Yo! It’s Almost Spring

Business in South Philly today. Had a pleasant conversation with Lenny the Lock, who told me a story about Benny Bananas. I am not making this up. Lenny the Lock is actually a well know locksmith and Benny Bananas was a fruit and produce man who sold off the back of a truck. These guys had their monikers a long time before the Sopranos, or Scorsese did ‘Mean Streets.’

In a review in Sunday’s New York Times about Pete Dexter’s new book, Paper Trail, it was mentioned Pete ventured into Philadelphia neighborhoods where others feared to go. That’s where I first met him at a Beef and Beer fund raiser. It is where I grew up and visit, like today, for one reason or another.

In my travels I see they are tearing down what was St.John Neumann/Bishop Neumann High School at 26th and Moore Streets. Word is the archdiocese is building a retirement home on the site?

This teasing weather had many folks out walking, jogging and I even saw someone fishing , as I drove through Roosevelt Park. Robins were about and the lakes were filled with white swans as well as mallards.

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