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Well, Shut My Mouth

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Well, despite my predictions to the contrary, it turns out I lucked into one of those Camden Blogger’s Weekend Passes after all! This officially completes my shift from “lonely-weekend-alone” (Matt’s going to be travelling) to a weekend almost over-full with social options.

As I look ahead, I’m most concerned about my chances to make it to a Riversharks game. That’s a shame, ‘cos I’ve enjoyed the games I attended in past seasons, and I’d already been talking to Matt and my friend Laurie about going some time during this summer. So wouldn’t it have been great, I ask you, to follow through on that idea for free? Alas, my Phillies-RedSox tix and my intense interest in the Kimmel organ Pay-to-Play event create time conflicts with all three Riversharks games held this weekend. I guess it’s back to my original plan of picking a game and buying a ticket.

But both the Adventure Aquarium and the Battleship New Jersey open bright and early, making it possible to visit them before my other engagements. I am happy to report as well that the Battleship New Jersey has a news item on their site about this event. A tip of the hat to them for being the first of the Camden orgs to do this.

Image source: Battleship New Jersey.

Camden Bloggers’ Update

Well, here’s some information to throw in the mix if you’re still deciding whether or not to toss your hat in for one of those 200 free passes to Bloggers’ Day in Camden.

I got an email from one of the organizers:

Dear CAMDEN WATERFRONT ATTRACTION BLOGGING PROJECT entrant,

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Anatomical Hangover

The final attendance count for Body Worlds: 602,450.

The most recent estimate I’ve heard is that somewhere between 35,000 and 40,000 of those attendees came through in the marathon weekend. As one co-worker put it: “It was like Black Friday all weekend long.”
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Body Worlds Weekend

A friend called me late last week, saying “Since Body Worlds is almost done, my family and I are finally making the arrangements to see it on Monday. Do you have any suggestions about when to come that won’t be too crowded?”

Once I picked myself up off the floor and recovered from my fit of uncontrollable laughter, our conversation continued along to other topics.
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Rendell Offers to Buy Back Valley Forge From Federal Government

In 1976 the state of Pennsylvania sold Valley Forge Historical Park to the Federal government for $1. Now citing, a failure to build the proposed American Revolution Center, Governor Ed Rendell has offered to buy the park back. The ARC museum was proposed six years ago but has been at a crossroads over the size of the building. Current park officials want it to be no bigger than 50,000 square feet, while the original proposal called for 96,000 square feet.

ARC representatives have said that a 50,000 square foot museum wouldn

Goodbye to our Elephants?

Yesterday a local organization entitled, Friends of Philly Zoo Elephants, had people sign a petition at the Gallery in an effort to move the four Philadelphia Zoo Elephants to a sanctuary in Tennessee. The petitions garnered about 100 signatures.

The elephants currently live in an 1800 square foot barn and have a quarter acre exhibit on which to roam. The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, where the petition asks for the elephants to be sent, has 2700 acres of land for the elephants to roam. The sanctuary has both African and Asian elephants.
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Into the City

This is my first post on the blog. I’m moving into Philly soon (probably mid-September) and I start a software dev job near 4th and Spring Garden on August 29th. Before I move in, I’ll be commuting daily from the suburbs by either car or SEPTA.
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