One thing that's always common among people from Bradford, Pa (MMOC's hometown) is their genuine love and extreme jealousy of Olean, NY, located about 25 miles northeast of Bradford. Sure, Bradford has many things going for it, but let's revel in the greatness that is Olean, NY. I'll point out a handful of reasons why us Bradfordians are so infatuated with our neighboring city to the north.
Olean's Roundabouts - We already adored Olean, but the placement of about a half dozen roundabouts throughout the downtown has put everything over the top. Sometimes people will ride with me over to Olean just to watch my complete mastery of the roundabouts. Everyone is a big fan of them and they are completely necessary.
Olean's Squirrel Statues - Speaking of necessary, Olean has about 25 squirrel statues placed throughout the city. Some of them are very festive and pay homage to different parts of Olean's heritage, including Ronald McDonald and Santa.
Olean's Historic Mall - It may not have as many storefronts as it once did, but us Bradfordians have always wished our Bradford Mall were half as wondrous as the one in mighty Olean. The CD store alone is worth the trip over, and why not pick up some Renna's Pizza or Bath and Body Works supplies while you're there?
Olean's Restaurants - The days of the Alcove, Lucilla's and the Hostegeh may be over (yes I was that obsessed with Olean, being a Bradfordian growing up), but now Olean even has brew pubs. And when the Bonnies basketball team is having a year like this one, there aren't many better places to be.
Feel free to tag on the many more things us Bradfordians admire about Olean. I'm sure we could write an entire book on it, but for the sake of time I'll keep it to a few things for now. Thanks, Olean. I might make the trip over today.
A sighting of one of Olean's famous squirrels. You can see the edge of a roundabout behind Blue Beast.
MMOC frontman Tyler Calkins does his usual ranting