Saturday, April 18, 2015

Kyler Photo of the Day

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Kyler Photo of the Day

The fine folks at Gulla's Auto Tag and Insurance (6301 Buist Ave.) were so distraught to read about the plight of 5-year-old neuroblastoma patient Kyler VanNocker, they placed a jar at the register to collect donations for his family.

They decorated the container with this front page, from the Daily News, to which they added a visceral caption letting everyone know how they feel about the unfairness of Kyler's situation.

By yesterday, store owners Delores and Anthony Gulla had collected about $400; they chucked in another $100 of their own and wrote up a $500 money order for the family, which I'll be thrilled to forward to Kyler's parents, Paul and Maria.

"We could've collected more, but we wanted to get the money to them before Christmas, so they can buy things for their kids," Delores told me. "Right now, if people say, 'What else do they need?' I tell them, 'Prayers.'"

Amen to that, Delores. Amen to that.


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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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