The above posts were also enjoyable for me; I had an older friend, actually a contemporary of my Father, who when I was planning a return trip to England, said to me," I love going to England; it reminds me of what is was like here in the US, when things were still nice, not all hell bent on EVERYTHING new & improved, constant changes that didn't really make our life better." I truly understood what she meant & realised it was a part of what I also appreciated when visiting there.
It is a part of why I love using my pens & ink; 20 years ago while in a London hotel, I used a desk pen in the sitting room, that was one of many available for guest's use, to write a post card also supplied by the hotel; I returned to work a few years later to discover amenities in the hotel associated, with the restaurant I was managing were reduced to satellite/cable television, internet capabilities, without a daily newspaper, nor postage available for purchase, if a postcard was purchased. When I returned home after a few years I fell into this hobby after clearing our desks used by my parents. I enjoy everyday, @ times of my choice the ability to use something that restores a bit of dignity, excitement, artistry, thoughtful communication, without great difficulty.
Just as a family meal was something that was enjoyable, yet served a purpose beyond supplying dietary needs, using a pen supplies MUCH more for me, than it's mere function. I remember advertisement campaigns from my youth that promoted a special coffee, because "it was a small pleasure that you deserved;" food, alcohol & tobacco use have all been advertised in similar ways, yet writing with a pen does not lead to obesity, alcohol abuse nor health danger, but can be a pleasure that can be enjoyed on almost any budget, for as long or short time period as desired, almost anywhere. I just feel better having pen & ink @ this time in my life; they have made my time spent with each a nicer experience for me.