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Friday, August 2, 2013

Feeling the Love from Bryan, TX

So I got this email from a customer yesterday:

I just got my first package from y'all in the mail, and it had a little note on it. I thought y'all might like to see the Goulet love in Bryan, TX. 


How cool is that? The Bryan, TX postal carrier saw that the box came from us at GouletPens.com and felt compelled to share the love with the recipient by writing on the box before it was delivered. This is exactly the kind of passion and love that inspires and motivates us as a part of the fountain pen community. We are all connected by a shared appreciation for our beloved pens. Though we may be geographically scattered, we may be a little closer than we think ;)

Write On,
Brian Goulet

46 comments:

  1. Ok, that is pretty dang cool!

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  2. Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. It's been about a year and a half since I've been donating to the Goulet Little Kiddy Fund and with all the emails, blog posts, videos, Write Time @ 9, etc I feel like I could pass you guys on the street and instantly recognize you then sit down for a casual lunch like we were old friends.

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  4. See? Not all Texans are dangerously crazy. (Some are just normally nuts.)

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  5. Tracy Lee BelfordAugust 2, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Where is the "like" button? :-) Awesome.

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  6. Us Texans are special people...not short bus special, just special.

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  7. Thanks for sharing Brian!! I'm glad that y'all enjoyed it as much as I did! It really made my day!

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  8. That's just too cool! Is Bryan down by Austin? I'm near Dallas and I don't get treatment like that!

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  9. Kinda between Houston and Austin. It's where Texas A&M is

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  10. Glad you liked the note. When I wrote it, I never expected to see it here. The GP logo caught my eye and i thought, "I don't remember ordering anything..." Then I saw the address and was excited someone else in BCS orders from GP. Enjoy your purchase.

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  11. I think this is really cool!

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  12. That looks like a ballpoint. Leave a note for the postal clerk: should've used a fountain pen!

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  13. Using a fountain pen on cardboard could easily become a disaster. As if writing on such a rough surface was hard enough.


    I want to say this looks more like a gel rollerball. It is evident that a heavy hand was used to write on the box, but his/her lines are very full and dark.

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  14. I really enjoyed the note, and I thought I should share, knowing how much I like it I thought GP would like it too! This was my first order, I just got into fountain pens and got my first one last week, but I'm already obsessed. So you will be seeing a few more of these (at least one next week haha).

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  15. It could, but it doesn't have to. Admittedly my box appears to be less dinged up and I have a lighter hand, but all of my pens and a variety of inks were fine with the surface, even the flex nibs. http://i.imgur.com/JAQB2Mv.jpg

    I would suppose that a Post Office isn't the best place to have a fountain pen, though. With enough customers coming through, I'd find it hard to track and protect much more than a disposable pen.

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  16. It was a ballpoint drug company promotion/throw-away pen, for Nexium, i think. Work is too rough of an environment for my FP's. Have tried a Monteverde Invincia ink-ball pen, but our forms are printed on paper not much better than news paper. Bleeds like crazy. So I'm stuck using whatever is laying around.

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  17. Thanks for answering that question! That's what I kind of figured. There are probably pen/ink combos that won't bleed/feather terribly with the poor paper you have to work with, but I'd certainly be concerned about the environment being too rough.


    Hopefully you have plenty of time to indulge in fountain pens outside of work, then!

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  18. Welcome to the fold Paige, your wallet is going to hate you for this.

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  19. Haha! I enjoyed reading your post.

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  20. If I was in that situation, I would just use either a preppy or a refilled varsity with X-feather; that should work well and not cost an expensive pen if something goes wrong

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  21. And you are surprised by this because... ??????? We are talking great service, wonderful selection, free reference library (Swab Shop, Nib Nook, etc.) and Joseph and Ellie keeping everyone in line and on the job at GPC. What else would you expect but crazy (in the happiest sense of the word) devotees? ;-)

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  22. Aww that is awesome! Welcome to the club Dale!

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  23. You're welcome, I'm glad Paige sent it to me :)

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  24. Haha, you definitely would recognize us walking down the street, b/c we'd have the whole dang family and our kids usually draw quite a scene (in a good way)! Though our lunches are seldom casual, usually we're tearing up bits of bread for Ellie, picking up sippie cups off the floor, trying to Joseph to eat something other than Teddy Grahams....it's fun ;)

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  25. I think all us pen folks are just a little crazy ;)

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  26. All us pen people are a little special ;)

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  27. Thank you for letting me know about it when you got it!

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  28. Thanks for writing the message, Dale, it's exactly the kind of community feel that I love about the fountain pen world.

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  29. That's so cool that this happened on your first order, too...y'know what that means now Dale, you're gonna have to keep an eye out for more Goulet orders coming through the Bryan post office ;)

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  30. Haha, words of warning that clearly come from experience ;)

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  31. Cool! I've never been to Texas A&M, but I'm aware of the school. I went to Virginia Tech and was in the Corps of Cadets (VT and Texas A&M are the only two schools with a Corps of Cadets within a larger civilian school).

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  32. Hmm...not sure how the dry time would be for most inks are cardboard like that! Might be worth experimenting, just for hahas.

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  33. X-feather would look good, but would probably get smeared pretty hardcore on that cardboard. It'd be interesting to see.

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  34. Cool! That does look pretty good, holds up surprisingly well...

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  35. Thank you freddy! I'm not so much surprised as I am delighted...having grown this business from an idea to what it is today, the thought of two complete strangers feeling connected by a package sent by my company...that's just plain cool.

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  36. Now THAT is one cool mail carrier!

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  37. Awesome pic! Love the kitty cameo too! They recently redesigned the priority mail boxes. I wider if they have the same qualities?

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  38. The box is right next to the window sill, so it's definitely property of the cat. She put up with being evicted for a minute or two, but was getting pretty impatient by the time I took the photo.

    So I guess the Goulets need to let me know when they start shipping out with those new boxes so I can place an order and test out the redesigned box.

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  39. Now we need to know what you thought of the August ink drop.

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  40. Thanks. I've been watching the blog, but this is my first venture into the comments.

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  41. I just saw this today and it is really neat. We like to make fun of the USPS but there are many wonderful dedicated employees that keep the mail moving! A note to those who want to write on cardboard boxes with fountain pens: most of these boxes are coated with a colloidal silica suspension that dries to a silica gel. This gives the cardboard friction so boxes don't go sliding all over each other during shipping. This gel is quite hard and would be very abrasive on a pen point. I would not write on boxes with a pen I wanted to keep.

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  42. Too late! I was at the local art store and was disappointed they didn't have any rhodia top staple dot grid ;)

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