Philadelphia: High school students walk out of class and march to City Hall to protest severe budget cuts and planned school closings, May 9, 2013.
This is what people see as they commute to work in Philly.Hollaback Philly is absolutely doing it right.
1. Our reaction to snow storms:
2. The Philadelphia accent. It’s wooder, not water.
3. We’re considered so blunt that we have a t-shirt. I’ve had quite a few people comment on my attitude ever since moving to Maryland, lol.
4. The fact that I can determine where I am, and where I need to go, based on an intersection. Oh, I’m at 10th and Snyder? And I need to be at 2nd and Race? I need to head Northeast.
5. If I’m lost, all I need to do is look for William Penn on the top of City Hall.
7. Riding the El. Always an experience.
8. All of the public art!
9. Our driving. People in Maryland actually follow speed limits, ew.
10. We look out for our own. One time my car wouldn’t start and my neighbor was a mechanic, and discovered it was my starter. Within an hour I had my starter replaced.
11. Kingdom of Vegetarians in Chinatown, my favorite restaurant.
12. How in certain areas the street signs have special designations (e.g. Chinatown has the street signs in Chinese, Gayborhood has rainbow flags underneath).
13. The Book Trader on 2nd & Market.
14. Reading Terminal Market! It’s kind of touristy, but you can always get a great lunch there for under $10.
15. Making fun of New Jersey.
16. Love Park. Yet another kind of touristy place, but I love taking pictures with my loved ones there.
17. Eastern State Penitentiary during Halloween. Seriously the scariest haunted house I’ve ever been to, omg.
18. To expand on that - all of the haunted houses and haunted hayrides in the greater Philadelphia area. I’m starting to wonder if it’s just a Philly thing?
19. The Flower Show. Some seriously beautiful artwork. I’ve been to 3 of them.
20. The random musicians playing music in Center City.
21. The city walking…fast paced, with a destination in mind, etc. Then you have those tourists that stop in the middle of the sidewalk and point at shit, smh.
22. How each neighborhood is almost like its own little town in itself.
23. You can walk to places. In Maryland everything’s a 2-lane street (each way) and no sidewalks. You have to drive everywhere, it’s weird.
24. Stimulus Parties! Best women-focused queer parties ever.
25. Will Smith and the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, duh
26. The transpass system. You pay one flat rate and get unlimited rides on SEPTA for however long you buy it for (Weekly transpass, monthly transpass, etc.). I’m pretty sure in DC, you have to add money to the Metrocard as you go. I think you get a discounted rate, but still.
27. Those things about Philly that make you go, “Oh Philly. Only you.”
29. We haven’t had a Republican mayor in years.
30. Philadelphia is like the sibling that only we can make fun of. When non-Philly people do it, we defend it to the death.
Could only thing of 30 because I am tired and I have to finish this final!
Yes! Best list so far.
Also, Maryland is weird.
I’ve been trying for a long time to describe the smell of Philadelphia in the summer. I can say it’s an eclectic mixture of body odor, rotting garbage, urine, and mold, but I know I’d be leaving something out. Sometimes it’s easier just to let pictures do the talking for me.
I spotted this nice piece of art on a light pole around 13th and South a few days ago. Either it’s a tribute to that weird Philadelphia Paint Torch on North Broad Street that looks like a pile of poo or it’s just stating what our nasal cavities have already figured out for us.
I think it’s the latter of the two. The flies are a nice touch.
Remember when that SEPTA bus crashed into Monk’s Cafe back in 2010? Well now you can buy a paper-cut rendition of that event on Etsy.
More Bull Thistle in Philly - this time on Brown Street near the intersection with Lawrence. Sharp stuff, with great geometric patterns.
Our weeds are x-core.
Uh oh…we have a bit of problem here.
All around wonderful person/Philadelphia’s Queen of Nachos, thedookness walks past this Jeep Land Rover Discovery with a vanity plate of CHZSTKS fairly regularly. This person really likes cheesesteaks. Enough to pay $20 for a vanity plate that tells strangers that, apparently.
But suddenly, the car looked different one morning and that’s because this very nice car was turned into a douchebag on wheels by the application of the “ILL” sticker. Suddenly, what was a good license plate and a good car suddenly smelled of Axe body spray, gave off an orange reflective glow when in sunlight, and always seems to have a cooler of Bud Light Lime in the backseat. HANG ON A MINUTE BRO, YOU BETTER TURN UP THAT SHINEDOWN SONG BECAUSE I DON’T THINK THEY HEAR IT IN CHERRY HILL.
Great find, Dookness. Thanks, as always, for everything you do!
DAMN IT. I thought it said “cheese sticks” and I was like FUCK YES, CHEESE STICKS.
I’m not from here.
Also, I like to wear Axe body spray because I find it repulses people. *thumbs up*
And thanks to this post I now know who the band Shinedown is XD
This blog is the best.
This picture of a city services truck crashed into the front of a home at 13th and Bigler was posted on Philebrity yesterday, and it really puts living in Philadelphia into perspective.
Sometimes it seems like this city can’t do anything right. We look around and think, “Damn it, this is why we can’t have nice things!” But then, we see that no one was seriously hurt, and it’s weird crap like this that makes this city oddly endearing, and suddenly we realize living here isn’t all that bad…in fact, it’s kind of fun to live here.
I see shit like this happen all the time.
I saw a truck on top of a very tall guardrail just yesterday.