Frj82’s Blog

February 20, 2009

I Heart Scranton

Remember the timeless classic “I Heart Huckabees,” perhaps one of the greatest movies of our time?  Me neither, but I’ll play on its name anyway.  Here are my top ten reasons why I heart the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

1 – The Office.  I went old-friend hunting a couple weeks ago on facebook and many of them really noticed the fact that I live in Scranton now.  They ask if any of those things exist…I say yeah, but Poor Richards is actually a tiny bar inside a bowling alley.

2 – The Electric City Sign.  It is pretty cool, especially because I could see it from my window.  Being three floors up, I could probably see most of downtown with a telescope or something.  But I’ll leave the prowling to others.

3 – Bishop Joseph Martino.  The guy is doing a wonderful job for what he was sent to do…unfortunately, he struggles with means to the ends.  Comically sometimes, unfortunately.  If he only knew this was 2009 rather than 1989 or whatever – c’mon what prominent figure in the world communicates solely by written letter?  I won’t poke fun though – everyone else in Scranton will do that.

4 – Funeral Homes and dive bars.  Moreso funeral homes than bars, only because of their tremendous number.  Without any exaggeration, from top of my church I could hit a 5 iron to 3 funeral homes and drive a couple more.

5 – Salt.  I lived in New England my whole life, so I am used to wintry conditions and snow and ice and all that.  But Scranton cakes on the salt soooo much more than anywhere I ever lived. 

6 – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.  Only because I have always wanted to live near a baseball team.  Of course actually cheering for them would worse for my soul than telling a dirty Holy Water joke in church.

7 – Awesome street quality.  I already mentioned in a previous blog entry the hole in my street.  Unfortunately, it was a smaller (but more dangerous?) hole in another street, Interstate 81, that had the larger effect on my life.  Yeah, it wasn’t so great wrecking my entire RF wheel to the tune of almost 500 bucks last night. It could be worse I guess.  This could have happened.

8 – Living the Holy City.  The Roman Catholic Church has its Vatican in Italy, so the PNCC has their holy city in…Scranton.  I don’t quite know if I am allowed to comment on this due to me having some commons sense, but…lets just say that it is an odd feeling to be in your Vatican and many people having no idea what a Polish Nat-in-ul Cat-lick is.

9 – WVIA Polka Party.  Only because I never actually knew people polka’d.  Not only that, people go nuts for it.  Even better is when priests from Poland are visiting and they are at a polka dance.  Everyone is like “hey, just like home, huh?”  They always smile back and nod their head.  Truth is, they have no idea what polka is and they despise it.  At least based on my exposure to Polish priests.

10 – The last reason I heart Scranton is because if my original life plan came true of me playing third base for the Boston Red Sox (Oakland would’ve been acceptable when I was a kid-they dominated), the back of my baseball card would have said that I was born in Scranton, PA.  So you have to love where you were born, right?  Right? 



  1. no comment…..

    oh fine I will comment…


    sorry had to do it.

    You know that the Vatican was not always in Rome…it did move…there is no law saying our Holy City cannot move. What about…Boston? New York City? Chicago? Atlanta? Why don’t you work at that while you are down there.


    Comment by padreegan — February 27, 2009 @ 2:47 pm

  2. Oh yeah, and before a angry mob shows up at my door with pitchforks and torches….Scranton ain’t that bad…ever been to Wheeling WV??

    Comment by padreegan — February 27, 2009 @ 2:53 pm

  3. I grew up in Wheeling. Scranton has nothing on the Friendly City.

    Comment by Brian M — April 6, 2009 @ 11:47 am

  4. I grew up in Wheeling. Scranton has nothing on the Friendly City.

    Comment by Brian M — April 6, 2009 @ 11:48 am

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