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Old November 5th, 2011, 11:01 PM
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Do you buy pens or do you take them from your cruise ship cabins ?
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I assume that the one or two pens in your cabin are there for you to use and take home with you. However, they would be only a drop in the bucket compared to all the pens we need.
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I don't buy pens anymore. Besides the cruises, they have free pens in banks. motels and other business.

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Pharmacutical reps have the best pens evah
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Carnival just sent me a pen, keychain and business card carrier and a hat/sun visor.

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Carnival just sent me a pen, keychain and business card carrier and a hat/sun visor.

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Wow, if they'd sweeten the deal with a luggage tag and maybe a deck of cards they'd sure have my business for life!

On a shelf in my office is a box with so many pens in it that I could never go through them in two lifetimes. They've all be given to me over the years, and some of them are very nice Cross models in presentation boxes. I doubt I'll ever use most of them.

But my favorites are the ones my cousin has given me. He's a retired auto designer and an award-winning woodworker who--when the spirit moves him--turns scraps of fine wood on his lathe and fashions them into absolutely gorgeous pens. They're beautiful, but I seldom let them leave my desk because I'm afraid of losing them.

He's now doing similar work making wine stoppers--most of them with several kinds of wood and spectacular inlays. Terrific artist.
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At least on RCI, I've never had a problem getting pens. I just drop by the Pursers Desk about 0600 and they just hand them to me.

AR, you're right-on about the Cross pens. Their reputation is well earned. I have two sets in Gold and one in Silver and I'm always afraid to take them out of the case for fear of losing them.

I have a drawer full of very nice dress watches (I'm not talking about the ridiculously priced one but they certainly aren't cheap especially by my standards) that I have been presented by various organizations. But my favorite is a $400 dollar watch that was a 50th birthday gift from my wife's niece Adelaide. Problem is, it' so complicated I just take it to the jeweler to set it and even they sometimes have a hard time. :razz:
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Years ago, I had a Mont Blanc for short time...then someone else had it
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How strange that you should post this now. I just picked up one of the "Carnival" pens that I have here on my desk, and it's DRY! I'll just take that as a sign that I'm overdue for another fantastic Carnival Cruise. You see, there's good and bad in everything!

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Apart from a batch I had done for my business, I don't think I ever bought a pen.
When my mum died she left some money to our son, he bought a Mont Blanc with it, hope he still has it.
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I used to always buy pens . However a friend of mine started an advertising promotionals business in 1994 and as recently as 2006 he was buying pens from wholesalers for less than a penny each .That was the last time I bought a pen.
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I have 2 pens......& 1 pencil that hubby made.......like AR said of his cousin........pen & pencil out of wood & a pen out of solid surface countertop material.......that I use everywhere......love them.....put pens do seem to jump into my suitcase from cruises & hotels..........



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I do not bring pens on cruises because one or two are usually provided. However, I always bring a high-lighter so I can highlight the activities I find interesting in the daily flyers.
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AMEN! I don't know where they get them but their always nice pens.
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One nurse who knew of my penchant for the drug pens..opened a draw, and told me to help myself..I was in heaven! My eye Dr, gave me a ****** pen...had a lot of fun with that one

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Do Epipens count???
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Old November 10th, 2011, 09:25 AM
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Like AR I have a couple of boxes of pens in my office. I have been able to keep a couple of sets of Cross pens and pencils and have two Mont Blanc pens.

In the mid-nineties my wife purchased a beautiful and very expensive Mont Blanc pen for a Christmas present. I had always told her to never buy me an expensive pen or lighter because sooner or later I would lose it.

Sure enough I had the pen on my desk and it was only a couple of months until it disappeared. I probably lost it but it was "possible" that it was stolen. After that I just used a good ole Cross or other nice pen.

I was presented with a Visconti fountain pen and pencil desk set but I never used it. I gave it to a friend a long time ago. I have handwriting that even a fine fountain pen can't improve.

A few years ago I ordered some pens for a Cruisemates cruise and the company I ordered them from still sends me samples. I now have received about 20+ of their different pens and most of them are really nice for writing. Some are gimmick pens that make sounds or have flashlights (actually that one came in handy). The one I like is the last bunch I purchased for the last CM cruise. It has a highlighter on one end and a pen on the other. Great for marking the daily and for writing notes.

I have a rule that if something is made to be used you use it. However, with pens it is hard because they multiply like wire clothes hangers in a closet but when you really need one you can't find one. Or one that writes without shaking it like a fever thermometer.

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