Saturday, October 01, 2011

The LuLac Edition #1780, October 1st, 2011



This past week I spoke with a resident of River Street in Wilkes Barre. This individual lives a few doors down from the Sterling Hotel.
Q: Off campus housing, huh?
A: Yes. It’s scenic when the weather is nice and very close to my classes at the McGowan Building at King’s College.
Q: How you were affected by the flood?
A: There was a little pooling water and I was told there was some in the basement but nothing that was going to cause concern.
Q: What do you think of the fact that many people are saying the Sterling was compromised by the flooding?
A: I’m young and I’m no structural engineer. But I have to tell you that defies logic. The water came from the levee system. But the levee didn’t break through. The water entered the Sterling’s cellar and traveled downward from the main floor. Yet they say the building is going to collapse because of that. It just doesn’t make any sense. I can’t see they got all that much water because our building didn’t. I even asked the guy who handles the building and he doesn’t understand it. He did say something intriguing though.
Q: What was that?
A: That the issue is not whether the Sterling is structurally sound or unsound. The issue is which big shot has their eye on the land for themselves or one of their friends.
Q: He might be right!
A: Ya think? (Laughing). I just think it is very convenient that the big bad Susquehanna weakened the mighty Sterling this time around. Want to come over and watch as they implode it or tear it down?
Q: Is that going to be one of those loud King’s College parties they have in my neighborhood?
A: Not here on River Street, we’re too busy studying.
Q: Right.
A: No, really we’re quite as church mice.
Q: If you say so.


At 12:58 AM, Blogger D.B. Echo said...

Our dear friend Markie Mark has some thoughts on the sudden deterioration of the Sterling:

As to how some water in the basement and first floor could critically damage an already-compromised structure...well, try this at home: build a scale model of the Sterling out of Legos, Jenga blocks, playing cards, whatever. Then damage the foundation and bottommost level. See what happens to the levels above!

At 1:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad about the Sterling. I understand the professer lives there in his own world and he has internet connections thru the college. Good luck at the local shelter with all the dregs you write about, prof.

Mr Ed


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