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No sorrier than us, these are dates that the “Michigan Posse “ really tries to make. Just did not work out this time, but there will be another! Ride on and keep it safe, and always keep one eye on them pesky buggies!
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Scranton, Pennsylvania


I subscribe to a few paper motorcycle magazines and when I get them, they go into the basket in the bathroom to be read at a leisurely pace. Yesterday, the new issue of Road Runner arrived and this morning, I saw an article about roads around Scranton, PA. I immediately started singing 30,000 Pounds of Bananas by Harry Chapin. If you’ve never heard the song, I suggest you look it up on Youtube.

Anyway; I lived in Massachusetts for many years, and almost every time I went through Scranton on my bike, I would sing the song. The times I went through Scranton in a car, I’d play the cassette or CD. When the girls were small, my ex and I would take them to the Springfield Mile in the car, and we would all sing along with Harry Chapin.

Over the years, I had a couple of occasions when I had to go into Scranton. Once to buy a T-shirt from the Harley shop. I went down the hill I think Harry was singing about in the song. It was a long, steep hill and it made me appreciate how the song just might have been based on a true occurrence.

I haven’t spent a lot of time exploring the roads in the area, but I’ve ridden by Scranton on a few different roads and I know that a motorcycle would be a delight to ride in the area. I didn’t have time to read the article, but I’ll probably do so tomorrow morning.


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Hmmm...I'm not sure I've ever heard the song before. But it is entertaining. Been to Scranton a handful of times and certainly have been past/through it many times.

According to a few different places on the internet, it is indeed based on a true story. According to Wikipedia:
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On March 18, 1965, a 35-year-old truck driver, Eugene P. Sesky, was on his way to deliver a load of bananas to Scranton, Pennsylvania. Sesky, an employee of Fred Carpentier—operator of a small truck line in Scranton—was returning from the boat piers at Weehawken, New Jersey, where he had picked up his load. The load was destined for the locations in the "wholesale block" on the western edge of Lackawanna Avenue in Scranton—either the local A&P Warehouse or to Halem Hazzouri Bananas, the premier banana seller in the area at the time. Sesky was driving a 1950s Brockway diesel truck tractor with a 35 ft (11 m) semi-trailer and was headed down Rt. 307 when he suddenly lost control. That section of Rt. 307 contains a "two-mile" descent extending from Lake Scranton to the bottom of Moosic Street that includes a drop in elevation of more than 500 ft (150 m) in less than 1.5 mi (2.4 km). Sesky was unable to control the truck's speed down the hill due to a mechanical failure, variously attributed to the truck's brake system or its clutch. As a result, the truck cruised into Scranton at approximately 90 mph (140 km/h), sideswiping a number of cars before it crashed into a house at the southwest corner of Moosic St and S. Irving Ave (41.4000°N 75.6550°WCoordinates: 41.4000°N 75.6550°W), close to the bottom of the hill. Witnesses reported that Sesky did everything possible to avoid pedestrians and other motorists, including climbing out onto the truck's running board to try to warn people, and some have suggested that he may have deliberately flipped the truck over to avoid striking either bystanders or an automotive service station on Moosic Street that could have exploded in flames, causing a greater loss of life. Sesky was thrown from the truck and killed and bananas were spilled and strewn when the rig came to rest; 15 others were injured but only Sesky died. The road was closed for cleanup as Johnson's Towing Company helped out in the recovery. Trucks over 21,000 lb (10.5 t) are no longer allowed to travel that route (they must use Interstate 380 via Dunmore.)
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Sandy Chapin, who was married to Harry from 1968 until he was killed in a car accident in 1981, doesn't like this song at all. She explains how it came about: "That song morphed. It had a life of its own. Originally it was a poem that Harry wrote, it was just words on a page. And early on he was doing different kinds of musical performances with his father, and also his brothers who were in college at the time. So there was a limited time for them to perform. But he did it as a spoken song. And then I guess after the Village Gate days, and the beginning of the contract with Electra, he was going through notebooks and looking for material. He decided to put music to it. And I think the song developed a life of its own from audience reaction. It was a serious poem to begin with on the society's preoccupation with numbers. You have your drivers license and your social security and your credit card, and on and on and on and on. You're just made up of numbers. But it also was a story – a true story that was told to him while he was on a Greyhound bus ride. It's real. The widow still lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The original poem started from a preoccupation with numbers, and then it got to be a kind of performance piece that was kind of tragicomedy. Very difficult, I thought."
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John, that was me in the Vette (yes, the rest of us drove) ahead of you driving into the sun which I know is even more miserable on a bike. That was a good day but how come I was the only one that didn't know you were taking a pic? Looking forward to warmer weather already and being able to ride next time. Nice to meet you all!
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Today I got outside for the first time in a few days. On Thursday, we got an ice storm that stopped me from going anywhere. According to Channel 12, we got a half inch of ice on everything. There were plenty of accidents on the roads, and because there were still leaves on many of the trees, lots of trees and branches came down. Thursday morning, the lights blinked, here in the house, and when I looked out a couple of fairly large branches from the trees on the City side of the sidewalk had broken off the tree and come down on my TV cable. The cable was sitting on the ground with the two branches on top of it. When the guys from the Electric Company came out, they told me that I could move the branches; there was no power going through the cable.

So, this morning, I went out front and moved the branches. They were pretty long and heavy, but I got them over to the curb. Then, I used my Klein pliers to cut the cable. I cut it where it attached to my house and right where it crossed into my property. Now, it’s hanging down to about seven or eight feet above the ground, under the electric and phone lines. I don’t have cable TV, and it was an old cable. My Internet cable comes into my house on the west side, the cable I cut was on the east side.

I had a couple of errands to run, and the Roadster felt happy to be out and about again. She’s been parked in the garage since Sunday night. We returned home, and I fixed some lunch and put the groceries away. After lunch, I went out and raked the leaves and stuffed them into half a dozen large garbage bags. I don’t like raking leaves, but the front yard looks a lot better for my having done it.

Good God! I’m becoming a Suburbanite! It’s not what I expected. I’m an old Tramp biker; but now, I mow the lawn and rake the leaves and after Thanksgiving, I’m going to be up on a ladder putting lights up on the house! It’s not what I ever expected. Well; putting the lights up is; I’ve always loved decorating for Christmas.

And Christmas is coming. I’m not someone who likes to rush it. I wait until after Thanksgiving to get the lights up. I won’t play Christmas music before then, either. The weekend after is when I start writing out Christmas Cards as well.

Years ago, somebody told me that I shouldn’t send the cards out until the first week of December. I’ve followed that advice. Thanksgiving is early this year, so there’s going to be some slack time between Toikey Day and the first, so I’ll be able to take my time writing the cards.

Speaking of Turkey Day, I’m not having Turkey. I’m not going to have a 2” thick pork chop, either. I took a vote of all concerned and decided that I’m going to grill a Rib Eye Steak. I’ll probably have the same meal for Christmas Dinner, too. Why not? It’s my favorite meal.

OK; that’s a long enough break. I have to decide what I’m having for dinner tonight, then fix it.

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No snow here, at night it has dropped below freezing twice in a row now. I plan to go riding today, 7 C, 45 F degrees. I recently installed some wind deflectors for the hands and want to test them out. I think with the heated grips and the deflectors that both sides of my hands will stay warm.
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