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Old 03-14-2018, 03:42 PM
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Default Pennsylvania, end of March

Hello, PA members, I would love to meet you when I am in PA at the end of the month: https://www.wilkes.edu/news/2018/Mar...s_march27.aspx
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Old 03-14-2018, 04:59 PM
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Hi Aaron,

Well, you'll be reading at my (undergraduate) Alma Mater in the town where I grew up, Wilkes-Barre, PA!

Although I won't be in visiting family at the time of your reading, I wish you a successful event and an appreciative audience.

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Old 03-14-2018, 05:24 PM
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Wrong end of PA! But if you can make it over to Pittsburgh Id be delighted to meet you.
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Old 03-15-2018, 07:10 AM
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Hmm. Well, I made it to MD/VA/DC in the middle of March. But off to South Texas again tomorrow. One day, one day...

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John
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Old 03-15-2018, 02:36 PM
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Catherine, I had no idea you grew up in Wilkes. I am curious to see what the place is like.

Aaron, yes, I need a reading in Pittsburgh. On it. On it.

John, yes, one day--the tour continues. I swore I would never go to Texas, but I may break my promise.

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Old 03-15-2018, 06:11 PM
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Aaron that's Wilkes-Barre, not Wilkes. Wilkes is the University. I'm afraid you will be sorely disappointed by Wilkes-Barre. It was a booming town when coal was king, but since the Knox Mine Disaster in the fifties, it has pretty much gone to seed. The final blow was the Hurricane Agnes flood of 1972. The Wilkes campus, however, is beautiful. I hope your reading goes well.
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Hi Aaron,

South Texas is a bit of a special case as Texas goes, it's a Democratic pocket like Houston or Austin. But the valley lacks big cities to visit, it's a string of small to medium-sized towns. It's also pretty hot. Palm trees.

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And all who heard should see him there,
And glee their eyes upon Wilkes-Barre,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.
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Old 03-16-2018, 09:03 AM
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Catherine, thank you for the background on Wilkes-Barre. I am eager to see it--I like tough-looking old steel towns.

John, thank you. You are winning me over. It's time for Texas.

Allen, you just quoted some of my all-time favorite lines!
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Old 03-16-2018, 09:05 PM
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Aaron, it was a coal town, not a steel town. Then there were linen mills. Now it's so run down it's been named the fourth worst place to live in Pennsylvania.
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