|Clouds Moving Over the Angeles Forest Sketch ©2013 Katherine Kean|
graphite on paper approx 8 x 8 inches
This past two weeks saw me trip a circuit breaker by turning on the vacuum, while one of my computers randomly and stubbornly refused to burn anything to a CD. Then a space heater died, my hair dryer died, and the oven stopped working, followed two days later by the microwave. The oven simply cooled down and then refused to warm back up. The microwave on the other hand went out in a shower of sparks and arcs of blue electricity crawling across the outside of the door, leaving little burn marks in its wake.
While all of these technical issues are being resolved I’m feeling very grateful for my pencil. It’s very reliable, always ready to go, easy to carry, and doesn’t need an outlet. It doesn’t require warming up, or cooling off and it won’t over heat and shut itself down or refuse to start. I don’t need to study a confusing owner’s manual to use it and it doesn’t require technical support, service calls, repairs, or upgrades. It works very much the same way each and every time I use it - no matter how long it has been since the last time I needed it.
More pencil facts:
Pencils write in zero gravity and although I’ve yet to try it, apparently under water. (But on what?)
A typical pencil can write as many as 45,000 words. A single pencil can make a line 35 -70 miles long.
Pencils were invented in 1565, but didn't get embedded erasers until the 1800s. I also hear that pencils without erasers are more common in Europe.
March 30th is Pencil Appreciation day.
"The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser - in case you thought optimism was dead." Robert Brault