John has long recorded All Things Considered to listen to when working around the house or driving, and in recent years he has spent a lot of time reading the New York Times and the Washington Post on the computer. When one of our kids got a new laptop and John took the old one, he kept a still older one he had been using. The older one lives downstairs in his home office, the newer one is usually on the kitchen table but at present is in the shop being fixed.
When Obama announced his vice presidential candidate yesterday, it was just the kind of breaking news that most fascinates John. He was downstairs in his office on the computer when I got back from my bike ride and he hadn't come up when I took a friend of my daughter's home at 4. Apparently he was so engaged in the news that he forgot to eat lunch.