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            Friday, July 6 2001

Late news from the Valley - 4

Jetlag—I've never adjusted to the jetlag on this visit, and don't remember ever fighting it so much before. It's now, as I write, 12:15 a.m. Friday (Eastern time, but 9:15 p.m. in my home, Pacific, time zone), and with a full schedule of dinner meetings each day it has been a week of late night beginnings for these Jonal entries. I usually write them in workbreaks at the office and polish them in the evening, much earlier than this, and then send them after 10 p.m. Pacific/1 a.m. Eastern. Anyway, this is what I'm using as my excuse for some egregious errors in these postcards. The most recent was the reference on Thursday to the Triangle II Restaurant as being at "Pa. 971 and US 22." Of course it's US 422, not 22, and inasmuch as 422 was the first highway to play big in my life while growing up, I can't believe I made that slip. But it's not 971, either...apparently I just let my fingers enter whatever "sounded" right in writing that sentence. And at this late hour even though I just last hour checked it again, I'm not guaranteeing it but I believe the Pa. route number is now 271. At least that one, which for many months I hitchhiked from home to town every night, has changed its name/number over the years. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Another faux pas has also been pointed out by an employee of AmeriServe Financial, formerly US Bank (serving Nanty Glo and other local communities). I totally erroneously said that US Bank had been bought out by a Florida financial institution. That come from a loose synapse in my grey matter; I'd read about Promistar which is a Florida financial institution that has expanded into the area by taking over several local banks, but it has nothing to do with AmeriServ. AmeriServ is just a new name for the former US Bank, created in part to stave off any confusion with another unrelated US Bank in another part of the country.

Today's news: Another significant tourist attraction was publically dedicated and introduced on Thursday, the Staple Bend Tunnel, near Mineral Point (which is between Summerhill and South Fork on one side and Park Hill in the other direction, for those of you too long removed from the area to remember the hamlet of Mineral Point). Staple Bend Tunnel was the first American railroad tunnel, built not for steam locomotive trains but the mule and cable-pulled trains of the Portage Railroad that was part of the Pennsylvania Canal Mainline. Though (I'm guesstimating) about 20 miles from the Portage Railroad historic site at the Cresson Summit, the Tunnel, now open for exploration, is part of that Nantional Park entity. I made a visit on July 4 and found it worth the effort.

Speaking of Route 422 and tourist attractions, an attractive slick brochure has been prepared to tout that route as an alternative to the Pennsylvania Turnpike for travellers from Ohio into western and central Pennsylvania destinations. Look for one when making your rounds in any of the area's attractions; I found one at the top of the Inclined Plane.

Finally, in order to make this as short as possible in consideration of the late hour, my last item of the day: the Twin Rocks landmark tavern, Knapics, is now Malcottis. I don't know the particulars (Malcottis was a major Nanty Glo bar in earlier days), but I have observed that the Twin Rocks tavern seems a very popular spot.

Lord willing, tomorrow's entry will be written again, as usual, from Silicon Valley, my all-too-short vacation being concluded by then.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Funny or true or not, who knows? But interesting

Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested? A. Obsession

Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"? A. One thousand

Q. What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common? A. All invented by women.

Sent by Zan

On vanity

An old man said to a brother: Do not measure your heart against your brother, saying that you are more serious or more continent or more understanding than he. But be obedient to the grace of God, in the spirit of poverty, and in charity unfeigned. The efforts of a man swollen with vanity are futile. It is written, "Let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he falls." In your spirit be seasoned with salt—and so be dependent upon Christ.

Sent by Christopher Haas
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