So I just got back from Las Vegas. It was a balmy 106 degrees while I was there, but the Couture and the JCK shows were held in controlled environments at the Wynn Hotel and the Sands Convention Center, respectively. In addition to some beautiful watches and jewelry, I saw some great pens. David Oscarson was hosted by W.Ink, the small-but-oh-so-elegant pen shop in the Wynn Hotel—a fitting spot to showcase Oscarson’s elegant pens. Too, he had pen displays at the Wynn & Company watch and jewelry store on the Esplanade, as well as right next door at the Encore, Steve Wynn’s newest hotel. I also met with Glenn and Heather Curtis of Curtis Australia and visited the Montblanc Boutique at the adjacent Palazzo. More on these later. And, yes, I did gamble a bit, but came home a few bucks lighter than when I left, unlike my colleagues who were much luckier. An observation: I’d hate to think that a visitor from another galaxy would assume Vegas is representative of earthlings' culture. There's a great future in plastics. Still.