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Feb. 24, 2003 Herald
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The definition between vintage and an antique


Vicky Berg stopped by to drop off some old photographs and somehow we got into a discussion about antiques.

She told me that the Antique Road Show's definition of "vintage" is something less than 25 years old.

Something "antique" is more than 25 years old, she said.

"Jami, that makes you an ANTIQUE," I told my co-worker (her grandson).

"You're more of an antique than I am," he calmly replied.

Drat! He's right. I'm his senior by (cough) a few years.

Then I checked the mail in Howard Lake, and repeated this information to Sue Claussen at the post office.

She corrected me, saying "antique," is something more than 100 years old.

I'm happier with the second definition . . . being that I'd rather be known as vintage than as an antique ­ quite yet.

I did a bit of Internet research, but found nothing except expensive antiques for sale.

I can't afford antiques, but I am working my way up by starting with "unfashionable" or outdated furniture ­ which, I believe, is the predecessor to "vintage."

I myself am unfashionable, but working my way toward vintage.

Seriously, this vintage/antique question is a mystery for my readers. Are there any antique buffs out there who know? I will print answers.

Plenty of goulash for everyone

My mom used to make goulash for us quite often. It's a hamburger dish with elbow macaroni and tomato sauce.

Years ago, whenever we weren't eating cabbage, we were eating goulash.

To this day, I can't stand the sight of cabbage because my mom made it 60 different ways. Yuck!

I recently served goulash to my kids and you'd think I was trying to poison them.

I forced my son to eat his bowl full, and later, he told his dad (between sobs) that Mom MADE him eat goulash! Actually in his defense, he was tired.

Gee whiz! And to think we ate our goulash without complaint for nearly two decades.

Civil war trivia

I'm still reading books on the Civil War and thought I'd add a bit of trivia for readers.

I got these questions from Tidbits of the Twin Cities, a newsletter (realbits@quest.net).

Civil War trivia:

1. At the beginning of the Civil War, how many other nations supported slavery?

2. Julia Ward Howe wrote "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and sold all rights to the song for how much money to the Atlantic Monthly?

3. When four million slaves were freed after the Civil War, what percent of them could read and write?

Answers: 1. Two countries, Brazil and Cuba. 2. Five dollars. 3. Ten percent of them.

"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally." - Abraham Lincoln

"If you put a chain around the neck of a slave, the other end fastens itself around your own." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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