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Archive: September, 2007

POSTED: Friday, September 28, 2007, 7:13 AM
Filed Under: Sports

20070928_inq_phils28zd "Having seen or listened to nearly every single Phillies game since 1962, this team has just moved into the vaulted spot held by the '93 team as my most exciting Phillies team of my generation. Move over Kruckster, Lenny, Dutch and Hollins the NEW Broadstreet bombers have taken over no matter the outcome of the rest of the year."

That's it, the nectar I was searching for in Phlogdom this late-September morning when the birds are chirping, it's Friday and Indian Summer-warm, and the 2007 Phillies find themselves with a foot on first place with only three games to go.

It's from a commenter at Beerleaguer with the handle '64 survivor.

POSTED: Thursday, September 27, 2007, 2:20 PM
Filed Under: Poetry

Photo_by_jon_wilson After today's column -- on a City Council bill to ban plastic bags and polystyrene packing materials -- got a call from Joe Donahue, age 75, of Conshohocken, who wanted me to hear his poem entitled "Paper or Plastic."

Joe says that back in "twenty-oh-four" he was driving between Minnesota and New York, coming back from the senior tour, where he works as a caddy.

"I was by myself, and I was amazed, just absolutely amazed, to see the plastic as you come through the farm lands. They all have the wire fences, and the lakes for cattle and fish farming, and the trees were all hanging this crepe of plastic. I settled down and wrote "Paper or Plastic."

POSTED: Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 7:52 AM
Filed Under: Modern Times

Brit_2 You look at the wreck on the celebrity highway that is Britney Spears, and you wonder just what happened in her formative years, what she inherited from all that genetic stuff, that caused her to flame out so fabulously.

And you start thinking about how the candy apple doesn't fall that far from the tree.

Daily Sally, who has been sharing her brushes with greatness for years on her blog, posts a beauty in her recollection of the day the 17-year-old Britney visited the AOL.com studios in Los Angeles, where Sally was working as a producer and the teen queen had come to chat. The Louisiana lollypop arrived with her mom, and the two put on quite a floor show.

POSTED: Monday, September 24, 2007, 11:51 AM
Filed Under: City Life

Poindexter The caller, an African American woman in her 80th year, wanted to know just what I meant when I used the word "Poindexter" in today's column. "I'm not familiar with that term," she said on her phone message.

She had a lovely voice. I called Thelma A. back, and did my best to explain that Prof. Elijah Anderson says the label is used in the black community to describe a kid with thick-glasses, pocket protector and heavy bag of books. It is not a term of endearment.

"Like Urkel?" she asked. "Or our own Malcolm Poindexter?" Both near the mark I replied.

POSTED: Monday, September 24, 2007, 8:57 AM
Filed Under: City Life

Mgfreeparking With the Philadelphia Parking Authority now working longer hours for the good of the people, here's one of those shiny geegaws to show just where the cheapest and handiest places are to stow your wheels.

Best Parking.com looks pretty bare bones, but it's got its charms.

You tell it the general vicinity where you want to park your car -- by the hour or by the month -- and then it shows you the closest lots and garages, and let's you compare prices.

POSTED: Friday, September 21, 2007, 2:39 PM
Filed Under: Law

Yale_2O.J.'s got himself a Philadelphia lawyer *

(does Cherry Hill count?)

POSTED: Friday, September 21, 2007, 3:20 PM
Filed Under: Sports

Ew Y'all know who's responsible for the Phillies late-season surge ...

Ed Wade.

Richard Justice, writing in the Houston Chronicle today, gives this view of the former Phillies GM, just hired to do the same job for the Astros:

POSTED: Tuesday, September 11, 2007, 1:35 PM
Filed Under: Sports

Ruff An odd post, really, on A.J. Daulerio's Philadelphia Magazine blog today.

A.J., whose hipster view of sports buffoonery in Deadspin has been a regular read for me, describes an unannounced visit from a NFL security man, who was sniffing out whether A.J. actually knew anything that could tie Eagles players to dogfighting.

Only, as A.J. writes, he didn't know anything. He was pursuing a rumor that got shot down by all he contacted, so he wrote nothing. "Story over."

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