Wappingers Falls was already back to normal in 2003

In 2003, after having thankfully escaped from Connecticut and entered the next state over, New York, on the 84 I looked at the map and made a happy discovery: I had the opportunity to drive through Wappingers Falls ("WF"). Naturally, I decided to do so.

WF is a small, attractive town, reminiscent of Bedford Falls, the town featured in It's a Wonderful Life. OK, I haven't seen too much of that movie, but it's basically a nice, small upstate New York town. Accordingly, I say "shame, shame" on the Right Reverend Al Sharpton for besmirching the name of that fine community!

I decided to check in with the local intelligentsia to see if they were still shell-shocked from the incident. The ladies at the Grinnell library (link) were quite helpful in answering my touron questions. I asked them and another person, "Why would someone from L.A. specifically be sure to visit your fair town?" Well, quite unfortunately, The Tawana Affair was not the first thing they thought of, or even the second or third. Apparently there was a mass therapy session designed to help the resident forget. Either that, or a lot of time has passed for them at least since the 80s and, despite still being mentioned occasionally on blogs and such, the Tawana and Al show appears to not be the first thing in most people's minds there. In fact, it appears they might be able to even joke about it.

So, my last minute thought that it'd be fun to pass out Al Sharpton for President bumper stickers wouldn't have quite the effect that I originally thought it might. So, I moved on and across to the west side of the Hudson in search of cheap lodging.

Of note also is that Wappinger's Falls is in Dutchess County, which leads the nation (link) in cases of Lyme disease. As of 2003, they'd had 14,000 reported cases and in fact they had just decided to start fumigating the local deer.

January 25, 2009 – 8:21am