Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Typewriter Mentor

Last Thursday, my student teacher graduated and I gave him this typewriter as a gift:


Oooh boy, that's a shiny typewriter.


With Marie Kondo whispering in my ear, I stuffed my heart with steel wool and tin foil and made some decisions about my many collections. A few weeks ago I culled the typewriters, keeping the ones that brought me the most joy. Before that, I decided how many slide rules you need to have a collection, but not an obsession. Days before that, I asked myself if I need three of the same Swiss army knives?

The process continues, but I am sure that Joe (my student teacher) will enjoy this typewriter as he begins his journey in teaching.

9 comments:

  1. hmmn, if you decide to unload your baby Underwood 3-bank, you should let me know. (:

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    1. I'll keep that in mind, but cold dead hands and all that. However, trades for camera stuff is always a possibility.

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  2. So I'm curious, how many slide rules makes a good collection?

    That was a very generous gift you gave Joe.

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    1. Three. As Arlo teaches us, three is an organization and 50 is a movement. Anywhere between 3 and 50 is what could safely be called a collection.

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  3. W o W
    What a gift! I'd love to have a machine like that one! xD

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    1. I found this at a garage sale. It was pretty busted up and no one give it a second look. I'm not saying that you'll find one now or tomorrow, but good things happen to those who keep an eye out for those funny boxes stored in attics and closets. Be an explorer and you'll find it fast.

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  4. A gorgeous gift.

    In theory, I agree: I need to cull! In practice, I'm making very little progress.

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    1. Think of it as an incentive to write another book.

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  5. That's a fantastic gift! I tired to reduce collections for my move. I was able to part myself from the parts machines. I still have too many typewriters, a few too many fountain pens, slide rules, and Swiss Army Knives.

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