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Sunday at the L.A. Pen Show lived up to everything I’d heard about it, both good and bad. First, the good, which centered around the enthusiasm of the attendees and the local pen community dolor lumbar lado izquierdo. You have to really care about something to put up with the "logistical challenges" presented by a pen show that only has one public day, and Sunday from 10am-5pm at that. Despite extremely long lines, uncomfortably warm temperatures (inside), and bustling crowds crammed into too-narrow aisles, nearly everyone I spoke with from behind the Vanness Pens table was patient, polite, and happy to be there, which always makes for a good "pen-show" atmosphere. Unfortunately, on the vendor side, those same "logistical challenges" are forcing many out-of-town vendors to make difficult decisions, since L.A.


is effectively a one-day show. Traffic is very light on Friday and Saturday, so vendors basically have to make up the cost of the weekend, plus any profit, on Sunday. Given the cost of attending, in terms of both time and money, I got the distinct vibe that this show may be in danger of falling off the list of "major" U.S. Pen Shows.

Why do I say hernia de disco lumbar that? Let’s compare to the D.C. Pen Show, which has had its own (much-discussed) issues over the past few years. Despite the fact that the escoliosis cervical sintomas D.C. Show can also suffer from long lines, high temperatures (both inside AND outside), overcrowded ballrooms, and an iffy location, at the end of the day it’s still THE BIG SHOW, and people keep coming back because (1) all the vendors are there; and (2) the vendors are there because the show is profitable enough to justify the expense. [Note: I’m not trying to reduce everything to money, but at the end of the day, it sets a baseline. Most vendors can’t keep attending if they lose money every year on the show.] When a pen show is open to the public for just a single day, and that single day is Sunday as opposed to Saturday, it severely limits the number of non-trader/exhibitor attendees. While someone planning to attend a pen show for a three-day mini-vacation might gladly spend $50+ for a “weekend trader” pass (as opposed to $8 for Sunday admission), someone who’s only able to go for a single day probably will not do so.

How the L.A. Pen Show organizers respond to this year’s event will columna lumbar rx likely determine whether this show remains a truly “international” pen show, or evolves into more of a regional event. In order for this show to be successful – and I define success in terms of both the promoter AND vendors being able to make money, while at the same columna vertebral lumbar time delivering a worthwhile experience to attendees – I personally think that the show needs to open to the public on Saturday and assign vendors permanent tables for all three days (Friday-Sunday) to allow them to fully set up. Of course, people have been saying this about the L.A. Show for years, and here we are.

I hope this show sticks around. Why? Because the show draws from a different geographical area than most of the East Coast shows, offering attendees access to a different group of vendors and vice-versa. For example, this year’s L.A. Pen Show featured the following vendors who don’t necessarily travel to a large number of shows:

Classic Fountain Pens a/k/a Nibs.com. From what I understand, John Mottishaw used to be a regular on the pen show circuit, but has contractura lumbar tiempo de recuperacion since limited his travel to Los Angeles and San Francisco (though a few of his employees did travel to the D.C. Pen Show a few years back when it was still at the old location. One word: Nakayas!

Stylo Art Karuizawa. Purveyors of gorgeous urushi and maki-e pens, including lacquered wood pens featuring nibs from Pilot, Sailor, and Platinum. They also remain on my list for a possible purchase, but since the pens are quite expensive I’m holding out for the perfect one.

One Star Leather Goods. Makers of high-quality, custom-made leather goods. I’m a big que es escoliosis dorsal fan of Keegan’s work, and he sets up on Sundays, and sometimes Saturdays, at the L.A. Pen Show. He made me a custom leather cover for my Baron Fig Confidant, which I love and previously reviewed here.

Tactile Turn. Most readers of this blog should be familiar with Will Hodges and his machined pens. Much to my surprise (and dismay that I didn’t get a chance to visit with him), Will was at the L.A. Pen Show and may be attending San Francisco.

I had the opportunity to meet all sorts of other new people whom I had never met before, but most of my interactions took place on the show floor. The after-hours bar scene wasn’t as vibrant in L.A. as it is at other dolor lumbar tratamiento shows I attend, though the newly renovated hotel has a pretty good setup with long high-top tables, attentive bartenders, and a bright and airy space.

Testing Fountain Pen Inks with Different Sacs (via Fountain Pen Love) . I’ve wanted to do different versions of this experiment for quite some time, with not only ink sacs but nibs, feeds, etc. to see how materials responded to long-term exposure to ink. The results of this test were somewhat dolor lumbar y mareos unexpected!

Hero 616 Big Size or Doctor Fountain Pen (via Comfortable Shoes Studio). Les gives another Hero pen a middling grade, which is consistent with everything I’ve heard written about the brand. They’re very inconsistent, but if you’re willing to tinker you might be able to get a decent writer at a bargain-basement price.

Quick Look: Baron Fig Copper Squire Pen (via Pencilcase Blog). It’s no secret that I love the Baron Fig Squire, and I’m glad to see the metal versions become part of the standard lineup. I’ll be giving away a Brass Squire in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

The Pelikan 300 dolor lumbar izquierdo tratamiento: A Chimera (via Pelikan’s Perch). Reading pieces like this on pens “from the Pelikan archives” always makes me wonder whether I’ve seen any of these pens at shows, and reminds me of how much I don’t know and still have yet to learn.

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This week was a pen show week, so my schedule has been a little off and, unfortunately, will continue to be fairly irregular over the next several weeks due to a pretty grueling travel schedule (some pen-related, much of it not). On Wednesday I offered my first impressions of the Aurora 88 Unica Nera, an “all-black” follow up on last year’s “Black Ops” Talentum. Since I spent most of Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday at the L.A. Pen Show, I published a photo-heavy recap of the first two days, with my thoughts on Sunday’s madness and general observations on the show hernia discal lumbar sintomas y signos in general coming later this week. This week’s Deals and Drops highlighted many of the products I was looking for – and got to handle – at the show.

On the escoliosis sintomas road again, to Los Angeles, for the first pen show of the year! (Well, at least for me, since I missed Philly.) I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone, since my life has been a pen show desert since D.C. last August. This week’s Deals & Drops highlights some of the things I’ll be looking for at the show this weekend. Current plan is just to look, no buy, but we all know how that goes at pen shows….

Aurora 88 Nettuno (via Pen Chalet). Aurora is getting ready to release the Neptune-themed “Nettuno,” the latest release in their line of special edition pens based on the Planets. Kenro typically has prototypes at shows, even if the pens aren’t for sale.

Sailor King of Pen (via Anderson Pens). Ok, I’m finally intrigued enough to check out Sailor’s K.O.P. series, and I’m sure Anderson Pens will have one or more at the Los Angeles escoliosis lumbar de convexidad derecha show. I hear Sailor also sometimes appears with their own booth.

Sailor Pro Gear Cocktail Tequila Sunrise (via eBay). One of the reasons I want to go to the L.A. Pen Show is because of all the special and limited edition Japanese pens that tend to appear at that show. I’d love to snag a Tequila Sunrise right now (and I’m only partly referring to the pen).