As I sat at my desk, which I must say is quite comfortable, they’ve come a long way since my the last time I sat in one for school purposes, I pulled out my pencil and began to take some quick notes before class started. After a few words I felt it was time to sharpen the good old Ticonderoga. Looking over at the professor’s desk I didn’t see anything that remotely resembled a pencil sharpener, but I still got up to look closer. After all it’s now 2018 and they make everything under the sun that doesn’t resemble a damn thing it’s meant for. However, the red box on his desk was just a box. The black rectangular box was the control panel for the AV stuff. Beyond that, only books and papers lay strategically sorted over his desk. I thought for a moment, “am I the only cat that still uses a pencil?” I can’t be, can I? I don’t mind using a pen, I do have one in my backpack.
Then, there she was. Making my way back to my desk I saw her. Hanging out on the wall right next to the door, a lovely toupe-putty-grey colored Berol Giant. Six different openings to choose from, depending on your pencil’s thickness, I possessed the traditional #2. I was partially excited as I quickly walked over to it, as if someone was going to get there before me. The flashbacks rushed to the forefront of my mind. I truly couldn’t remember the last time I saw one, let alone used one. I slid the pencil in and began to crank the handle in circles, not too fast, but at a reasonable speed. The deep grinding of my pencil being sharpened could be heard throughout the room. After about a dozen rotations I pulled the pencil out, blew the residue off the tip, and admired the lovely evenly sharpened pencil. So rewarding.
In life we can often get caught up in having the newest this or that, the iPhone is a perfect example, seems they’re coming out with a new one every other month now. I ask though, is there anything wrong with the one you currently have? For me the answer is nope, it works and does what I need it to do. I find modern technology quite useful in many situations. Yet, we must know when to say when. Is it a need or a want we’re after? Are we simply attempting to “keep up with the Jones’?” (an old saying, showing my age a bit). I feel as if this entire tech and new this and new that causes some to have anxiety and unnecessary stress. The world is now a touch and swipe away from you, just pull out the phone and explore, which I do enjoy. But, I don’t let it consume me either. If I don’t have a signal, no worries, a few feet later I will.
I welcome new and significant improvements to our modern extraordinary world. Yet, I love the old that still works just as good, if not better than its newer twenty-first century counterpart. The humor of all this hit me today while at home. I needed to sharpen my pencil and our sharpener was dead. I double checked to ensure it was plugged in, emptied the shavings tray for good measure, tried to plug it in at a different place, but nothing. It was dead, off in the distance I swear I heard TAPs being played from someone’s iPhone. Oooo the irony of it all. No worries though, I’ll simply bring a handful of my trusty #2 Ticonderoga pencils with to class next time. I know a pencil sharpener that will be working just fine.
About the Author
I’ve always been involved in the arts. My grandmother and father were both portrait painters, so it was something I was immersed in. However, something about photography captivated me. The ability to capture a visual story entices me, for I have always been a bit of a storyteller and I enjoy writing too. My photography has received numerous awards; from publication in Popular Photography to 2015 Best in Show image at The Texas State Fair, regional and national awards in photography, my artwork is in private collections around the world, and I have two books out “Beyond The Image” and “Finding Myself: Visual Tales of an Explore”. I continue to challenge myself and I’m always looking for a new story to make and capture.