This is the pen I dropped on the floor during Tim Bowler’s event in Edinburgh, 24th August 2015.
Yes, I know. That’s very precise. But I remember it well, because my backup pen also failed, and that was one pen problem too much for what was already a trying evening.
The good news is I found it again, and I have continued carrying it round with me ever since. It always works really well, especially considering it was a freebie. Most likely given to me by the Resident IT Consultant, a long time ago. At a guess, 1986. Because it says so on the pen.
I often look at it, wondering how the ink can keep going for what has now been 35 years. But as luck would have it, the ink appeared to run dry a few days ago, and I prepared to say goodbye to my freebie friend.
But I decided to take a look, to see if it was old enough that maybe I could actually change the ink ‘thing’, and found to my surprise that there was a Parker refill inside it. Hardly surprising that it had kept going so well. Decided to take another look and discovered it is an actual Parker pen.
Who’d have thought they gave away Parker pens for advertising purposes like that?
I’m guessing it’s not goodbye after all.