So today was one of those days where nothing in particular was going wrong at work, but it was a bit of a drag. No biggy. I've still got a little joy left in me until...
I $(#$0 HATE BALLPOINT PENS AND POST-IT NOTES!!!
I was trying to copy a bunch of numbers from a PLC so they don't get lost when I upload a new program to the processor. No biggy. Maybe 6-8 numbers is all.
But little did I suspect, there is some little magic interaction between the exact stiffness and roughness of the surface of a post-it note, and the diameter of the ball in a medium ball-point pen dictates that there is insufficient Van der Waals force to rotate the ball around to bring fresh ink to the paper.
I press firm. No ink.
I press soft. No ink.
I scribble circles at the top of the post-it. Look! Ink! Now to write the number. No ink.
I Scribble more circles. Ink! Try coherent writing again. No ink.
Why does it taunt me?
I write directly on the pad. No ink.
I write on a lone post-it over a hard surface. No ink.
I try varying thickness of post-its sitting on various surfaces. No ink.
I shake the pen gingerly to settle any air bubbles. No ink.
I shake the pen vigorously. No ink.
I bang the pen on metal objects and swear at it. No ink.
I Scribble more circles. Look ink! I try to write a number. No ink.
I throw the pen to the ground and threaten its children. No ink.
I point out the die grinders, drills, bandsaws and other implements of torture to the pen. No ink.
I stare in wonder at the little tiny ball on the tip of the pen. The ink glistens on its surface.
I lower the pen in contact with the post-it note. A tiny dot of ink appears...and nothing more.
I search the room for a pencil. Nothing.
I consider just going with the impressions of numbers I've worn into multiple mutilated post-its. They're illegible.
In the end my only choice is to admit defeat at the hands of a $0.10 PaperMate medium black ballpoint pen, and trudge dejectedly back to the office to find some other writing tool. Never trust a ballpoint to do a felt-tip's job.