Most folks think of Podunk as a dinky little place in the middle of nowhere, as in "You come from that little Podunk?
However, it turns out that there really is a Podunk after all.
The first places to be called Podunk were a couple of meadows, one situated where the Hoccanum River flows into the Connecticut, the other roughly where the largest Podunk (population-wise) is located today, due west of Worcester, Mass.
Podunk, perhaps, is our most emblematic wide spot in the road, too small to merit even its own Post Office, Dairy Queen, or movie theater.
Since I owed a visit to my old high school friend Fred von Krusenstiern in Boston, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and drop in on Podunk along the way.
Almost all of Podunk lies within the boundaries of the Township of East Brookfield, which in turn is surrounded by the townships of Spencer, North Brookfield, and Brookfield.
Since Podunk shares East Brookfield's 01515 zip code, it doesn't rate as a town per se.
In a pinch, one can even get buried at the Podunk Cemetery, which has a number of tombstones dating to the early 1800s.
Just to the west of Podunk are a couple of decent-sized ponds, Quaboag and Quacumquah-sit (quah-cum-QWAH-sit).