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In an effort to assist the daughter of a friend of @Turd Ferguson, and at the prompting of @Lupara, I thought maybe we could all come up with some interesting  topics relative to your local area for a young college woman to research. I know that in my time here as an outsider I have learned many interesting things that I would have never known about people from Western Central PA, so I’ll go first. Please add possible topics as they come to mind.

1. Yinze is only y’all + 700 miles north

2. Take all of the stereotypes about the religious, redneck, right wing south, give it a different accent, and you have Western Central PA. (That is not derogatory, it’s the main reason I’m still here after over 2 years)

3. They pay a lot of money for baseball fields

4. Roundabouts are confusing

5. Where did the shopping carts come from?

6. What is the deal with the water bill?

7. Is Treasure Lake a real place, and if so, who looks down on whom?

8. Why does Olive Garden refuse to build there?

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3 hours ago, jeeper401 said:

What exactly is In the stuff that pen dot puts on the roads during winter that will eat the rocker panels of a new car within 3 years of winter driving?

Ah, the joyous effects of brine.


"Be still, my fingers, be still" - fedup

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4 hours ago, LFG said:

 

1. Yinze is only y’all + 700 miles north

About 10 years ago there was an article in the local paper about a woman with amnesia out in the Midwest. The local authorities were working with linguistic specialists to identify the region which she might hail from. Because she used youinz in her speech, they determined she was from within a 20 mile radius of Clearfield County. They then ran an ad in the local paper " do you know this person" and relatives came forward to ID her. 

2. Take all of the stereotypes about the religious, redneck, right wing south, give it a different accent, and you have Western Central PA. (That is not derogatory, it’s the main reason I’m still here after over 2 years)

RUN WHILE YOU STILL CAN! :duh:

3. They pay a lot of money for baseball fields

Only because we are stupid enough to let special interest groups run the government here.

4. Roundabouts are confusing

None here yet, but Herm thinks it's a good idea (as long as there is grant money to apply for.) :no:

5. Where did the shopping carts come from?

The ones in the crick are from Giant Eage

(crick... a variation of "creek" most often used by those identified in paragraph 2 above) 

6. What is the deal with the water bill?

The government figured out how to bilk the locals out of an extra $240 / year in fees by billing monthly :pound:

7. Is Treasure Lake a real place, and if so, who looks down on whom?

By elevation, TL is higher than downtown. But years ago in soccer, they referred to others as "townies" and likewise were called " pond people"..you decide. 

8. Why does Olive Garden refuse to build there?

Economics... They follow an income guideline and will not give a franchise to someone in poorer regions because they don't want their good name to fail. 

 

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1 hour ago, _Rusty_ said:

8. Why does Olive Garden refuse to build there?

Economics... They follow an income guideline and will not give a franchise to someone in poorer regions because they don't want their good name to fail. 

Back when Red Lobster in DuBois was built I remember it was because Darden Corp. was trying it in a small market. Supposedly the DuB city location is the smallest per square footage restaurant that was ever built.

If someone would build an Olive Garden I bet people would come from St. Marys, Ridgway, Brookville, Punxsy & elsewhere.

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1 hour ago, BigT said:

If someone would build an Olive Garden I bet people would come from St. Marys, Ridgway, Brookville, Punxsy & elsewhere.

Maybe even farther than that if we are in the green phase. 

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9 hours ago, LFG said:

In an effort to assist the daughter of a friend of @Turd Ferguson, and at the prompting of @Lupara, I thought maybe we could all come up with some interesting  topics relative to your local area for a young college woman to research. I know that in my time here as an outsider I have learned many interesting things that I would have never known about people from Western Central PA, so I’ll go first. Please add possible topics as they come to mind.

1. Yinze is only y’all + 700 miles north

2. Take all of the stereotypes about the religious, redneck, right wing south, give it a different accent, and you have Western Central PA. (That is not derogatory, it’s the main reason I’m still here after over 2 years)

3. They pay a lot of money for baseball fields

4. Roundabouts are confusing

5. Where did the shopping carts come from?

6. What is the deal with the water bill?

7. Is Treasure Lake a real place, and if so, who looks down on whom?

8. Why does Olive Garden refuse to build there?

1.  Yinz is from Western Pennsylvania dialect.  It has a lot to do with the source of immigrants to this region.   More on the subject here  -->  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Pennsylvania_English

2.  Pennsylvania was once described as:   Philly on the east, Pittsburgh on the west, and Alabama in the middle.  

3. Yes, we are just as stupid as any other region in America for needless spending.

4. They are confusing for stupid people, which see #3 above.

5.  They are called "buggies".

6.  Local municipalities have limits on how much they can raise taxes each year, and on what they can tax.   ....so to get creative, they figured they can inflate costs of water/sewage treatment and production and score a fatter payday for the local government.

7.  It is real, people are either trying to escape from there or trying to get imprisoned there.   Each look down on the other for their own respective reasons.

8.  The last thing DuBois needs is the Taco Bell of Italian food.

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The area is typical of American growth through the years.

We drove out the natives or married them. I am a distant product of that action.

We cut down all of the huge virgin timber.

We hand dug holes into the sides of mountains for coal and polluted the waters. Ask Bon she lives over one of those many hand dug holes.

We produced a movie star called Tom Mix.

We used huge equipment to rip out the sides of mountains for more coal.

We used newly invented equipment to burrow farther into the ground for coal.

We sent that coal to where it was needed to help win both world wars.

We drilled the first oil well which started the energy boom and helped win both world wars. Plus polluted more waters.

We drilled gas wells all over the place that helped win both world wars and polluted more waters.

We produced hard working people from all nationalities.

We helped with the fracking process that made America the number one energy producer in the world.

We accepted dredge material from the NY harbors which was used to reclaim our strip mine scars on the side of a mountain. That process helped  with the disposal of flyash which is a byproduct of burning coal for electric. Because we accepted the dredge material from the NY harbors we helped stop the dumping of it in the ocean and allowed the NY harbors to maintain ocean going ships coming to America.

We accepted trash from NY and other places to be buried in our mountains. Which helped the development of leachate plants to keep our waters clean. Plus used the methane from the trash to add to our energy production for the world.

We produced farms that produced food and milk for America.

We accepted disposal wells to help stop the pollution of our streams.

We helped to produce waste water treatment plants to stop human waste from entering our waterways.

We accepted elk from out west to promote the specie's and save the loss of elk in America from a brain worm infection. Even though we killed off our own native elk years ago.

We have produced a water cleaning process that cleans the water that was polluted from the coal mining. Ask Bon, not only does she live on top of a coal mine, she can see this new process of cleaning water from her front door.

Lots more.

 

One of the biggest things that PA produced is stand by your country and your freedoms at all cost people. 


       THE WINDMILL IS LIBERALISM.

       MY QUEST----------REMOVE LIBERALISM FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.

                                      ALONG WITH EXPOSING THE TPD FOR WHAT IT REALLY IS.

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23 hours ago, dubois_15801 said:

1.  Yinz is from Western Pennsylvania dialect.  It has a lot to do with the source of immigrants to this region.   More on the subject here  -->  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Pennsylvania_English

2.  Pennsylvania was once described as:   Philly on the east, Pittsburgh on the west, and Alabama in the middle.  

3. Yes, we are just as stupid as any other region in America for needless spending.

4. They are confusing for stupid people, which see #3 above.

5.  They are called "buggies".

6.  Local municipalities have limits on how much they can raise taxes each year, and on what they can tax.   ....so to get creative, they figured they can inflate costs of water/sewage treatment and production and score a fatter payday for the local government.

7.  It is real, people are either trying to escape from there or trying to get imprisoned there.   Each look down on the other for their own respective reasons.

8.  The last thing DuBois needs is the Taco Bell of Italian food.

Nah, buggies are the big, black things you push babies around in. 

Rubber bands are gumbands.

Aluminum foil is tin foil.   

Those small flowing streams are cricks. 

Your father's sister is your ant.     

I think a thesis on the reason for calling aluminum foil tin foil would be a good scholarly choice. If I get to the end of this without seeing potholes mentioned I'm going to suggest that  the cause and effect of potholes would be a real winner. Interviewing road crews and mechanics would take the academic process to an entirely new level. 

 

 

 

 

 

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On 5/22/2020 at 5:07 PM, BigT said:

How about reserving your space on a parade route with chairs or taping blankets to the sidewalk a week in advance.

I'm sure this is an evolutionary process. It initially evolved with the birth of the automobile and the old Pittsburgh custom of putting a chair in the street in front of your house to prevent your neighbor from usurping your parking place. When China began manufacturing lawn chairs and they became too tacky to steal it was only one tiny evolutionary step to using them as place markers at parades. Are they really taping blankets to the sidewalk? Evolution is a strange process. 

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17 hours ago, lavender said:

Nah, buggies are the big, black things you push babies around in. 

Rubber bands are gumbands.

Aluminum foil is tin foil.   

Those small flowing streams are cricks. 

Your father's sister is your ant.     

I think a thesis on the reason for calling aluminum foil tin foil would be a good scholarly choice. If I get to the end of this without seeing potholes mentioned I'm going to suggest that  the cause and effect of potholes would be a real winner. Interviewing road crews and mechanics would take the academic process to an entirely new level. 

 

 

 

 

 

But you're forgetting a few.

Don't forget to do your "warsh" and "red-up" your house.


"Be still, my fingers, be still" - fedup

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