So friends, this was what I was looking at just before I came in here and turned on my laptop:
Regular readers will remember my great 2015 distance challenge, which is was run/cycle/swim/walk 2209 miles, or the equivalent of the distance from Houston TX to South Portland, ME. I've been marking milestones with different towns along this virtual route. A few days ago I got to 1655 miles, which was the mile-equivalent of reaching Hershey, PA (the previous marker was Hagerstown, MD; the next is Morristown, NJ).
So, what will the a quick bit of googling let me say about Hershey? Well, the good folks at Wikipedia offered me this image of the wonderfully named intersection of Chocolate and Cocoa Avenues
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A good friend of mine is a native of Hershey. She tells me that despite this, none of its schools have chocolate themed mascots (google and Wikipedia agree). I have to say, I found this a bit disappointing. I mean, what self-respecting schoolkid wouldn;t cheer on a mascot who appeared to be a first cousin to Freddo Frog ...
or Caramello Koala?
The same friend did, however, tell me that the street lights on Chocolate Avenue look like this -
I must ask someone if the good people of that town cop a lot of Oompa-Loompa references. In case you're wondering, I can assure you that chocolate factories are not in fact staffed by pygmies with orange skin. I found this out as a young lawyer when I needed to arrange a site-inspection at the Cadbury's factory at Ringwood, where one of my firm's clients had suffered a knee injury (that particular worker, at least, was not orange, did not have green hair, and was not a pygmy. She had a bit of a limp though).
I did a google images search for the town after typing this. I still get a lot of chocolate-themed images. But I have to say, there were also lots of images of streetscapes and homes and parklands. It's pleasant to think that, for somewhere that began its life as a Company Town, it clearly is for many people also a home-town.