Frankly, I am shocked that no enterprising weblogger has taken on the project of documenting the life and times of Lititz, Pennsylvania. I’d do it myself, but I’m only there a few times a year.
My current Lititz goal is to track down “shoe man,” a former state trooper who sits in his front yard and reads while wearing women’s shoes. Shoe man lives near my parents, but he’s never out when I’m visiting, and even if he was, I’m not sure I’d be able to snap a stealth photo. My mom, who recently retired and is therefore on the prowl around town, sees him all the time. She reports that one day last week shoe man was sporting white strappy pumps in the morning but switched to non-strappy white pumps for the afternoon.
Lititz is full of characters. Some of these characters, like shoe man, are quirky in an amusing and harmless kind of way, and some are downright maddening in a racist and homophobic kind of way. But Lititz is where I was born and raised, so I have a great affection for the town.
Thankfully, Lititz’s online presence has improved over the last few years. I always knew Lititzpa.com as a local news aggregator (remember when a Lititz woman was outed as a *gasp* Democrat in USA Today?), but it turns out that the site also hosts Lititz-oriented online discussion forums.
And at long last, The Lititz Record Express has some online content, and the letters to the editor alone are enough material to fuel a weblog. Some recent reader comments:
- Women with drivers licenses should be more considerate to other people.
- Have you tried to blow the paper wrapper off a straw recently? Most of the time it just simply can’t be done.
- As the editor, you have the right to edit what gets printed; you donâ€™t have to print every letter written.
So where are the Lititz webloggers? I would enjoy some hard-hitting commentary and analysis!