Abandoned Turnpike 2009

This past weekend I grabbed some friends and ventured west to re-visit the abandoned turnpike.  As you may recall from my previous posts, the abandoned turnpike is hands-down my favorite nugget of bizarre Pennsylvania history.  And ever since I learned that scenes for the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road had been filmed along the abandoned ‘pike, I’ve yearned to go back.  But, work being what it is, I haven’t had enough free time to return.  So with the decent weather about to run out, I cleared my calendar and trekked up this past Saturday.

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Turkey Tweetup

This month’s Central PA Tweetup is this coming Wednesday (11/18), just more than a week before Thanksgiving.  We’re getting together at The Abbey Bar, which is on the second floor of Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg.  Things get started around 7pm and wrap up when we’re all stuffed and happy.

Everyone with a blog or active social media account living in or around Central PA is welcome to attend!  Our wintertime Tweetups usually have a much smaller crowd than the warm-weather tweetups, so if you’ve wanted to come but have been overwhelmed at the prospect of meeting 30+ new faces at once, now is the perfect time to come out.  ABC is a smoke-free environment with free WiFi, good food, and great drafts, so now you’ve REALLY got no excuse not to show.

See you there!

The October Tweetup

You know the drill:  Third Wednesday of every month, Abbey Bar (upstairs at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg), 7pm till ???.  This month the Tweetup falls on the 21st.  If you’ve got a Twitter account, blog, or pretty much any online personal whatsoever, drop by and meet your social-media neighbors!  We’re screaming towards the two-year mark (!) of our monthly gatherings, and the cold weather only makes it better.  Barring a sudden outburst of 80-degree weather, we’ll be inside this time around.  You can identify us by our laptop- and/or iPhone-to-person ratio of 5:1.  If that doesn’t work, just ask an upstairs bartender where the Tweetup is.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but our Twitter hashtag is #hbgtweetup.  Please use it any time you tweet about the event so we can get a decent idea of how many are coming.

See you there!

On My Way Back

The train is a wonderful thing.

I’m sitting here eastbound on the Amtrak Pennsylvanian (facing west, because apparently that’s how they do things in New York), sifting through several hundred pics & vids from the past five days in NYC.  The near-silence of the train means I can actually concentrate on tagging & cataloging said media.  My laptop is plugged in and charging, thanks to the seat-side electrical outlets (four to every row).  My VZW cell phone has continuous coverage, giving me unlimited broadband for the entire trip.  Although I really don’t mind driving to and in NYC, Amtrak usually winds up being cheaper, and always involves less hassle.

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