Pens disappear one after another

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 April, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 April, 2005, 12:00am

StationEry drives me mad sometimes. Have you noticed that unless you chain a pen to your wrist, you can never find one when you need it?

Worse still, there's plenty of them around when you don't need one. Pens are like rats; constantly spreading, multiplying and hiding when you look for them.

Walking through a stationery store in Hong Kong is a unique experience. Who would have imagined that there could be so many varieties of writing utensils, each designed for a specific purpose?

Need a pen that's also a pencil? How about one for drawing blueprints?

I'm fairly certain that the only kind of pen I haven't seen is one designed not to be lost.

Pen cases don't really help. They just clump all your pens together, so that they can all disappear at once.

Do you ever wonder where these pens go?

Considering the number of pens I have lost in my house, I'd expect to be tripping over them.

But there isn't a pen in sight when I need one.

I would like to think that I'm not irresponsible and that all my pens are running away in the middle of the night to Pen Island.

No matter how hard I try, I just can't hold on to a pen for more than a week.

So, the next time you're writing with a pen, look at it long and hard.

You probably won't ever see it again.