Though you may think you do, many of you do not fully understand the depths of my geekery. About 15 years ago, I bought a ten-buck Diplomat fountain pen that rapidly became my favourite writing instrument, replacing the four-buck Shaeffer.
About four or five years ago it began gumming up hopelessly. No amount of cleaning or injecting or laying on of hands could solve it. No amount of searching could replace it. And I wasn't about to send a ten-dollar pen to the Fountain Pen Hospital in NYC (though I have sent my Waterman there, with good results).
My writing has suffered. Landfills have suffered (I've been using disposable fountain pens).
I JUST FOUND A REPLACEMENT ONLINE. It's now a $25 fountain pen. I bought two.
Through actual, literal tears. That's the geek part.
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