3-11-17 All we wanted was a convertible

Be careful what you wish for

March 17, 2017 - 11:19 pm

Every year since I got thrown off the back of a pickup truck in the Scranton St. Patrick's Day Parade a few years ago, we asked for a convertible.  How nice it would be to be driven through one of the country's largest parades and smile and wave from our sporty little number.  A couple more pickup trucks and regular vehicles followed.  In our weekly department head meeting just days before the event, I remarked how cold the parade would be and we commiserated our placement.  We were in division 6 and we usually were closer to the front. Out loud I said "Of all the times to have to wait longer to get started".  Our Sales Manager chimed in with a laugh, "Yeah, and we finally got you a convertible".  I nearly spit out my iced coffee.

The morning of the parade I parked by the Scranton Public Library around 10am and got to work on the microfilm researching family geneology.  It was ice cold outside but I was toasty warm and able to find a couple of death notices from the old Scranton Republican newspaper to help fill in some holes in the family tree. I dawdled a bit, hesitant to start the trek down to our lineup location.  When I finally got there, I was happy to see the top on our Ken Pollock convertible was up.  

I personally have marched in the Scranton St. Patrick's Day Parade for almost every year of the 25 plus years I've worked at WILK.  There were rainy days, sunny days, warm days, but never a day this cold.  The most vivid recollection was the 2008 parade, when Hillary Clinton marched during the bitter primary against Barack Obama.  It was a gorgeous, sunny day and I had never seen the streets so packed with people.  I also never saw so many unoccupied porta-potties.  That's when you know it's a bust.  

I walked a little in the parade, but it seemed fruitless as so few were actually watching.  The Parade organizers weren't especially enchanted by our presence as they remarked this was probably Entercom's last appearance there.  It must have been the complaining we did because of our placement.  Oh well..it's been a good run.  

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