March 2, 2009

Pagoda, Peanuts, and Punching Players in PA

When was the last time you played Monopoly? Not Dinosauropoly, BYU-opoly, Geckopoly (Geico's version), or any other -opoly. Remember the railroads in Monopoly? Well last weekend I went to the city behind one of those railroads. Nope, not Short Line. B&O? Too smelly. Pennsylvania? Sort of... but I'm actually referring to Reading! [Rhymes with bedding, by the way. Who knew?]

My friend Kate invited me to go up and see her hometown. Little did I know the wonderous sights and sites that I would behold! Such as:1. The Reading Pagoda - Not what you'd expect to find in the middle of Pennsylvania, but it's there. It really is. And it has a great view of the whole city, too.2. The Peanut Bar - Yes, you just toss the shells on the floor. Wild and crazy! It definitely took us a few minutes to not feel bad for doing it, but soon we had cast off our etiquette-entrenched traditions and were tossing shells with reckless abandon.

3. Punching Players - We saw a Reading Royals hockey game and had a blast sitting with Kate's dad's friends. They were all die-hards and the best kind of loud-mouthed fans for small-town hockey. Plus, we crossed the Reading Railroad train tracks on our way to the arena. Sadly, it was too dark or I'd have taken a picture of us walking along the rails.

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