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Pat Shingleton: "Skitchin' of Hoppin'"

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Posted: Jan 29, 2014 6:10 PM by Pat Shingleton

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I'm not sure if some kids attempted this on Wednesday with January winter memories including "hopping cars." Pete Pavlovic's store was the high point of Brighton Road, providing a hiding place to hop the cars. As the vehicles spun and chugged up-the-hill on an ice-slicked road, we timed our "hitch-up" for the ride. Hooking onto the bumper, like down-hill skiers, we'd glide like a bunch of kids on skate boards-without the boards. A dry spot on the street was the danger zone. Once your boots went from slick to dry, your head went into the trunk or bumper. Many a neighborhood kid was thereby identified as a "knot-head." Growing up in New Jersey, Pat Quigley enjoyed this activity and repeated it Wednesday evening, referring to it as "skitchin'".

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