74 years ago, a man by the name of Bob Middleswarth started making potato chips in his home, a sort of comfort food for a particularly uncomfortable time in human history. The potato chip auteur grew from making them in a kettle to owning a 40000 sq foot building in 30 years. You can find Middleswarth chips throughout the eastern side of Pennsylvania. There are 11 different varieties, the most popular being their barbecue chips. Middleswarth(pronounced Middles-worth or Middle-swarth depending on who you ask) barbecue potato chips are the second most sought after thing by people who move away from Eastern PA, next to the low cost of living.
Hey everyone! It’s been a minute since my last post. I’m sorry about that. I have been away for a few reasons. The first being that my girlfriend and I decided to move in together and out of our respective parents’ homes. We just moved in to a nice two bedroom apartment not too far from my work. I am currently typing this in the office, our office. It feels great. We’re still setting up but I look forward to getting into the swing of things. Adulting, you might say if you had the originality of a paper bag. We have the majority of our things moved in and set up. We just need some miscellaneous kitchen and cleaning supplies and we should be all set.
The second reason I took a break was to get a jump on writing. In previous posts, I have mentioned that I am writing a novel in my spare time. My break from blogging as well as a change of writing time (evenings instead of mornings. I’ve had too much trouble getting up early as of late) was enough to push me to the finish line. I am currently on the last chapter. I want to churn it out so I can work on editing it. I need to work on fleshing out characters as well as balancing the tone of the story. I hope to have a readable draft for Summer 2017. In the meantime, I want to write a couple short stories as well as plot a second book I’ve been itching to write. I may even attempt to fit a screenplay in there as well.
The final reason for my hiatus is, truth be told, the 2016 Presidential Election. A lot has happened even in the past month, but people more informed and more interested than I am covered it better than I ever could. I didn’t want to shoe-horn in a Trump or Hillary gag, but I felt as though it would have been weird for the reader to read my blog posts as I try my best to tiptoe around the only news story America cares about(until Wednesday, November 9th). I’m not the political type. I think it’s a special form of masochism to be “into politics.” I’m a registered Libertarian, but I find a lot of Libertarians off-putting because they’ve somehow managed to take a very neutral political stance and make it extreme. I like the idea of third parties. I like the idea that you don’t have to choose the lesser of two evils, and you should feel as though you have an option.
I’m writing this post at approximately midnight. In a few hours, polls on the Eastern seaboard will be open. I hope everyone votes and that they vote for a candidate they like. Soon, the election will be over, and someone will be our next president, but the unrest won’t end tomorrow. Like it or not, we have to live with each other. Social unrest won’t end with Hillary winning and, win or lose, Donald Trump’s supporters won’t vanish overnight.