I Need Some Help Learning to Count from Boston to Seattle

By Larry Teller

For many years while lap swimming, and more recently raking leaves and shlepping the tarp to the curb, I’ve kept track of laps and tarps by counting—not from 1 to 10, which for me seems too easy to lose track of as the mind wanders—but from the home of EPA’s Region 1 office in Boston through our other nine regional cities, ending, tired, at our Region 10 office in Seattle (and then back to Boston, etc.). So, for instance, as I’m raking my second load I imagine that I’m biking down I-95 from Boston to EPA’s Region 2 office in New York. To further help me keep track of progress, whether swimming or raking, I try to sing a song about the next city.

That’s where this request for your help comes in. Some of the ten songs are obvious, while others are unknown.
Obvious:
·    Region 2 (NYC): “We’ll take Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, too…” (Thank you, Ella.)
·    Region 3 (Philadelphia): “Where do all the hippies meet? South Street, South Street”
·    Region 5 (Chicago): “My kind of town, Chicago is…” (Go, Frank.)
·    Region 7 (KC):  “I might take a train, I might take a plane…”
·    Region 8 (Denver):  “Whistle while you work” (Maynard G. Krebs, the beatnik on the Dobie Gillis show who reacted to the ugly thought of working by shouting “Work!”, was played by Bob Denver.)
·    Region 9 (San Francisco):  “San Francisco, open your golden gate…”
Unknown:
·    Region 1 (Boston), AKA “EPA New England”:  Can Manny Ramirez and baked beans be worked into a catchy song?
·    Region 4 (Atlanta): Please, nothing to remind us of Jane Fonda doing the tomahawk chop.
·    Region 6 (Dallas): An engaging reference to lovely downtown Plano will do.
·     Region 10 (Seattle): Can a favorite Washington DC song be adapted to greater Seattle-Bellingham?

While ideas for these four songs are sincerely needed, may I ask our readers to think, for a moment, about the important work being done at EPA’s quite distinct kinds of offices: headquartersregions and research labs.  Happy and good 2012, all.

About the author: Larry Teller joined EPA’s Philadelphia office in its early months and has worked in environmental assessment, state and congressional liaison, enforcement, and communications. His 28 years with the U.S. Air Force, most as a reservist, give him a different look at government service.

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