So it is possible to purchase blank (unlined) spiral-bound notebooks. It’s just difficult to find them. I will return to Santa Barbara tomorrow armed with four storebought blank notebooks and one homemade one. Does this spell the end of losing my notes? I hope so. I still don’t understand why it’s so difficult to find them. Is the market for blank notebooks so small? It seems to me that doing math on blank paper is much more convenient than doing math on lined paper since equations tend not to fit on lines. Okay, so the number of mathematicians in the world (or, more importantly for stationery stores in Sunnyvale, the number of mathematicians in Sunnyvale) is not that large. But aren’t there other people who would buy blank notebooks?
Well, I’ll be back in Santa Barbara tomorrow. If anyone questions me or tells me I’m not supposed to be on campus, I’ll say I’m doing research. But it’s more likely that the campus will be completely desolate except for one mathematics student who simply arrived a day too early.