Sunday, August 16, 2009

In Memoriam

This week marked the passing of a dear friend and associate.





This is my Panasonic electronic pencil sharpener. I have no idea what the model number was, if it had one.

I don't know when it was bought. I first remember seeing it in my Dad's law firm when I worked there in the summer of 1982 (I ran the copy machine for $2/hour).

At some point it got relocated to our house, and I took it with me to college, then medical school. It's since sat patiently on my desk, heroically and faithfully performing it's services when called to do so. It's been with me for at least 20 years, and likely more.

This week, it passed into the great machine heaven, done in by having to sharpen 6 dozen pencils in preparation for the new school year. It tried valiantly, but just couldn't handle it.

Besides the Grumpy family, it leaves behind many friends, including a stapler, tape dispenser, and desk lamp.

Services will be held in the next few weeks, as Frank requested an autopsy be performed to see what's inside an electric pencil sharpener.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

This means you have to go back to the office supply store to get a new one. That is after a proper mourning period. good luck.

The Bus Driver said...

Rest in pieces, Mr Electric Sharpener. Your whirring days are over, may you take solace in appliance heaven.

Coming up at 11, hear his beloved swingline stapler speak of their many years.

Giggle. I'm normally this insane.

Anonymous said...

OMG, way too funny. I am suppose to be working..and here I am laughing instead. I work on an Oncology floor so, this laughter helps..thanks Dr G.

signed mm

Anonymous said...

RIP Sharpener!
from all of us who still have lead in our pencils.

Anonymous said...

I'm terribly sorry for your loss, it's in heaven now, probably playing golf with my microwave.

The Angry Medic said...

LOL aww Doc. Stirring eulogy. Seriously, there are tears in my eyes. Though not from crying :)

BTW where do you find so much time to update man? You're kicking my ass here!

Anonymous said...

My condolences.

peedee said...

RIP pencil sharpener. Sorry for your loss Doc.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry for your loss.

(...and am surprized to note that you are roughly a decade my junior. I have always envisioned you as an old grumpy fart. Now to find out you are just a grumpy fart!)

Pattie, RN

CK Lunchbox said...

I'm no Quincy, but I'm guessing it died of led poisoning. Poor bastard, it's a miracle he lasted as long as he did. But he always a fighter.

Anonymous said...

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Authorities said a patient at a Cape Coral doctor's office bit part of the doctor's finger off after being denied a prescription. Police reported that a 45-year-old man went to see Dr. Paul Arnold Wednesday morning, and the man became upset about not receiving prescription medication.

Police said Arnold turned his back and the man attacked him. The patient reportedly bit Arnold several times, taking off the doctor's fingertip with one bite.

The fingertip was recovered at the scene and Arnold was taken to a nearby hospital.

Police have put out a warrant for the patient's arrest on a charge of aggravated battery.

Dr grumpy..just had to send this to you...it is on digg.com

signed mm

Stephanie Faris said...

I'm impressed it lasted so long. That's awesome!

SumDood said...

They just don't make things like they used to.

Barb said...

I'm so sorry for you loss. May you find comfort in knowing that he lived a long and happy life.

Anonymous said...

Just like mine ( also my dad's), only mine has wood veneer and my son hasn't worn it out just yet.

moppie said...

Ta-da!!!
http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-KP380-BK-Classic-Electric-Sharpener/dp/B00006IEIE

You're gonna need a red stapler to go with your new electric sharpener too:

http://www.amazon.com/Swingline-Collectors-Business-Stapler-S7074736E/dp/B0006HUQZ6/ref=pd_sim_op_2

But people still use regular pencils? Not lead pencils?

a corgi said...

I am so sorry! It gave its all though and it went out as a winner!! Wow, $2 an hour, those were the good old days weren't they? (in more ways than one for sure)

enjoy?? your week

betty

Lovely, CPhT said...

That's too bad. Now you'll have to buy a new one that was probably made in a third-world country by a child making five cents an hour, and the kicker is the damn thing will probably break in two years!

Chris@Maugeritaville said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I'm sure your sharpener has gone to the big Office Depot in the sky.

Anonymous said...

Such a sweetie, to bid adieu. Bet it'll take a long time to find one with as much history and character, as well as sheer doggedness. It may take several to match the old one for longevity i.e. another sharpener lifetime? (Like the old saying 'it was in the last place I looked' meaning don't have to look anymore after the missing article is found.)

Anonymous said...

I broke the sad news to its brother which served first for 20 years in my engineering business then survived endless tasks at the hands of many kids who would try to sharpen anything they can jam into it.
Truly a member of the "Greatest Generation" of office gizmos now semi-retired, like me, but still functional.
My heartfelt condolences.

Shalom said...

My dad brought home one of these "electronic" pencil sharpeners (what electronics? I'd have said "electric") as well. It was even older than yours, I think. Ours was blue and white, with a clear plastic shavings-holder.

It didn't have auto-stop like yours, though; there was a little orange light that told you the pencil was ready, but if you didn't pull out, it would cheerfully go on grinding away until you were left with nothing but an eraser.

(Heck, I still remember the hand cranked ones we had in school, most of which were lacking the cover/shaving holder so the shavings fell on the floor under the machine, and you could stick your finger in the opening and sharpen that if you so desired. Can you imagine the liability issues today if such a device was in schools? Come to think of it, my wife teaches in public school, I'll have to ask her if they still have them...)

Joanie M said...

My condolences.

remclave said...

LOL! Reminds me of Sir Wash-A-Lot


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Mimir said...

I have one of those! It's got to be at least a decade old because it was my grandfather's and he had it in his office since I could remember.

 
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