for Dinner The young couple invited their elderly pastor
for Sunday dinner. While they were in the kitchen preparing
the meal, the minister asked their son what they were having.
"Goat," the little boy replied. "Goat?" replied the startled
man of the cloth, "Are you sure about that?" "Yep," said the
youngster. "I heard Dad say to Mom, 'Today is just as good as
any to have the old goat for dinner.'"
in religion is the doctrine that there is no positive truth
in religion, but that one creed is as good as another. . . .
[it holds that] Revealed religion is not a truth, but a sentiment
and a taste; not an objective fact, not miraculous; and it is
the right of each individual to make it say just what strikes
John Henry Newman in 1879
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ENTRY 1233 | JUNE
my week in New Jersey, my friend Darrell drove me to the 30th Street
train station in Philadelphia to catch the Amtrak to Johnstown. But
as I was arriving outside the station, John Golias, who had agreed
to meet me at the Johnstown station and drive me to Nanty Glo, called
and suggested we meet in Altoona, instead. I've been through Horseshoe
Curve and the Gallitzin Tunnel (the most exciting points on the train
ride across Pennsylvania) in a train before, so that was fine with
me. Our train was delayed an hour by a freight demanding its priority
over human passengers just outside Harrisburg, which I was given to
believe is pretty much routine. And here's a tip on traveling by Amtrak...they
won't tell you this until it's too late, but the fares advertised
online are good only
make reservations online. If you walk into the station without a ticket,
the price is considerably higher...$61 to Altoona on the Medicare
discount over against a $49 fare all the way to Johnstown an hour
(or two, depending on freight traffic) if bought online, even before
the OAP price break (OAP is what they call senior citizens in England,
where I first encountered such discounts...it means "old-age
pensioners"; how delightfully politically incorrect is that?).
have long wished that someone would post some everyday shots of the
everyday scene in the Valley, so I expect just that kind of material
will be more the rule than the exception here during my stay. This
view of the alley next door to the Liberty Cafe on Roberts Street
gives a chuckle to those who notice a certain ambiguity in the signage.
Marlene's is thataway, but you can't get there from here (but you
can make a left into the parking lot on the other side of the
Miners and Merchants Bank Building from this point).
offered to work as a volunteer at the Liberty Cafe (a fundraising
project of the town's historic museum, named for the Liberty Theater
in which it is housed) for the summer if they could find me a place
where I could unroll my sleeping bag, and they came through with something
much better. So I've been here a week now and have been asked to record
oral (and visual) personal histories of Blacklick Valley people. Thus
far I've interviewed three men who go back to the early days of Nanty
Glo and the mines here, but I hope to get to interview people of all
ages by the time the summer is over, to see and hear how much different
it is growing up here now than it was when the older generation was
"coming up," and even in comparison with some of the generations
one thing to plan tasks and goals to accomplish on a trip but doing
them is another, of course. I've been noticing that for years in my
trips to Europe and around the world. I've usually chalked up the
unaccomplished plans to jetlag, but now I realize I'd probably fall
short on parts of whatever I'd plan even if I stayed in California
intead traveling to distant points. Planning is always easier than
doing. One of my plans was to have at least a short Jonal entry every
day after getting to Nanty Glo, and here it is my eighth day in town
and this is the first post with photos and a video clip. So I won't
promise daily posts (though I did that oncemaybe even more than
oncewhen traveling in London and Paris) so maybe I'm slowing
down. Nor does it help that the better Windows and the webpage software
get the harder it becomes to accomplish anything.... It sounds easy
to walk four miles on the Ghost Town Trail, make and process still
photos and videos, get out a Jonal page featuring some of those, do
at least one life history interview...on paper.
short video clip is a self-explanatory visit to the Blacklick Creek
in downtown Nanty Glo. After the video launches, double-click the
screen to play it at full-screen. If your browser cannot open the
video in this format, you can try it on YouTube,
I have to get the pace up a little. But one thing I haven't factored
in has been catching up with old friends and meeting new ones, which
is both the most time consuming and most rewarding factor of all.