AFTER I TURNED 20, I learned I was lucky to have a January birthday because whatever I didn't get for Christmas, I had a strong chance of getting for my birthday. So, for an upcoming birthday, I want both a direct drive record player and a manual typewriter. These were the first two implements I used to make money. They are the things my parents and grandparents used to communicate. Today, I type on a noiseless keyboardt and listen to music on a player that does not spin. Less than 40 years ago, both of those activities used totally different technologies. I wonder if I put on old vinyl and looked at a sheet of paper in a typewriter, would I be able to write faster than 500 words an hour?