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Archive: August, 2012

POSTED: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 2:43 PM

Fishtown’s Margaret Megill is 85 and needed a voter ID. Luckily, her daughter Margie Megill had the time and patience to help her get one. Because here’s how their day unfolded:

Margie downloads the Voter ID form from Penndot’s website and fills it out for Margaret. They drive to the PennDot center on Columbus Blvd, armed with Margaret’s birth certificate, Social Security and two bills proving Margaret’s address is legit.

At PennDot, an employee at the info desk tells them they have the wrong form. He gives them two new forms to fill out.

POSTED: Thursday, August 2, 2012, 8:12 PM

An eagle-eyed reader snapped this photo of a Philadelphia Parking Authority van parked right next to the fire hydrant on N. 16th St., between the Ben Franklin Parkway and Cherry St.

Blocking a hydrant is a $76 fine for the rest of us, and with good reason: If there's a fire, how can firefighters access the hydrant if someone is blocking it? 

Maybe the PPA-van driver has a magic ball and can see the future, and therefore knew that spot would be fire-free during the time it was occupied by the van and so figured, what the heck, why not block the hydrant?

About this blog

When my phone rings here at the Daily News, nine times out of ten the caller begins the conversation with, “Yeah, so what happened was…”.

Because this is Philly, the caller doesn’t say, “My name is Bob” – or Mary – “and I wonder if I could have a moment of your time?” Philadelphians are too direct for that. They just say, “Yeah, so what happened was…”, and then tumble into a tale they think oughta be shared with a wider audience. I love getting these calls (even the ones where it becomes clear, after 30 seconds, where the caller sowed the seeds of his own misery), because they give me chance to connect with fellow citizens in a way that no other job allows. Well, okay, no other job for which I’m remotely qualified.

That’s why my blog is titled “So What Happened Was…”. To me, it’s the quintessentially Philly way of saying, “Once upon a time.” When I hear it, I know a good story is coming. And I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Ronnie Polaneczky has been an award-winning columnist for The Philadelphia Daily News since 1999, offering a front-steps perspective on every aspect of city life, from the sublime to the stupid. In her past life, she was the editor-in-chief of Atlantic City Magazine, associate editor at Philadelphia Magazine and a fulltime freelancer published in Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Reader's Digest, Men's Health, MarieClaire and others. She lives with her husband, daughter and various pets in the city's Fairmount section, where she dreams of one day singing The National Anthem at an Eagles game. In addition to her column and blog, you can enjoy Ronnie's musings in podcast form here.

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