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I love Philly! Philly rules!! P-H-I-L-L-Y!!!!

So I'm sitting at the Cosi on 12th and Walnut, using their WiFi, when a guy walks up to me holding a clipboard, and speaks:

"Are you doing anything important?"

[slight pause] "Why do you ask?"

"My girlfriend gave me this to find, but her computer doesn't work."

"You want me to find this?" I look at the clipboard: There, in overly careful blue printing, are the words "Heery Casting." I Google them: Sure enough, Heery Casting.

"Do you see Special Projects?" I do, and click on it.

"It wants a password."

He holds out the clipboard.

"I'm in."

"Look for B ____ H_____."

"Here you are. Look!"

"Casting call.... Wardrobe... Thanks!"

And he hands me five bucks, and off he goes down Walnut Street.

Philly has slack. I love Philly.

NOTE Plus, this whole city concept is amazing. Can you imagine, you can actually catch a cab by stepping out into the street and hailing it. You don't have to call in advance, and then wait an hour. It's civilization! Civilization rocks! Plus, there are people standing on the streets late at night. Talking! And it's 9:23PM and Cosi isn't closed and I'm about to order a big fucking wedge of Brie, the "intellectual"'s cheese of choice, to have with my second fucking glass of wine. Yes, the city concept may have legs. I'm seeing the advantages. In fact, one such advantage is walking. Right past Cos's. Big. Plate. Glass. Window [cranes neck to see.]

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amberglow's picture
Submitted by amberglow on

and Philly's a million times better than Boston!

yeccchhh!!! ; >

Submitted by lambert on

Fucking arrivistes....

No, I didn't go. I was crashing at somebody's house and didn't want to get in too late.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by amberglow on

(and they call Philly the 6th borough now anyway, lambert--some people actually moved there for cheap rents and studio space, etc--and only 2 hrs away from here-- but they were too bored to stay)

Submitted by lambert on

then Philly is not the city for you, I agree. Seriously, it's a town that doesn't really put itself forward at all. Self-advertisement is not its strength. You just have to be patient, and keep your ears open. Anyhow, somebody who ups and moves just for cheap rents is no respecter of place, so they can't be expected to get it.

Plus, as you say, the food is great.

And "they" is nobody that lives in Philly, that's for sure....

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by amberglow on

and there aren't enough people on the sidewalks at all hours--i found it creepy at night.

Submitted by lambert on

... it's very dense, and there are many, many small neighborhoods. Like between 10th, where I used to live, and 15th, where I ended up, I'd say three neighborhoods. So it's very rich in experience.

As far as creepy, well, you never saw it the way it used to be. I can grant that in most areas there aren't many on the street late. It's not really open 24 hours, unless behind closed doors. Depends on what neighborhood you're in, though.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by Sima on

Lived there in the late 80's and early 90's. Loved it, but eventually my redneck white trash rural side took over and I went back to the PacNW countryside.

I just went back to Philly last month. It was great to be back. I forget how much I loved good public transit. Septa has it's problems, but man, compared to elsewhere it rocks.