- It’s rained for fourteen days straight. You don’t remember what it’s like to see the sun. Maybe there is no sun.
- Horses and buggies crowd the street in the morning, making your commute to work difficult. When you finally pass and turn to wave at the driver, there is nobody there.
- You are hearing rumors about a Steelers versus Eagles football game. You carefully try to stay in the center of the state, but run headlong into Penn State fans. You might never return home.
- At a nice family restaurant downtown, you are served a strange slice of a grey meat loaf. The diners around you dig in, complimenting the chef on making a nice scrapple. When you ask what is made out of, everyone’s eyes go glassy and they reply “Only the good parts, of course.”
- You have found respite in a cafe corner, reading the newspaper with ease. After you have finished the front page, you scan the obituaries. Only until you have finished the paper have you realized that there was six pages of death notices.
- Upon arriving at work in the morning, everyone is clustered around the door, thermoses in hand. When you approach the door, you can hear the muttering. When asking what is happening today, everyone fixes their eyes on you and reply “There will be a butchering today.”
- One afternoon, you are driving home from the grocery store. You have been followed by a large truck all the way. When you get out of your car to take your groceries in, the driver of the truck slows down and yells out the window, “Are you safe?”
- The bench at the diner has an old man in a flannel shirt and baseball cap on every stool. Each one methodically takes a sip of their coffee and complain about their wives. When you look a little closer, all of the men look exactly alike.
- It’s the last week of August, and there is nobody in town. Apparently, they are all at a fair somewhere central in the state. Even though nobody is at their homes, you still feel watched.