En Route to New Jersey – Day 5

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Total miles covered: 2,694
States covered today: Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey
Stupidest sign today: “Entering CORP.” – seen in a small town off of I-70 in Ohio. What does “Entering CORP.” mean?
Funniest thing on the side of the highway (that I missed while I was sleeping): There were these cows that had a whole huge field to roam around, but they were all squished together in the shade under this big billboard that said “Ray’s Cattle Farm”. (This would have been even funnier if it were a Chick-fil-a sign…)
Best part of the day: Getting home
Worst part of the day: Leg cramps
Stupid comment of the day: “Everyone should have an emergency poop light.”
Response: “Right. And I suppose it should be yellow and brown with a siren attachment.”
Current location: Wall, NJ
Current time zone: Eastern
Current elevation: approximately sea level
Next road trip: Blacksburg, VA (in 5 days)

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  1. “Community of Rhythmless People”
    “Hang On Sloopy” is the official state rock song of Ohio. 😛
    State of Ohio Revised Code
    State Rock Song
    “Hang on Sloopy,” was a national hit in 1965 by The McCoys, from Dayton, Ohio. Co-written by The McCoys’ guitarist Rick Derringer of Celina, Ohio, “Hang on Sloopy,” became the Ohio state rock song in November 1985.
    The actual House Concurrent Resolution No.16:
    WHEREAS, The members of the 116th General Assembly of Ohio wish to recognize the rock song “Hang On Sloopy” as the official rock song of the great State of Ohio; and
    WHEREAS, In 1965, an Ohio-based rock group known as the McCoys reached the top of the national record charts with “Hang On Sloopy,” composed by Bert Russell and Wes Farrell, and that same year, John Tagenhorst, then an arranger for the Ohio State University Marching Band, created the band’s now-famous arrangement of “Sloopy,” first performed at the Ohio State-Illinois football game on October 9, 1965; and
    WHEREAS, Rock music has become an integral part of American culture, having attained a degree of acceptance no one would have thought possible twenty years ago; and
    WHEREAS, Adoption of “Hang On Sloopy” as the official rock song of Ohio is in no way intended to supplant “Beautiful Ohio” as the official state song, but would serve as a companion piece to that old chestnut; and
    WHEREAS, If fans of jazz, country-and-western, classical, Hawaiian and polka music think those styles also should be recognized by the state, then by golly, they can push their own resolution just like we’re doing; and
    WHEREAS, “Hang On Sloopy” is of particular relevance to members of the Baby Boom Generation, who were once dismissed as a bunch of long-haired, crazy kids, but who now are old enough and vote in sufficient numbers to be taken quite seriously; and
    WHEREAS, Adoption of this resolution will not take too long, cost the state anything, or affect the quality of life in this state to any appreciable degree, and if we in the legislature just go ahead and pass the darn thing, we can get on with more important stuff; and
    WHEREAS, Sloopy lives in a very bad part of town, and everybody, yeah, tries to put my Sloopy down; and
    WHEREAS, Sloopy, I don’t care what your daddy do, ’cause you know, Sloopy girl, I’m in love with you; therefore be it
    Resolved, That we, the members of the 116th General Assembly of Ohio, in adopting this Resolution, name “Hang On Sloopy” as the official rock song of the State of Ohio; and be it further
    Resolved, That the Legislative Clerk of the House of Representatives transmit duly authenticated copies of this Resolution to the news media of Ohio.

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