Archive for September, 2007

Hi! I’m Robin.

Hi! I’m Robin. I’m new.

I’m not much of a shopper, because I’m on a budget, and don’t really have lots of extra income for shopping. But when it comes to gifts, well, that is a great excuse to find some new stores. I’ve just discovered Brave New Worlds, in Old City. 45 N. Second St., specifically. I’m not much of a comic fan, but my birthday friend is, so headed over there to check it out on my lunchbreak last week. Well, what a nice surprise! I love toys! And they have lots of toys! Weird little foreign-made toys, to be specific. They’ve also got plenty of action figures. I chose something out of the front case for a nice, low price. It was a surprise, so I didn’t even know which collectible it would be. The shoppers in there are enthusiastic, to say the least, and I met a woman who said she’s been stopping in to buy a surprise collectible almost every day.

Store number two, of the children’s and baby variety, popped up on my way to visit my new-mom friend. I was headed north towards the Market East Station, when what to my wandering eyes doth appear? Lolli Lolli. It’s at 713 Walnut, just across from Washington Square Park. Thank goodness they’ve finally put a nice children’s boutique in on my side of town. Really. I don’t have kids, nor do I hang with them very much, but when I’m going to visit my friends with the little buggers, I love to take them gifts. And Aunt Robin doesn’t like to go to the other side of town when she’s in a hurry. Now I’ve got something nearby. I’m telling you – this city gets better and better.

Phillies win NL East…headed to the playoffs!

How about those Phillies???

Just a few minutes ago, in front of millions of towel-waving freaks down at sunny Citizens Bank Park, the Fightin’ Phils beat the Washington Nationals, 6 to 1. The Phils’ win, with the Mets losing, means the team wins it’s first NL East pennant since 1993. The next stop, the playoffs, with possible opponents being the San Diego Padres or the Arizona Diamondbacks…stand by for details…

Photo of the Day

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Perlman Interior Staircase, originally uploaded by Fen Branklin.

I like the colors and odd distorted feel as well as the perspective in this photo by ‘Fen Branklin”. An unusual view of opening day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s beautiful, newly-renovated Perelman Building. Center City, Philly

Septa raises token prices on Monday

Whoa! Did you hear? It seems that Septa is raising the prices of tokens effective Monday. I had heard rumors that this was going to happen, but it seems like the sort of thing that should take longer to go into effect. Tokens are my fare paying method of choice, so it seems that I’m going to need to get myself over to a vending machine sometime before Monday to get a few more tokens in at the old price.

Last Days of a Firehouse Gargoyle

Hello Philadelphia! I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Ruth (aka MooCat) and I’m the new photo blogger for Metblogs Philadelphia (Tamara, aka Luminous Lens, is taking time off to have a baby–congratulations, Tamara!). I’m planning to post my own photos twice a week, Mondays and Fridays, and also select photos from the Metblogging Philadelphia Flickr Group on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Please submit any great photos you have; I always like to see shots of my favorite city. You can find out more about me on my author bio.

Here’s my first photo posting:


Try to see him soon:
The historic firehouse, where this gargoyle and 3 others ‘live’, is being demolished for the Philadelphia Convention Center expansion. It’s on Race Street between 13th and Broad.

Watch Bono receive the Liberty Medal via webcast


I was standing in Target this afternoon, looking for a dress for a friend’s wedding (I know, big spender) when I overheard a woman talking excitedly into her cell phone.

“Your dad saw Bono this afternoon! He was taking a walk over his lunch hour and spotted him, tinted sunglasses and all, in front of the Inquirer building.”

The U2 front man is in town to receive the Liberty Medal for the work he’s done with his organization DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa). The Liberty Medal will be presented tonight at the National Constitution Center and is awarded each year to a person who has “demonstrated leadership and vision in the pursuit of liberty of conscience or freedom from oppression, ignorance or deprivation.” It comes with a $100,000 prize.

For those of you who missed out on the limited free tickets that were given out for the award ceremony, you can watch it via live webcast starting at 7 pm. If you want an abridged version of the presentation, around 9 pm this evening, they’ll have an edited version available that will clock in at an easy two minutes.

Fantasy Hockey Season

The new NHL hockey season is upon us and while nowhere near as popular as Fantasy Football (or Fantasy Baseball or Fantasy Basketball), Fantasy Hockey has been a fun past time of mine for well over a decade. When I first started playing it I was in high school and we did the scorekeeping ourselves using the weekly Hockey News and an arcane formula that we came up with in the Holy Ghost gym basement one morning. Leagues have evolved for us since then, no longer do we buy a hockey news to get the weekly stats (which were always off by about a week anyway) instead opting to allow the power of the internet and Yahoo! Sports in particular to keep track of the statistics while we micro manage or teams, making adjustments at the drop of a hat.

So why I am telling you this, well it turns out that the fantasy league that we have had running for the past 10+ years is in need of some new players. And by need I mean the draft is tonight at 11PM (live online draft) and we need two teams or else dummy accounts will be created and thrown out there. Of course everyone would prefer if we had a living people controlling the other two teams so I, being the commissioner, open the opportunity up to you the faithful Philly Metroblog readers…. Log into Yahoo! and sign up for Fantasy Hockey (under the sports tab – Fantasy) and join the private Sabre Hockey League for a fun year of Fantasy Hockey.

The league ID is: 54801 and the password is: sabres.

So if you are in the market for a fantasy hockey league between now and 10PM (I am locking the teams and creating dummy accounts if the league hasn’t filled by then) and can do a live draft or you are willing to risk the computer picking for you, please by all means join up.

Bike commuting class at Mt. Airy Learning Tree

Do you live in Mt. Airy but work in Center City? Did you know that there are ways that you can commute from your neighborhood all the way to work on your bike without hardly ever needing to share the road with cars? Mt. Airy Learning Tree is offering a class this Sunday, September 30th from 1-4 pm that will teach you all the tips and tricks you need to know to safely ride from home to work and back. It’s being taught by Jennie Love, who also happens to write one of my favorite local food blogs, Straight from the Farm.

Savor the Shambles on Oct. 10th


Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 10th from 7 pm until 10. Why, you ask? Because that’s the night that the South Street district will be hosting their first ever Savor the Shambles event. Ten dollars gets you into the event and gets you five tastes from the local restaurants stationed around the Shambles. Some of the cash goes to the conservation of Headhouse Square, so your dollars will be going to a good cause. I attended an event earlier in the summer at the Shambles, and it was a really good time. I imagine this one will be no different. Check out the full list of participating restaurants after the jump.

Via Foobooz

Time again for the First Person Arts Story Slam


Tomorrow is the last Tuesday of the month, which means (among many other things) that it is time for the First Person Arts monthly Story Slam at L’Etage (6th and Bainbridge). I attended last month (and live-blogging it right here) and was impressed by the talent and creativity of the storytellers and the host.

The theme this month is Cohabitation, which I imagine will be fodder for an outstanding array of tales. Doors open at 7:30 and events get underway at 8:30. Make sure to get there early as the seats fill in about five minutes and the standing room gets pretty tight as well.

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