One of these things is not like the other…

During lunch today, was passing by the Penn Center House on 19th & JFK, home to a lot of elderly folk, and watched as a contractor was applying a final coat of paint to a bigass cement plant holder about 2 1/2 ft high, and about the same in diameter. The painter suddenly stops two grandmother-types about to the enter the building and shouts “Ladies! Tell me which color you like best, and I’ll paint over the other to match.” There were two of these newly painted plant stands outside–the one which he had just finished was a subtle eggshell white; the other, a blinding pink/salmon hue that should only exist on flamingoes or a puddle of regurgitated Pepto Bismol and bile (hopefully the two elderly gals were hip enough to realize this). I have a friend who lives there (probably one of 3 people under the age of 35 in the entire building) so I stop by often and I shall update you on whether they went with “simple and understated” or the”Miami in Philadelphia” theme.

3 Comments so far

  1. Les (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 5:16 pm

    The latter should be referred to as the “Regurgitated Pepto Bismol and bile” theme.


  2. Marisa (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 9:15 pm

    I also live in one of the coop buildings in Center City with lots of old people, they often opt for the “Miami in Philadelphia” decor. It’s fascinating.


  3. Lolo (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 6:51 pm

    Thank gawd is right… I am the above “friend” and as I recall one random afternoon last week as I was picking up my mail from the front desk, I overheard one of my fellow tenants (of the Carson from “Queer Eye” nature) make a fuss about the eggshell blue that both the planters were sporting at the time. It was something along the lines of “boy they really know how to take something beautiful and make it 100 times cheaper looking…”. Thank gawd for such tenants to set it all straight.



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