Tis’ the season to go pogeying

December 9th, 2008

Don’t know what pogeying is?

You’re not alone.

Even a Google search only turned up a single good reference to it.

Pogeying is what kids who grew up near Buffalo, best viagra decease NY, best viagra in the late 70s early 80s did to keep themselves entertained during the never-ending snowstorms.

Pogeying was simple. You’d wait for a day like, today in Milwaukee: continuously falling, heavy, slushy snow.

Then you and your fellow reprobates would find a car struggling to make its way down a snow- and ice-coated street, creep up behind it at a stop sign, crouch down and grab its rear bumper (this was back in the day when cars still had real bumpers).

When the car started, you and your friends would be pulled behind it like water skiers (sans the skis…and the water).

Sometimes so many kids would grab onto the back of a car that the vehicle literally couldn’t move.

School busses were always a favorite target for pogeying. Although, for some reason, no one ever tried it behind a snowplow.

Nowadays, two things surprise me about pogeying:

  1. That any of us survived to talk about pogeying.
  2. And that no one I’ve ever met outside of Western New York knows what the hell pogeying is or would ever think of doing something so crazy in the first place.

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16 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Headless Blogger  |  December 9th, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    That was called bumper skeeching ’round these parts. I’d tow my friends in my great big Buick. It was usually accompanied by a case of Stroh’s or maybe PBR.

  • 2. phel  |  December 9th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    I was gonna say…. sounds like skitchin’. Big ass conversion vans…. green station wagons….those were the days!

  • 3. Chris from Racine  |  December 9th, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Down in Illinois we also called it skitchin…

  • 4. The Chad  |  December 10th, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Yeah, we called it skitchin’

    sometimes we used sleds, or car hoods..

  • 5. jimi  |  December 10th, 2008 at 9:59 am

    I call it mental. If I saw my daughter do that, I would poop an igloo brick.

  • 6. elliot  |  December 10th, 2008 at 11:16 am

    I don’t know guys, you all sound a little sketchy to me.

  • 7. BobG  |  December 10th, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Used to see a lot it when I was a kid in south Salt Lake.

  • 8. Wonder Woman  |  December 10th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Canadian Definition of “pogey”…

    Unemployment benefits paid to those who are currently unemployed.

    Bumper Hitching, is what you’ve illustrated so accurately :)

  • 9. elliot  |  December 10th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Isn’t “bumper hitching” what you do when you tow a boat? ;)

  • 10. BuffaloBill  |  June 10th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    The term “pogeying” is correct as the author described. I grew up in Buffalo and we did this all the time in the winter months. I was called pogeying as early as 1969…

  • 11. Elliot  |  June 13th, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Thank you, Bill. I sort of miss pogeying. No matter how crazy it was. ;)

  • 12. Sean  |  January 24th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Thank You! We had a big time snowfall here in Buffalo NY today and I posted on facebook: “Who wants to go pogeying?” I used your page as a reference for my non Buffalonian friends!! Lol

  • 13. Elliot  |  January 24th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    You’re welcome. I wouldn’t mind going again myself. ;)

  • 14. Tracy  |  February 3rd, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I would love to go pogeying! Grew up West Side Bflo. I moved in’99 but oh I so remember pogeying. Elliot is correct on the term, and we didn’t do it behind the plows because they took the top layer & dumped rock salt. Think, you will remember. I remember the national guard cleaning the streets, where I am now 1.5″ snow cancelled school. Good grief. Thanks for the memory.

  • 15. Tracy  |  February 3rd, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Oh for the record… yes kids need to get outside & ofc the games. Its sad & pathetic. (OK…back to watching this game…)

  • 16. catalano  |  September 20th, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Well, I’ll start with the dates that i remember hitching on the back bumper of cars in the snow, and that would be in the 50s maybe 56 or 57, and i know we didnt call it pogeying,we could never have come up with a word like that, maybe that name came into the world in the 70s or 80s, and no i dont thnk the kids are still doing it because the snow removal equipment is much better and the streets are to dry for fun of it.

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