Beauty in Garbage

On my way to Wawa this morning, I walked past an empty bottle of Coors and a tied-up bag of dog turds lying next to each other on the sidewalk. And then a butterfly floated past. If that's not an image of hope -- that something beautiful can still happen, even if you've had shitty beer and a handful of dog doo -- I don't ...

The Drama and Excitement of Trash Day

Ever since I was a kid, one of my favorite films has been The 'Burbs. It reminded me of the apartment complex where I grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where there were always people moving in and moving out -- and you wondered what their M.O. was. You'd bond with some neighbors and feud with others, but there was always some excitement and drama. I ...

SEPTA Tales: The Unsung Hero of the 66

Yesterday's commute home was packed butts to nuts -- par for the course for a Friday rush hour. Invariably, no matter how crowded the bus may be, there is always that one asshole who insists on taking up two seats -- either by sitting on the outside seat instead of moving in toward the window, or worse yet, putting their bags on one side of ...

Glass: That Ending & Symbolism in the ‘Unbreakable’ Trilogy

Warning: This article contains spoilers for the movies Glass, Split, and Unbreakable. Read at your own risk. M. Night Shyamalan's superhero trilogy came to its conclusion in Glass, giving a clear -- albeit unexpected -- ending to the stories of David "The Overseer" Dunn, Elijah "Mr. Glass" Price, and Kevin Wendell Crumb. Unexpected endings are par for the course for any Shyamalan movie. And while it's always ...

What It’s Really Like to Ride SEPTA’s El – No. Seriously.

I have a love / hate relationship with SEPTA. Anyone who knows me can attest to my feelings, owing to my near-daily Facebook posts documenting my commute to and from work on a regular basis, or in-person rants. I love SEPTA for its convenience (most times) and potential for people watching (all the time). I hate it for its unpredictability (sometimes), myriad smells and collection of ...

Not Just Poop: Other Weird Things You Find Working in a Library

Philadelphia has its share of colorful characters who have a penchant for disturbing, yet hilarious antics. We can proudly lay claim to being the home of the Swiss Cheese Pervert and now we can look to nearby Bryn Mawr for our latest noteworthy miscreant: the guy who took a dump in his local library.  According to a cadre of librarians from around the country quoted by ...

Cheez Doodles: The Legend of the Swiss Cheese Pervert

Updated June 2014: This blog post was originally published on March 25, 2009 -- five years before Philadelphia's Swiss Cheese Pervert escalated his activities and began driving around the region, flashing his cold cuts and asking unsuspecting women if they wouldn't mind watching him get his rocks off while he diddled himself with dairy.  The Swiss Cheese Pervert was eventually apprehended and plead guilty to indecent exposure and harassment ...

What’s Shakin’, Bacon Sundae?

In the grand tradition of trying unusual fast food menu items on their first day of nationwide release, I hauled it on over to Burger King today to try the new Bacon Sundae. It's a sad commentary on our dietary culture that bacon has become an ubiquitous garnish, occupying a position that was once the chief domain of parsley. Whereas a sprig of healthy green once ...

Do You Remember Rock n’ Roll Radio? Probably Not.

September 2nd, 2011 marked the last day that Philadelphia's 94.1 WYSP was "The Rock Station." Recently, an article in the Philadelphia Business Journal announced that Philly's AM band sports talk radio station, 610 WIP, would be taking over the 94.1 FM frequency. The takeover would be an effort to compete with Philly's other dual-band sports radio station, 97.5 FM The Fanatic (which is virtually a ...

The Contagion of Being Rude

For the most part, I like to consider myself a polite person.  I believe that kindness is contagious and a simple act such as holding a door open for someone or giving up your seat to an elderly person on the bus is just the right thing to do.  Random acts of kindness breed good will among people.  When someone has done something nice for ...