Saturday, September 27, 2014

Transistor...

...heaven...

That's a Global 9 radio from the early 1960's, made in Japan.  These radios were my ipods a way on back in the day...they made great Christmas presents, and let us carry our tunes with us - well, as long as the AM radio station we were listening to played them - and were great for tuning in baseball games...Yankees / Red Sox, waiting for The Mick to be a hero again.

Here's the 50+ year old Global 9 playing one of my favorites while we relax outside in the backyard:


A favorite memory dates back to my freshman year at the state track meet...many of the competitors had spread blankets on a gently sloping hill overlooking the track, and it sounded like every group had at least a couple of transistor radios.

As the day wore on it seemed every team eventually tuned into the same AM station - and lest anyone read into this a kum ba yah moment of athletic adversaries coming together in the universal spirit of of brotherly competition, it probably had far more to do with the limited reception of our locale, forcing all of us to the one station we could pull in without constant static - so we listened in glorious multi-phonic stereo to "Hold Your Head Up" by Argent, "Smoke On The Water" by Deep Purple, and "Long Cool Woman" by the Hollies throughout the meet.

Ended this past week on an interesting note...the owner and CEO of our company took his executive team out on his boat, "The Nomad".  The weather provided perfect conditions for a cruise on Lake Michigan...high 70's, calm winds, no waves, and we motored at a leisurely pace to Saugatuck...enjoyed lunch at Chequers, then made our way back to the marina in Holland.



It was relaxing and fun, but still did not make me want to own a boat.  I subscribe to the philosophy that the two best days in a boat owner's life are the day he buys his boat and the day he sells it.

Later, mcm fans...

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