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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2700 on: April 02, 2022, 02:49:04 PM »
These sweet scissors
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I never get tired of them.

I have shears like that, they were my mother's and must be at least 60 years old, if not older.  Super to use.
I bought a pair like that for $2 at a secondhand market and they are a dream to use.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2701 on: April 02, 2022, 04:47:52 PM »
next up: t-shirts
most of my tshirts have pit stains. i guess im getting old because it's starting to bother me.
waiting for hanes/fruit-of-the-loom to have their annual sale with or walmart carries the '+2 free' tshirts package

Pit stains can be removed by washing with white dishwasher soap (or a tablet in the bottom of the washing machine). It can also help to put them out in the sunshine after washing, when still wet. The sunlight is a bleacher.

What kind of deodorant do you use?  I read that pit stains happen when the aluminum in your antiperspirant or deodorant mixes with your sweat and gets absorbed into your clothes.  I switched several years ago to the crystal stick kind, and have literally not had a single pit stain since.  They're also incredibly mustachian since 1 of the large ones lasts me over a year. 
https://www.kingsoopers.com/p/crystal-body-deodorant-stick/0008644900225

The crystal deodorants have plenty of aluminum in them, it's just in a different form - potassium aluminum nitrate (sometimes called potassium alum) instead of aluminum chlorohydrate.

I've always like the idea of them, and tried them a few times . . . but unfortunately they don't work for me.  When wearing the crystal stuff my shirts will soak through with sweat, and I'll start smelling later on in the day whereas with a conventional antiperspirant I don't.  For me, sweat stains were more significant with the crystal deoderant stuff.  YMMV though.

Not sure if you can get Lume deodorant in Canada, but I've been using it for a year with no pit stains. It's the only natural option I've tried that doesn't cause me to break out in a rash or stop working after a couple of months.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2702 on: April 02, 2022, 04:51:10 PM »
Husband and I enjoyed a trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts today. Thanks to a millage that was renewed in 2020, all residents of our county and two others that border Detroit get free general admission. It's always such a treat to visit Rivera Court.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2703 on: April 12, 2022, 04:10:48 AM »
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2704 on: April 14, 2022, 02:04:51 PM »
I was just moving around the property picking up sticks from winter winds and checking on little bushes and trees DW planted last year. Dear dog was sniffing around checking things out. Warm sun, warm breeze, sounds of the wind in the trees. Sweeping the garage out, sweeping the driveway off. The seasons are in flux again. 

Pretty wonderful.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2705 on: April 16, 2022, 09:23:24 AM »
The choral version of Borodin's "Polovtsian Dances" (from Prince Igor), which is currently playing on Classic FM online. This was one of my favorite pieces to perform with my choir, and it's so much fun to hear it again.

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« Reply #2706 on: April 16, 2022, 09:49:20 AM »
DH had surgery on both feet this week. Despite his protestations that it wasn't necessary, I decided a wheelchair would be helpful essential to my sanity and his continued survival. I requested one via NextDoor. I had an offer from someone nearby within ten minutes. She had three to choose from, and wisely suggested the one he could propel himself. Today is Day 2 and it's already been a godsend.

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« Reply #2707 on: April 25, 2022, 06:39:01 AM »
Butter Croissants from Costco. $4.99 for 12, warm in microwave, add some cheddar cheese, a banana, and a big glass of water and I have a delicious, filling meal for about $1.25.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2708 on: April 26, 2022, 12:49:44 PM »
Went out with some friends for a couple of hours on Sunday morning and picked up trash from a little section of a greenway multi-use path. I bike commute along that path, and it had been bugging me, so I recruited a couple of friends and then contacted the city. They have a well-designed volunteer coordinator, who set us up with grabbers, trash bags, gloves, masks, waivers (so we don't sue them, obviously!) and they pick up the bagged trash later, asking only that we not leave it blocking the paths. I put up a post on NextDoor, inviting other folks to join us, but I figured if it was just the three of us that was fine.

Turns out 5 adults with intent can pull a LOT of garbage out of a creek/greenway in two hours. The place looked a ton better, we piled up .. I dunno, a dozen full-sized trash bags worth of stuff, and it felt so nice to actually DO something to make the place a little cleaner! Plus, not only did we pick up every piece of plastic that we found, we also found a prairie dog skull that everyone thought was cool!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2709 on: April 26, 2022, 01:01:59 PM »
Good on you! I was just noticing a country road near our house that was looking scruffy due to trash. Alot of people haul their garbage to the transfer station along that road. Things blow out of their pickup trucks I guess.

Well, the county must have read my mind b/c the next day the road crew were out there picking up. Loads better!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2710 on: April 27, 2022, 01:46:58 AM »
Went out with some friends for a couple of hours on Sunday morning and picked up trash from a little section of a greenway multi-use path. I bike commute along that path, and it had been bugging me, so I recruited a couple of friends and then contacted the city. They have a well-designed volunteer coordinator, who set us up with grabbers, trash bags, gloves, masks, waivers (so we don't sue them, obviously!) and they pick up the bagged trash later, asking only that we not leave it blocking the paths. I put up a post on NextDoor, inviting other folks to join us, but I figured if it was just the three of us that was fine.

Turns out 5 adults with intent can pull a LOT of garbage out of a creek/greenway in two hours. The place looked a ton better, we piled up .. I dunno, a dozen full-sized trash bags worth of stuff, and it felt so nice to actually DO something to make the place a little cleaner! Plus, not only did we pick up every piece of plastic that we found, we also found a prairie dog skull that everyone thought was cool!

The world would be a much better place if more people would:

a) Put things in a trash can
b) Pick up a small amount of trash on a routine basis

Good on you!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2711 on: April 28, 2022, 05:43:40 PM »
Went out with some friends for a couple of hours on Sunday morning and picked up trash from a little section of a greenway multi-use path. I bike commute along that path, and it had been bugging me, so I recruited a couple of friends and then contacted the city. They have a well-designed volunteer coordinator, who set us up with grabbers, trash bags, gloves, masks, waivers (so we don't sue them, obviously!) and they pick up the bagged trash later, asking only that we not leave it blocking the paths. I put up a post on NextDoor, inviting other folks to join us, but I figured if it was just the three of us that was fine.

Turns out 5 adults with intent can pull a LOT of garbage out of a creek/greenway in two hours. The place looked a ton better, we piled up .. I dunno, a dozen full-sized trash bags worth of stuff, and it felt so nice to actually DO something to make the place a little cleaner! Plus, not only did we pick up every piece of plastic that we found, we also found a prairie dog skull that everyone thought was cool!

The world would be a much better place if more people would:

a) Put things in a trash can
b) Pick up a small amount of trash on a routine basis

Good on you!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2712 on: May 08, 2022, 08:26:20 PM »
Okay, so the tickets to see Sting in concert last night on the other side of the state werenít cheap. They were, however, worth every penny: husband and I both have been huge fans for decades, and Stingís performance was 2 hours of sheer joy.

The cheap part was the side trip today to surprise my SIL and niece and nephew (surprise assisted by my BIL), who live on the other side of the state. We hadnít seen them in person since Christmas Eve. My SIL was teary-eyed. The kids body-slammed us with hugs. Such a great day.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2713 on: May 09, 2022, 08:36:49 AM »
I got out for a short run this morning, and was stunned at the amount of birdsong there is at 5:15 in the morning.  It sounded like hundreds and hundreds of birds singing as loud as they could. Half an hour later, just as the sun was cresting the horizon, they seemed to have calmed down.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2714 on: May 09, 2022, 08:37:53 AM »
When the grocery store stocks the one type of cream I like for my coffee.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2715 on: May 09, 2022, 01:11:47 PM »
Rode my bike down to the farm fields near our house almost at dark and watched a thunderhead cloud cross the sky. Quite a lightning show and confined only to that one thunderhead cloud. It was several miles north of my location. Its been a real treat to live in a place with fields and the open sky above. We still have trees and shade around the house.

Our previous house was in a neighborhood. While we enjoyed the shady trees, there wasn't a way to see very far in any direction. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2716 on: May 09, 2022, 01:34:31 PM »
I got out for a short run this morning, and was stunned at the amount of birdsong there is at 5:15 in the morning.  It sounded like hundreds and hundreds of birds singing as loud as they could. Half an hour later, just as the sun was cresting the horizon, they seemed to have calmed down.

The dawn chorus! Now I need to get up early this week to get me some of that.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2717 on: May 17, 2022, 05:15:24 PM »
Coming home this afternoon with the windows down, smelling all the plants. Huckleberry, fresh cut grass (hay), and all the others. No traffic so I could coast along at 30 mph.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2718 on: June 05, 2022, 08:35:22 PM »
When the person in the 120k RV in the campsite next to you points at your tent and says that they used to camp like that, and you reply, "yes, I can afford a 120k RV, but I prefer a tent."

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2719 on: June 05, 2022, 11:18:38 PM »
A midsummer night.  OK, it's still a few weeks to go here, but at my latitude it's still full daylight at 9 PM now.  The formal sunset is at 10 PM and dusk at 11 PM.  I love summer light at night.

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« Reply #2720 on: June 05, 2022, 11:39:04 PM »
Free plants from a giveaway pile!

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« Reply #2721 on: June 06, 2022, 09:06:20 AM »
When the person in the 120k RV in the campsite next to you points at your tent and says that they used to camp like that, and you reply, "yes, I can afford a 120k RV, but I prefer a tent."
Hahaha, we represent that remark. Of course, we paid half that for a rig that has doubled in "value" in two years, which we never expected. Truth is, we're in our sixties now and we would be miserable sleeping in a tent. We did it when we could, but we've earned our creature comforts now. Of course the cash we paid for the rig was part of the proceeds from our side hustle.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2722 on: June 06, 2022, 06:15:04 PM »
Free plants from a giveaway pile!

Same here! I volunteer at a nonprofit orchard and its freebie table this spring has been fantastic. Really excited about the black cap raspberries I just got.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2723 on: June 20, 2022, 02:08:42 AM »
There are so many small things in life that can bring us happiness, and often, they don't cost a thing. A sunny day, a phone call from a friend, a good book to read - these are all things that can make us smile. Sometimes it's the little things that mean the most.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2724 on: June 22, 2022, 02:16:18 PM »

A shower at the end of the day, especially if you have worked or played hard during the day.  Start of warm and transition to nice and cold......It doesn't even have to be long to be tranformational.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2725 on: June 24, 2022, 09:30:42 PM »
A good nightís sleep, a delicious coffee and a painfree run

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2726 on: June 26, 2022, 07:18:33 AM »
A good nightís sleep, a delicious coffee and a painfree run

That does sound nice.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2727 on: June 26, 2022, 11:15:35 AM »
A good nightís sleep, a delicious coffee and a painfree run

That does sound nice.

Studies indicate that forgoing the coffee will significantly increase the chances of the good night's sleep.  :P

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2728 on: June 26, 2022, 08:46:37 PM »
That super satisfying pleasant soreness the day after a hard workout

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2729 on: June 27, 2022, 07:16:46 AM »
That super satisfying pleasant soreness the day after a hard workout

If you play your cards right, you can get that every day.

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« Reply #2730 on: June 27, 2022, 08:18:18 AM »
@GuitarStv-- you are so right.  I love the little bit of soreness the next day ALMOST as much as the sweat soaking through my shirt on the day of a hard workout.  Hurts so good.

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« Reply #2731 on: June 27, 2022, 10:30:24 AM »
Sitting outside in barely-breezy 75-degree weather, on the deck I built myself, on chairs given to us by a neighbor who was upgrading, in the shade of a massive umbrella picked up off a curb, eating ice cream and chatting with family.  Life is good.

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« Reply #2732 on: June 27, 2022, 11:04:30 AM »
Sitting outside in barely-breezy 75-degree weather, on the deck I built myself, on chairs given to us by a neighbor who was upgrading, in the shade of a massive umbrella picked up off a curb, eating ice cream and chatting with family.  Life is good.

Realizing you could be anywhere in the world, I love that you are eating ice cream at 10:30am (my time)!!!

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« Reply #2733 on: June 27, 2022, 04:18:38 PM »
Sitting outside in barely-breezy 75-degree weather, on the deck I built myself, on chairs given to us by a neighbor who was upgrading, in the shade of a massive umbrella picked up off a curb, eating ice cream and chatting with family.  Life is good.

Realizing you could be anywhere in the world, I love that you are eating ice cream at 10:30am (my time)!!!
LOL!  I was describing yesterday evening.  That said, I have at times enjoyed a root beer float at 10:30 am! :D

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« Reply #2734 on: June 27, 2022, 07:33:15 PM »
Sitting outside in barely-breezy 75-degree weather, on the deck I built myself, on chairs given to us by a neighbor who was upgrading, in the shade of a massive umbrella picked up off a curb, eating ice cream and chatting with family.  Life is good.

Realizing you could be anywhere in the world, I love that you are eating ice cream at 10:30am (my time)!!!
LOL!  I was describing yesterday evening.  That said, I have at times enjoyed a root beer float at 10:30 am! :D

I see nothing wrong with that.

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« Reply #2735 on: June 28, 2022, 03:41:49 PM »
Sitting outside in barely-breezy 75-degree weather, on the deck I built myself, on chairs given to us by a neighbor who was upgrading, in the shade of a massive umbrella picked up off a curb, eating ice cream and chatting with family.  Life is good.

Realizing you could be anywhere in the world, I love that you are eating ice cream at 10:30am (my time)!!!
LOL!  I was describing yesterday evening.  That said, I have at times enjoyed a root beer float at 10:30 am! :D

I see nothing wrong with that.

Am I the only one who thinks morning ice cream is totally normal??

Coffee and ice cream is a fantastic combo.

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« Reply #2736 on: June 28, 2022, 03:51:18 PM »
'course, so is beer and ice cream: if you use stout and a really good vanilla it makes a great shake.

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« Reply #2737 on: June 28, 2022, 05:47:23 PM »
You can make an incredible float using raspberry lambic and vanilla ice cream.

Not exactly "cheap" but it won't break the bank.

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« Reply #2738 on: June 28, 2022, 05:51:41 PM »
'course, so is beer and ice cream: if you use stout and a really good vanilla it makes a great shake.

Less appropriate for the morning though.

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« Reply #2739 on: June 29, 2022, 08:04:41 AM »
'course, so is beer and ice cream: if you use stout and a really good vanilla it makes a great shake.

Really???

I'd have never considered this combination, but can kinda mentally picture it.

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« Reply #2740 on: June 29, 2022, 08:24:29 AM »
'course, so is beer and ice cream: if you use stout and a really good vanilla it makes a great shake.

Really???

I'd have never considered this combination, but can kinda mentally picture it.

Really? You totally strike me as the kind of dude who would figure out beer floats on his own. I used to love a chocolate ice cream and Blanche de Chambly float back when I drank alcohol. I just found dealcoholized Kronenbourg Blanc though, and that would work well.

Many beers do well with sweet flavours.

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« Reply #2741 on: June 29, 2022, 08:57:55 AM »
'course, so is beer and ice cream: if you use stout and a really good vanilla it makes a great shake.

Really???

I'd have never considered this combination, but can kinda mentally picture it.

Really? You totally strike me as the kind of dude who would figure out beer floats on his own. I used to love a chocolate ice cream and Blanche de Chambly float back when I drank alcohol. I just found dealcoholized Kronenbourg Blanc though, and that would work well.

Many beers do well with sweet flavours.

Yeah, I wanted to keep it easy with the vanilla option, but chocolate works really, really well with some beer varieties.

Now it's 9 AM, I have a ton of stuff to do today (including some technical work) and I kind of want a beer float... Thanks, everyone!

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« Reply #2742 on: June 29, 2022, 09:22:02 AM »
'course, so is beer and ice cream: if you use stout and a really good vanilla it makes a great shake.

Really???

I'd have never considered this combination, but can kinda mentally picture it.

Really? You totally strike me as the kind of dude who would figure out beer floats on his own. I used to love a chocolate ice cream and Blanche de Chambly float back when I drank alcohol. I just found dealcoholized Kronenbourg Blanc though, and that would work well.

Many beers do well with sweet flavours.

Yeah, I wanted to keep it easy with the vanilla option, but chocolate works really, really well with some beer varieties.

Now it's 9 AM, I have a ton of stuff to do today (including some technical work) and I kind of want a beer float... Thanks, everyone!

As I said, Kronenbourg makes a dealcoholized white beer, perfectly acceptable for a morning beer float

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« Reply #2743 on: June 29, 2022, 09:55:46 AM »
The new handsoap my wife switched over to ~6 months ago and the corresponding all purpose spray to clean the counters with.  It smells amazing and literally makes me clean the counters more often just because I like the smell.

My ~$10 coffee grinder that I've had for ~10 years.  Thing is a tank and the smell of ground coffee beans might be just as important/nice as the coffee itself.

Pilot G-2 pens.  My wife and I literally don't buy any other pens.  Love how these feel when writing and get very frustrated when force to use inferior alternatives.

Adam's Polishes Leather Conditioner.  That stuff smells amazing.  When using a foam applicator, a little goes a very long way.  Keeps the leather in the car nice and helps car smell fresh.

Our Roku.  Between the ability to use an app on my phone as the remote, a button on the device to ping and find the remote, the small profile of the actual device, support for 4K, and the generally easy-to-use nature of the device as well as continually updated/supported apps (unlike every Smart TV I've ever owned)....the Roku is pretty amazing.

My carryon suitcase.  It was a cheap gift, but damn this thing is durable.  Hundreds of work trips and this carryon suitcase has never let me down.

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« Reply #2744 on: June 29, 2022, 10:05:56 AM »
'course, so is beer and ice cream: if you use stout and a really good vanilla it makes a great shake.

Really???

I'd have never considered this combination, but can kinda mentally picture it.

Really? You totally strike me as the kind of dude who would figure out beer floats on his own. I used to love a chocolate ice cream and Blanche de Chambly float back when I drank alcohol. I just found dealcoholized Kronenbourg Blanc though, and that would work well.

Many beers do well with sweet flavours.

More of a rootbeer than real beer guy myself honestly.  :P  I may try this ice-cream beer thing though, it has piqued my curiosity.

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« Reply #2745 on: June 29, 2022, 01:26:42 PM »
My workout membership.  I started working out with this company for free in 2015 (there were occasionally ads on the videos) and it was something I actually stuck with.  They started a premium membership so they are making a lot of subscription only workouts.  Although I could have stayed with the free version and had plenty of workouts to keep me busy (over 600), I decided I liked some of the premium features and I wanted to support the couple that was making a go of their small business.  So I subscribed about two years ago. 

Over the last year, I've paid less than $0.22 per workout. 

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« Reply #2746 on: June 29, 2022, 03:01:37 PM »
The Uniball Jetstream SX-210. Itís such a good pen - beautiful writing action, fast drying waterproof ink - itís worth paying for and just ditching all the cheap or free temperamental or gluggy ballpoints. It feels as good as writing with a fountain pen but without the risk that a drop of water will make everything unreadable. (I donated my Pelikan after realising I hadnít used it in a few years because I always reached for a jetstream)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2747 on: June 29, 2022, 03:20:51 PM »
The Uniball Jetstream SX-210. Itís such a good pen - beautiful writing action, fast drying waterproof ink - itís worth paying for and just ditching all the cheap or free temperamental or gluggy ballpoints. It feels as good as writing with a fountain pen but without the risk that a drop of water will make everything unreadable. (I donated my Pelikan after realising I hadnít used it in a few years because I always reached for a jetstream)

I don't use pens if I can avoid it, but am a really big fan of the uniball Kuru Toga mechanical pencil.  It's the best mechanical pencil for writing that I've ever used.  You just never break the pencil lead.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2748 on: June 30, 2022, 04:16:32 PM »
Uniballs are one of the few commercial products to which I have borderline-creepy-intense loyalty.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2749 on: July 01, 2022, 08:36:48 AM »
The sound of the washing machine doing a load of laundry.

 

Wow, a phone plan for fifteen bucks!