so i was reading pristine’s today, and she mentions an overheard conversation, two office workers discussing how you never have to buy rubber bands or paper clips, because they “just mysteriously appear and hang around the office like a bad stench”. you know, because you’re always getting them with your mail.
and while this is generally true, the fact is, i don’t like those plain metal paper clips. i get them with my mail too, so much mail, mostly because of those conferences where i traded my business card for schwag, and now am suffering through years of junk mail, all the bright advertising materials thoughfully clipped together by the office staff. i keep the paper clips and throw the mail in the recycle bin. i use the crappy paper clips, because i don’t mind if i never see them again.
this is not to say i don’t have my own paper clips. i have a dispenser full of the good ones, the coated, brightly colored ones. i keep them hidden in my desk, because i like them too much to use them to clip, you know, ordinary things together. i use the ones i don’t like, because that way i get to keep the nice ones. in my desk drawer. occasionally i take them out and admire them, and then tuck them back in there, safe and sound.
i love office supplies.