Archive for January, 2007

2400 Chestnut

I’ve never been in this building, but would love to see the views from one of the top floors. For example, this is the view of 30th Street Station!

2400 Chestnut
I took this picture last Thursday, one of the coldest days this winter. I didn’t stay out long because my fingers kept going numb, but I guess it was worth it for the bright and clear blue sky.

Camera:     Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
EXIF:     Aperture Priority, Pattern Metering, EV 0, 1/160 sec, F/8.0, ISO-200, 55 mm (88 mm equivalent)

2400 Chestnut
An abstract of sorts. This is 2400 Chestnut reflected in a car windshield. Who needs fancy effect filters…

Camera:     Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 55-200mm f/4-5.6
EXIF:     Aperture Priority, Pattern Metering, EV 0, 1/250 sec, F/5.6, ISO-800, 200 mm (320 mm equivalent)

(Playing with the Rentometer that Andrea just linked to in a previous post, I see that the rents at 2400 Chestnut are pretty much in line with the rest of the area. I prefer smaller buildings myself, but to get their views without paying much more than I do now is also pretty appealing.)

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How does your rent compare?

Just as I think I’m paying too much monthly rent, Rentometer pops up and tells me I’m actually getting a good deal, compared to the other places in my area. Enter an address, number of bedrooms and rent amount, and Rentometer shows a little map with the price range for rentals near you. Not bad! Don’t let my landlord see this, she may consider raising the rent come lease time.

(via Metroblogging LA)

Puttin’ on the Ritz

Sunday night was the snowy start of Center City Restaurant Week. We went with our good friends, Lila and Vince to the ‘Ritz Grill’ at Broad and Chestnut Sts. The Ritz is the Ritz, comfortable and mannered. It is housed in the old Girard bank building. We went early for our seven-forty five reservation and had a drink in the huge but welcoming lobby. Somehow martinis are always better here.
For dinner, a fixed price of thirty dollars, I had a hot and unusually rich, Leek and Potato soup, which was perfect on this cold night, followed by, juicy, tender, Short Ribs of Beef in a velvety brown reduction sauce, along with potato puree. My companions had Tuna Ceviche with watermelon and grapefruit, and for an entree Striped Bass. Deserts were fresh made Caramel ice cream, Chocolate ice cream, or Raspberry sorbet, or Chocolate cake. We loved it all.
Restaurant week is from Sunday, January 28 thru Friday, February 2. 107 restaurants are participating.

Make ‘Em Laugh

Today was my first day back in Improv Class. I took beginner level back in the fall, and twelve of the thirteen students from that group joined up again for intermediate level. I am thrilled to be getting myself back in practice. I am among the suckiest improvisers around, but I have myself a good time.

If you, on the other hand, are already an improv whiz, you might be interested to know that ComedySportz Philly is having auditions next weekend. First round of auditions is Saturday, with callbacks on Sunday.* Email for a Saturday audition slot, if you want one.

And if you have no desire to be up on stage, you can always enjoy the show from within the audience. Saturday nights, 7:30 and 10:00, the Playground at the Adrienne (2030 Sansom Street). You might even get free tix to come back, if you win “suggestion of the night.”

But watch out if you see me in the audience with my friends. I’ve been three times and won for my suggestion twice. The third time, one of my classmates won. We’ve got skillz that way.

Cold Case: North Philly/Chestnut Hill

I’m a big fan of the Philly-based mystery show Cold Case. This week, a clue links two five year old murders — one of a 15 year old drug dealer in North Philly, and the other of a straight-A student in Chestnut Hill — and causes both crimes to be re-opened. For an extra bonus, the soundtrack features U2 this week. They focus on the case and character development and there’s usually a resolution at the end, so it’s easier to watch than courtroom dramas. The camera work is nice and it brings you into parts of the city you might not normally go. (CBS Sunday @8, though replays come occasionally on cable)

I won!!!!! Comcast eat your heart out!

I won, I won, I won! I called Comcast and threatened to leave. I told the representative that I had been offered a better package with Direct TV and no matter how crappy their services were, I was willing to make the sacrifice. So I was offered a rate of $85 dollars a month including DSL internet and two digital boxes with the HBO package. Plus, he knocked off all those hidden charges and the fifty bucks extra. How you like me now!!!
Note to ALL: Always ask for a better price. It’s not going to be offered unless you do so!

The Comcast Takeover

I just received my new cable bill for the month. Included was a nice surprise; fifty dollars extra tacked on to my bill. Apparently Comcast the new cable conglomerate in Philadelphia does not offer student packages as Time Warner did. Now, this is not a real problem but I should have received a notification of the changes. So I’m fuming right now because I had no notice and I refuse to pay that kind of money for some damn cable. I can’t wait until tomorrow morning so I can give Comcast a piece of my mind. I was happy when I moved out of the area that was served by Comcast. They cost entirely too much. Now they have the whole city on lock. I checked with friends and family and from what I gather everyone’s bill has gone up at least twenty dollars. I sure do miss Time Warner.

An open letter to the city traffic light engineers

To Whom It May Concern:

I’d like to bring to your attention the traffic light at the intersection of 21st and Race. When the eastbound light turns red, the southbound light does not turn green in response to the alternate light turning red for a full minute. I know because this the primary route I use to return home from school three days a week. I inevitably find myself sitting at that light for extended periods of time, while no one moves. Sometimes, an impatient driver (a group I am soon considering joining) will tire of staring at an intersection where there is no legal movement, and will gun themselves through the light. Pedestrians don’t know what to do, and so look blankly at the light for 30 seconds before deciding to risk it and dash across the street. Only, they always decide to dash just as the light finally turns green, and then the irritated drivers nearly hit them, because they are also tired of sitting at the light. Please shorten the time during which both lights are red. Someone is going to get hurt if it stays the way it is.

Thank you,
A concerned driver

Second Chance

If you missed Garrison Keillor and Prairie Home Companion, Saturday at
the Kimmel Center or live on WHYY radio 91FM, you have a second chance
to hear the Philadelphia themed show on Sunday, 2 PM, on WHYY radio.
Filled with jokes, music and references about Philly.

World Class Rummage Sale

The First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St. ) is having their annual World Class Rummage Sale on Saturday, January 27th from 11 am until 3 pm. They don’t have clothes, but they have just about everything else, so it’s definitely a good stop to make if you’re in the market for some stuff. I’ve gotten some terrific cookware there over the years, as well some books at fantastic prices. I’d recommend stopping by early, as the stuff will fly out the door. I donated some cool old carved wooden elephants that used to belong to my grandparents, I’m certain that someone will find them tomorrow and treasure them.

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