Archive: November, 2005
Ugly traffic at Rising Sun and Godfrey yesterday afternoon when motorists looking for cheap gas pumped water instead.
The Rising Sun Gas & Foot Mart in Lawncrest somehow wound up with 1,000 gallons of H2O in its tanks, and that didn't go down well in a dozen or so cars. All stalled pretty much immediately.
There was so much traffic because regular was going for $2.23 a gallon. The Evian cost a dime more.
Good to see Ralph Nader jumping back into the game.
Defending Terrell Owens's First Amendment rights. And the Eagles fans' right to a winner.
As one might expect, bloggers have taken notice.
Mr. and Mrs. Blinq got all dressed up last night and drove down to the Troc to collect the Most Transcendent Blog award at the City Paper Choice awards bash. "Refreshingly unhip," they called me. Few years and I'll have new hips.
The wife had wondered what to wear, and I said "Berlin," which meant something black with a wrap of some kind and some funky jewelry. She looked about 6 feet tall, and I could have been taken for her manager, the old goat with a wrinkled coat and pockets big enough to carry a cell phone, a knot of keys, some plastic silverware and rolls and whatever plaque or parchment they were handing out.
This was the drill: show the invitation at the door, and between 7 and 9 p.m. those recognized by the editors would nibble hors d'oeurvres and drink complimentary drinks. Then the masses would be let in, and we'd dance to a dj until the early morning. There was something about circus freaks on the invitation.
Weather forecasts scarier than the weather.... Giving snow storms names.... Predicting The Storm of The Decade! and then watching as no snow falls....
Ever wonder how much television weather people really know about what's headed our way?
Weather blogger Tom Thunstrom has. He's begun a contest to measure which Philadelphia-area station is best this winter at predicting the snow and rain that falls.
The winning Top 5 at 5 p.m. Bye Bye Terrell Owens Set suggested WXPN-FM listeners Wednesday:
Ray Charles - "Hit the Road Jack"
Beck - "Loser"
Warren Zevon - "Poor Poor Pitiful Me"
The Ben Vaughn Combo - "I'm Sorry (But So is Brenda Lee)"
Paul Simon and Phoebe Snow - "Gone At Last"
David Dye wrote about it in the station's All About The Music blog. About 25 suggestions came in. Listeners loved "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon, but apparently it didn't play well with others. One music fan wrote in, loving the set, but wondering,
It's a drag when stuff the kids download slows up the computer, makes it vulnerable to crashes and theft.
It's a shocker when the culprit turns out to be Sony.
There's a troubling digital flap brewing over copy-protection software that Sony-BMG has put on at least 19 CDs. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has found it on the new Neil Diamond album, 12 Songs, as well Trey Anastasio's Shine, and 10 others. Full list and more info from EFF here. Others found it on the new My Morning Jacket CD.
After Tuesday's early-morning vandalism outside a Landsale mosque - a Hatboro man allegedly fired dozens of shots into two parked cars - a national Islamic civil rights group is calling for federal charges.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) notes that Robert Blackburn, 53, was charged with ethnic intimidation after allegedly using a .22-caliber rifle to cause more than $5,000 in damages shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday. He was also charged with criminal mischief, firearms violations, misdemeanor charges of recklessly endangering another person, and disorderly conduct. He's being being held in Montgomery County prison on $50,000 bail; a preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 18.
The cars were owned by a religious leader and a member of the North Penn mosque.
The new Philadelphia Weekly serves a cold slice of modern life. No, not the Trouble With Hipsters cover story that got some people we know all pretzeled up.
It was Jonathan Valania's account of what it's like to be hated by a favorite rock band.
Valania wrote a famously unvarnished piece on Wilco for Magnet when their last universally praised CD, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, came out, and wound up being asked to never call again, thank you, by his flannelness, Jeff Tweedy.