Dropping The Lightning Guider

sled1New Year’s Eve With The Giant Lightning Guider
2011/2012 Edition
The Old Sled Works
Duncannon, Pennsylvania
submitted by: “wendyvee”

I’d like to start the New Year by making a resolution to catch up on posts. Let’s travel back in time to New Years Eve 2011/2012 and the second of two “drops” that I attended that night!

After Mrs. Pickle rang in the New Year a (little earlier in the evening for area kiddos), I hopped in the RoadsideWonders-Mobile and headed 40 minutes north to the Old Sled Works in Duncannon. There, I brought in the new year with several hundred friendly strangers and a giant Lightning Guider sled.

Duncannon is a small town and I would guess that the overwhelming majority of the crowd knew each other based on shouted greetings and snatches of overheard conversation. “Mr” Roadside and I have spent our New Year’s Eves apart in the past few years — he likes to party — and I like to watch strange objects fall from the towers, cranes, flagpoles and the like. So, generally, I’m at these events by myself. Comically enough, at least 4 or 5 people either greeted me by calling my name (though not the right name, of course). I really need to visit the bank in Duncannon … apparently my doppelganger works there … at least another half dozen or so people asked me if I was the “girl from the bank”.

I was about 90 minutes early for the big event; and as more and more people approached me and greeted me with some other woman’s name it became increasingly amusing. So when the local pastor led the crowd (and I swear I’m not making this up) in a rousing sing-a-long of the Cheers theme “Where Everybody Knows Your Name … I thought I was the object of a bizarre episode of Punk’d. 🙂

Are you ready for Mrs. Pickle’s Big Reveal?? Press play!

It was an interesting night, for sure. Plus, I scored a wooden nickel!


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12 Responses to “Dropping The Lightning Guider”

  1. Fuzz says:

    Don’t you go spenidin’ that nickel, now! 🙂

  2. Fuzz says:

    … spendin’…

    Ugh, i type like i’m wearing oven mitts 😕

  3. PostMuse says:

    That is wonderful! There should be a Primanti Sandwich Drop in Pittsburgh. Or maybe a Warhol drop … big can o’ soup!

  4. Too cool! Love the wooden nickel, I have one from Mike’s Tavern!

  5. Candace says:

    I never knew there were so many NYE “drops.” I don’t think I’ve ever seen a drop in person. Every time someone tells me I look “just like” someone else and I finally see the other person, I’m shocked and not too flattered. So I don’t go looking for my doppelgangers.

    • wendyvee says:

      Pennsylvania seems to have quite a few more drops than other states (for whatever reason) 🙂

      I think that’s sound advice about searching for my doppelganger … chances are I might get a surprise!

  6. I’m so mortified – all this time I thought it was a lighting GLIDER! Glad you clued me in so I could correct myself in 2013!

    • wendyvee says:

      You wouldn’t be the first person to call them Lightning Gliders instead of Guider … and you probably won’t be the last. “Glider” *sounds* like the name for a sled 🙂

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