Apologies for being MIA for the past few weeks. I am in the midst of recovering from a move. We only moved 5 blocks away from our previous residence (you're not getting rid of me THAT easily, South Philadelphia), yet it may be our most exhausting move to date. Why is moving so damned hellish?
A great year we've had in Philadelphia weather-wise, eh? A winter with 3 record breaking snow storms, which amounted to the most snowfall in any recorded winter. Now, only at the beginning of July, we are on our 2nd 100+ degree day, which falls in the midst of the 4th heat wave of the summer.
Those in and around the Philadelphia know that the Goo Goo Dolls were the headlining act for our Independence Day celebrations. Much to most of our collective chagrin, as the legendary Roots had to open for this group that I thought was disbanded.
Part of my visceral reaction to the current trend of all things 3D is due to bitterness. This is the first time I've been old enough to see things from my youth recycled to become cool again. And I don't like it one bit. The madness reached fever pitch with the release of "Avatar." What I found particularly offensive about Avatar's 3D-ness were the reusable 3D glasses in theaters. Yes, yes, eco friendly, but really? My local theater, with it's punk kid employees, is actually bothering to sterilize these things? I think not. That is nasty.
I've found myself wondering recently if the dawn of the digital age has meant the death of manners. But I don't think the wonders of technology can be entirely blamed. I think people can now very easily blame their rudeness on technology when the people themselves are, in fact, the real issue. Let's all agree on some very basic standards.
I am fully recovered and sufficiently detoxed from this year's Philly Beer Week. If you couldn't tell from my previous entry, I had a great time and and enjoyed a variety of events featuring different breweries. The other events attended were (continued from previous entry):
5. Sly Fox BBQ Night at the P.O.P.E. - Tuesday, June 8
We are In the midst of Beer Week, and it's already been a great selection of events. Here are the events I have attend thus far and some comments on them.
1. Opening Tap - Friday, June 4
The official opening event of Beer Week was held this year at the Independence Visitor's Center. The line to this was around the block and then some. So many beer lovers in Philadelphia...part of what makes it great.
It has been a wait of a year and three months, but this time next week Philly Beer Week 2010 will be upon us. Philly Beer Week, you have been missed. In previous years, the week was held in mid-March. After much deliberation it was decided that, among other reasons, there was too much competition with St. Patrick's Day events with local bars. Additionally, the March timeframe competed against the famous Zythos Beer Festival in Belgium, ensuring virtually no representation from Belgian brewers at Beer Week festivities. So, and the event was moved to June.
It is almost Memorial Day Weekend, and that means that summer is upon us. As warm weather is here for a few months, Philadelphians will not be shy about breaking out some of the typical summer fashion faux pas that burn my eyes each and every summer. In fact, I saw one such offense on the way home this evening. A rather large woman in a barely there white halter. I rubbed my eyes. And rubbed them again. This was not a bad dream. The woman probably thought that she actually looked good. And that her shirt fit well. And was sexy, even. But no. No.