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  • SO, IT'S Super Bowl Sunday. We don't really have a horse in the race -- although it would be nice if Baltimore grabbed it. Not knowing (or passionately caring about) the outcome, we looked at each other.

    "What do you want to do today?" I asked.

    "I dunno," Eve said. "Be nice to get out of the house. I KNOW! Let's go down to Renninger's and prowl around. We can get a fine meal there...
  • BEST PHILLY cheese steaks this side of Philly, as a matter of fact. Nothing like a winter Sunday to whet the appetite for prole food. You're never too old to have a happy adolescence.

    And there's so much fun stuff to see...
  • ANTIQUE LIGHTBULBS, for example. Takes you back to grade school, where you learned about Thomas Alva Edison (but not Nikola Tesla or Charles Proteus Steinmetz, I bet).

    And high school, where you learned about electricity and basic physics.

    And, even better...
  • VACUUM TUBE ELECTRONICS! Today's nerds and geeks play around with technology light-years beyond this stuff. But I spent a fair amount of my youthful nerd-and-geekdom fooling around with these clunky things. Today you can carry in your vest pocket a dozen things each of which can do infinitely more than these antiques.

    But I must confess I find them aesthetically delightful to look at. Such ingenuity!

    And now, to step into politically perilous waters ...
  • LET'S LOOK at some antique military rifles, in this case, a German Mauser infantry rifle. Not exactly a high-capacity rapid-firing assault weapon, but, like the old radios, a very clever piece of precision engineering.

    Some people think military rifles are evil ...
  • BUT OTHERS may beg leave to disagree, holding that a disarmed populace doesn't consist of citizens, but rather subjects.

    We'll leave that to one side, while we ride like the wind down the roads of yesteryear aboard that iconic American vehicle. You know what I'm talking about...
  • WHILE THE LADY of the household pursues her peculiar and equally beloved interests.

    Whenever we go on an excursion like this, we make sure our cell phones are charged and turned on. Otherwise, we'd never find each other.

    "Hello. Where are you?"

    "Military surplus. Booth 48."

    Guess who initiated that call.
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