Pat Shingleton: "Skitching and the Birthday Girl..."
In South Louisiana, car-hopping, many years ago, occurred at Hopper's and are still in existence at a few Sonic locations. Car hopping in Western Pennsylvania occurred after a heavy snow. Our favorite jump-on spot was Pete Pavlovic's Store. With a half-foot of snow on Brighton Road, cars would spin across the icy road, trying to make it up the grade. Hiding behind the store we'd wait for the right moment to "hop the cars" by grasping the rear bumper at the right moment and enjoy the glide down the road as our boots created a snow wake. At school, the next day, we often found a car-hopper with a lump on his head. A few dry spots on the road meant our boots stopped sliding and our heads met the trunk. My friend, Pat Quigley performed a similar experience where it was called, "skitching." Finally a special day today and years ago. The daytime high for New Year's Day, 1988, was 59 with chilly wind blown rain. On January 3, we hit 81 degrees, breaking a record high for the date logged in 1943. Another front zipped through on January 4 sending the temperatures down 28 degrees from the previous day to a high of 52 and a freeze warning. By January 6 a major snowstorm was brewing in the Midwest while Baton Rouge experienced rain and 44 degrees. On January 7, 1988 two events occurred. A freeze and winter storm warning was posted for the area and Katie Shingleton was born. She was transported home with snow on the ground. Happy birthday Katie, and great forecasts for you in the future.