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Have time for a story? Good.

Okay, so there was this kid who lived in a northern borough of the city (NYC) who didn't play with the other kids on his street - ya know, the typical street games that *all* city kids played at the time. (

No, this kid would just hang out in the garage and tinker with stuff with his father. "What a peculiar kid!" the neighborhood children thought. Now whether they had any reason to suspect actual use or not, I don't know. I only know that his odd behavior is what earned him his nickname: Sterno.

Okay, so decades later, one day this woman I knew who had lived in that neighborhood opened the newspaper to see a photo of Richard Nixon standing besides a man on this big yacht. "Sterno!" she exclaimed. Well, if you're interested, you can read the rest of the story here:

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir