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Big Chuck

April 22, 2013

Catching a whiff of 'Vermont Vapor'


So why does it feel different when you pass the state sign just east of Troy? When I pass the “Welcome to Pennsylvania” sign, the only things I think about are construction holdups on I-81. When I pass the “Welcome to New Jersey, The Garden State” sign, I invariably say to myself, “Where the heck are all the gardens?” But “Welcome to Vermont” always means something good to me. It means I’m going to meet some nice people, have a very pleasant experience, eat great food, see some of America’s most beautiful scenery and come back to Oneonta with a bag of chocolate candies called “Moose Droppings.”

My wife says it all has to do with that “Vermont Vapor” that is spraying out of the sign.

I’ll catch you in two ...

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