I think it was the year 2014 when I started thinking seriously about getting a little portable record player. That’s the year when a friend of mine had some of us over to his new apartment, where he showed off his newly-acquired portable player. I think we listened to a Beach Boys album. His large-for-a-studio apartment was in a newly constructed condo building that was struggling to become fully occupied, even as people with no homes at all walked the sidewalks out front. Inside, the apartment was uncluttered, leaving plenty of space for that cute little record player.