Thursday, July 31, 2008

On Vacation!

It's a misty morning on the rocky coast of Maine. We made the 408 mile trip in a bit more seven hours with a McDonald's/Bathroom/Gas stop in Connecticut mid-way.


If you think gas prices around Philly are bad, try paying $4.34 a gallon like the folks in CT do every day!


Posts will be a bit less frequent for a while since we're relaxing. Actually I am relaxing. The kids are already terrorizing the neighbors!


Have a great day!On Vacation!


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A Sign From The Past

Everywhere you look there are signs that have nothing to do with today's reality.


I find that oddly comforting.

A Sign From The Past


Sunday, July 27, 2008

Heading Out

Train 166 is headed out of Union Station on time, despite repeated appearances by men in navy blue tactical outfits carrying automatic weapons and terse expressions. The dudes, brightly labeled as Federal Agents, must not have found what they were looking for, so we are outta here!

Heading Out


Sheltered!

The weather turned nasty here in DC and we've found cover at the Station Grill at Union Station. There's not satellite signal due to the weather and I have to drink my Redhook Sun Rye out of a Redskins glass, but at least we're dry!

Sheltered!


George Says Hi

We're doing few more things here in DC before we head home. We had a fun dinner at Clyde's in Georgetown last night with an oldhigh school buddy of mine. Today we went to The National Archives and are haded to The Dubliner for lunch.George Says Hi


Saturday, July 26, 2008

Ahhh!

It's hot here in DC, so we stopped our trek for some refreshments! Cap City Brewing has good summer stuff on tap including my tasty Kolsch and my GF's hefewiesen, but the urban hip hop music is a bit much!

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Sundown on Amtrak

We're somewhere north of Baltimore and the sunset is beautiful as Train 173 snakes southward.Sundown on Amtrak


Delayed

Another Delco Guy is headed to the Nation's Capital, but he's going to have to wait a bit as Train 173 is listed as 30 minutes late currently.


SighDelayed


Friday Fantastic Four

Hey everybody - simple one today!

What are your four favorite phrases?

  1. I love you, daddy
  2. Open bar, free buffet
  3. Delaware County School 522 is closed - from back in the day when you listened to the radio on snow mornings
  4. Work harder!!!!

Honorable mention:

Wow!


Thursday, July 24, 2008

The People Behind The Art

On my way home today, I had the wonderfully cool chance to run into the folks transforming the drab wall overlooking a Spruce Street surface parking lot into a work of art.


The still-untitled mural will feature scenes of people enjoying food (very appropriate for a mural on the wall of Vetri.) The artists are interested in titles if you've got one for them.

Developing the project commissioned by the Philadelphia Mural Arts program is lead artist Ann Northrup who studied painting at Boston University. She is assisted by Jessica Unterhalter, A MICA sculpture major, Julian Banks, a student at The Charter High School for Architecture and Design, Latifah Abdulla and Stephanie Acevedo. Stephanie's mom, Miriam will be joining the effort soon.

Northrup also executed the nearby William Way mural.


Stop by Spruce Street between Juniper and 13th and wish them welll!


The People Behind The Art


Vetri Mural Progresses

0724080836 While there's no work going on today due to last night's wild weather, the mural at Vetri has taken a few steps forward since I last posted.   Some figures have begun to emerge from the wall.  While I can't say exactly what the guy on the lower right is doing, there does appear to be a fatherly chat going on in the upper center.

You can see the number/letter gridding system in orange.  That still fascinates me.  No one is ever here working when I walk by.  I'm hoping to see some there so i can learn a bit more about the approach they use to make ths massive paintings.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Random Thought

Cute girls riding bikes while wearing skirts cause serious traffic problems in Center City.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Just testing

Trying to test an alternate blog posting method. Bear with me!


A Mural Is Born

0721081736 I have always wondered how mural artists figure our how to cover an entire building with a giant painting.  How do they keep things in perspective?  How do they know that it's not going to bleed off the the top?

recently the wall of Vetri on Spruce Street in Center City has been undergoing a renovation.  They fixed some holes and cracks, then put a full skim coat of new concrete over the wall, smoothing it perfectly.  They a woman and 2 guys put 2 coats of paint on it. 

Hmm - that's nice I thought.  But why?  The other wall wasn't in bad shape.

Yesterday, things got clearer for me, when a grid of lines went upon the wall and some broad-stroke sketching appeared in black.

It's going to be a mural.  And

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I'm going to get to walk past it every day and see it grow.  Apparently what they do to transfer a drawing to the massive mural scale is work on a grid system.  The original drawing is pained on a grid, and each grid square is transferred separately to the wall.  Thus, they aren't trying to re-create an entire work of art on a grand scale, rather just re-creating it a grid box at a time.

That way, the scale and detail of the picture gets brought to the wall without distortion or losing impact.

You learn something new every day!


Monday, July 21, 2008

Eagles Camp Begins

Up at Lehigh the Eagles rookies and select veterans report today for training camp.

Is it me, or do these guys report earlier and earlier each year?  Between a 6 week training camp, various voluntary mini-camps, several OTAs and the season that stretches from August to January, it feels like the football season never ends. 

I know in Philly that's supposed to be a good thing, but I would prefer for us to get a bit further past the All-Star Break before I need to begin looking at my fantasy football draft lists.


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sunday Morning

Everyone here at Another Delco Guy is watching The Open Championship on TV this morning as The Shark tries to fight his way to being the oldest winner of a Major in history.

I've never been a huge Greg Norman fan, but this story pulls at the heart strings and who isn't rooting for the cool Aussie today?

He's got a long day of 35mph winds ahead of him and just a 1 shot lead after one hole.  We'll see.  Jack says he's rooting for Norman and I bet you are too!

Did you see that ROCK on Chris Evrett's hand?  Really ups the ante for us unmarried guys.


Saturday, July 19, 2008

J Roll on Second

It's 95 degrees here in Moorestown. I gave in and turned the AC on. The boys are enjoying some backyard baseball and the girls are - what else - shopping.


Try to stay cool.J Roll on Second


Friday, July 18, 2008

Wow!

I am on my way out of the city and in the early afternoon it has already hit 100 degrees on the thermometer.


It honestly FEELS hotter than that with the sun beating down and the dewpoint hovering in the jungle-like 70s.


We're headed to the pool to cool off!Wow!


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Withdrawl

The night after the All-Star Game is the worst sports night of the year.  Not a game on anywhere.  The British Open doesn't start for 6 more hours.  Hell, I'd watch Olympic Softball Qualifying at this point.

Ok.  No I won't. I'm not that far gone yet.

Apparently the Ichiro speech eventually worked last night and the American League beat the National League for the 723rd consecutive time.  I don't know for certain because i fell asleep about 20 times before the 9th inning.  Brad Lidge took the loss and JD Drew was the MVP.

Could it have been worse for Philly Phans?


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

All-Star Pre-Game

I just watched the 39 minute pre-game show and have a few thoughts:2202512260_f69c9f991a_m

  • I got chills when they introduced Reggie
  • Eddie Murray looks like he can still mash it
  • Jesus Lee McPhail is ancient
  • The Stealth Bomber over NYC is stunning
  • Schmitty and George Brett - think back 28 years ...
  • Steinbrenner can't walk anymore - sad
  • Cheryl Crow is HOT
  • This is a great way to send Yankee Stadium out

Let's Play Ball!


By Request

0715081018 This photo shows my freshly-shorn skull in all its glory. Many loyal readers only know me to have long hair, but back in my youth I generally sported a short cut for ease of care.


Over the last few years, I have let it grow into "the Brazilian Soccer Player Cut" that my GF loved so much.


This one is apparently loved by children, siblings and parents. I am also hearing I look younger. All good I guess.

It's still hard to get used to in the mirror, but not having to apply 2 different hair prodcuts twice a day to keep the curls under control is a HUGE plus!


Saturday, July 12, 2008

Nice to be Home

While there are lots of photos of the recent Disney trip up on Flickr, I really have not had a chance to do anything but upload them.  They're not titled yet, but I hope to get it taken care of shortly.

Another Delco Guy spent most of today relaxing and enjoying the downtime after a week of conference sessions and enjoying the week with John and Emma. 

The GF and I are reclining in the A/C now, watching the classically cool George Clooney extend the Oceans franchise to #13.  It's a little slow here and there, but still chic and stylish and fun.

It's oh so nice to be home!


Thursday, July 10, 2008

On Board and On Time!

Southwest flight 272 is boarding and we're ready for the 2.5 hour flight from MCO to PHL. We are saying goodbye to the Magic Kingdom but we are happy to be headed home!


See you on the other side!On Board and On Time!


Wednesday, July 09, 2008

A Change In Vantage Point

It's mid summer in Central Florida, which means that rain can't be far off. We've moved to the Tomorrowland Terrace, where we will be under cover if the skies open and we will also be able to see Tinkerbell fly.A Change In Vantage Point


Waiting For Tinkerbell

Ok - it's officially insane here at The Magic Kingdom! Ever nation of the world seems to be represented along Main Street, some in huge groups with garishly-colored t-shirts.


We're all waiting on the light parade and the fireworks over Cinderella's Castle. To end the evening, Tinkerbell will fly across the sky, which is all my princess wants to see at this point!Waiting For Tinkerbell


Enjoying Epcot!

We've wrapped up our conference business today and are enjoying a visit to Epcot now! The place is pretty deserted, so we've been able to see a lot without too much in the way of lines. Emma and I are enjoying the space jungle gym while Char and John explore the universe on Mission Space!Enjoying Epcot!


Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Super Target!

Imagine a beer and wine store, a grocery store and a Target all in one!


Awesome! and only 8 mile from Disney!!Super Target!


A Brewhouse!

In a quest for normally-priced food and beer that approaches drinkability, we left the Disney complex. We have stumbled on a BJ's Brewhouse on Osceola Parkway. It can't be worse than anything we have had so far. Hopefully the Amex holds up!A Brewhouse!


Monday, July 07, 2008

In France!

Thanks to good friend and loyal blog reader Big Dan, we've secured a great fireworks watching spot in France between the ice cream stand (kids) and the Champagne stand (the GF).


Should be a fun night!In France!


Here Comes The Boat!

After a long day of work, we're headed over to Epcot for the fireworks. The kids are a bit tired, but still want to see the show!Here Comes The Boat!


Sunday, July 06, 2008

A Nice, If Warm, Day

Well we are headed home from the Magic Kingdom so Another Delco Guy can go to work and the kiddos can rest up a bit. Hopefully we'll be rejuvenated enough for fireworks tonight!A Nice, If Warm, Day


Emma's Favorite

We're through Tomorrowland where I won on Buzz Lightyear and John did a great job piloting his mini F-1 car. Now we're in a short line for Emma's Favorite Ride, DUMBO!Emma's Favorite


Cinderella's Castle

We're here! How many similar pictures have been taken of this building?Cinderella's Castle


Welcome to the Walt Disney World Dolphin

This is a great place for the conference if you don't mind $50 for breakfast for you and your family. The room is great, wth separate kid and adlut sleeping areas. We're going to get some Magic Kingdom time in before I really have to start work.


Have a MAGICAL day!Welcome to the Walt Disney World Dolphin


Saturday, July 05, 2008

At PHL Gate E8

Southwest has kids tables in the terminal and Emma has spread out her art supplies and is relaxing. Our plane is not here yet but we're ready to go when it gets in!At PHL Gate E8


Preparations

We're been a bit busy here at Another Delco Guy.  We head out today for a week in Orlando and having John's 8th birthday party, wrapping things up at work and getting ready for a week away has had us working hard all day and sleeping soundly all night.

By tonight I am confident that Southwest will have us on the ground at MCO, Enterprise will have the car ready and the Dolphin will have appropriate accomodations for us.

If the kids are good, we may even hit one of the four pools before bedding down for the night.

It will be a busy week, with me having to cram in NASFAA conference sessions in between the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, fireworks and princesses.  Oh and the pool!

Weather?  Highs of 93, lows of 80 and thundershowers each afternoon.  Typ[ical Central Florida in July.  I can't wait!!


Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 4th!

We're enjoying a slice of Americana here in Burlington Township, sipping beer and eating hot dogs by the pool. The kids are having a blast playing ball and splashing the adults.


Nothing could be more American. Happy Birthday to our nation.Happy 4th!


Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Not Good

The Tiffany catalog came today.  I'm watching the Phils beating the Braves and the GF is thumbing the robin's egg-blue pages.

Could get ugly.