Tony Shepps Sunday Aug 5 12:18 PM
8/5: Papua New Guinea tribesman encourages family values
Hubris Boy Sunday Aug 5 03:05 PM
February 4, 2002: After narrowly winning an irregular off-year election, newly-elected member SYCAMORE addresses the Philadelphia City Council. Citing the need to return to traditional family values, Councilman Sycamore attended the meeting dressed as a mummer.
elSicomoro Sunday Aug 5 09:44 PM
tw Sunday Aug 5 10:02 PM
Re: 8/5: Papua New Guinea tribesman encourages family values
Tony Shepps Sunday Aug 5 10:26 PM
tw: Yes, that's right.
jaguar Monday Aug 6 02:43 AM
Sycamore meadows....sounds liek one of those instant suburb developments going up every week here.....you've spent a few hours thinking about this haven't you? King Sycamore has a certain ring too =P
serge Monday Aug 6 06:31 AM
Those two words.. "family values".. they’ve been so twisted and abused when referring to U.S. that their mention always seems to trigger a response of disgust in me.
elSicomoro Monday Aug 6 09:10 PM
--Scenario one: A battle royale between the CEOs of Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme. (I love Dunkin Donuts, but I cannot resist the glazed Krispy Kreme.) Whoever wins gets to takeover or hold onto Philadelphia.
--Scenario two: Since Acme is already opening Starbucks in some of their stores, make ALL Acmes in the greater Philadephia areas have Starbucks in them that sell Krispy Kremes...at a reasonable price to boot.
Jag: I actually do believe that suburbs CAN have character. They generally tend to be the older burbs, but some of them can have character. As examples:
--Webster Groves, MO (suburb of St. Louis)
--Cicero, IL (suburb of Chicago)
--Essex, MD (suburb of Baltimore...I wonder if Hubris Boy will attest to this one...certainly he wouldn't deny that Essex has character)
--College Park, MD (suburb of Washington, DC)
I didn't say they were the BEST suburbs, but they DO have character. About the closest I can say that about here in Philadelphia are the Delaware County suburbs in PA or the Burlington County suburbs in NJ.
Unfortunately, newer suburbs have been plopped in the middle of nowhere, and tend to forego the "towny" feeling. In addition, there were the little podunk outposts that are now being overrun by people trying to escape the city (e.g. Tysons Corner, VA). But if planned properly, a suburb can be a good thing. Given that Torresdale is actually part of the city of Philadelphia, it still retains some city character, although it is almost 20 miles from Center City. And if anything, I would be the character.
*turns off delusions of grandeur*
Papua New Guinea is actually a fascinating country. Apparently, there are over 600 languages spoken there, and it can take months to figure out elections.
Hubris Boy Monday Aug 6 11:49 PM
Hot summer night... cruising down Back River Neck Road... primer gray '69 Chevelle... gapped headers... chrome differential cover... little blue lights on the traction bars...
... stop in at the A-1 Crab Haven for a dozen jumbos and a couple pitchers of National Bohemian...
...after dinner, head off to the Bengies Drive-in for the Late Night Double Feature Picture Show (by RKO)...
Yeah, buddy. If there's anything better than that, I don't know what it is.
elSicomoro Tuesday Aug 7 08:26 PM
Man, Hubris Boy, that was almost perfect except for:
jaguar Wednesday Aug 8 01:28 AM
Sycamore, don't get me wrong! Of course suburbs can have charachet, the inner/beach east suburbs of melbourne have tons of character, lovely old buildings, long tree lined streets, i love them. I was just bitter about these siney new developments of awful identical houses designed by anautistic engineer. (so i'm a fan of modern architecture - ill take my frank loyd wright any day)
elSicomoro Wednesday Aug 8 08:16 PM
I've seen Wright's home in Oak Park, IL, and he also had a hand in a synagogue here in the Philadelphia area. His work is simply awesome. He was featured in my art history class in college.
jaguar Thursday Aug 9 12:25 AM
Nope, i've been to europe, asia and america (briefly) but i've only gone to one other place in aust, sydeny.