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+1 for the Economist. I read it once, canceled all my newspaper subscriptions, and signed up for it. I've never looked back; it's, in my opinion, the world's preeminent news publication, and one of the only ones I'll actually read, front to back, in its entirety.
The Waterman Phileas was my first venture outside of Sheaffer country -- and I must admit I'm rather fond of it, though I find it to run a bit to much with the medium nib, making a thicker line than I'm accustomed to. When writing I'll usually just use my Prelude.
Great! Thanks for the welcome, guys. It's good to find I'm not the only twenty-something on the site -- or Western Canadian, for that matter (though I was born in Nova Scotia...)!
I'm new to pipe-smoking, as well, and I have a 3/4 bent and a straight. I also have trouble keeping the bent from gurgling and juicing -- no such issue with the straight. I find the straight is also infinitely easier to clean.
I'm sorry... but I just can't take seriously anyone who wants to dismantle the Fed and go back to a gold standard. Getting rid of a central bank and expecting inflation, interest rates, and unemployment to stay under control is tantamount to taking forty dogs in heat off their leashes and...
Thanks very much for the advice! I do think that I'll be buying a new razor in short order, and likely throwing my Pakistani one out the window. I'll just have to wait until September when I'll once again have access to my lovely student line of credit (should I feel guilty? Nah...). I think I'm...
I too enjoy single malts most of all. My favourite has to be Dalwhinnie... but I'm also quite partial to Bowmore, the Glenlivet, and Lagavulin (well, I love Islays in general). I can't say I'm much of a Talisker fan, however, as I always thought it had a bit of a seaweed taste to it... I'd...