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Author: pelahale

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  • I'm a late-middle-aged professor and clinician affiliated with one of the major universities in the triangle area of NC. I have 2 teen-aged kids and a wife who prefers to stay anonymous. I like to discuss my hobbies.

November 6, 2014


LED lightbulbs: The Time Is Now

                          Prince Charles, a well-known environmental zealot changed out the 40,000 light bulbs in Buckingham Palace in 2006 at a staggering cost (over $5million). 6 years ago, it[…]

October 18, 2014


LeConte Lodge – A Weekend Getaway

A friend of mine told me about a stay at LeConte Lodge 14 years ago. It was described as backpacking up a mountain with Llamas on the trail and the lodge was described as close quarters dining with strangers. I imagined being[…]

October 17, 2014


Cape Lookout National Seashore – a weekend getaway

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    We had wanted to vacation at Cape Lookout for 35 years. Decades ago we discovered that the facilities here were primitive and amenities non-existant such that we were told to pack out even our own personal waste. This[…]

September 3, 2014


Bodegón by Juan Sanchez Cotán

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Today I was remembering the most striking painting at a Nasher Museum exhibit 6 years ago: Juan Sánchez Cotán – was a Spanish painter born near Toledo in 1560. A successful artist supported by the aristocracy of Toledo, he is known[…]

June 4, 2014


Stipula Suprema Bikini – titanium nib, vac-filler, 2011

As I wrote in my last post, I utterly failed to trade away or sell any of my fountain pens at the 2014 Triangle Pen Show in my hometown.  Instead I ended up acquiring 5 more pens. The main one[…]

June 2, 2014

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Report from the 2014 Raleigh Pen Show

What is a Pen Show? It’s a gathering of generally older folks interested in collecting, using, repairing/restoring, and discussing items related to pens and stationery.  The fountain pen is often central to these shows, though ballpoints, rollerballs, pencils, carrying cases,[…]

May 9, 2014

Hermes 3000

vintage Hermes 3000 TypeWriter

The Hermes 3000 is a Swiss typewriter from the 1960s with a renowned vault-like build. A newsweek article in the 1970s described how an Amazonian expedition accidently dropped their Hermes 3000 into the Orinoco river, but when it was recovered[…]

May 4, 2014

cap-off time

Testing Fountain Pen Dry-out Times in Usage

In thinking about what irritates me about fountain pens, one of the things that make me stop using a pen is if its nib/feed dries out and becomes a hard-starter during work.  Like most people, I uncap a pen, start[…]

April 23, 2014


My Favorite Tea

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I drink coffee in the mornings when I work to get the 120-150mg caffeine kick. I only began doing this recently – perhaps 5 years ago.  As I got older, it became more difficult to sleep well at night and[…]

April 11, 2014


Shosa Short Wallet 2.0

My Past Decade of Wallets To show you what I came from  over the past 10 years, I’ll begin by showing the wallets I carried, including the standard department store leather wallet I carried: This held lots of cards, had[…]

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December 21, 2014