Summer To Do List, continued:
2. Find the perfect pencil.
So far the best are, in order:
1. General's Test Scoring 580, hardness B
2. Stabilo's Aquarellable 8008, hardness B
3. California Republic's (oddly made in Japan) Palomino, hardness B
Honorable mentions to two triangular pencils, nice grip, but the lead is too hard. Both of these pencils also get high marks for looks, or as my son puts it "style points":
1. Faber-Castell's Grip 2001, hardness HB
2. Rhodia, hardness HB
And yes, that is my San Diego Chinese Center cup. Thanks for asking.