With the passing economic dooms, my company has limited the purchase of non-essentials, including but not limited to: pens.
As one would expect with basic economic laws, with this reduction of supply the value of the pen has gone up dramatically. Co-worker Shaun joked about having a stock pile at his desk and charging fellow employees for them… really, not that bad of an idea. Yesterday, I foolishly left work with a pen in my shirt pocket and this morning I found myself without a writing tool. I headed upstairs to talk to our administrative assistant.
Mike D: “Karen! Do you happen to have any pens?”
Karen: “I might have one or two really cheap pens under my desk here…”
She reached under the desk and pulled out a whole box of pens.
Mike D: “Whoa.”
Karen: “Don’t get excited. They’re really cheap pens.”
Mike D: “A cheap pen is better than no pen!”
It was an Office Max pen and the moment I laid pen to paper the tip jammed backwards through the pen and the conical tip support piece split down the middle. Weak.
It turns out that a cheap pen is not necessarily better than no pen.