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    Quote Originally Posted by donethat View Post
    No doubt about it, Harrisburg is the big Vollie show. I get a kick out of looking at the fully loaded out big "Battle Star Gallactica Rigs" at this show. The vollies definately have the money to buy what they want.

    I thought the regional food in Harrisburg is "Scrabble"! Of course, never ask what is in it!
    SCRAPPLE! And that's right, you don't want to know what's in it. Look at the first syllable of its name for a clue.

    All parts of a pig get used, except the squeal. What's not fit for anything else goes into sausage. If it's not fit to be used in sausage, it goes into scrapple.

    A Pennsylvania legislator was once heard to tell a vistor, "There are two things in Pennsylvania that you do not want to see being made. One is a state law, the other is scrapple."

    Stay safe out there, everyone goes home!


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    Scrapple, all the stuff that doesnt make the cut foe SPAM, nuff said.

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    Ahh, man. I haven't seen or had any fresh scrapple in over 20 years, close to 30. But I remember being told that they boiled the whole head to get the good stuff.

    Being from the Dundalk area of Baltimore, it was always on the griddle frying on bacon grease with some eggs on Sunday morning. My mom being from the south, used to make grits along with it sometimes.

    The crap we get here, is that....CRAP. Or even worse, frozen.

    I don't remember the taste, but I remember that I loved it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FIREMECH1 View Post
    Ahh, man. I haven't seen or had any fresh scrapple in over 20 years, close to 30. But I remember being told that they boiled the whole head to get the good stuff.

    Being from the Dundalk area of Baltimore, it was always on the griddle frying on bacon grease with some eggs on Sunday morning. My mom being from the south, used to make grits along with it sometimes.

    The crap we get here, is that....CRAP. Or even worse, frozen.

    I don't remember the taste, but I remember that I loved it.

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    I gotta admit, much as we like to think of scrapple as a Pennsylvania delicacy, some of the best I ever had was at Rallo's which is a local spot in south Baltimore not far from Domino Sugar. I'm pretty sure it was made in Baltimore too, by Schluderberg & Kurdle (Esskay).
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    Waaay too much information,T.C.

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    scraps that are left over after they make hot dogs , spam & head cheese.

    After that all thats left is snouts, hoofs and A-holes!
    Definately an acquired taste

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    Default scrapple

    If scrapple was a fire truck it would be called....

    P-One SALF


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    Waaay too much information,T.C.
    You'll have to try some when you get to Harrisburg. But you'll have to get out of the motel restaurants and tourist joints (yeah, you don't have an exclusive on tourist traps, we have our share of them, too), they mostly don't have any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rm1524 View Post
    So wearing all your stuff is not just limited to the midwest? LMAO. You gotta love the guys that are 300 miles from home and have all their crap on.

    The same thing happens at the New England Fire/Rescue Expo...
    ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
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    Sam,we're headed out Thursday morning. You still got my phone number? We'll catch up with you somewhere,you know where to find US near the shiny thing in the Main hall,hehe T.C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    Sam,we're headed out Thursday morning. You still got my phone number? We'll catch up with you somewhere,you know where to find US near the shiny thing in the Main hall,hehe T.C.
    I expect to be there Friday, Tim, got your number in my phone. I'll call you somewhere along the line.

    You really need to try to make that stop in Hellertown, coming or going. It's about 5 minutes off of I-78.

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    I'm at the mercy of my chaffeur. We'll see what we can do,I'd hate for Buff to have TWO years off,hehe T.C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefengineer11 View Post
    You'll have to try some when you get to Harrisburg. But you'll have to get out of the motel restaurants and tourist joints (yeah, you don't have an exclusive on tourist traps, we have our share of them, too), they mostly don't have any.

    Try the Capital Diner at the Swatara exit of Rte 283. Easy off and on if you're coming off the turnpike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    I'm at the mercy of my chaffeur. We'll see what we can do,I'd hate for Buff to have TWO years off,hehe T.C.
    You don't have a hair on your *** to stop at my place....
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    Come on guys, you really haven't been to an expo/trade show in the fire service, until you've made the wife carry the baby around ALL day because your new light bar, 23 fight what you fear tee shirts and 6 new turnout gear bags, are now occupying the baby stroller. After all they are pretty heavy....

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    I may be down on friday or saturday for my first Harrisburg show, how is the parking situation at the farm complex. Are they bussing people in from a shuttle area ?

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    There is plenty of parking. I think they nab you a few bucks 3 to 7 for parking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rescue2emt View Post
    Come on guys, you really haven't been to an expo/trade show in the fire service, until you've made the wife carry the baby around ALL day because your new light bar, 23 fight what you fear tee shirts and 6 new turnout gear bags, are now occupying the baby stroller. After all they are pretty heavy....
    Here is a little gem, passed around email to email and forum to forum, for about the last 5 years. It was originally sent to a real good friend of mine, Mr. Dave Houseal, a retired City of Harrisburg Firefighter. Dave lost the original email, so the author is long since forgotten, but his work as seen here will live on for generations. Thanks to Dave for posting it yet again in CentralPaFire.com

    Dave Posts: Here are some observations from the recent Harrisburg Fire Expo show:

    To quote it's unknown author "If nothing else, I have to witness again and again the immutable fact that the fire service will take anybody. "


    And the posting itself:
    Dewly Whacker, wearing the stained tee shirt stretched tight over his gut,
    carrying the $1500 light bar that he will install on his $200 truck, while
    his tired-looking and very ugly wife pushes the carriage containing the
    mean little results of his sperm colliding with her ovum in a long ago moment
    of Mad Dog 20/20 inspired passion.

    Next comes Norbert Fuzz, Grand Emperor of the Fire Police Squadron in
    Lanced Boil Springs. Despite the fact that he is 700 miles from home, he
    carries two 500 channel pocket scanners, his monitor, a cell phone, baton,
    handcuffs, flare gun, CS teargas, and probably has a Walther PPK
    secreted on his person. His vehicle of choice would be an LTD Crown Victoria with an Edge bar, grille strobes, an arrowstick, Federal Q siren and wigwag
    headlights. This man masturbates while reading a Gall's catalog.

    Following them is Sylvia Cruntley, Ladies Auxiliary President of Buttcrack
    Heights VFD. Her lavender stretch pants have reached critical mass, and
    when her pager beeps, little children have been known to cry, "Look
    out-I think she's backing up!" Her t-shirt is emblazoned with "got milk?" yet
    the mere thought of those leviathan mammaries is enough to wilt the most
    stalwart of Woodrows. As she shuffles past, munching on her 3rd funnel
    cake of the morning, the sight of her flesh in motion reminds one of two hogs
    in a burlap sack, wrestling over a Snickers bar.

    Entertainment such as this knows no equal.

    Now for some of the responses back:

    From Rich Seachrist. . .Middletown FD alumnus

    “For the record, I have printed this email to catalog it. We cannot trust literary masterpieces such as this to saved only by electronic devices.

    ”Last year at expo a gentleman came into the Fire Hooks Booth wanting to look at "indian tank" type brush fire components. He said that he was recently "certified" in brush fires and that he would like to purchase a suppression device to carry in his personal vehicle. When he operated the positive displacement slide pump that pumps the water from the tank, through the nozzle, I was pretty sure he was having a sexual experience inside his polyester pants. I said to him that it would probably be better for him to purchase the collapsible unit, that way it would take up less space in his vehicle. While drooling, he asked which one would be able to hold water all the time, the rigid tank or the collapsible tank? I said the rigid tank would be better for that. He said, OK, I'll take the rigid tank. He pulled a large roll of cash from his pocket, and paid for his purchase. I handed him the box, and he opened it and strapped the tank to his back, and walked off. He probably stopped at the first water source and filled up the tank, since he was "brush fire certified". Gotta be ready for that next natural cover fire!”

    And from Randy Yardumian. . .former career Federal firefighter at Aberdeen Md. and a great fire buff

    ”ok, I demand that next time you send me something this funny, you post a
    warning at the top: "DO NOT READ WHILE DRINKING A CARBONATED BEVERAGE." Thanks, the windex should get the coke off of my monitor. Whoever wrote this has way too much time on his hands and is probably retired.”
    "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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    Funny, but, you can't make this **** up.....

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    WHY do I have to tell you(Buff) EVERYTHING twice? The problem won't be the rug on my a**,it'll be the loose nut behind the wheel.It's HIS rig,if I want a lift home I'm kinda at his mercy.It is currently in negotiation.At least your Dad will get to see a NICE Ladder. T.c.
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