While some CONA delegates struggle to adjust to life here without the use of the technology they use in day-to-day life, there is one delegate who’s doing just fine. James Jandro from Michigan evades that inconvenience by packing a typewriter along with his luggage.

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Michigan delegate records his thoughts the old-fashioned way. PHOTOS by Brittany Wrzesinski, WA

At home, James uses his typewriter for essays and other assignments for school. He claims that the methodicalness of the typing, and the lack of the ability to erase, makes him more cognizant of what he is doing and also more relaxed. “I get a lot of great ideas when I’m typing on the typewriter,” said James. “Also my computer is really old and outdated … I found it a lot easier and a lot more enjoyable to actually type than to use, for lack of a better term, a ‘janky’ laptop,” he continued.

But, this buzzed-about typewriter, found at a Goodwill for just $5, is not the only antique that James owns. Among the three different typewriters, all from different decades, lies a collection of antique cameras, as well as a prized gas-guzzling, 1973 Buick Riviera. James has a passion for refurbishing the old and the neglected. Every antique he acquires he tries to restore, though he himself admits he’s better at restoring some over others.

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James types away.

James regards his affinity for the retro as a normal part of his everyday life and marvels at the reaction it’s receiving on The Mountain. “Something that is a part of me and is me is recognized and for that I am flattered,” said James.

Article by Sarah Jones, DE and Beth Walker, NM

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