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Jul 30, 2021

The Dunkin' Donuts 'Time to make the Donuts' Guy


Dunkin Donuts BakerMany a morning I find myself uttering a phrase that has stuck with me since I was a kid in the early 80s. Before going to work, I often drag my weary body out of bed and simply utter.. "Time to make the Donuts".

I've been a lifelong Dunkin' Donuts fan.  As a kid I often begged my folks to take me there to get "Munchkins" Donut Holes for breakfast. I made my Mom buy me Dunkin' Donuts Cereal when it came out, both in glazed and chocolate versions. Dunkin' Donuts was one of the first places where I became closely acquainted with, and succinctly started developing a taste for the intoxicating roasty dark nectar known as coffee.

Before I get too far however, maybe I should post a few of the old Dunkin' Donuts commercials for those of you who may be too young to remember the 'Time to make the Donuts' Guy.   The first commercial was named one of the best five commercials of the 80s by the Television Bureau of Advertising..








That endearing 'Time to make the Donuts' guy became known as 'Fred the Baker'.  Fred was played by actor Michael Vale who portrayed the character for 15 years from 1982 to 1997. I can't think of any other actors that successfully carried a brand for so long. What's more, he seemed to get better with time, his character becoming ever more funny and lovable with every new commercial. My family got to where we would crack up the second we saw his face on TV.

Mind you, Vale's career was not a fluke.  He took acting classes with Tony Curtis and Ben Gazarra, had a wonderful career on the screen and stage, and starred in well over 1300 commercials!  Here's Vale in a commercial for Black Flag Roach Motels, with another acting great Mary Jo Catlett, who became the face for Black Flag Products throughout the decade.



Michael Vale is sadly no longer with us, as he passed away in 2005 at the age of 83. After his passing, Dunkin' Donuts actually ran an 'In Memory of' commercial dedicated to him.  I haven't been able to find this commercial anywhere, but will make sure to post it here if I do.

The 'Time to make the Donuts' tagline and all marketing that accompanied it was sheer genius. Some thirty years later after the first commercial, it's still deeply ingrained in American pop culture. It may even rival Wendy's "Where's the Beef" slogan as far as recognizable tag lines from the 80s go. I often still hear people (around my age and older) use the phrase.

Apart from a great marketing promotion and endearing persona that Vale superbly embodied, it got me thinking as a young boy that someone had to get up in the middle of the night to make the Donuts, in order for them to be fresh and ready by morning. I was, and always will be a big fan of Michael Vale.  His legacy of 'Fred the Baker', is a credit to both comedic character acting and good donuts alike.

On a side note, my daughter can utter this classic Dunkin' catch phrase legitimately. She works in a bakery, and often gets up long before the sun rises while the masses are still sleeping to in fact, make the donuts.

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Jul 25, 2021

The most manliest, retro item I've bought in 2021 is from Old Spice

For the most part, I'm pretty loyal to the brands of products I use. However, I also believe variety is the spice of life, so I also enjoy trying new products out from time to time. Lately I've been on the hunt for some new fragrances and the like, so I decided to see if there were any good options at the Old Spice website. This is what I found..







So as you can see, it's a barrel, but not just any barrel mind you. It's a manly, rustic, nautically themed barrel! What's more, concealed inside, is a stick of antiperspirant deodorant and deodorant body spray.

I have always been a huge fan of Old Spice products, but I'm also a fan of their great marketing as well. I really loved the classy stoic commercials I saw as a kid in the 70s and 80s. They usually featured rugged looking sea faring men that looked super interesting. They of course had the women in said commercials intrigued, and hanging on their every word.

When I was a kid I'd tell myself "I'm going to use Old Spice when I get old". I remember when I was about ten years old, often grabbing my Dad's ceramic Old Spice bottle and sneaking a splash or two of his aftershave. There have even been periods of time in adulthood when I've used the classic Old Spice cologne and aftershave scents. 

While I haven't bought them in quite some time, I do have a bottle of the classic aftershave that I use once in a blue moon. I use it when I give myself a nice clean shave using my vintage Gillette safety razor. Quite simply, its a superior aftershave that works perfectly. It soothes razor burn, prevents breakouts, and I haven't found too many other brands that work as well.




The scent that comes with this set is called 'Sea Spray'. The body spray supposedly has notes of blue kelp, and the deodorant stick is made with blue kelp and citrus.

I'm not exactly sure what blue kelp is supposed to smell like, but I can attest that these products smell incredible. The scent is crisp, fresh, and apparently the most premium cologne-scented deodorant Old Spice has released in the 80+ year history of the company.

I originally wanted to buy this around last Christmas, but it was sold out. The original price was $20.00, but I found this gem on the website this week for under $15.00 shipped. If you too want your own manly nautical themed barrel filled with classy scents, you'd better hurry as these probably won't last long. 

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Jul 21, 2021

Discontinued Hostess and Tastykake Cherry Sweet Rolls

Discontinued Hostess Cherry Sweet Rolls
Discontinued Tastykake Sweet RollsDiscontinued Hostess Cinnamon Sweet Rolls


In this blog post, I break down what happened with these beloved snack cakes that generations have come to love, are no longer available for purchase, and possible substitutions.


The Hostess Sweet Roll
Remember these rolls? Well I sure do! In fact, they were a big part of my childhood growing up. My absolute favorite was the Cherry Sweet Rolls, but my parents preferred the Cinnamon Rolls, so that's what they bought 90% of the time. Mind you, I would never complain about eating the cinnamon rolls if they were in front of me. I remember my Mom putting these out for people she would invite over for coffee, or for visitors after dinner. On weekends, my Dad would get up early to buy a newspaper, and would bring these home for us as a snack before breakfast. That was a weekend tradition I carried on after I started my own family.

The Hostess Cherry Sweet Roll's Cousin
Everything about these rolls are still so very vivid in my mind. The wax paper tray that surrounded the rolls, the smell of the bread and cherries as you cracked open the package, the thick white icing, and of course the great tasting rolls themselves. 

While the icing helped the Hostess Sweet Rolls to be iconic in their own way, the great taste of the Hostess Cherry Sweet Roll would tend to get lost in that vast sea of icing. Unless, you warmed the rolls up prior to eating them. Then the icing would melt and spread out, somewhat correcting the whole icing to bread ratio.   

Like so many other Hostess snack cakes, they have been discontinued in recent years. This was one of many snack cake casualties of the brand that deeply saddened me. I believe their demise had to do with corporate reorganization that happened after Hostess filed bankruptcy, temporarily closed, and were then bought up by another company.



TASTYKAKE Sweet Rolls
The most recent casualty in the sweet roll game. 

Discontinued Tastykake Cherry Sweet RollsI can't tell you how ecstatic I was, upon discovering Tastykake Cherry Sweet Rolls a few years back. I opened the package and the smell of cherry filling and yeast leavened sweet bread instantly hit me. That same type of soft wax paper tray even held the rolls tightly together just like the Hostess packaging used to.

As for the taste, it was very similar with one exception. That being, the white icing atop all of the rolls. Tastykake opted to use a layer of lighter glaze on these sweet rolls. Hostess had that thick white icing that was very sweet, messy, or if getting close to the sell by date.. crunchy or brittle. Hostess Sweet Rolls were definitely always better when heated up prior to serving. A quick warm up would get that icing softened up and melted into the cracks and crevices of the sweet roll.

Tastykake Cherry Sweet Rolls had the perfect balance of glaze, cherry filling, and sweet bread. While they are wonderful warmed up, they were every bit as enjoyable if you ate them right out of the package. It was quite obvious that Tastykake went for a quality, rather than just trying to be a copycat, and it showed through and through. 

Where have all the Sweet Rolls gone?
Tastykake Cinnamon Rolls
Over the last year, Tastykake sweet rolls started getting harder and harder to find. Eventually, I could only find them on Amazon. Then a reader of the blog, after reading one of my old reviews on the Tastykake Cherry Sweet Rolls, messaged me and said they are no longer appearing in the companies product lineup on their website.

I had talked with customer relation folks at Tastykake in the past, so I sent a message out to them this week asking for any info they could share about these products. Sadly, they responded back and notified me that both Cherry and Cinnamon Tastykake Sweet Rolls have officially been discontinued. Needless to say, I was incredibly bummed out once I heard the news.

Tastykake came through for me and countless other folks, by replacing a sorely missed Hostess snack cake that was a staple in households for decades. I wondered how Tastykake could justify removing this product, but to be quite honest, I'm sure it all boils down to lower consumer demand for sweet rolls.

What's next?
So Hostess Sweet Rolls are gone and now Tastykake has followed suit. Lets face it, younger generations have different tastes, so I believe these snack cakes are simply being aged out. However, it makes me wonder what beloved snack cakes are next in the firing line. Coffee Cake? Boxed Donuts? Oatmeal Creme Pies?

There IS one small glimmer of hope for us sweet roll lovers however. It appears that Hostess and Tastykake-esque sweet rolls are still being made by bakeries. Here is what I've found at my local Wal-Mart..

A substitute for the Discontinued Hostess Sweet Roll
Strawberry rolls from Wal Mart Bakery


Sweet Rolls like the old Hostess and Tastykake rolls
Cherry, cheese and apple assortment of sweet rolls

I realize this is Wal-Mart Bakery we are talking about, but the good news, is that it's pretty easy to make a decent sweet yeast roll. There's really not much to icing and filling, so I'm willing to bet these taste pretty good. Plus, they aren't going to be jam packed with chemicals and preservatives that mass produced snack cakes typically contain.

If Wal-Mart Bakery still sees a demand for this type of sweet roll, it makes me wonder if smaller grocery store bakeries, and lesser known or regional snack cake companies recognize a demand as well. Its definitely given me a bit of hope that these types of snack cakes haven't been totally snuffed out yet.

I'm not sure if anything out there will hold up to the old Hostess and Tastykake sweet rolls, but I'm willing to put in the research hours to find out! If you have personally found a reasonable simile to the classic cherry or cinnamon rolls, let me know about it in the comments section below.

Finally, if you're just as bitter as I am about the discontinuation of these classic sweet rolls, there is something you can do. Flood the Hostess and Tastykake in-boxes with email requests pleading for the return of Cinnamon and Cherry Sweet Rolls. A direct link to the companies consumer response reps are listed below, so make your voice heard!

Retro 80s & 90s Pro Wrestling Tees. Amazon Retro Finds

I'm a big fan of old school wrestling. I absolutely lived for wrestling back in the 80s and was blessed enough to watch wrestling greats like Andre the Giant, Dusty Rhodes, Roddy Piper, Randy Savage, Hacksaw Jim and so many more. My Grandfather used to love wrestling when he was younger and used to tell me stories about Killer Kowalski, Gorgeous George and Bruno San Martino.

I tried my best to keep one foot in the sport when the new WWE era began, and have tuned in on occasion to 'Monday Night RAW', and some WRESTLEMANIA's in recent years. I also branched out a few times watching AEW, TNA and IMPACT Wrestling.  However, as much as I've tried, it's just not the same as the Good old days of wrestling back in the 80s. 

That being said, I fell down a rabbit hole the other night in regards to retro wrestling tees! I want to buy all of these tees I'm listing below, and will add the Amazon link for each one in case you want to do the same..


The Classic Roddy Piper HOT ROD Tee
I SO wanted this tee back in 1985 when you could order it from WWF Magazine.


Andre the Giant
The 9th wonder of the world!

 



The Nature Boy Ric Flair!
His gimmick was loosely based on Gorgeous George's.







The Legendary Dusty Rhodes 
'The American Dream'.. 'The Common Man'.. 'Son of a plumber'
Hero to all of Blue Collar America. 







"The Heartbreak Kid' Shawn Michaels
Gotta love that great Mullet!




The STINGER! 



The Ultimate Warrior




RAZOR RAMON! 
My GOD what a Heel. He was awesome!




Love this design with NES feels



The Hit Man! 
What a great technique this guy had.
He and 'The Anvil' Bret Neidhart were one of my favorite Tag Teams.


And this was just the tip of the iceberg in regards to WWE / WWF Tees! If you're in the market for some retro wrestling tees, make sure to browse around Amazon and see what's available!


Jul 19, 2021

Old Man Rant - Stocking the shelves at grocery stores

I have always loved doing my grocery shopping early in the morning. I've done this since I was a teenager. It used to be that shopping in the morning meant no long lines, no crowds, and it was always quiet and peaceful. You could take your time and it was actually one of the farthest things from stress that one could experience in the course of everyday life.

Ah.. the good old days

Now, over the last decade, I've been increasingly irritated by a new trend. Many stores now have their employees stocking the shelves in the morning hours. Not early morning hours mind you. I'm talking about all morning until noon. Now, add in the dozens of employees picking customer orders for curbside pickup, and you have virtually every aisle packed with pallets, boxes, and carriers of all shapes and sizes. Sprinkle a few shoppers into the mix, and you've got an instant traffic jam. 

Today in Wal-Mart at 8:00 a.m. I honestly felt like I couldn't stop walking in many aisles, for fear of my ankles getting taken out from behind by an impatient stocker or personal curbside shopper. The huffs and scowls I got from the employees because I was interfering with them completing their duties, was actually laughable at times. On three different occasions, I had to leave my shopping cart parked outside of the aisle, while I ducked & dodged people and carts to grab one or two items I needed. 

I must state, that I don't blame the employees at all. Heck, I'm not sure why or when this change in stocking hours actually evolved into the hot mess it is today. I can't imagine its very fun for the folks trying their best to do their jobs. Now I'm not an impatient man and have no problems waiting in line, or even having to go through the motions slowly. What I can't stand when shopping however, is feeling rushed and unable to even access products I need in a store. I've tried to go later in the day, but by that time the tourists in the area where I live make an appearance, along with more curbside delivery shoppers. At this point, the aisles are absolutely jam packed.

I'm not sure what my solution to this problem is. I do spread my money around and shop at different stores, some of which I never experience this problem. Maybe I'll frequent those stores on mornings when I need a little more solitude. I won't lose any sleep over this. I just felt like rattling off an 'Old Man Rant'. Thanks for listening! These rants present themselves from time to time, so perhaps I'll make this a regular topic. But hopefully not too regularly.

Jul 17, 2021

I really miss Hostess Raspberry Filled Powdered Donuts


Hostess went through a big buyout in recent years, and unfortunately, the wonder that was Hostess Raspberry filled Donuts became a casualty of this corporate reorganization. They obviously didn't make the cut for the updated product line and it's a shame, because they were one of my favorite items Hostess used to make.


Hostess Raspberry Filled Powdered Donuts
I didn't know it at the time, but this was the very last box
of Hostess Raspberry Donuts I would ever buy in 2012.



Raspberry filled Powdered Donuts Box HostessI got hooked on these delightful powdered delicacies when I was 13 years old. My best friend and I had a very successful spring with our lawn mowing and landscaping business, and concluded that we had rightly earned a Saturday off. Friday night we stocked up on fishing gear, and farmed my friends yard for night crawlers. We turned in early and set our digital wrist watch alarms for 5:00 a.m.

Early the next morning we stopped at the local 7-11 on the way to our top secret fishing spot. to stock up on some food and refreshments for the day. I spotted the Hostess raspberry filled donuts on the shelf and excitedly bought a box for our breakfast. I had seen them before, but my Mom would never buy them for me because she said I probably wouldn't like them.  ( a sly parental trick I myself have used on my own kids )

We rode our bikes about five miles to our favorite fishing spot on the river. We made a little campfire, cast our lines into the water, and waited for the fish to start biting. We cracked open the box of donuts and poured ourselves some coffee from our thermoses. I don't know if it was the serene atmosphere coupled with the feeling of independence we had that morning, but those raspberry donuts were about the best thing I had ever tasted.

Hostess Raspberry Filled donuts
As for the all day fishing trip, we fished for all of 20 minutes when the clouds rolled over, the temperature dropped twenty degrees, and snow started flying. You see, this story takes place in Northern Colorado, where freak snow storms in June have been known to happen from time to time. We hurriedly packed up all of our gear and quickly hightailed it back to my friends house riding into the wind, dressed for 80 degree weather.

Sometime before 8:00 a.m. we walked through my friends front door soaking wet, and skin feeling blistered and burned from the wind chill and snow. Walking through the dining room on the way to the kitchen, we came across his parents sitting at the table sipping their morning cup of coffee. My friends mom poured us each a cup, and we all polished off the remaining donuts while he and I cursed the crazy Colorado weather. And cursed it we did, as it was 73 degrees by 1:00 that afternoon. Like the locals say in Colorado.. "If you don't like the weather here, just wait ten minutes".

For years after, I would think of this story every time I ate a Hostess raspberry filled doughnut. Boy, how many times as a kid did I have such grand and glorious expectations which in the end, didn't quite turn out like I had planned. Disgusted as I was during that particular instance however, I now look back fondly on this childhood memory and can't help but smile every time I do so.

Raspberry filled Hostess Donuts Box

I so wish I could track down a reasonable simile to the Hostess Raspberry Filled Donut. I could've sworn I saw some made by another brand on the shelves recently, but alas, they were nowhere to be found the next time I went to look for them. Does anyone else miss these powdery delights? Have you found a suitable replacement since their extinction?

Wal-Mart apparently carries a brand that folks have told me is pretty close, but I haven't found them since I started actively looking for them over the last year. Holler at me if you've personally found a replacement for the old Hostess Raspberry filled donuts. There are several other Hostess classic products that are no longer made, and am going to dedicate a new post on this very subject soon. feel free to comment below if there are any other extinct Hostess treats that you think deserve a mention.


Jul 13, 2021

RETRO HUNT! My search for the classic 'Bic Clic' pen


I've been on the hunt lately for a decent writing pen to use at my job. I use a pen all day long and the current pens at my disposal just don't cut it. Here's what I require in a writing utensil..

DURABILITY. A pen that stands up to everyday use and abuse.

DEPENDABILITY. Long lasting, with a point that writes clearly and nicely.

FUNCTIONALITY. No removable cap. A pen that securely stays put in my front shirt pocket.

AFFORDABILITY. Can I have it all at a decent price?

I went to several stores and found absolutely nothing that fit the bill. I found a few pens that came close, but they had gel ink which I can't stand. Finally it struck me. My go-to pen for decades was the Bic Clic. However, I hadn't used or seen one for sale in at least 15 years. I knew these old pens would be perfect for my needs at home, work, etc., so my hunt began.


FIND #1 A reasonable substitute
The first thing I did was check Amazon. While I did find some Bic Clic pens there, they were brand new imports. These were pricy at around $15.00 per pen. While I considered buying one, they featured oil based ink, so I wasn't sure if that would work for me. That being said, I did find some pens that looked almost exactly like Bic Clics, made by the company Kikkerland. They were sold 5 to a pack and are affordable to boot, so I took a gamble. Here's what they look like..

Retro Ballpoint Pens

Now if you simply want a great functioning retro looking pen, then these are the pens for you! As you'll see however, I'm very particular about my pens, so even though I immediately started using them, my search was not over. More on this below.


I was super excited to get these pens and immediately started mixing and matching the tops for different color combinations. Surprisingly, my favorite color combo was a black top with an off-white bottom. These pens have the exact same hand feel and writing style as the old Bic Clics I remember using my whole life. However, I had just one problem with these pens, albeit a very small one.


The original Bic Clic featured shiny metal parts. A clicker, a washer that separated the top and bottom part of the pen body, and metal pocket clip. These Kikkerland pens have a clicker/plunger made of plastic that's painted a flat silver color. For a moment I was really taken back, as the pocket clip and washer also looked like they were plastic, but a quick test with a magnet proved otherwise. I'm not sure if the clip and washer were chemically treated or painted to make them look this way. To me it cheapens the look, and am not sure if it will eventually flake, chip, or become discolored.

So while these pens definitely made me happy, they still were not a true Bic Clic. Who would ever know you ask? No one most likely, except for me. No, I definitely needed to track down an honest to goodness Bic Clic. Yes I know it may sound ridiculous, but like I said before, I'm really particular about my pens. I started using the pens for work and was really happy with their performance in every way, but my hunt for the real deal continued.


Pricy Imports and vintage pens
Through my research and digging, I found that Bic Clics are indeed still being produced. I found lots of auctions on eBay for brand new snazzy Bic Clics, some with gold toned metal pieces for a pretty reasonable price. Unfortunately, these new Bic Clics were all auctions from Japan or Europe, where the pens are still immensely popular. While the price points weren't terrible, the end price combined with shipping, usually equated to around $15.00 to $25.00.

More research revealed that many of these new pens are made in France. In fact, the company headquarters is located there. There are Bic production facilities worldwide, but the ones I looked up in the U.S. only make promotional items. With an absence of the Bic Clic availability in the U.S. I began to deduce that they were now exclusively being made outside of the country.


POKEMON and MICKEY MOUSE Bic Clics from Japan
The pop culture tie-ins got me excited, but I wasn't ready to pay a premium for them.






Next I did an eBay search for 'New Old Stock' items. This meaning, old Bic Clics that have never been used. Surely these would be affordable right? Well, the joke was on me.



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FIND #2. The Brand New Bic Clic
At this point I was getting frustrated and started scouring the web for Bic Suppliers in the States. Lo and Behold, I found that Office Depot sold samples of the Bic Clic for around $3.00 each, with free shipping. I picked the colors of pens that I wanted and bought a couple. In less than a week, they arrived.


As you can see, the pens came with printing on them. These samples are meant to show you the quality of their printing services they offer, where you can get anything you want emblazoned upon the pen body. Honestly, I was okay with this. I now had a brand new Bic Clic, and it worked exactly like I remembered.



There it is. That beautiful Bic Logo engraved into the metal pocket clip! I also noticed a 'Mexico' stamp, qualifying my hypothesis that these are no longer made in the U.S. I was super excited to have finally been reunited with my all time favorite writing pen and began using it daily at work. Unfortunately, a whole day and a half passed when the problems began.

At first, I noticed the pen starting to feel like it was binding up and dragging along the paper when I'd write with it. Then, the pen got stuck and wouldn't retract. I didn't even get two days of use out of the dang thing! I opened the pen up and noticed a much different ink well body than I remember.

On the right: Tabs that hold the spring in place became frayed & worn in 2 days
The result.. a Bic Clic that neither 'Clicks' or retracts


If you know Bic pens, you will remember that the ink well used to be clear, so you could see how much ink you had left in the pen throughout its life. Not only are you unable to see through these new ink wells, but they are also made of a much softer plastic. The result, the spring tabs on the plastic easily get worn from usage (a day and a half in my case).


See the ink well on the left? This is the ink well from one of the Kikkerland retro pens I bought on Amazon. This is what the ink wells inside of a Bic Clic used to look like. Back in the day, I remember unscrewing my pen to make sure I had enough ink, before an important test or marathon note taking session.

What I ended up doing, was swapping the new and unimproved Bic ink well with the Kikkerland ink well. The new ink well was a little longer than the Bic, so I simply trimmed it down to the right height with a pair of very sharp scissors. 

I then used the modified pen for a week with no problems, and even noticed it wrote way better than the Bic ballpoint did the week prior. It was a great fix, and was happy with the pen, but still wondered if I could obtain a real Bic that I wouldn't have to Frankenstein together. Therefore, I continued patiently searching auctions, hoping to catch a break on some old Bic Clics.




FIND #3 Classic-ish Bic Clics



After a few more days of perusing eBay auctions, I hit the jackpot. I was the sole bidder on an auction for 9 original Bic pens at an end cost of around a dollar a pen. I didn't care that they were printed on, I was just anxious to see if they functioned properly and were 'like new' as the auction stated. Much to my dismay, they all had the 'MEXICO' stamp on the pocket clip. This immediately told me that they were not that old. They were retro, but not 70s or 80s retro. 70s and 80s Bic Clics have the name 'Clic' stamped where the Mexico stamp now lies on the new models.

Post 1990s Bic Clic with Mexico Stamp




I opened up every pen and seven of the nine pens had white inks wells like the brand new Office Depot Bics had. I will say however, that the white ink wells had much more pronounced tabs and seemed to be made of a much harder plastic. I'm thinking these pens are older, but maybe from the 90s or 2000's, and.. were made back when the factory was transitioning to the new white ink wells.  I say this, because the two remaining pens had the original see through ink wells. A few of the pens have signs of use, but the white ink wells have no signs of wearing down. 

I've currently used the pens for a few days and they all work like a charm. So I have great functioning retro pens coming out of my ears for awhile. In fact, one may think my journey has come to an end. If you think that's the case, then one would be incorrect. I'm still currently on the hunt for an honest to goodness, unused vintage Bic Clic at a decent price. This whole retro hunt has also triggered memories of other pens I've used that served me incredibly well. Those are classic Papermates, Bic Citations and Parker Jotters.

If you've hung in there for this long, reading my seemingly endless babbling about the Bic Clic, thank you! It may be way too much information for many, but I'm sure there are a few pen aficionados out there who may enjoy it. As someone who has loved to write for as long as I can remember, pens.. good pens, have always held a special place in my heart. Once I procure the last of the pens I seek, I will do another write up to share the new additions to my collection.