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  •  I pulled off the turnpike in PA back in the 70's (8+ / 0-)

    Thought I'd take the more scenic route. Two little kids in the back of the station wagon and presently we stopped for potty and coke break. Went into this ramshackle store that was right at the edge of the road and the men there looked at me with suspicion. They were chewing tobacco and I could almost hear the faint sound of banjos in the background. I hustled my kids out of that place soooooo fast. That summer I drove 8,000 miles alone with my kiddos and that store in PA was the only place where I felt acutely aware that I might be in a dangerous situation. 40+ years later I can still remember how uneasy I felt.

    The world is not interested in the storms you encountered, but did you bring in the ship.

    by Hanging Up My Tusks on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 11:19:43 AM PST

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    •  Ah! You've been to Bedford county! (0+ / 0-)

      Or Fulton, or Blair, or Huntingdon, or Warren, or ... yeah, most of the damn state.

      "A good president does what's possible and a great president changes what's possible." --sterno

      by sk4p on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 08:51:03 PM PST

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      •  Is that where... (0+ / 0-)

        ...Valkenvania (Nothing But Trouble 1991) is located?

        "Do you realize the responsibility I carry?
        I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House."
        ~John F. Kennedy~

        -7.5,-5.8

        by Oldestsonofasailor on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 09:49:24 PM PST

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      •  Iirc, it was highway 30 between Bedford and (0+ / 0-)

        Greensburg. Road was very hilly and my daughter (age 7 at the time) was terrified of the ups and downs. Again, iirc, I'd crest a hill and there ahead of me was the road. A mile or so down to the bottom of the hill and another mile or so up the next one. Completely unlike any hills I saw in my native NM.

        My parents were from Yellow Springs, OH (Mom) and Pittsburgh, PA (Dad) and I grew up in a small town in the wilds of NM. I always thought PA and OH were ultra sophisticated, compared with NM. I certainly got a lesson that day.

        Growing up in backwater NM I always assumed every place in the country had equivalent amenities and knowledge as we New Mexicans enjoyed. Turns out NM isn't as uncultured as I'd thought. Of course it didn't help when a young woman in Allentown commented that I spoke English well for a foreigner (I've heard that often over the years and I frequently have to let folks know NM has been a state since 1912). Talked with her for a while and she told me that she'd been to NYC once in her 30 years. She was completely astounded that I was traveling the country with my children (ages 7 and 3) and that I was so far from home.

        The world is not interested in the storms you encountered, but did you bring in the ship.

        by Hanging Up My Tusks on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 08:16:57 PM PST

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