Monday, November 16, 2015
In Praise of my Completed Rhodia Notepad
Last Tuesday I used the last page of my trusty Rhodia No. 11 notepad. I bought this notepad way back in October of 2009 at my university bookstore, and I only ever used it for writing reviews for this blog. Most of the writing samples that you see in my reviews were written in that notepad. The first pen I ever reviewed with it was the Uni-ball Fusion and the last pen I reviewed with it was not a pen at all, but a pencil, the PaperMate SharpWriter. That in itself tells a story, for when I bought this notepad, I hardly ever thought about pencils at all, and now I'm a pencil collector. Six years is a long time for a blog, or a notepad. I find it hard to believe that a tiny notepad lasted that long, and almost as hard to believe that I'm still blogging here.
Now, I'm going to put all the used torn-off pages of my Rhodia No. 11 notepad back inside the empty cover, wrap an elastic band around it to hold it all together, and file the notepad away with all of my other completed notebooks. I'll be writing my reviews now in my Rhodia No. 12 dotPad. This notepad isn't new; I've been using it since June of 2013, when I used it to review the Rhodia Pencil. It's different, though. It's a bit larger, and it has a black cover instead of an orange cover, and grey dots instead of violet grid lines. Reviews are not going to look quite the same.
To my beloved Rhodia No. 11 notepad, thank you for all the years you've worked with me on this blog. Together, we've seen a lot of different pens, so many that I worry a bit about us sometimes. I could always count on you to perform beautifully with every pen or pencil I used with you. With your smooth writing surface, you made even mediocre pens write a little bit better, and your grid lines helped me to keep my writing in line. I'll miss you, but I'm sure your dot grid cousin will perform just as faithfully, and I'm already looking forward to the next 6 years.