I had wanted a 185K for a while. I found one on Craigslist in Asheville, NC. Why would I look there? Well, Mom lives near by and Alice was going for a visit. I had schemed a plan to have Mom and Alice go get it last Christmas when Alice was down for a visit. Alice would take it home with her and I would then pick it up when I went to Chicago last March. When I spoke to the nice gentleman in North Carolina, he advised that he would not hold it for me "These things happen they way they are supposed to happen."
It so happened that I did not get that machine.
Instead I found this little darling in Syracuse this summer. Syracuse is a whole lot closer. Betsy and I were going up anyway to see if we could get some help with her Elna (I think it was an Elna) so I figured what the heck.