After looking into my backpack and finding no pencils, I took a fresh new one from my secret stash of unused, unsharpened pencils. But when I thought about it, I asked myself where the 2 pencils I had put in my backpack this morning were. And this isn’t the first time it has happened. So where do all the pencils go?
I’ve noticed this pencil-losing thing happen to me a lot. That’s why I bought a 50-pack of plain old No. 2 pencils at Office Depot at the beginning of the year. I knew it would be silly to get some nice expensive mechanicals, because they disappear too fast.
Making pencils disappear is quite an easy task. I wager that most of the pencil-losing activity is inbetween break periods, when everyone is packing up their stuff and shoving everything into their packs, and not always checking the ground around them for their belongings.
I often find pencils too, on the ground and such. Finders keepers, losers weepers. They are now my new pencil, and I use it till it gets lost again or it breaks/runs out of lead. But I feel like I’m putting more pencils into school circulation than I’m getting out of it, and that makes me angry. It also makes me angry when, on a good day, I happen to have 2-3 pencils at the ready. And someone asks to borrow a pencil. People are always doing that. Chances are about 5:621 that I’ll ever get it back. Oh well.
How should I fix this problem? I’m considering hiding pencils in strategic places around the school so if I’m ever in need I’m no more than 30 feet from a secret stash. We could establish a small pencil collective of honest, trusting people who could keep the stashes stocked, as well as take from them as needed. Anyone wanna join my collective? We could have some cool acrymonic name