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David Allen Rivera
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Just got done watching the series finale of Madmen. Times have sure changed since then.
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Today I received the newest member of my Fountain Pen collection- the Platinum #3776 Century with an Extra Fine 14 K gold nib in Chartres Blue.  I've been looking at it for awhile, and it has gotten some good reviews. It features the unique "Slip & Seal" technology in the cap which prevents the ink from drying out for up to a year.

It comes in an attractive pen coffin, with a User's Manual, Warranty Card (1 year), a proprietary converter and a blue ink cartridge.

This is a Japanese-made pen, therefore you can get a better price on this pen from the source. My supplier of choice retails this pen for $176.00, I bought it online for $84.15 from a vendor on eBay. There are a lot of offshore vendors on eBay selling fountain pens, but the one I ordered from is extraordinary.

Yoshiaki Okazaki (pisuke2005) has been selling on eBay since May, 2007. I received a confirmation eMail, a notice-of-shipment eMail, and a Thank You eMail. He shipped it out the next day, so I received it 4 days after I ordered it. It was gift-wrapped (so it was ready for gift-giving), there was a page from a Japanese newspaper wrapped around that (it is cool to see newspapers from other countries), it was wrapped with bubblewrap and shipped in a padded envelope. So, it was very well-protected. He also included 2 packets of Japanese Green Tea. In addition there were 3 separate letters thanking me for my purchase, letting me know how to contact him if I was looking for a particular pen (ebaypisuke2005@yahoo.co.jp), and information on direct purchases from him (shipped within 10 days) with better pricing.

By far, this was the best experience I've ever had with an eBay purchase. If you're looking for a Japanese-produced fountain pen, this is the vendor you want to order from. This was truly impressive.

Oh yeah, 2 weeks ago, at Pippi's Pen Shoppe in York, PA I bought the new Lamy Al-Star in the matte black black finish because it's a cool stealthy-looking pen. It's all black- even the nib.
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Yesterday my grandson and I visited the AACA Museum to see the new Tucker display- the biggest in the world. They have 3 Tuckers (1001, 1022, 1026), a chassis,  a variety of engines and transmissions, as well as parts, diagrams, and drawings in a special gallery featuring the recreation of a Tucker dealership and workshop.

But that is only part of a very nice 2-floor Museum with automobiles, buses and motorcycles; with recreations of a gas station, drive-in theater, and diner. Many other special delights found here make this an enviable destination.

AACA Museum
161 Museum Drive
Hershey, PA  17033
(717)566-7100
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Although I'm not ready to share the news yet, today was a milestone in my life. Ironically, I received a pen in the mail today (from Goulet Pens) that will forever be connected to this event, although it was initially ordered as part of another occasion. It is the Edison Herald Fountain Pen in the Crushed Shell finish. It is the most expensive fountain pen that I own, and the nicest in my collection.

You haven't truly written until you've written with a fountain pen.
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On Saturday, March 7th, after I left the Baltimore Pen Show, we drove to Bertram's Inkwell, the Pen Store who was sponsoring the Pen Show.

BERTRAM'S INKWELL
One Central Plaza Building (1st floor, #101)
11300 Rockville Pike
Rockville (North Bethesda), MD  20852
www.bertramsinkwell.com
(301)468-6939     (800)782-7680
Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

At the Pen Show, I realized that it was geared more towards vintage and specialty pens, so I figured the store would have a good selection of current offerings. That's what I get for thinking. The owner of the store took a lot of his pens with him to the Show. In addition, the pens that were there at the store, that were on my list, were medium nibbed, and I wanted fine. 

But remember- it is a pen store. Yes! A store that sells all kind of pens.

This is a very nice store, and if it's not during a Pen Show, they have a nice selection of pens in all price ranges; as well as supplies. The salespeople were very nice, and sensing my frustration, were very accomodating. Kudos to them for being patient with me, and working with me to buy something I was happy with. That is, till I got home. Let me explain.

As I was perusing their inventory, in one of the cases I saw an Ivory Monteverde Napa which looked nice and felt nice. Then beside it I saw a brownish one which I thought was nicer. I decided to get it, and I wanted the original box, but he couldn't find the original box, and gave me a Monteverde box for the same model, but the color was listed as blue. He wrote the correct model number on the box for what I was getting, but not the description. Now admittedly I am color-blind with reds and greens, and under the store's fluorescent lighting, it looked brownish. However, when I got it home, under my task light, it looked pinkish or rose-colored. My wife thought it looked orange. But when I looked up the model number, the manufacturer labels it as red. If I would have had the original box, and seen it was red, I would not have gotten it. I would have gotten the ivory version.

But, thankfully, I got a good price, and I still think it is a beautiful, well-made pen; and I will use it. So, I've learned another valuable lesson.

Even though you can order anything online, you MUST do business with your local Pen Stores. First of all, you get personal attention. Second, you can handle the pens, dry write, possibly dip, and look at the nib with a magnifying glass to examine if the tines are in alignment. I'm not sure how many mail-order vendors out there "tune" their nibs before shipping them out. Third, you can see the detail of the design. Up close and personal, they can look different from the picture or video you saw. I ordered the amber Conklin Duragraph from Goulet Pens (a great company to deal with), but when I got it, it just didn't look the same. It feels good and it writes good, but after I saw the cracked ice version in person, I wished I would have ordered that one. However, Bertram's didn't have it in a fine nib. And, lastly, always try to get the original box.

I like Bertram's Inkwell, and when I'm in the area, I'm going back. They do have a large selection of pens, supplies (paper, inks, refills), and I was impressed with how big the store is; and how professional and caring the staff is. Why can't there be a pen store in my neck of the woods.
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My granddaughter illustrating the power of suggestion that the media has on our society.
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Although this work is awesome as an orchestral piece, the sweeping vocals make this version legendary.
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Yesterday I finally got my Den retooled to work-at-home. The transition is not complete yet, but when it happens, I'll be saving money on gas, I won't have to worry about weather, traffic, and speeding tickets; and I will be the recipient of 2 extra hours a day. It is my hope that the creative juices will start flowing again, and that God's will and plan in all of this will become more apparent. Now I'll have more of an opportunity to follow world events and keep my finger on the pulse of events that are leading to the events foretold in Daniel, Ezekiel and Revelation.
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Yesterday, my grandkids and I visited Woodward Cave, opened in 1926, which is one of the largest caves in Pennsylvania. It features 5 rooms, including the Hall of Statues, 200 feet long; and the Upper Room, which has a cathedral ceiling rising 60 feet off of the cavern floor. I don't care what anyone says- caves are cool. In more ways than one, as the temperature remains 48 degrees all year round. There are numerous geological features that you'll see on this tour, and it is well worth the trip.

Woodward Cave
off of Route 45 in Centre County
Woodward, PA  16882
www.woodwardcave.com
(814)349-9800     (814)349-4400
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Just had to share this. Last Saturday, my son Michael and I went down to the Pen show in Baltimore. I went with the expectation of purchasing an Edison Fountain Pen, my first expensive pen, which was going to be a birthday present to myself. At the show I found one (Edison Collier in the Blue Steel finish). It was really nice. I actually looked at it 3 different times before deciding I wasn't going to buy it, because the cap didn't post. I planned on just ordering one online later (from Goulet Pens), and found one in a crushed shell finish that I saw on another less expensive pen (Conklin Duragraph) at Bertram's Inkwell, a pen store in Baltimore, that I didn't buy because it had a medium nib and I wanted a fine nib. I ordered it (March 10th), and it ended up coming in the mail on Friday (March 13th)- the day I found out I had gotten a major promotion at work. Now here's the neat thing that I didn't realize until a couple days later. The name of the pen is called the "Herald." By definition, herald is a person who carries or proclaims important news- a messenger. As well, it is a sign or indication of something to come- a harbinger. Thank you Goulet Pens for helping God to convey a message to me.
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On Saturday, March 7, 2015 my son and I attended the 5th Annual Baltimore-Washington International Pen Show at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel (sponsored by Bertram's Inkwell in Rockville, MD). My very first pen show, which I had been looking forward to for 3 months. The admission was $10, but you were given a nice imprinted carrying bag for your purchases, a Monteverde S-104 stylus ballpoint pen (on Amazon for $12.95, but in other colors from $1.49-$6.09), a copy of Pen World magazine ($6.95), and a copy of Pennant magazine.

As you can see from the pictures here, it was an impressive gathering that was very well attended. You could buy, sell, and trade. At times it was so crowded (the internal aisles weren't that wide) that it was difficult to see things. 

I had a list of pens that I wanted to look at and hold, but I discovered, that at pen shows, the emphasis is on vintage, used, high-end, and specialty pens; as well as supplies like inks, paper, nibs and pen holders. The exception is those vendors selling hand-made and custom-made pens.

Despite that, I wouldn't have missed this for the world. It was a room full of pens! That's right. Pens! Ballpoints, rollerballs and fountain pens. In addition, there were "nibmeisters" (and there aren't that many in this country) there who can "tune" and repair nibs. One of the things on my list was to get a new nib for one of my pens. Last year I had bought a Delta Unica with a medium nib. But when I got it home, it was scratchy and I didn't like writing with it. Plus, the medium nib put down more ink than I liked. So I wanted a fine nib. As I have become more educated about fountain pens, I realized the tines were out of alignment and I didn't want to take the chance in trying to repair it myself (because that can be very tricky if you don't know what you're doing). So, at the show, I bought a fine nib, and the gentleman changed it out for me and "tuned" it (using an abrasive to polish it) so that it moves very smoothly on the paper.

I was interested in buying a couple pens. Obviously! I made my first round and was interesting in a couple and went back. One was the Edison Collier in the Blue Steel finish. It was a great-looking pen, and the vendor just had the shell, because he would put on the type of nib (and feed) that you wanted. It was a good price, it felt good in my hand, and had a beautiful translucent shimmer to it. Plus he would "tune" the nib. The one, major negative, was that the pen couldn't be posted (putting the cap on the back of the pen), because I like a longer, heavier pen. After a few minutes of hard thinking I decided not to get it.

Before you go to a show, you should educate yourself. One vendor had a nice-looking Conklin pen, which I know to be a $40-$50 pen, yet this vendor was selling it for $75.00. So, not only would I not buy that pen from him, I wouldn't buy anything from him, because his integrity would be highly suspect.

When you go to a show like this, you should always make a complete circuit first to get the ley of the land, and only buy something on that first lap if it is something you've been looking for or you know it to be at an extremely good price. You never know if another dealer is going to have the same item at a better price.

When I was younger, I went to a lot of sportscards and collectible shows, as well as flea markets. However, at this pen show, the dealers and vendors were very friendly, social, talkative and eager to help. Plus, fountain pen buyers, users and enthusiasts are an intelligent and articulate segment of society; so the room was injected with an electricity and vibe that was very exciting.

This was a wonderful experience, so for next year, we're thinking about doing the Washington DC Pen Show in August, which is billed as the "largest pen event in the world."
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One of the best covers of this song I've ever heard.
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  • Harrisburg Area Community College
    Paralegal (AA Degree), 1976 - 1978
  • Pennsylvania State University
    Public Policy/Psychology, 1978 - 1980
  • Administrative Office of PA Courts (Wilson College)
    Minor Judiciary Education Certification, 1980 - 1980
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Author of the book Final Warning: A History of the New World Order (published in 2010 by Progressive Press)
 
Author of the following e-Books: Controlled by the Calendar: The Pagan Origins of Our Major Holidays (1997), Rendering Unto God: What Does the Bible Really Say About Tithing (2004, 2013), Mystery at Colonial Williamsburg: The Truth of Bruton Vault (2007, 2014), Understanding 'The Matrix' (2008), A Study of the Gospels: Reconciling the New Testament Canon (2008), A Study of the Epistles: A Complete Look at the Doctrine That Established the Church (2010), Being A Tribulation Christian: Holding Onto Your Faith in the Last Days (2013), as well as an expanded version of Final Warning: A History of the New World Order (2013).


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Married, 3 children, 3 grandchildren
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NGS Business Analyst I
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Administrative Support Specialist, Organizational Strategy
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  • Anthem (National Government Services)
    NGS Customer Care Rep I, NGS Customer Care Rep II; NGS Business Analyst I, 2013 - present
  • Highmark Blue Shield
    Customer Service Rep, 2009 - 2012
  • York Corrugating Co.
    Office Manager, 1988 - 2008
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