October 10, 2007
Travel and Leisure conducted a poll of travelers and residents of the things they like and dislike about 25 major urban destinations. The results are interesting, check them out: Results. Philly did well in some very predictable categories, such as, cheap eats, historical sites, good pizza, museums, antiques and farmer’s markets. Philly did awful in things like style, vacation spot for adventures, cleanliness, and safety. Why isn’t there a category for murals? Here are a few categories.
Museum and galleries (I think the list would be different if Pittsburgh was one of the cities evaluated)
2. New York
3. Chicago, Illinois
Home design (I don’t really know what houses look like in charleston, but they must be pretty nice)
2. Charleston, South Carolina
3. San Francisco, California
Intelligent (I was surprised Chicago, which thinks so highly of itself was notably absent in the top 3)
2. Minneapolis/St. Paul
Farmers’ markets (Philly’s Italian market alone should have made it number 1 )
2. Portland, Oregon
October 3, 2007
I put off pharmaceutics for watching the Phillies game with my dad, big mistake. The boys lost 2 to 4. Utley and Howard were incredibly disappointing; out of 8 at bats they racked up 7 strikeouts. After an early Colorado lead of 3 runs, the game seemed already decided. But in the 5th inning they came back and the score was 2-3. There were several times where they seemed set up to at least tie up the game, but in the 8th Colorado solidified their lead with another home run. Its not just that they lose, it is that they get you excited. I didn’t expect them to win today (how could I after going to a game earlier this season and watching them get crushed by Colorado 12 to nothing), but then as they seemed to be coming back you just get into it.
They could still come back in this best of 5 series. The upside is that Utley and Howard played so poorly that they could only be better in the rest of the series. The downside is Colorado beat them with their premier pitcher, Hamels, starting.
No one in Philly do anything stupid tonight.
September 24, 2007
Odd things happen every day; the only difference is these just made the news. I present the 5 random stories I came across, in no particular order.
- Employees at a German butcher’s shop were surprised to discover a customer had hidden two sex toys in their sausages for transport to Dubai.
- An Australian burglar broke into a neighbor’s house and played sex games in the bathroom with a bottle of toilet detergent and a vacuum cleaner. He was sentence to 12 months community service.
- A lonely baboon in a private Lithuanian zoo has adopted a chicken he saved from certain death last month and the two have formed a fast friendship, the zoo’s director said Friday. The chicken was meant to be food for another animal, but escaped. This is the cute story of the day.
- A Venezuelan man who had been declared dead woke up in the morgue in excruciating pain after medical examiners began their autopsy. Carlos Camejo, 33, was declared dead after a highway accident and taken to the morgue, where examiners began an autopsy only to realize something was amiss when he started bleeding. They quickly sought to stitch up the incision on his face. The person who started the autopsy is the tool bag of the day.
- 16,000 words have lost their hyphens in a new edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. Some became two words and some were shortened to one. Ice cream, test tube, and hobby horse all lost a hyphen and are now sets of two words. Bumblebee, chickpea, and crybaby are now each officially one word.