The stage of the Strand all decked out for Think Loud’s after party on Feb. 28. Later in the night, the curtains opened and Live played with a backdrop of empty seats.
The past couple weeks, for me, have been about music.
First, there was the lack thereof.
Last week, we broke this story about Harley-Davidson removing radios from its plants as a matter of safety and productivity protocol.
I know what you’re thinking. (Some people even emailed me to share their two cents.)
“Why is this a story?”
“What are you going to write about next? The contents of Harley’s vending machines? The employees’ bathroom breaks?”
Truthfully, this isn’t really a story about Harley at all. Continue reading
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The benches outside Edmond Town Hall became memorials to Sandy Hook victims. Together, they spell a quote by William Edmond: “History has a secondary utility, which by relieving our minds from the fatigue, more serious occupation invigorates and prepares us for fresh exertion.”
He never showed up.
That, for some reason, is where it became real to me.
Somewhere between the piles of flowers, makeshift memorials, and barrage of funerals at St. Rose of Lima church, it hit me hard in a Sandy Hook hair salon on my last day of reporting from the Connecticut town.
Marci Benitez, a hair dresser at Fun Kuts, planned to cut 6-year-old James Mattioli’s hair on Saturday.
The appointment came and went. Benitez thought the young boy’s mother had forgotten, until she saw his name on a list released Saturday. Continue reading
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Future home of Johnson Controls? We’ll just wait and see.
Last week got pretty wild.
For months, we knew a Fortune 500 company was looking to relocate within York County to Hopewell Township using a tax incentive program that needed approval from the school board, township and commissioners.
If they didn’t get what they needed, they’d likely go to Maryland — or so we’re told.
Not knowing who it was frustrated the hell out of me. Continue reading
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After I performed the list of tasks below, I wrote this blog while consuming a Grey Goose and orange juice. Gotta load up on Vitamin C before the storm, kids!
Hurricane Sandy is on her way. As a resident of Pennsylvania, I’m following along with the traditional inclement weather protocol of panicking while purchasing bread and milk like it’s the end of the world.
As a journalist, this preparation includes a few extra things.
1. First, I fed the Boyermobile. It was hungry.
Here I am at Rutter’s on Pennsylvania Avenue filling my car with gas and wearing my jammies just because Cost: $48. But it’s necessary. I’ll probably be out-and-about tomorrow, and if there’s no power I can charge my devices in the car.
2. I stocked up on supplies. Need to keep my glucose up.
Pro tip: Runts, Sour Patch Kids and assorted licorice thingies are crucial to the operation.
3. I loaded up my psychedelic orange gym bag with clothes and deodorant in case I’m stranded somewhere awkward tomorrow and can’t catch a boat to Walmart.
There may or may not be toilet paper in this bag. You can never be too careful.
As you can see, I’m all ready for Sandy. I’m also halfway through my vodka and orange.
I’m going to finish that and get to bed.
Signing off, folks.
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I love diner coffee. I snapped this one after a visit to Alexander’s near the York Fairgrounds.
So, I have to catch my breath here.
It’s been an interesting month.
For most of September, we were down a man (or woman) on the business desk, which has led to minimal time to focus on fun things, like hanging out with random people.
(Though I did manage to have some fun with my toys.)
But I’m back. Back with vengeance. And I’m headed where no man has gone before.
…well, at least I haven’t. For more information, click here. Continue reading
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