While you can buy a very wide range of pretzels in Allentown PA, avoid the the cheese pretzels.
In Ithaca NY you can buy a tee shirt that says “War is UnIthacal.”
The Chicago Bean rules.
The Sauerbraten at Berghoff in the Loop in Chicago is just fantastic.
A friend passes along (thanks) this fun little hardware kit for doing Conway’s Game of Life. I wrote a lot of versions of Life years ago, often in assembler. I was sad a few years ago to read about a faster way of coding it up than I’d every thought of. This hardware widget makes me thing about they way fireflies sometimes synchronize. I’ve imagined a flock of umbrellas with blinkers along these lines.