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Archive for January, 2011
That's how much illegal hooch Philly consumes every year. For real
My mother, God bless her, has a hookup.For Christmas, she gave me a Mason jar of real, legitimate, 100 percent illegal, North Carolina-made peach moonshine—a clear liquid that smells like paint thinner but is surprisingly quaffable, the kind of drink you take in sips, with a subtle flavor that warms, but doesn’t burn, your throat on the way down. It was a hit at the New Year’s Eve party I attended. And there’s still a good third of the bottle in my freezer, waiting on a special occasion. Or, whenever the mood strikes.
Changes on North Broad Street
There's a lot happening over on North Broad Street today! It's Larry Platt's first day in charge and in his introductory manifesto is making the rounds online. Some highlights:"Speaking of loud voices, I also want to welcome our new sports columnist, none other than Ed Rendell. Some fifteen years ago, I sat with Rendell in the mayor’s box at Veterans Stadium while the Eagles waged a furious on-field comeback. He stood up, hoagie innards spewing from his mouth, while he pounded the plexiglas separating his box from that of new owner Jeffrey Lurie, trying to
Mendte's election predictions
John Thune. It’s a name you should know, at least for this week, because he may be our next president, or maybe not. But he is the latest contestant on The Politics of the Right! The political game show started in January with the beginning of the 2012 presidential election cycle. Republicans are trying to find someone to appear in the final showcase next to President Obama.
Toomey’s plan would stiff seniors
If We Default On Our Debt, Toomey Thinks We Should Pay China Before Social Security. This is, of course, something of a worst-case scenario, but in the event that Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling, Senator Pat Toomey has proposed legislation that would require the Treasury to pay off the interest on the debt—in other words, send money to Chinese banks—before meeting its obligations to its own citizenry, including sending out Social Security checks. According to the Treasury Department: “[T]his idea is unworkable. It would not actually prevent default, since it would seek to protect only principal and interest
College freshmen are just whiny
Don't college freshmen seem like they have it all? Pseudo-independence financially and otherwise with the cushion of Mom and Dad's checkbook back home, relatively easy gen-ed classes, and a sea of majors and life directions to choose. What a life.
Maybe Reid shouldn’t have called out Akers
The big topic of conversation throughout the NFL this past week was toughness. Jay Cutler didn’t have any, and his peers were more than happy to let him know it. Maurice Jones-Drew, Darnell Dockett and Asante Samuel(!)—among others—tweeted their disapproval of Cutler’s knee-induced early exit from the NFC title game, citing their own tough-guy credentials and assuring fans that nothing short of a hollow-tip bullet could force them to leave such a big contest.
No more egging me on
Every morning, my husband Doug gets up early enough to make himself breakfast. Not just coffee and toast, but a real old-fashioned breakfast—a bowl of cereal and fruit, then an egg-white omelet, or French toast, or sausage and hash browns. While he does this, I sleep. I love breakfast, but I love sleep more. I have a cup of coffee when I finally do rise, then head for the office, where I’ll have a mid-morning snack of an orange, maybe, if I remember to bring one. Otherwise, I just wait it out until lunch.
Please Touch Museum in financial trouble
Please Touch Museum Facing Financial Hardship. It seems that, like the rest of America, the Please Touch Museum moved into a place they couldn’t afford and the bad economy caught up. Unlike the rest of America, the Please Touch Museum can ask for large gifts and people will hand over wads of money. [Inquirer]Auto Show Offering Test Drives. Because this is the year, dammit. Attendance will top the flower. No. Matter. What. [Inquirer]School District to Redo Bids. Amid allegations of impropriety, the school district has decided to re-bid multimillion dollar contracts for work on district headquarters. [Inquirer]David Akers’s Daughter Has
Ad circulars = litter
I don't know how it works in your neighborhood, but Spring Gardenians get an extra helping of litter on ad circular day. In the wee hours, a delivery guys drops off bundles of circulars on street corners—yes, in rain and snow—where they then sit exposed—in rain and snow (see picture)—for hours until another person arrives to distribute those that aren't ruined to rowhouse stoops where they become "stoop" litter as renters step around them and over them until they eventually blow away and become neighborhood litter. Yes, I'm certain some people do want/need these coupons. So the city should force
SEPTA might finally get smart cards
Dear God, Please Let It Be True. PlanPhilly reports that SEPTA approved a financing plan of $175 million in order to do away with the wretched payment system currently in place on buses, trolleys, and subways. This is the first step toward having a real, grown-up public transportation system in Philadelphia. Fingers crossed! [PlanPhilly]