Does anyone else have to use up a pen before going on to the next one? I usually do, though occasionally I get tired of some pen that just lasts forever and I chuck it back in my pen can and get a new one. Or, if I actively don't like a pen, I'll get rid of it rather than use it up--life is too short to write with bad pens!
Years ago (around 4 or 5 years) I bought a 10 pack of regular Bic ballpoint pens, stuck a little label with numbers 1 through 10 and released them into the "wild", aka, my bedroom at my then parents' place.
I've moved in with my SO now, but if I were to really look for them in my old bedroom (aka the new storage space
) I'd probably only find 5 or 6 of them, not one got used up until empty, so I'd hate to have to wait for a pen to be empty!
Funny thing with this "catch and release" was that the label was quite unique, no way anyone would have the same, I'm still boggled at how my dentist came to use one of them. I had probably lost it in her waiting room, but never asked her what number was on it so I would know
, I didn't want to seem like I was asking for a simple black pen back.
I still have pencils and pens and markers from that time when I was in art school, and most still have their electrical tape wound around that I used to mark my stuff. It does come in handy when everyone pretty much have the same stuff and some are not as civilised as you'd wish: I still remember at the end of a class, a classmate saying "oh, here's my not-so-cheap pen!" and me telling him something along the lines off "pull the other one, it also has my name on it"