'ZigZag (jaune filet rouge)' from French designer Jean Pierre Lépine. Not only an awesome design; it also does what it is supposed to do: it writes marvelous!
Just the way I like a pen. Steady, some weight, giving you the impression you are really at work. However, I don't use pens to write my stories. I'm really not that 'old school' you know. Writing is so much easier using a computer. Copy, paste, replace, delete; all those neat functions are making it so easy. And, best of all, I can do it the way I do it best: typing with two fingers.
Alas for my teacher, with his fierce and compelling eyes, even before I finished school and started working, word processors took over...
I only recall one moment this certificate was supposed to be valuable. In military service. I had my basic military training in the 'Isabella Kazerne,' a barrack in the city of Den Bosch. Nowadays military service no longer is obligatory in Holland. But in those days it was still mandatory. And guess what? I was one of the last youngsters who had the privilege to fulfill this obligatory service... We all were eager to escape the daily routine of the first basic training. So, when the sergeant asked if anyone had a typing diploma, several guys raised their hands. Not me. I knew the drill. Surprisingly even after multiple times of asking this stupid question, there still were guys eager to raise their hands only to hear the sergeant say: "Great... then you may carry the ammunition box..."
'War of the words' here.
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