Apr 10, 2013 00:57 Pat Shingleton for Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 Pat Shingleton for Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 Advocate story April 10, 2013 Comments My January winter memories include what we referred to as “hopping cars.” As noted is a previous column, Pete Pavlovic’s store was the high point of Brighton Road, also providing a hiding place to hop the cars. As the vehicles spun and chugged up the hill on an ice-slicked road, we timed our “hitch-up” to go for the ride. Hooking onto the bumper, like downhill skiers, we’d glide like a bunch of kids on skate boards ... without the boards. A dry spot on the street was the danger zone. Once your boots went from slick to dry, your head went into the trunk or bumper. Many a neighborhood kid was thereby identified as a “knot-head.” Pat Quigley did the same growing up in New Jersey, noting it was called “skitchin.” Fastcast: Warm and sunny.