Archive for October, 2005

Septa Strike From Ian’s View

Well today was an interesting day watching all the cars, and I mean there were a TON of cars this morning on my walk to work. But boy after work it was nuts outside. Cars everywhere. Cops on the corners directing traffic along the Parkway. People walking in numbers I haven’t seen before. The effect of the strike can definitly be seen on Day one of this strike.

So to look on the brightside of things I thought I’d compile a list of positives that I think are coming out of this strike. Listed below in no particular order.

1. During rush hour Philly can save money by not turning on the street lights because all the brake lights seemed to be sufficient.
2. Who needs clean air when you have the lovely smell of gasoline from all the cars…soooo many cars?
3. If I have never worried about getting hit by a car before, now is the time to start with all the road raging car owners..
4. Philly will lower it’s place in the Fatest City list, with all the walking…oh and all the jobs lost (Sorry Suzanne) and thus less money to use for food…
5. Now I don’t have to worry about getting run over by a bus running a red light.

Well I could go on, but anyone out there have other positives that might make put this strike in the positive light SEPTA hopes we should be seeing?

Aztlan: The Native American Xicano Indio Cultural Arts Center & Aztec Dancers

Saturday Nov. 5th 7pm @ the A Space (4722 Baltimore Ave.)

Aztlan will give a presentation about their support work with Native American prisoners, helping to build sweat lodges and hold traditional ceremonies within the prison confines. Donations to cover travel expenses will be requested at the door.

Sunday Nov. 6th 4pm @ the Houston Community Center (2229 S 8th St. on 8th & Snyder Ave.)

Aztlan

Disclaimer: Suzanne’s posts

Suzanne’s angry words about the SEPTA strike and loss of her job because of said strike are her words and feelings and do not describe the opinions and beliefs of anyone else who posts on the Philadelphia MetBlogs.

To that end, she would like to point out that she is very upset about this strike and probably will be upset for a very long time because she does not have a college degree to fall back on. Thanks.

She would suggest that if you are interested in re-made bands and have $14 and want to take your mind off strike matters, then you should hit up The Troc tonight around 7p for the Veruca Salt show, which promises to be interesting. She is also interested in knowing how the band will sound/show without Jim Shapiro and Nina Gordon. If anyone is interested in reporting back about that show, she would appreciate it.

Young Local Band Straitlaced Poised for Fame

I recently got the chance to sit down with this awesome local band:

For the four members of local punk/pop band Straitlaced, the past six months have been a journey into the life of what it could be to be rock stars. The group is just putting off what they see as impending fame until the end of the college semester. “Since I joined in April of this year, we are starting to get into a groove with shows. We haven’t played a lot of them, we’re just kind of treading water until the end of school. But we’re always trying to get our name out there,” said bass player of ten years — and current University of Penn student — Leland Weeks, “But from everything that I have seen in that little bit of time, the response has been simply awesome.”

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From another negotiation table…

Right now, the city’s consciousness is firmly focused on the SEPTA strike and the contract impasse that is keeping the buses, trollies and trains silent. However, according to the Daily News, another group of city employees is currently pondering a strike, and if they go out, it could put the city in a great deal more danger than the strike we’re dealing with now. I’m talking about the firefighters, specifically Local 22 of the International Firefighters Association. The sticking point in these talks is the paramedic situation.

While paramedics make up a little more than 10 percent of the 2,400 members of Local 22, their plight has become an important bargaining point for the union.
The union is ready for a showdown, said vice president Bill Gault, because the number of paramedics has fallen perilously low, to about 290. That’s down more than 25 percent from the 400 who were on the job four years ago, when the last contract was being arbitrated, he said.
This has had a major impact in a variety of ways, said Gault.
“It’s a safety issue because we run out of rescue squads every day, and people who may be seriously ill have to wait,” he said. “It affects the health of our paramedics because they are on the go nonstop for entire tours, doing work that drains you emotionally and physically, without even a break for a meal.”

To read the rest of the article, go here.

A REAL Haunted Place

Hello, it’s me, Brady, your resident Ghost Hunter here again to tell you all about one of the most horrifying nights of my life. It happened last Friday night when I went out with Jeannette and my friend who we will call Laurne to keep her anonymous.

Look at the bridge above. Does it look scary? How about at night? It is located at the Bowman’s Tower Hill located between Washington’s Crossing and Newhope just outside of the city. The bridge is allegedly haunted by several discontented spirits who committed suicide or were murdered. Most recently, a young pregnant woman supposedly killed her young child by throwing the child off the bridge, then killed herself and another unborn child by jumping herself. Supposedly if you drive by there at midnight and roll down your windows, you can hear the wailing of a child. Also, several ghost hunters reported seeing a shadowy figure just beside the bridge that disappears when you approach it.

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Happy Halloween!

Trick or treat!
Smell our feet!
We’re pompus SEPTA drivers who make more money than you and can do whatever the hell we want including watching rapes happen on our buses! WE don’t even have to keep a fucking rhyme scheme while we tell you the bad news about our pouty little decision to fuck the region over!

Hope you already have your candy, folks, because so far, the trick’s on us.

Blogger Meetup and Metroblogging Happy Hour

We had another fun, rousing and raucous Philly blogger meetup yesterday at the Nodding Head. In addition to the ten or so talented and interesting Philly bloggers in attendance, three of us Philly Metrobloggers made it, Sherri, Salas and myself. I’ve known Sherri for awhile, but it was the first time I had the opportunity to meet Salas.

I’m looking forward to meeting more Philly Metrobloggers this Thursday night at 6 pm at the New Wave Cafe (3rd and Catharine) in addition to many of our Metroblog readers. Come out, I promise a good time.

Blogs and/vs Newspapers

Karl of Philly future and I discussed at the meetup yesterday the relative journalistic merits of newspapers and blogs, both how they complemented each other and how one medium might be better than the other — newspapers have structure and can offer legal and financial support to a writer; blogs let citizens write about what they know without having to be a professional writer and can be more easily criticized by knowledgeable readers. The topic of distribution also came up, but that’s probably a marginal issue compared to which medium has more potential to churn out credible, in-depth stories.

I thought other bloggers might be interested in this topic as well, and figured I’d also provide a link to a talk Dan Gillmor gave at Stanford on October 19 about the relative merits of each — the talk is titled “We the Media: The Rise of Open-Source, Grassroots Journalism” –it’s currently the second one down on the page; click Video Source to watch. Gillmor was a popular columnist at the San Jose Mercury News for 10 years and left early this year to become essentially a citizen journalist evangelist. His blog is Bayosphere.

Movie Review: Saw II

The first Saw, while flawed, held some rather good concepts. The overall results of that film were more disturbing than frightening but it still did good business at the box office and a sequel was quickly ordered shot and now about a year later, released. For many this spelled doom to this fledgling series. I am happy to report that while Saw II was thrown together, it is still as engaging and disturbing as the original.

The concept for Saw II is a simple one. Lock eight people in a house and tell them to escape. Well OK it isn’t quite that simple but that is the major idea. Sure there is a nerve agent killing them and the house is booby trapped but it comes down to the simple concept of escape.
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