Monday, August 03, 2009

Wanted: Moleskine #3

I need to buy a new small, plain moleskine in the next two weeks. Two years ago, I started a tradition to crack open a new moleskine on my birthday. I'm on my second moleskine this year and am about to start on my third one for 2009-2010. I expect that by the time I'm 40, I'll have 15 of these little black books on my shelf, enough material for a few chapters of the autobiography I plan to write. (Hah!) By then too, I hope to be writing with a 'big boy' fountain pen, rather than the starter pen I am currently using, a black Waterman Phileas I purchased on ebay a few months ago for $22.

I have always kept a journal since I was in high school. While I didn't write regularly until I was in college, I've always found the joy of recording my experiences using an actual pen and paper precious. I keep an electronic journal, using Journler, this nifty (and free!) Mac app I downloaded a couple of years ago. But Journler is for emergencies only, when I have no pen and (proper) paper. I've also written entries on coffee shop napkins, on the back of some of my books, and on the back of official receipts. I have some thoughts recorded on my blackberry's Memo Pad too. But for me, nothing beats writing on a good quality paper, using an excellent quality pen. Everyone should have a go at it sometime. It's really one of the simple joys of life one can easily experience.

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JenMP said...

Autobiography? "Big boy" fountain pen? You are such an odd Filipino to me, Karl. You're very... what's the word... European in nature. Is it even politically correct for me to say that?? Anyway, you know I mean no offense. It's just really funny to me. And I have to say, you're whole moleskin kick makes me want to go out and get a moleskin to write in. But... I know I'll never actually write in it. :o(

karlmd said...

HAHA! No offense taken, of course. I think you may have stereotyped Filipinos a bit. Haha. There's a whole subculture here of Moleskine lovers and fountain pen lovers. One of the columnists I regularly read over on (his website address would clue you in already) has an immense collection of pens (immense compared to the 2 I have, LOL). I think they even have their local chapter of the Fountain Pen Network (yes, it exists, google it!). European in nature, eh? I'm not sure about that. I'm sure there are Americans who share the same interests. So they're European in nature too? HAHA. Maybe when I come back to LA sometime, I'll gift you with a Moleskine so you won't feel guilty writing on it. Haha.

JenMP said...

Lol! Um, yeah, I probably do stereotype. haha. Not something I'm proud of, but I think I do it more than I care to admit. No, it just really strikes me because there seems to be two extremes in the Philippines and no middle ground. There are those who don't have the option of education and remain in poverty and there are those who are blessed with economical means to receive and flourish in their education. Sean always told us about these extremes and it still catches me off-guard when I run into it. I don't know why, but it does.

There are absolutely a TON of Americans who share the same interests! Actually, I have another friend who is Filipina... I rarely consider her Filipina because she's very... I would say Americanized but that's not appropriate... she's more Europeanized in every way. Her heart literally is in London and she often visits there to live. She's been there now for I don't even know how long. And she's very spoiled.... or just really bad with what money she earns. She is an odd one for sure... you'd have to meet her to know what I mean. But that's what makes her great! Sorry, that didn't relate to Americans at all. But somehow your comment reminded me of her.

I'm not so sure about this Fountain Pen Network. It sounds very... nerdy! lol. Totally reminds me of math geeks with their pocket protectors. lol. Oh man... there is a geek in all of us. I will not disclose mine! ;op

JenMP said...

whoa, i just saw how much i wrote!

karlmd said...

I'm sure we all have preconceived notions of one thing or the other. It's just a reality we have to deal with. Heh.

One of the strongest things about American society is its middle class. Here, a clear majority (a little more than 50%) of the people would consider themselves living in poverty while a distinct small group of people are rich. The middle class is the blurry section in between, but it's there. So I agree with Sean's assessment about the two extremes but I wonder if he's calling some in the middle as part of the extreme. I guess in some unconscious way I'm being defensive, HAHA. But I will not dispute that so much of my people live hungry and poor. I know that there are poor and homeless people in the US too, it's just not as prevalent as it is here.

Yes, there is a geek in all of us. Hmm, I'm sure yours will shine through some day. LOL.

JenMP said...

I'm not really sure Sean said there wasn't a middle class at all, but just that the extremes between the impoverished and the rich are so apparent. I probably just concluded that there was no middle class myself. My apologies! Although, after meeting and getting to know you, I started to wonder if that assessment was wrong... and it is!

It's interesting how the striking difference between the poor and the rich are far greater than those in American society. But, the poor in the US are not as in dire need as those in the Philippines, with the help of the welfare system that the American government has put into place. Which, is probably one of the types of institutions you were alluding to in your most recent post. It would be nice if the Filipino government set up something to drastically help their impoverished citizens. Hopefully someday soon something like that will come into place.

Oh, my inner geek has already shone through. You just haven't had the pleasure of seeing it to make fun of! haha! I try to keep it well hidden.