Archive for June, 2008

NBA draft tonight

NBA draft tonight- and the 76ers select….

 I don’t know.

 The draft doesn’t start until 8pm.

Go 76ers!

Swann Fountain from City Hall



I shot this from up in City Hall Tower; definitely worth the $5 elevator ride! I like the way the distortion makes the flat street look like a steep hill, and the graceful lines of the road.

Swann Fountain from City Hall




See the original on Flickr here

Punk Rock Flea Market – 6/28

Dear R5 Productions,

Why, oh why, is your Punk Rock Flea Market always held at the end of the month, right when I am dirt poor and waiting to get my paycheck? I would like to see you and support your cause, especially because you have all-new a/c at the Starlight Ballroom (460 N. 9th St.). (I remember being there 2 summers ago, when it was stanky!) Anyway, maybe I can dig up a few bucks to find some records or something. I seem to be very into my record player again. Thanks for having food and drinks, including alcohol, artists who make hand-made items, old clothes, furniture, books, and a very-interesting-looking crowd both buying and selling! I’ll see you Saturday, sometime between 10 and 5. Okay?



p.s. I’ll also see if I can find the $3 “donation” in my couch. Would you take it in pennies? I collect them!

Morning bike rant

Here we go! I got the beep today, while riding my bike to work. It wasn’t much, but is enough to set me off.

Yes, I was in the middle of the road. Yes, I am there so that drivers of motorized vehicles and non-motorized vehicles see me. No, I am not putting myself there to be an obstacle to you, rude car driver. I am following the rules and getting to work, just as you are. I’m trying to do it safely. Buzz off. Look out for other drivers. There are thousands of bikers in Philly! I wish I had statistics on them.

Last week, my friend with a beautiful smile was “doored.” She was wearing her helmet, as all bikers should be, and still suffered a concussion, and has a nasty scab on her chin and up the front of her face. She is lucky that it wasn’t worse. I’m so glad her teeth weren’t ruined! Perhaps the driver should have looked before opening the door. Shouldn’t he have been looking, in case a car was coming his way? What if it had been a car?

This is just my little plea for drivers in Philly to watch out for the bikers (and pedestrians, for that matter). I know, I know – it works both ways. Bikers – wear helmets. Follow the rules. Get off the sidewalks! Go the correct way on a one-way street. Make drivers aware that you are on the road, too. Here are some links: for prescribed “safer” routes in the city and the Pennsylvania Bicycle Driver’s Manual.

In a city that is trying to start a bike-share program, don’t you think we should make it safer for bikers? (I’m talking to you, city government and law enforcement officers!) On top of that, I recently heard that Philadelphia is number one for bike thefts. Let’s change this! My friend who just returned from Japan said that there is so much respect there, you don’t even have to lock your bike. How about implementing this?

Saturday Night Revival

Of course everyone knows about the Popped! Festival this weekend. They’ve got an excellent lineup and an excellent marketing plan. However, we have another item for your Saturday night. You know, it will be the summer solstice. Bree, who works at the excellent and secret (oops!) gem, For Pete’s Sake, handed me a flyer for Liquid Vinyl’s Saturday Night Revival, boasting music, summer love, and free beer! (Who doesn’t love that?) Drink it there, at Old Swede’s Church (Columbus & Christian St.), this Saturday.

Ladyfingers, Nervous Cabaret, & Dillon Minacci perform for you. There’s an afterparty at For Pete’s Sake, too. Tickets: $15 now/ $20 at the door.

Photo of the Day

The amazing Rainbow Explosion, by Phillybits

Rainbow explosion
See the original on Flickr here

Friday at the Transformers 2 Set

Not a whole lot to report today. I saw Megan Fox again, from much further away this time. She wore something red and very tight. The scene appeared to be “girls with bags walking down the path.” Security is way tighter, no photos and many more barricades. 

A coworker of mine met Shia LaBeouf yesterday around 6:00 pm as he was leaving work. He said Shia was very nice and personable, signed autographs for everyone and even let people take pictures with him.

Earlier today I heard one of the security people in my building saying they needed to use our property for filming something involving a car. I doubt I’ll get to see it, which is sad because I really wanted to see untransformed transformers much more than the human celebrity types. Oh well!

According to rumor, filming ends this weekend, so that’s it from me!

Update from the Transformers 2 Set

The Transformers 2 set proved to be much more eventful today. This morning there were people with orange logo passes around their necks milling around. They also covered the mini love sign with something that may be meant to look like ivy but really looks more like ratty green cargo netting.

When I went to the library at lunch I walked through gaggles of waiting extras, more security and far more equipment. Many of the female extras appeared incredibly overdressed and heavily made up, while the males mostly wore long shorts and t-shirts.

Then, on my way back from the library I noticed a group of extras had been taken off to one side. I chose that particular path and ended up walking right past Megan Fox with a blonde actress I didn’t recognize. They both wore ridiculously tall shoes, more makeup than I think I’ve ever seen, are rail thin and looked fairly miserable.

On my other side: Michael Bay with his signature tucked in button down shirt open down the chest and feathered hair. I have no idea how he keeps his hair like that in this humidity. Must be Hollywood magic!

I think that’s about as good as it’s going to get for me. When I passed by later after eating lunch they had the area I walked through roped off and even more security. I have to pass through on the way to the train again in a few hours, if they let me.

Photo of the Day

The self-absorbed joy of the little boys playing in the Rittenhouse (?) fountain shines through in this photo by egnarorm

Fountain play


See original on Flickr here

Sonic is Coming!

Sonic, that drive-in wonderland with slushy drinks, big burgers, toasted sandwiches and tater tots, has teased us long enough.

You see, their cheery commercials filled with things that made my tummy cry out in hunger have shown on local stations for so long, but after gloomily reading on their website that the closest location was near Ephrata (before the Morgantown location opened), I gave up. We all did. Should we really drive over 40 miles for a cherry limeade?

No, my friend. Food and Drinq has kindly informed us hungry Philadelphians that Sonic is coming closer to home.

True, there isn’t a proper Philadelphia location opening soon. The new location in Royersford opens today, and stores are set to open in Bensalem and Levittown. Definitely closer than 40 miles.

And more delicious.

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