Archive for January, 2014
I was taking the train home tonight when I saw a kid wearing a “Chittenango Football” shirt. I stopped and said, “whoa, you’re from Chittenango? I’m from Manlius!” and he said, “wow, cool! Manlius is a little better than Chittenango…”
I was a little taken aback. Manlius is *better* than Chittenango? I knew what he meant; Manlius is a fairly swanky suburb now. It was still transitioning from hick town to slick bedroom community full of soulless housing developments when I lived there, but “better”? The kid didn’t say “nicer” or “prettier” or “more interesting” (Manlius, though smaller, has an art house movie theater [or at least did 20 years ago when I last checked]”. He said “better.” Both are hick towns in the middle of nowhere with similar populations (Chittenango is slightly bigger), but Manlius is “better” due to its wealthier status. CRAZY!
Maybe I have no idea. I realized the last time I’d been to Chittenango was probably decades before this kid was even born! I remember there was a nice waterfall there. I think I mentioned that when the kid said Manlius was better. The only thing I could think of was “but… Chittenango has the falls. That’s nice!” He all but rolled his eyes.
Manlius boasts the Swan Pond, which is filled with surly dirty beasts and, truthfully, kind of ghetto looking (although it’s apparently getting another facelift soon).
Then again, I moved out of Manlius in 1983, and have only been back once, sometime in the 1990s when I saw a movie there. The Fayetteville-Manlius school district is one of the best in the state. Maybe that’s what Chittenango Kid meant?