Articles by " Adam"
15 May

Raison d’etre: An Acknowledgement

Happy birthday to all and to all a good night!

Hap­py birth­day to all and to all a good night!

We all love Kards Unlim­it­ed.  I do.  I know you do.  Pret­ty much every­one who expe­ri­ences us loves us.  Because, let’s not mince words, the store rocks.  It’s the best place to be.  Peri­od.  So, on her birth­day, I want to thank (blame?) the par­ty respon­si­ble, our boss, Kris­ten Ker­sh­n­er.

Work­ing at KU attracts a cer­tain type of per­son.  We don’t take our­selves too seri­ous­ly.  We’re fun-lov­ing.  We’re smart.  We rel­ish a good book (and some bad books.)  We also rel­ish cham­pag­ne (with one or two notable excep­tions.)  To vary­ing degrees we exhibit a charm­ing blend of sweet and tart.  And we are fam­i­ly.  I don’t know where I’ll be in twen­ty (or even ten or even five) years, but if or when my time at KU is done, I know that I will nev­er for­get it.  I know that every job I ever have will be mea­sured again­st my time here and prob­a­bly found want­i­ng in at least one aspect.  All of the­se are a reflec­tion of Kris­ten.

I’m going to stop writ­ing now in favor of going in to work ear­ly to hang out with the birth­day girl a bit.  Hap­py birth­day, Lady.  Many hap­py returns.  And thank you for every­thing.


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4 May

No, I didn’t do my homework. But yes, I love learning: A Not So Good Student’s Perspective on Teacher Appreciation Week

Are you freaking kidding me.

Are you freak­ing kid­ding me.

I’ll be frank with you guys.  Some­times I was not a very good stu­dent.  Oh, I was clev­er enough, but I fre­quent­ly didn’t pay the most atten­tion and even more fre­quent­ly just straight up ignored work that I didn’t want to do.  Despite the­se fail­ings, I did rel­a­tive­ly well in school.  Nor­mal­ly this is where I’d make a joke about how it was def­i­nite­ly because I’m so freak­ing bril­liant.  But that is decid­ed­ly false.  At best, it’s an incom­plete and over­ly sim­pli­fied expla­na­tion.  The real rea­son, or the lion’s share of the rea­son, was that I had (by and large) excel­lent teach­ers.

For exam­ple, when I start­ed fourth grade, I switched from a pub­lic school where I was basi­cal­ly just coast­ing by to a pri­vate (Catholic) school where I actu­al­ly had to do things like pay atten­tion and turn in home­work.  As you might expect, that was not a grace­ful tran­si­tion for me.  I had one teacher in par­tic­u­lar whose home­work I didn’t do a lot of the time and who gave me deten­tion sev­er­al times because of it.  Need­less to say, she wasn’t my favorite per­son just then.  She taught sci­ence and while I tend to be more of a lan­guage-ori­ent­ed, lib­er­al arts type, sur­pris­ing­ly she made me love what she taught.  I had her for home room the next year and she became one of my all-time favorite teach­ers.

Seriously, honk.

Seri­ous­ly, honk.

Anoth­er exam­ple: my junior year in high school I had a teacher for Eng­lish who expect­ed a lot of us.  And by that I mean she expect­ed us to do home­work and turn it in on time.  Prefer­ably hav­ing fol­lowed her instruc­tions with regard to length and con­tent.  Tor­ture.  Even by eleven­th grade I had not yet mas­tered home­work doing and I didn’t do par­tic­u­lar­ly well in her class because of it.  Nev­er­the­less, the end of the year came and I dis­cov­ered that not only had she real­ly helped my writ­ing skills, her class had changed from a time of day that I had dread­ed to one of the best.

My point is that even kids who do well in school don’t always make their teach­ers’ jobs/lives easy.  And even when the stu­dents do make their teach­ers’ lives easy, teach­ers do a ton of home­work of their own.  It’s com­mon knowl­edge that teach­ers work much longer hours than kids are in school.  And that they pay for a ton of their class­room mate­ri­als out of pock­et with lit­tle or no reim­burse­ment.  (My sis­ter, who teach­es first grade, told me the oth­er day that the total amount she can claim on her tax­es for class­room sup­plies is $250.  I.e. what she spends in about 2 months, max.)

All this is to try and explain to you why Teacher Appre­ci­a­tion Week (May 4th through May 8th this year) is impor­tant to me.  Teach­ers make up a sur­pris­ing­ly high per­cent­age of peo­ple who are per­son­al­ly impor­tant to me, but even if you don’t know any teach­ers in a non-pro­fes­sion­al set­ting, remem­ber that at least one teacher had an impact on your life.  More than like­ly, a bunch of teach­ers spent more time and effort on you than you know.  So if you have the chance, try to show some appre­ci­a­tion this week.  And, real­ly, always.

To all my teachers, thank you.

To all my teach­ers, thank you.

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3 May

Get excited, May is Get Caught Reading Month!

So here at Kards Unlim­it­ed, we love books.  We real­ly can’t stress that enough.  I can’t speak for every­one, but books are the air I breathe.  Books make con­scious­ness worth­while.  Books, in short, are life.

'Nuff said.

Nuff said.

Get Caught Read­ing Mon­th is part of the Get Caught Read­ing ini­tia­tive by the Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­i­can Pub­lish­ers.  It encour­ages peo­ple of all ages (but, I think, most­ly kids) to remem­ber how much fun it is to read.  Now, let me just add this: Read­ing is fun.  It’s one of the most fun things a per­son can do.  But (so so so much) more impor­tant­ly, read­ing is good for you.  In the same way that eat­ing cru­cif­er­ous veg­eta­bles and exer­cis­ing reg­u­lar­ly are good for you, so too is read­ing.  But where­as broc­coli and marathons are good for your phys­i­cal self, read­ing nour­ish­es your mind; it tones and strength­ens your soul.

Yes, it may some­times be incon­ve­nient.  Of course it is fre­quent­ly chal­leng­ing (both chal­leng­ing to the mind and chal­leng­ing sim­ply to find a time and place.)  But read­ing is worth it.

So whether you’re sup­posed to be doing math home­work, doing your job, doing the dish­es, doing what­ev­er, don’t be afraid to pick up a book and Get Caught Read­ing!  A lit­tle sub­ver­sion for the sake of men­tal health nev­er hurt any­body!

Look at this subversive bro.

Look at this sub­ver­sive bro.

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1 May

Kards Unlimited Calendar of Events: May!

This is what comes of all those April showers.  Worth it.

This is what comes of all those April show­ers. Worth it.

Hur­ray!  It’s May!  May is real­ly great, you guys.  Everything’s all spring-y, the flow­ers are out in force, the out­doors are con­stant­ly beck­on­ing.  Basi­cal­ly it rocks.  KU has every­thing you need to make your spring (and sum­mer!) awe­some, so come on down and stock up on fun! Click READ MORE to find out what all is hap­pen­ing in the wide world this mon­th!

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9 Apr

Forget everything you ever thought you knew about competitions, because you never knew what you were missing.

For­tu­nate­ly, I am here to tell you all about it.  First and very much fore­most, there is such a thing in the world as the Amer­i­can Pie Coun­cil.  Yeah.  Just let that sink in for a min­ute.  Are you imag­in­ing the best gov­ern­ing body of any orga­ni­za­tion in the his­to­ry of the uni­verse?  Some­thing like the White Coun­cil of Deli­cious­ness?  Yes.  You are.

Is there a more beautiful sentence in English than "Pie buffet opens at 11 a.m.?"  I think not. I literally have tears in my eyes right now from the beauty.

Is there a more beau­ti­ful sen­tence in Eng­lish than “Pie buf­fet opens at 11 a.m.?” I think not. I lit­er­al­ly have tears in my eyes right now from the beau­ty.

And the Amer­i­can Pie Coun­cil holds, every year since 1995, the Nation­al Pie Cham­pi­onships!  Yes!  Lit­er­al­ly the best com­pe­ti­tion in the his­to­ry of the world!  The Tro­jan War?  Please!  The Sum­mer Olympics?  As if!  The Super­bowl?  Don’t make me laugh!  Nation­al.  Freak­ing.  Pie.  Cham­pi­onships.  That’s basi­cal­ly all you need to know.

If I pray to any higher power it's to the god of pie.

If I pray to any high­er pow­er it’s to the god of pie.

So the Nation­al Pie Cham­pi­onships are on April 10th and 11th in Orlan­do, FL this year.  If you need me dur­ing those days, that’s where I’ll be.


'Nuff said.

Nuff said.

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6 Apr

Happy birthday, Paul Rudd! Appreciating a National treasure.

A good friend of mine once told me, “Paul Rudd is like ice cream.”  And he was not wrong.

Look at that freakin' beard.  Come on, man.

Look at that freak­in’ beard. Come on, man.

On April 6, 1969, one of the fun­ni­est men of our times was born.  And his name is Paul Rudd.  You prob­a­bly know him from his roles in movies like Anchor­man and The 40 Year-Old Vir­gin.  My per­son­al favorite of his is prob­a­bly Role Mod­els.  But here’s an inter­est­ing thing about Paul Rudd: (And actu­al­ly about the whole cohort to which he belongs) he’s lit­er­al­ly been in every­thing.  

Remem­ber Clue­less?  (Lol, of course you do.)  He was Josh!

Step-brother/bf?  The 90s were weird, you guys.

Step-brother/bf? The 90s were weird, you guys.

Leo DiCaprio may have had the star­ring role in Romeo + Juli­et, but Paul Rudd was there too!  As Paris!

Yes.  The man who brought you I Love You, Man is a Shakespearean actor.

Yes. The man who brought you I Love You, Man is a Shake­speare­an actor.

Wet Hot Amer­i­can Sum­mer?  Don’t pre­tend you don’t love it.  And Paul’s char­ac­ter Andy kind of makes the film.

Oh man, jean jackets, you guys.

Oh man, jean jack­ets, you guys.

Oh hey, remem­ber when he was Phoebe’s hus­band Mike on Friends?  Yeah, that’s real life.

That's a project, right there.  And her name is Phoebe Buffay.

That’s a project, right there. And her name is Phoe­be Buf­fay.

Basi­cal­ly what I’m say­ing is that if you like any­thing in tele­vi­sion or film from the past, like, 20+ years, Paul Rudd (appar­ent­ly) most like­ly had some­thing to do with it because he rocks.  Did I men­tion he’s also a writer/director/producer or that he’s host­ed SNL 3 times?  Well I was try­ing to avoid mak­ing people’s heads explode.  Oh well.

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31 Mar

Kards Unlimited Calendar of Events: April!

Just like this.

Just like this.

Oh man, April.  You are so cute!  April is like, the cutest mon­th, you guys.  Because it’s all, like, try­ing to be so spring-y and ver­dant and flow­er­ful, but it’s most­ly just a ton of rain forever and ever.  Like, I just imag­ine April stand­ing some­where, drip­ping wet, like, “hey guys! What’s up?”  So cute.  ANY­way and as usu­al, there’s a ton of fun hap­pen­ing at KU this mon­th, so click READ MORE to find out what’s on our agen­da!

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24 Mar

KU’s Great Gift Ideas! Why a pen is the perfect gift!

Ok, so grant­ed, not every­one takes plea­sure in the sim­ple act of writ­ing by hand.  And sure, plen­ty of peo­ple bare­ly ever write any­thing any­more, pre­fer­ring (and hav­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty to) type all the infor­ma­tion they need to record.  How­ev­er!  A foun­tain pen, roller ball, or even a high qual­i­ty ball­point is a clas­sic con­grat­u­la­to­ry gift or to mark any spe­cial occa­sion and that’s where KU comes in!

We car­ry a vari­ety of great pens from sev­er­al com­pa­nies and I’d love to tell you all about them!  Behold!

Roller balls from Acme!  Gorgeous, each one designed by a unique artist, and that space-y one is a commemorative edition in honor of Buzz Aldrin!

Roller balls from Acme! Gor­geous, each one designed by a unique artist, and that space-y one is a com­mem­o­ra­tive edi­tion in hon­or of Buzz Aldrin!

But wait!  Also available: fountain pen conversion kit!  SO cool!

But wait! Also avail­able: foun­tain pen con­ver­sion kit! SO cool!

From Sheaffer!  Roller balls and fountain pens from the Intensity line!

From Sheaf­fer! Roller balls and foun­tain pens from the Inten­si­ty line!

Roller balls and fountain pens from the Prelude line as well!  Look at that classic black lacquer!

Roller balls and foun­tain pens from the Pre­lude line as well! Look at that clas­sic black lac­quer!

Into the slightly more industrial look?  Try the brushed chrome!  Silver and gold trim available!

Into the slight­ly more indus­tri­al look? Try the brushed chrome! Sil­ver and gold trim avail­able!

Feeling fancy?  Go for the all gold.  Classy, classic, and a bunch of other words that start with class.

Feel­ing fan­cy? Go for the all gold. Classy, clas­sic, and a bunch of oth­er words that start with class.

Feeling even fancier?  Like, five star dinner, box seats at the opera, Rolls Royce fancy?  Take the step up to the Sheaffer Legacy.  Yes, it's under glass, so feel free to drool.

Feel­ing even fancier? Like, five star din­ner, box seats at the opera, Rolls Royce fan­cy? Take the step up to the Sheaf­fer Lega­cy. Yes, it’s under glass, so feel free to drool.  Look at that freak­in’ inlaid nib.  Seri­ous­ly, look at it. 

On to the Auroras!  The Ipsilon, in ballpoint and fountain pen varieties!  Available in so many colors!  That orange is so hot!  Literally!

On to the Auro­ras! The Ipsilon, in ball­point and foun­tain pen vari­eties! Avail­able in so many col­ors! That orange is so hot! Lit­er­al­ly!

Even more Ipsilon options!  Plus the giant Talentum!  We have those in pink and yellow too!  (And they're half off right now!  Score!)

Even more Ipsilon options! Plus the giant Tal­en­tum! We have those in pink and yel­low too! (And they’re half off right now! Score!)

Yep, even a fancy option for the Aurora lovers!  The silver is super fetch, you guys.

Yep, even a fan­cy option for the Auro­ra lovers! The sil­ver is super fetch, you guys.

All these, plus ink in bottles and all kinds of cartridges, expert pen advice, and all the enthusiasm (and much more) that you can imagine a person having for pens!  Come down and take a look!

All the­se, plus ink in bot­tles and all kinds of car­tridges, expert pen advice, and all the enthu­si­asm (and much more) that you can imag­ine a per­son hav­ing for pens! Come down and take a look!

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