Tuesday, July 02, 2013

The LuLac Edition #2461, July 2nd, 2013

Popping wheelies.(Photo: ebaumsworld.com) 

POPPING WHEELIES IN THE TOWNSHIP 

If you wonder why so many young people, particularly young couples with careers leave this area in droves, you only need to reference WBRE TV’s Kelly Choate’s report Monday night on Fox 56. The talented young reporter covered a Wilkes Barre Township meeting where the big topic of discussion was who should use a public playground. 
Apparently there are some seniors who walk a track at the facility. They don’t want young people on bikes because as the older woman told government leaders, “They’ll be popping wheelies with those bikes!” A young father countered at the meeting saying that his one child could ride a bike because that cycle had training wheels. But if his older child wanted to use the park, that couldn’t happen because that child had no training wheels on that bike. 
The Wilkes Barre Township leaders took the comments under advisement and according to Choate’s report said they might have staggered times for use of the facility. 
A word about Wilkes Barre Township. This is the place that has huge tax revenue from the Mall properties as well as the Arena. It is a cruel irony that the township that screamed longest and loudest against the Arena benefits the most. I know a few people from there and this comment does not include them. But I always found an almost clan like mentality about this part of Luzerne County. If you weren’t born and bred, you were an outsider. 
But getting back to the story. After the meeting, the elderly woman was interviewed on WBRE and said to Choate in response to the young father’s comments about use of the park/playground, “Well he should have thought about that when he bought his house near there!” What a snarky, mean spirited thing to say. And illogical too boot. 
If you are a young couple with children, don’t you want to live near a playground/park? I don’t begrudge seniors the right to anything. I hope and pray I live long enough to become a tenth  as miserable as the woman I saw on TV. But a public park is not just for old people who want to walk. It’s for everyone. 
I grew up in the Junction section of Pittston. On our street we had walkers, we had people playing ball in front of concrete stoops, we had old men and old ladies, grandmas and grandpas walking down our street with no fear or sense of eminent domain, we had tricycles, two wheelers and cars on the road. We even had two guys, Michael Haddock and Stevie Narsavage who converted a bike, strapped a lawnmower motor on it every day and at 4pm launched it to see how far down Dewitt Street it went. It usually stopped at our driveway which was 4 car lengths away from their garage. My point is life wasn’t perfect but we all got along. And the street and by extension Upper Pittston Park was everyone’s! We didn’t need Pittston City Council to stagger the use of times for people to use a public park. 
But then I can be wrong. Maybe those wheelies will lead to “Trouble In the Township” and there will be eternal damnation for all!

18 Comments:

At 5:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Born and bred.
Don't you mean inborn and inbred?
Isn't this the same community who won't do anything about a fire chief who was in the news quite a bit?

Advice to anyone who is graduating and looking for a place to live; move the **** out of NEPA as soon as possible. Leave these miserable old bastards behind and let them fend for themselves.

 
At 6:42 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

IN RESPONSE
Advice to anyone who is graduating and looking for a place to live; move the **** out of NEPA as soon as possible. Leave these miserable old bastards behind and let them fend for themselves.
CAN'T DISAGREE WITH YOU. I LOVE MY LIFE AND LOVE IT HERE. BUT WHEN I SEE THE IGNORANCE AND THE NEGATIVITY THAT PEOPLE EMBRACE AND HOLD ON TO HERE, THERE ARE DAYS I WONDER WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF I BOLTED AFTER COLLEGE.

 
At 7:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like W-B Township is a mirror of Pittston. If you weren’t born and bred, you were an outsider Matter of fact, a lot of the podunks around here are that way.

 
At 7:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THERE ARE DAYS I WONDER WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF I BOLTED AFTER COLLEGE.

You'd be in the gutter somewhere.

 
At 8:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Damn Fool with young kids moving across the street from a park! What the hell was he thinking? That park is reserved for a few older folks to walk in occasionally. Not kids to play, ride bikes and enjoy life! Solutions like schedules must be policed, but I guess the Township has money to throw away. Look at the former fire chief! Be interesting to see the fines levied
on this one. Geez, Kids cant even be Kids anymore!

An Oldster with a bike!

 
At 8:34 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

IN RESPONSE
THERE ARE DAYS I WONDER WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF I BOLTED AFTER COLLEGE.
You'd be in the gutter somewhere.
TRUE! BUT IT WOULD BE A GUTTER IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA!

 
At 6:03 AM, Anonymous Pope George Ringo said...

We have all heard this area portrayed (no doubt from the brain of some PR wiz) for years as the "Valley with a Heart".
Well, I'll tell you, all one need do is to spend some time out of this area to see what truly "nice" people are like.
This area hosts some of the most arrogant, rude, self absorbed a-holes it is a displeasure to meet.
For instance, it is a sad fact when you leave a dept./grocery store thinking to yourself, "wow, that checkout clerk was so kind and helpful" because rude/arrogant is the norm. In a true "Valley w/a Heart" One leaves a store thinking "boy that clerk was rude!" because behavior such as that is against the norm. Perhaps it is depressed histroy of the place, what with the lost industries of coal and textile, that has so many on edge who passed it on to thier children. Maybe its the mostly awful weather, the winters that last forevor and the summers that flood. Who knows?
But it is the truth.

 
At 10:02 AM, Anonymous JUNCTION said...

Dave, I love the coorlelation between the topic and the video. PERFECT. I guess we will always have the Coal miner mentality. No wonder why big business comes here and pays low wages.That and along with the local chamber of commerce is the reason our younger generation leave here ASAP.

One word sums it up. SHAMEFUL

 
At 10:51 AM, Blogger JimboBillyBob said...

David:

I have a confession to make. As a child, I was a wheelie-popper. I gave little thought to the consequences or impact on myself or others. Only two wheely-popping near-death experiences led me to abandon this dangerous practice.

The first NDE came when I popped a wheelie and noticed the front wheel had fallen off. Face to pavement, but since I'm Irish and thick-headed there was no damage.

The second NDE came a few months later when the handle bars came off. Face to pavement again.

There is only one way to prevent these types of accidents: Gubbermint action.

Bikes must be banned.

Failing that, the front wheels should be made of solid cast iron to inhibit wheelie-popping.

Kids being kids, we're likely to see an increase in hernias when they attempt these acrobatics anyway. Fortunately, these injuries will be covered by Obamacare.

Jimbo (yes, one too many coffees again)

 
At 4:15 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

IN RESPONSE
Well, I'll tell you, all one need do is to spend some time out of this area to see what truly "nice" people are like.
This area hosts some of the most arrogant, rude, self absorbed a-holes it is a displeasure to meet.
I AGREE. A SMALL EXAMPLE, ONCE IN A WHILE I'LL GET A TEA OR BAGEL AT DUNKIN DONUTS ON THE WAY TO WORK AS A TREAT. IN THE KIDDERR STREET DUNKIN'< YOU CAN GO BY WAY OF KIDDER OR SCOTT. I GO BY SCOTT BUT THERE IS ALWAYS SOMEONE COMING FROM SCOTT SO I LET THE IN. (NO ONE ELSE DOES BY THE WAY)> I MUST HAVE DONE THIS FIVE TIMES SINCE I RETURNED TO WORK. NOT ONE PERSON NODDED OR WAVED AND SAID THANKS. C'MON!
BUT THE MOST INCREDIBLE STORY OF THIS AREA WAS WHEN BOSCOV'S OPENED IN 1980. THEY HAD A LUNCH BUFFET WITH FRESH SHRIMP. THEY HAD TO STOP IT A MONTH LATER BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE TAKING BAGGIES AND STUFFING THEIR PURSES OR AS THAT GENERATION CALLED THEM POCKETBOOKS WITH THE SEAFOOD TO TAKE HOME. YEAH, THAT SENT A GOOD MESSAGE.
I MET YOU AT BLOGFEST A FEW TIMES AND YOU SEEM VERY KIND AND DECENT. SOULS LIKE YOURS MY FRIEND ARE VASTLY OUTNUMBERED HERE IN THE VALLEY WITH A HEART.

 
At 5:10 PM, Anonymous your friend and political sparring partner said...

I'm sure if you left this area you would have reached your full potential my friend. Your knowlege of radio, and marketing would have been recongized and I'm sure you would have been running a station somewhere, more than likely a group of stations.

 
At 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pope George Ringo,

I have lived in the Midwest, the South and the Northeastern part of PA. Hands down I agree with everything you said! I have never seen people fight over neighborhood parking places anywhere else and the arrogance and moronic behavior of the general populace is amazing. Clerks in stores are it appears encouraged to be rude. As Yonks says when someone is polite you really notice it because it is rare! Say what you want about the South, but they are not all phony like Paula Deen by a long shot and the folks are polite to a fault. As Yonks Dad was once quoted in Lulac as saying, "Some neighbors would rather see a hearse in your driveway than a new car"! The Valley With a Heart is the biggest bunch of bullshit and ranks right there with the local work ethic which translates to "will work cheap"!

 
At 5:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May I add some historical perspective?

You are being incredibly demeaning to the folks in WB Twp. and Pittston.

"If you weren’t born and bred, you were an outsider."

Wasn't always that way but when all you know are the last 40 or 50 years (at best) then you come up a little short.

For this discussion the attitude you label "born and bred" is rooted in the days when those living on South River St, South Franklin St, and Kingston, were the local elites that looked down upon the residents who lived in Georgetown, Laurel Run, etc.

These elitists lived and displayed the same "born and bred" attitude toward those you criticize.

Talk to someone who graduated from WB Twp High School. They're running the township so now rely on your longtime neighbor, no?.

Turnabout is fair play.

It was not only the WB Twp residents who were against the "heyna dome". Irony is that it was forced on the township folks with the naming rights going to First Union, yeah the FU Arena. HA!!! Built on or near the city garbage dump!

Things changed drastically with Agnus in 1972.

The attitude you criticize took generations to develop. Hard to repress the attitudes we have absorbed as we grew up.

It will take respect and realization to smooth things over, NOT snobby "born and bred" or "inborn and inbred" comments.

Funny how that also applies to the generational conflicts over the park. Guess I'm showing my age but it sounds like the 60's generation gap rearing its ugly head. The hippies were just like the rest of us: "get offa my grass kid!!"

Maybe I'm wrong but hoping you grow up to be miserable is disturbingly revealing. Mrs LuLac now a compelling reason for euthanasia.

Better to be around for more great posting ideas like John, Mike and Joe....

 
At 7:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonkanasia?
Death by boring posts...never.

 
At 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, 7:42PM, I agree. At least Yonki shows up every day, not just when the cameras are on for Blogfest. Every day with quality stuff. No one does it better even though he is a little liberal. And God, I'd hate to have him as a juror!

 
At 8:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And God, I'd hate to have him as a juror!"

I think that would depend on your plea, heyna? ;>)

 
At 10:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One final note on this subject: I recall last summer when my lawn mower was on the fritz. I brought it to a hardware store in West pittston.
As I got out of my car and went to the trunk to lift it out, a gentleman (probably in his late 50's early 60's) smiled and approached me offering to help me lift it out.
At first, I thought he was an employee, but quickly realized he was leaving the store/on hte way to his car.
We exchanged small talk for little less than a minute and I thanked him for his help. I have never forgotten this man, for the simple reason that what he did was totally unusual for this area. As has been stateed in prior comments, it is a sad commentary that his behavior stands OUT and is not perceived as the NORM.
If we had more men/women like this wonderful man we truly would have earned the moniker Valley w/Heart.

 
At 1:03 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

IN RESPONSE
Well, 7:42PM, I agree. At least Yonki shows up every day, not just when the cameras are on for Blogfest. Every day with quality stuff. No one does it better even though he is a little liberal.
THANKS FOR THE GOOD WORDS. LET ME ADDRESS SOMETHING THOUGH. I DO THIS EVERYDAY BECAUSE IT IS MY CHOICE. OTHERS WHO BLOG DO IT, LIKE ME ON THEIR OWN TERMS. NONE OF THEM PLAY FOR THE CAMERAS AT BLOGFEST. I JUST THINK THAT IF YOU'RE NOT UP FREQUENTLY, YOU LOSE YOUR AUDIENCE. BUT THAT'S HOW I WORK. WHAT OTHERS DO IS UP TO THEM.

 

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