Archive for October, 2007

Pastoral Philadelphia

pastoral Philadelphia

It’s hard to believe that this is in the Big City. Fox Chase Farm is a working educational farm located in Northeast Philadelphia near Pennypack Park. It’s open to the public for several events, such as Applefest and the Holiday Greens sale. See Fox Chase

We ain’t got no alibi.

According to Travel + Leisure magazine, Philadelphia is the ugliest city in the United States. No, I’m not talking about trash or attitudes, they’re referring to you and me, our looks. Apparently, they’re the worst in the country. I admit I do not think Philadelphia is the most beautiful city. Prior to moving here I spent a great deal of time in New York where I felt quite like a hideous troll compared to the tall, beautiful, fashionable women. In Philadelphia I feel far more comparatively attractive. That said, I am surprised by the dead last rating.

Critical Mass Philadelphia

I ride my bike to work sometimes. Other than my legs, my bike is my main source of transportation, as it is for many other Philadelphians. There are many problems that plague bicycle riders in the city, too, and for this reason, and the fact that this is a free country, there is a glory of a thing called Critical Mass. I only recently heard of it, but I’m psyched that there is one this Friday, with a Halloween theme!

Critical Mass is described as:

…an unorganized coincidence that happens in cities around the world on the last Friday of every month. It is a ride through the city to celebrate and remind everyone about the use of the bicycle as an effective means of transportation.

We’ll be riding at 6 on Friday. Meet on the west side of City Hall. Wear a costume!

Photo of the Day

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Congestion, originally uploaded by eskepe.

I love how intense Philadelphia looks in ths photo by eskepe; very Metropolis.

Maxim’s Best Dive Bars in America

Bob & Barbara’s Lounge at 1509 South Street was named one of America’s best dive bars.

Wanna feel some brotherly love? Drop by this worn South Street spot that welcomes all types, from day-time downers curling 40s to a night-time crowd of cool kids slumming it.

Bob & Barbara’s Lounge join 7 other bars across the country as one of the best. So when you are looking for a place to hang tonight, why not give Bob & Barbara’s a shot?

Buoyed by a sense of hope


Here is my post about the experience I had last Saturday, attending a Great Expectations community forum as a observing blogger/citizen journalist. This is also up on the Great Expectations blog. Albert Yee was also there and has posted his thoughts (and some terrific photos) on his blog and Philly Future.

Walking into the John M. Perzel Community Center in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia last Saturday morning, I had little idea of what to expect. I was there to attend a forum of neighborhood leaders and listen in as they brainstormed ways in which a new mayoral administration could help Philadelphia overcome some of the challenges that prevent it from serving all its residents effectively.

After signing in, I was pointed towards the far end of a double-wide basketball court. Ten round tables were set up around the sectioned-off area, covered with white tablecloths and multiple sheets of clean white butcher paper. Pens, note cards and crayons were set in the middle of each table in order to encourage creative thinking and the taking away of ideas.

What I’m Doing Tonight

By Friday, I’m usually so run down that I enjoy spending the evening in, relaxing. But tonight I’m going to Jinxed Clothing for a Toy release party. It’s technically called “The Mr. Lertchman Toy Release Party” and features mainly the work of i make monsters. Also included are my favorite toys from Jude Buffum, Christine Curry, Kevin Edward Herdeman, Richard Kercz, Amanda Mello, Michael Bukowski, Greg Labold, Mike Stoneroad, and more.

I read that there will be barbecue, cupcakes, and beer. What more could you want?

The best part about this is that you can win the top prize of a giant turd monster. Come on! It IS funny. I know many of you are adult children, like me. I have to say that the first time I saw the turds, I was just browsing down 4th St., went in, and saw this clear plastic toilet by the front window. There was a sign that read something like, “go ahead! reach inside!” And in there were little stuffed knitted or crocheted brown turds, some with eyes and smiles, some with bits of fake food in them. This is true potty humor, folks! Loosen up and meet me over there: 620 S. 4th St. 7-10 p.m.

Photo of the Day

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Swann Fountain, Logan Circle

This is one of my entries in the Metro (newspaper) Global Photo Challenge.
You can see my other entries HERE

Tomorrow is the last day to enter, so if you or a friend have any great photos of the ‘Colors of Philadelphia”, hurry up and submit your entries to:

Public Radio Fund Drive

I wake up to it. It plays in my bathroom whenever you turn the light on. I drive to it, cook to it, read the newspaper to it and often times tune in for a few minutes before going to sleep. I’m talking about WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR station. I value having this resource available to me and I keep my membership active with a yearly pledge. I don’t give them a lot of money (because I don’t have much), but WHYY plays a huge role in my life and so I like to do my part to give back.

They are currently in the middle of their fund drive and are really struggling to meet their goals. If you listen and haven’t given yet, please consider getting online or giving them a call (1-888-345-WHYY) in order to make a pledge.

Nobody has to live this way forever.

Getting married makes you incredibly tired, for about a week. No one warned me about this, and I tried to go back to work right away. It’s difficult to focus with the constant yawning.

Now, onto the topic. I came across an interesting blog about the cycle of violence in major cities, especially Philadelphia which happens to be the writer’s home town. Beware, though, the author uses some strong language.

There is a total sickness going on in this country – my opinon. People (such as this young gent below) are so [expletive deleted] spoiled in the richest country in the world they have no [expletive deleted] idea what it’s like to live in a poor- third world country. If you are free, english speaking, have at least a highschool education – you have a choice! Specifically you have a choice when you turn 18. Nobody has to live this way forever.

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