More than a century ago, back in 1888,
Paper scraps were thrown away,
Being considered second rate.
They called them sortings
Thomas Holley saw the waste
He took his motley hoardings
Glued them in a stack
Sold them in a pack
And thus the legal pad was born,
A boon to some, to some a thorn.
Iconic with its one and a quarter trim
Tall and narrow, perfectly slim,
That margin created for a judge's notes,
But I like these pads for my anecdotes.
Basic yellow contrasts so well with blue ink,
The clarity appeals to me,
And even helps me think.
I hate spiral bound notebooks. They're too flimsy and you can't use the total area. Composition notebooks are great for taking notes at conferences. Their stiff covers add support for when you're writing without a surface.
But for making lists, for working through problems, give me a legal pad any day. Something about them spurs my creativity.
What about you? Do you like legal pads?
Comment on this post before Friday and you could win a 12-pack of legal pads.