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Pat Shingleton: "Skitchin' of Hoppin'"

1 year ago Wednesday, January 29, 2014 4:10:56 PM CST January 29, 2014 Wednesday, January 29 2014 Jan 29, 2014 in Pat Shingleton Column

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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