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Field notes and field sketch

Bobby Bucks

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After a recent assignment I began thinking about writing instrument for field notes. I have mainly used #2 pencils purchased from Office Depot or Staples. I tried those mechanical drafting pencils with the fancy lead, but I always seemed to misplace them after going through a fast food drive through for a late breakfast or lunch, they always fall beneath my console and I can never find them among all the coins from fast food change. You see, I like drive throughs for lunch, especially with COVID. I always make sure the employees at the window are wearing both and mask and gloves, if they are not, I use extra hand sanitizer. I once called the assistant manager and reported one employee because she kept adjusting her mask, I could see her through the window, she was heavyset, I think she must eat fast food too much. I also tell them to round up the price and if they owe me less than 50 cents, I let them keep the change. I think there is a CDC recommendation to do that along with social distancing and the other suggestions. If my change is more than 50 cents, I keep the change, because I am a frugal person. So the problem with pencils is a concern, because you need to understand I am a frugal person. The #2 pencils don’t seem to be as high quality as the ones they used to make, I think they use fast growth wood or maybe a composite, because they’re not as easy to sharpen as pencils I used to use in school. So anyway, I talked to a tenant of mine who is 11 months behind on rent and he told me he has a housemate friend who used to work in a pencil factory outside of Cleveland and he had dozens of crates of pencils. The have them stacked in the garage like a makeshift table and think they smoke weed around it when I’m not there. I wanted to ask him how he came in possession of so many pencils, but I thought that would be impolite, I’m not a rude person and it’s none of my business if they are fenced goods from Cleveland. So my concerns are this: the crates with those pencils is dated 1981. Do you think those would be high quality pencils since they are 39 years old? Wood was much better then. Old growth lumber. Wouldn’t the quality of the wood offset any aging of the wood while being in storage? Also, I need an estimate of value for those pencils, there are a total of 14,000 pencils and I’m in no hurry to retire so I can use them. I would like to apply it to his past due rent and be fair about it since, it will be a handshake deal but with no paper trail. I’m anxiously awaiting input from my peers.
 
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alebrewer

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Not sure what smoking pot has to do with the post? :LOL: Otherwise, pencils are about $0.15 to $0.20 / pencil, right? Are you thinking those pencils are worth 'more' than current prices due to the quality? If so, at $0.3/pencil, that would be about $4.2k, right?
 

RockBass

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After a recent assignment I began thinking about writing instrument for field notes. I have mainly used #2 pencils purchased from Office Depot or Staples. I tried those mechanical drafting pencils with the fancy lead, but I always seemed to misplace them after going through a fast food drive through for a late breakfast or lunch, they always fall beneath my console and I can never find them among all the coins from fast food change. You see, I like drive throughs for lunch, especially with COVID. I always make sure the employees at the window are wearing both and mask and gloves, if they are not, I use extra hand sanitizer. I once called the assistant manager and reported one employee because she kept adjusting her mask, I could see her through the window, she was heavyset, I think she must eat fast food too much. I also tell them to round up the price and if they owe me less than 50 cents, I let them keep the change. I think there is a CDC recommendation to do that along with social distancing and the other suggestions. If my change is more than 50 cents, I keep the change, because I am a frugal person. So the problem with pencils is a concern, because you need to understand I am a frugal person. The #2 pencils don’t seem to be as high quality as the ones they used to make, I think they use fast growth wood or maybe a composite, because they’re not as easy to sharpen as pencils I used to use in school. So anyway, I talked to a tenant of mine who is 11 months behind on rent and he told me he has a housemate friend who used to work in a pencil factory outside of Cleveland and he had dozens of crates of pencils. The have them stacked in the garage like a makeshift table and think they smoke weed around it when I’m not there. I wanted to ask him how he came in possession of so many pencils, but I thought that would be impolite, I’m not a rude person and it’s none of my business if they are fenced goods from Cleveland. So my concerns are this: the crates with those pencils is dated 1981. Do you think those would be high quality pencils since they are 39 years old? Wood was much better then. Old growth lumber. Wouldn’t the quality of the wood offset any aging of the wood while being in storage? Also, I need an estimate of value for those pencils, there are a total of 14,000 pencils and I’m in no hurry to retire so I can use them. I would like to apply it to his past due rent and be fair about it since, it will be a handshake deal but with no paper trail. I’m anxiously awaiting input from my peers.
You logged with the wrong account. :LOL:
 

andrew81

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wheres @nottrav, hes good at replying to these kinds of posts lol

Instead of pencil I use the basic Bic Clic Stic Retractable Ball Pens. They are free from many local businesses, mostly banks.
 
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Flakey

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nauthead

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Just curious, would all of the pencils fit in the back of a Tesla?
 

glenn walker

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After a recent assignment I began thinking about writing instrument for field notes. I have mainly used #2 pencils purchased from Office Depot or Staples. I tried those mechanical drafting pencils with the fancy lead, but I always seemed to misplace them after going through a fast food drive through for a late breakfast or lunch, they always fall beneath my console and I can never find them among all the coins from fast food change. You see, I like drive throughs for lunch, especially with COVID. I always make sure the employees at the window are wearing both and mask and gloves, if they are not, I use extra hand sanitizer. I once called the assistant manager and reported one employee because she kept adjusting her mask, I could see her through the window, she was heavyset, I think she must eat fast food too much. I also tell them to round up the price and if they owe me less than 50 cents, I let them keep the change. I think there is a CDC recommendation to do that along with social distancing and the other suggestions. If my change is more than 50 cents, I keep the change, because I am a frugal person. So the problem with pencils is a concern, because you need to understand I am a frugal person. The #2 pencils don’t seem to be as high quality as the ones they used to make, I think they use fast growth wood or maybe a composite, because they’re not as easy to sharpen as pencils I used to use in school. So anyway, I talked to a tenant of mine who is 11 months behind on rent and he told me he has a housemate friend who used to work in a pencil factory outside of Cleveland and he had dozens of crates of pencils. The have them stacked in the garage like a makeshift table and think they smoke weed around it when I’m not there. I wanted to ask him how he came in possession of so many pencils, but I thought that would be impolite, I’m not a rude person and it’s none of my business if they are fenced goods from Cleveland. So my concerns are this: the crates with those pencils is dated 1981. Do you think those would be high quality pencils since they are 39 years old? Wood was much better then. Old growth lumber. Wouldn’t the quality of the wood offset any aging of the wood while being in storage? Also, I need an estimate of value for those pencils, there are a total of 14,000 pencils and I’m in no hurry to retire so I can use them. I would like to apply it to his past due rent and be fair about it since, it will be a handshake deal but with no paper trail. I’m anxiously awaiting input from my peers.
You may want to back off on the Jack, after the 4th shot you will think you have pencils worth $10 bucks a piece :)
 

Elliott

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As an upgrade, I'd suggest a "better" pencil. You get a dozen for $4 bucks. Never need to sharpen them. And they are made in the good old Japan, not China. "Shock Absorbing" and "Less Lead Breakage"...."si hablas españolhow" instructions too, how can you go wrong?



PENCIL.jpg
 
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