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 ...

Closing Philly’s “Borders”: Tales From a Disgruntled Reader

I was pretty bummed when I found out that my favorite bookstore was closing.  Wednesday was the last day the café in the Center City Philadelphia Borders store would be open.  The servers would be dispersed to work on the floor of the book store for the remaining time Borders' doors remained open, which, in the case of this particular branch, is estimated to be ...

The Legend of the Conjugal Visit Polaroid Hoodie

Philly may be known for its cheese steaks, soft pretzels, and “water ice” (the Philadelphia terminology for the food item most people everywhere else refer to as “Italian Ice”)… but it sure as shit isn’t known for its sense of style. To be fair, each section of Philadelphia has its own unique vibe. In that sense, it really is “the city of neighborhoods.” In addition to ...

Riding SEPTA with Kid n’ Play … And a Walk Down Memory Lane

Sometimes, you just have to make your own entertainment. Having found myself in something of a funk this week and last, I started meditating on the simple things that I can be happy about.  Sure, I don’t have another beach-side vacation lined up and I’m not hitting another show until the end of August… But there are some times when you just need to stop and appreciate ...