Yesterday afternoon I drove to the offices of Syracuse Public Media site waer.org to pick up tickets to today’s Syracuse-Duke men’s basketball game.
I was offered the tickets after another blogger saw my story that mentioned Valentine’ Day plans that included taking my dear wife Karen to see the game on the movie screen at The Palace Theatre.
Joe B. Lee is the man behind the interesting Man Up blog, which you should check out, by the way. Obviously, since he volunteered to hand over those coveted tickets to today’s sold out game — yes, 35,000 people will be warming up the Carrier Dome — he also lives in Central New York. And there’s more. Lee is also the general manager of WAER, the public radio station housed on the Syracuse University campus that runs the web site for which I write my weekly Wednesday community blog column.
You could call Joe my boss. I do.
My friend, too, because we’ve known each other for a quarter-century, working in the Syracuse media, but for today’s story, my boss handed me an envelope that had a pen clipped to it.
I stuck the envelope with the pen and the tickets into my glove compartment and drove to the movie theater to see “The Kingsmen,” the new secret agent movie, which I will review on Monday for another freelance blog over at syracusenewtimes.com, with my weekly companion piece here, too.
Back at home, the tickets and the pen made their way onto the kitchen counter, all to be inspected by Karen. She told me I now owned a Special Mark Pen.
What a gift it is. I can now take notes on a reporter’s pad in any dark place. All I have to do is remove the cap from the ink end of my Special Mark Pen and place it on the other end to engage the flashlight feature, located on the writing tip.
A music critic’s dream, I thought, back to the days of gripping a pen light in my teeth and ahead to the ease of my future, at shows, at games, at movies if I so choose to take notes someday.
Then I thought of “The Kingsmen,” which tipped its hat to James Bond and all those 007 gadgets that made sleuthing life possible.
Thank you, Joe B. Lee, for my Special Mark Pen, my James Bond moment, my little bit of 007 heaven.
Do you ever have to write in the dark? What’s your favorite gadget? What 007 convenience would you want in your everyday life?