of one in my post.

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  5. rogershipp

    Don’t you hate it when people keep moving your stuff (but you are the only one home?) My dad used to accuse me of coming home from college in the middle of the night to move his tools around so that he could not find them!

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