IronMan @ Bob Evan’s

We were at a store that sells vintage electronics (read: old stuff that Emily has me keep in the basement) and Zac discovered a laptop computer.  This is perfect! he exclaimed. I agreed.  At $2, it couldn’t get much better.  I also found an old Michigan Bell phone, beige, with warning stickers: BELL PROPERTY – NOT FOR SALE.  I bought it for $1.  Zac’s laptop, a Toshiba T4500, was originally designed during the Eisenhower Administration.  The model number – T4500 – was likely chosen because of its incredible weight of nearly 4,500 tons.

It was a good day  Then the day got better.

Zac sat in the back of the truck with his new laptop and vintage Bell phone and became Tony Stark / Ironman.  This transition was aided by the wearing of his Ironman sunglasses.  By default, I became Tony’s driver.  The phone calls to Tony were constant and required feverish typing on the laptop.  It’s a good thing I was driving.  He and I maintained this scheme for the better part of an hour.

But then… the day got better.

We stopped at Bob Evan’s, where kids eat for cheap/free on Tuesdays.  A meal couldn’t stop Tony, though.  He needed to keep his sunglasses on and carry his laptop into the restaurant so that he could keep working while we ate.

A conundrum.

Imagined from the hostess’s point of view, a large scary man is rapidly approaching the restaurant entrance.  His cohort, a small, visually impaired terrorist, is carrying a large beige case full of advanced electronic equipment likely meant to do something terrible.

I figured I’d grab my laptop, too — just to make us look less dangerous.  Perhaps people thought Zac’s laptop was my dot matrix printer.  We ordered.  Then we worked on our laptops.  Adam and Tony Stark.  While I was starting this blog post, Tony was saving the world.

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It was nice to get something done.  The food came and went, and so did we.

Tony fell asleep on the way home, but only for a few minutes.  Thankfully, the phone stayed silent as he rested.

About radamdavidson

When I'm not blogging, I'm hanging out with my family, pastoring a church, or listening to vinyl. I think and write about Jesus, music, communication, organizational leadership, family whatnot, and cultural artifacts from the 1980's -- mostly vintage boomboxes. You can read my blog at, watch [RadCast], a daily 3 minute video devotional, or find me on socials (@radamdavidson). I also help Pastors in their preaching and public speaking (
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