I always carry a notepad around with me. I started using a flip-up style montblanc notepad that came with a pen that I bought. It was OK, but the refills were pretty expensive, and the sheets were designed for tearing them off (perforated along the top edge) so they always ended up falling out. About two years ago I switched to using the small sized coil-bound mead notepads. They've been pretty good, since they're cheap and flexible, so they slip into my pocket pretty easily. The covers usually end up falling off before I'm through the pad, and since they're flip-style, sometimes I accidentally write notes upside down on them. Not a big deal however, and the mead notepads have been pretty good overall. Two days ago I heard about Moleskine notebooks, which are apparently the best pocket notebooks in the world. They've been around for a long time; Van Gogh, Matisse, and Hemmingway all used them for notes and sketches. They have a website at http://www.moleskineus.com that details the history and all the models available. Since I'm always on the quest for the perfect notepad, I bought two differnt Moleskine books today - a lined pocket notebook, and a 3 pack of the Volant series, also lined. The pocket notebook is really good, since it has a built-in bookmark and a pocket at the back to store loose notes. It also has an elastic band that streches around the cover to keep it closed. The only drawback (for me) is that the cover seems a bit too hard. It has a bit of give to it, but it may be a bit too bulky to always carry on me. It cost $16.95 Canadian, which is expensive, but I really enjoy it. The Volant notepad is 1/3 the thickness of the pocket notepad, and it's got a flexible soft cover. When it's in my pocket I can't even tell that it's there, but it doesn't have the pocket, the elastic, or the bookmark. The Vollant notebooks were $9.99 for 3. I'm interested to try these books out over the next few months. Does anyone else here have a pocket notebook of choice? I'm also interested to hear what everyone else does when it comes to carrying a pen with them always. Right now I just put a regular pen in my pocket, but I wonder if there's something better for pocket carrying.