I had to order two reams of copy paper. I don’t think I’ve bought paper for the printer … well … in years. For all the decades I was working, office supplies were one of the un-taxed benefits of being an office wage slave. You didn’t buy staples, paper clips, or pens. Never bought copy paper. This was stuff one brought home from the office.

To be fair, I worked at home. I used most of the supplies for work. But I confess, I also used it for everything else.


I was a rank amateur compared to my husband, however.

Garry was the emperor of office supplies. When the regular supplies cabinet was empty, his colleagues would come to him. They knew Garry had everything. All squirreled away in his office — which was in the building where the television station was housed. He only brought home supplies intermittently … sort of “as needed.” His greatest score was a 3-hole punch he managed to wrest from the newsroom. It had been chained to the table leg and I have no idea how he got it loose. Bolt cutters?

It came home with the sticker “DO NOT REMOVE FROM NEWSROOM” still on it. I never removed the sticker. The punch is still in the house somewhere. Probably in the wreckage of what used to be my office. A truly fine piece of equipment.

My office was (is) just across the hall from the bedroom. I could (did) get there in my nightie and slippers.

Garry’s real passion is (was) (will forever be) pens. Read about it here — CONFESSIONS OF A PEN THIEF – GARRY ARMSTRONG. Not merely did he bring them home from work far in excess of any true need for writing implements. He also snagged them from everyone and anyone who didn’t know his reputation as a pen thief. He failed to get one from the White House, one of his rare failures, but he got them from everywhere else.

But for me, it was paper. I can’t honestly remember the last time I had to buy regular paper for the printer. I have bought special paper for printing my résumé or in special colors for some invitation or leaflet. But regular, 20 lb. white copy paper? That came from work. It’s the only thing I miss about work … except for the paycheck, of course.

Today, I had to order a couple of reams of paper. Two reams of 24 lb. extra bright white copy paper. I had to pay money for it. What is this world coming to?

14 thoughts on “PAPER FOR THE PRINTER”

  1. A good view on the matter. As a working lady, I believe there was always paper at home. It just appeared, but I cannot remember from where – definitely not the supermarket. Now we also always have paper at home, but we do not need so much. A lot of stuff is just saved on the computer without paper. Otherwise there is always a paket somewhere. Envelopes can get complicated, and I always forget where they are or find the wrong ones. Even my bank and telephone people save on paper. They have paperless and we can look it up on the computer if we want to. I do not want to and get the best of both worlds. They send it on paper and also by online. Mr. Swiss is completely online but he still tends to forget where things are. Everyone to his own I say. I like to have something in my hand.


    1. I thought we would never run out. We had so much for so long. It’s like salt. You buy a box, it lasts for a year, so you don’t bother to keep a spare. Then, one day, no salt! Horrors!

      We always have paper, then we didn’t. I actually had to BUY it. Oh, the shame!


  2. David had a thing for notebooks, he used to bring a lot home from work which I would often pinch for my own use or give to my sister. He had a habit of writing a few pages in a book and starting another one and I could not abide the waste of paper. We moved here with a whole box of note books, note pads, folders and pens. Took years to use them all up.


    1. Uh huh 🙂 For Garry, it was “reporter’s notebooks” which are about the same size and style as stenographer’s notebooks. He used tons of them at work and always had a few extra at home. But his favorite “think pad” was always the big,yellow, legal pads. They also came in white, but he couldn’t think properly on white ones. They had to be yellow. We may still have a few of them stashed somewhere 🙂

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  3. Geez, I’ve taken more notepads and pens from hotels than I have any kind of supplies from work. About the only thing at work I go through a lot of at home is black markers, and our store-use markers at Mecca are worse than the cheap Crayola markers they make for grade schoolers. Hell, I bring a Sharpie to work rather than use our sorry markers…


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