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It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Nope! Not back-to-school time. Christmas time!

As I sleepily waited for an elevator this morning at work, I took notice of a strange sight in Macy’s in the cosmetics area, in the corner near 13th and Chestnut Streets.

Is that an evergreen tree? With a shiny red backdrop?

Indeed it is! I checked it out with a couple coworkers over lunchtime, and yup, that’s a christmas tree! It’s not in its full glory just yet; it simply looks like a “prepping for display” setup.

I want to get a photo of this by the end of the week.

You’re a good balloon, Charlie Brown!

Charlie Brown at Macy's

Parts of my company have moved to the historic Wanamaker Building, so I cut through the shopping area on the ground floor as I leave work. The above is the sight that greeted me walking through Macy’s on Friday afternoon.

This is part of Macy’s Anniversary Celebration, as they have now been in the old John Wanamaker’s for one year.

The Police tonight at Citizens Bank Park

Hmm…can you feel that wafting sense of nostalgia that is making it’s way around Philly today? It smells like rock, tastes like roll, and burns like English tea…

The Police come to Philly tonight, their first stop here on their big, splashy reunion tour…yes…big, splashy, lucrative…

Tonight at Citizen’s Bank Park. The show is sooooooold out and starts at 8 in the pm. We won’t be stopped by any thunder and lightining tonight baby!!

Storm the Bastille!


Tomorrow is Bastille Day, and Eastern State Penn is hosting a slew of events all day in celebration. They’ll be running tours of the Penn all day (admission price is $9). From 2 pm until 5:30 they’ll close Fairmont Ave. in front of ESP for a street fair, and then at 5:30 pm there will be a recreation of the Storming of the Bastille, complete with flying Tastykakes (although last year it was Twinkies). After the tossing of the cakes, people are encouraged to stay in the neighborhood to get drinks and dinner.

Image from Blankbaby

Holiday Weekend – Sticking close to home

While many of my friends are scooting off to the shore or New York or other exotic places, I’m sticking close to home. I’m having breakfast with a friend tomorrow, going to the Dar Williams concert Sunday night and stopping in at a friend’s picnic on Monday. It’s the first time in many months that I have such an open weekend unfolding in front of me and it thrills me to no end.

What’s your favorite way to spend a holiday weekend? Is there anything going on in town over the next four days that shouldn’t be missed? How are you planning on spending the time (keeping in mind that they are calling for isolated thunderstorms all weekend long).

Decoration Day

Decoration Day the original day for Memorial day is this Monday, May 28. It allows us to take a moment and give a thought and perhaps a prayer for all those men and women who have given their life in the military service of our country.

Originally it was started when Southern women, during the civil war, went and put flowers and flags on the graves of the fallen soldiers. The idea caught on.

No matter the politics, these men and women answered a call to serve and believed that by doing so they were helping to improve the world. It does not get more idealistic nor courageous. We should all have the courage of our convictions with such fervor.

I ask you to take a moment between the hot dogs and beer, betwen the picnics, between the gift of a relaxing paid holiday and take a moment. Take a moment to say a prayer to whatever god you pray that we find better ways for the best and brighest to serve and thank those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Dirge for Two Veterens

By Walt Whitman

THE last sunbeam
Lightly falls from the finish’d Sabbath,
On the pavement here, and there beyond it is looking,
Down a new-made double grave.

Lo, the moon ascending,
Up from the east the silvery round moon,
Beautiful over the house-tops, ghastly, phantom moon,
Immense and silent moon.

I see a sad procession,
And I hear the sound of coming full-key’d bugles,
All the channels of the city streets they’re flooding,
As with voices and with tears.

I hear the great drums pounding,
And the small drums steady whirring,
And every blow of the great convulsive drums,
Strikes me through and through.

For the son is brought with the father,
(In the foremost ranks of the fierce assault they fell,
Two veterans son and father dropt together,
And the double grave awaits them.)

Now nearer blow the bugles,
And the drums strike more convulsive,
And the daylight o’er the pavement quite has faded,
And the strong dead-march enwraps me.

In the eastern sky up-buoying,
The sorrowful vast phantom moves illumin’d,
(‘Tis some mother’s large transparent face,
In heaven brighter growing.)

O strong dead-march you please me!
O moon immense with your silvery face you soothe me!
O my soldiers twain! O my veterans passing to burial!
What I have I also give you.

The moon gives you light,
And the bugles and the drums give you music,
And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans,
My heart gives you love.

Happy Easter

Easter Cupcakes from Termini at Reading Terminal

Peepy Easter

This perfect Philly Easter photo popped up in the flickr pool today, a definite must-post. It’s an archive shot of the Peepmobile on Market Street. For more fun peep-related photography, check out the Peeptastic pool.

Photo by odhusky.

Great Irish Stew Contest

This Thursday, March 8th at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd and Spring Garden from 6 PM to 9 PM you can taste some of the best Irish Stew this side of the Atlantic. The cook-off includes both amateurs and professionals attempting to create the best Irish Stew in Philadelphia.

Only Five dollars gets you in and proceeds are used to feed the hungry and less fortunate in the Philadelphia region. So start the season of the Irish by supporting The Hibernian Hunger Project while having fun and food and helping a great cause.

Valentine’s Day at the Corner Drug Store

Now I may prove myself to be deeply romantically challenged with this admission, but I kinda think an entirely fitting—albiet low-key—Valentine’s Day can be arranged simply at the nearest Rite Aid or CVS.

Here’s my tally:

My Valentine’s Day Card to Matt came from the CVS on 19th and Chestnut.

Matt got a small Valentine’s Day gift for me* at the Rite Aid on 23rd and Walnut.

And tomorrow after work, I will visit one (or both) of those locations to replenish our kitchen candy supply with the post-holiday markdowns. Hell, we don’t mind eating Hershey’s kisses wrapped in the wrong color foil.

Cards, gifts, chocolate. Doesn’t that cover the essentials?

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