Oh, the possibilities in a blank page.
Stone Yamashita notebooks are seducing me away from the Moleskine. They’re the size of a Foreign Affairs, and have thick, creamy, tear-off pages that are lined on one side and squared on the next. The brown covers come with four provoking titles, the choice of which reveals something to you and about you. My first notebook said CH-CH-CH… on the front, and CHANGES on the back. The latest bookends DESIRE with FEAR, and I hope the sheets in between represent the middle way.
There are pages set aside for tempting lists:
WHAT THEY SAID
WHAT I SAID
WHAT I SHOULD HAVE SAID
WHAT I HEARD
TO PUT OFF
Inside, there’s a tiny, printed inscription:
On my first day, two months ago, my SY[P] co-workers gave me a neat stack of San Francisco guidebooks and a household address book that they’d filled with notes on opthalmologists, florists, car repair shops, hikes, plumbers, restaurants, dentists, and babysitters. This streak of inventive empathy, made elegantly tangible, runs through the culture from the stationery cupboard to the client presentations. It’s what makes them excellent, and it makes me glad they found me.
8 thoughts on “Details Matter”
So now that you have teased us with this tidbit of information, how do the rest of us get one of these notebooks???
You’ll have to sign a Stone Yamashita employment contract, RT…membership has its privileges. 😉
Can I, pretty please, be an honorary employee? I think I might *need* to have one of these…ok, ok, we’ll talk later. 😉
The journal is a thoughtful tool (amongst many) and something I can’t quite do without. I now have a leather jacket to protect it but I do miss the “oohh…” moments that catch me off guard. In fact, I do actually recall the journals becoming an ice breaker at a client’s meeting. Well, you may still hear chuckles in the back room (where the journals are kept) from time to time.
I have no problem signing the contract…will they expect me to work?
You describe them so lovingly and then tell us they’re not available for sale anywhere. Argh!
I’m feeling so guilty about this post, between the emails and comments. But hey, maybe I’ll start a little side-business trafficking in cool notebooks. It works for Merlin at 43 Folders.
Come on, you’re killing me! How can we get one of these? 🙂
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