Jinhao 80

I was reading about the Chinese Jinhao 80 fountain pen, and how it looks like a Lamy 2000 knockoff but only costs $6 ordered from AliExpress. So I ordered one (and a borderline janky bootleg Kaws companion, that I love despite the jank).

It might look like the 2000 while capped, but it doesn’t have the cool hooded nib nor is it a piston-filler. It’s still surprisingly smooth. I inked it up with the Pilot Kon-Peki. It’s a nice blue and decent contrast to the white pen. I don’t know that I’ll have a place for this pen in the regular rotation, but it’s neat to see one.

The internet seems split on it. The Jinhao design is obviously an homage (or a rip-off) of the 2000. The spring clip is neat, especially for a pen that’s so inexpensive

But because of the different fill mechanism and nib, it’s really just the look that is a copy. I’m okay with it.


Brunch recording

Scheduling adventures made it so Adam and I got to record, in-person, on Saturday morning. We enjoyed a brunch-adjacent cocktail with some cold brew, bourbon, maple syrup, and, um, some other stuff.

I could get used to this recording slot.

Three Dots and a Dash

We took a long weekend to visit our oldest on Chicago over the President’s Day weekend. One of the many highlights was a visit to Three Dots and A Dash, a speakeasy tiki bar off in the River North neighborhood.

We got there at the end of a long travel/sightseeing day, so the sugar and rum were the practically necessary to get us through the rest of the night. The Sippopotamus, featured above, was the standout of the night. Obviously.

How it looked⬆️

How it felt ⬆️

Joe Pernice with my coffee

Joe Pernice is going to play a couple of shows to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Pernice Brother’s debut album “Overcome By Happiness”.

He’s been playing short morning warm-ups on Instagram live and they’re a perfect accompaniment to a hot cup of coffee.

I’m not going to be able to get to any of the shows but I 100% pre-ordered the vinyl reissue. It’s a sweet deluxe package with a book and some extra tracks. I’m geeked.

An Eagle Scout in the family

I’m proud of my nephew for the perseverance it took to achieve Eagle Scout.

(And this kicks off a bunch of catch-up posts from February. It’s been a bear.)

That’s a good one.

I don’t get much of the sky from the bedside window, but this little slice was photo-worthy this morning.

Happy Valentine’s

Bubbly and a heart-shaped pizza. Probably follow up with some tv.

It’s a good life.


I know, I know, you can’t beat the bots. I was “in line”, as they say, no later than 10:00:20am for the 10:00:00 drop.

And I don’t even love the brown ones. I just want to see how the fit is on these things without paying 2x retail for a pair.

It didn’t happen today, but I’m going to get these fucking things at retail.