Old, Useful, and Sentimental

"Pen Holder" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Pen Holder” Cedar Park, 2019


The title of this post could be used to describe a person, but in this case, I am describing the Suntory beer can that I use to hold pens. I think I bought this just out of college, which would mean it’s been in service holding pens and pencils for 28 years! It’s rested on many desks since then, but it’s always come with me whenever I moved. Just looking at the can, I can imagine it in all those different places, quietly doing its job.

It’s strange that I’ve used such a simple, throwaway item (it’s actually trash), for all these years. But I love it. I guess it’s both useful and sparks joy, which is the sweet spot as far as possessions go. And add the BIFL (buy-it-for-life) aspect on top of that, and this Suntory beer can pen holder is just perfect.

I hope you had a nice day!


Blue Image and Wandering around Japan

"Blue" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/55 sec, ISO800
“Blue” Austin, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Lately I’ve been watching videos from NIPPON WANDERING TV. They are high-quality stabilized walking/biking videos around Japan, mainly in Tokyo, which I find super-relaxing, especially because there is no soundtrack other than the sounds of the environment. I like to put one of the videos on the TV and go about my business: cooking, folding laundry, or whatever. It puts me in a good mood. 😊

Please check them out when you have a chance! Here’s one that I particularly like:


Today’s photo is of my Seiko SNDA chronograph watch and Jinhao shark fountain pen on my graph paper notebook. I applied a Lightroom preset named “Blue” that I created a while ago for an image that I’ve long forgotten. I thought it gave a nice effect.

I hope you had a nice day!


Thank You Burrito