Monthly Archives: June 2013

Beards in Battle: A hairy angle on the Gettysburg 150th

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At every event I attend, I have to find something strange to write about.

 It’s no fun otherwise. Check out the stories I’ve done the last two years at the York Fair. (Here and here).

This seemed like the perfect strategy to employ Friday at the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which is kind of a big deal, if you weren’t aware.

Anyway, no one wants to read a normal story from this event, except maybe the people participating. Continue reading

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That time I drove a tractor-trailer

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Last week, I drove a tractor-trailer at DCS School of Driving in York.

The column I wrote following the experience ended up on the Facebook page of Overdrive Magazine, a publication for those in the industry.

Since then, I’ve gotten a few emails and calls from truckers who appreciated my attempts to understand everything that goes into driving a big rig. Continue reading

Back to the Brogue: Strip club hearing Part 2 and hip hop songs

It was brought to my attention recently by a friend that the above song should be the theme song for this story, which will, much to no one’s surprise, continue into next month.

I’m obligated to blog about this song, because it’s currently stuck in my head.

As far as stripping songs go, this one is king. Continue reading

My first social media club meeting was so much fun, you guys! #hbgsmc

Both eating and tweeting are happening here. Also, I got WAY too enthusiastic when I learned that the gent in the orange shirt was the 5-year-old kid on the family-owned dealership's "Just call me, Ryan!" commercials of the 90s. If you lived in Central PA then, you should know what I'm talking about.

Both eating and tweeting are happening here. Also, I got WAY too enthusiastic when I learned that the guy in the orange shirt was the 5-year-old kid on the family-owned dealership’s “Just call me, Ryan!” If you lived in Central PA in the 90s, you understand.

Last night, I went to my first Harrisburg Social Media Club meeting with my fantabulous friend Melissa.

Check out the tweets here.

The group meets monthly at local businesses to network, ask questions and share social media initiatives.

The meeting last night was at Hoffman Ford in Harrisburg.

Mary Pratt, internet sales director, talked about ways the family-owned dealership has used technology to enhance the customer experience — from Facebook games to YouTube videos that show Ford owners how to sync their phone with the car. Continue reading

Of Farquhars and fasnachts: A man-on-the-street spelling bee video in York County

To watch this hard hitting documentary, click here.

To watch the video, click here.

In fourth grade, I won a spelling bee by correctly spelling the word “embarrassment.”

On Tuesday, I brought new meaning to that same word as I trolled the aisles of Central Market York looking for people to accost for this video.

You see, the Scripps National Spelling Bee was last week.

After great feedback on this video, which examines the pronunciation of “Utz,” a coworker suggested I take to the streets holding a pop-up spelling bee of sorts. Continue reading

Random creeping of civil records yields story on Brogue strip club

Last week, I was pretty bored.

This ad appeared in the Delta Star newspaper the day of the last hearing about the proposed strip club in Brogue.

This ad appeared in the Delta Star newspaper the day of the last hearing about the proposed strip club in Brogue. This was sent to me by a reader.

No layoffs to cover. No ridiculous videos to make.  No naked people to interview.

So, naturally, I did what I usually do: Creep civil court records for random people. This includes sources, but also literally random people.

I love to creep.

Gotten divorced recently? I know about it. Nasty custody battle? I know. Racking up credit card debt like it’s going out of style? No need to tell me.

I KNOW. Continue reading