Poking my nose into Goodwill today in celebration of the start of break week, I stumbled across the greatest find of the month: an IBM Model M, the Keyboard Grail of Geekdom, for $1.99 (plus tax).

This is a keyboard such that it has spawned a loyal following, fanatics, even official reviews and instructions for care and feeding, and has been labeled the loudest, best, most solid and most likely to be used as an emergency office weapon. The very fact that ten or twenty-year-old keyboards would still be alive after that much abuse is amazing in itself, particularly given the life span of some more modern equipment.

I have entered the realm of the enlightened, bragging rights included. So what if mine is one of the later Blue Logo models made by Lexmark? It’s still way cooler than anything else I’ve got.