Monthly Archives: January 2009

Why don’t I feel sorry for

Women like the ones mentioned in this New York Times article?

Dawn Spinner Davis, 26, a beauty writer, said the downward-trending graphs began to make sense when the man she married on Nov. 1, a 28-year-old private wealth manager, stopped playing golf, once his passion. “One of his best friends told me that my job is now to keep him calm and keep him from dying at the age of 35,” Ms. Davis said. “It’s not what I signed up for.”

Yeah, lady. It’s called marriage. Heard of it?

Dawn and her friends are members of “Dating a Banker Anonymous” or as I like to call it “Dumb Blondes Anonymous.”

In addition to meeting once or twice weekly for brunch or drinks at a bar or restaurant, the group has a blog, billed as “free from the scrutiny of feminists,” that invites women to join “if your monthly Bergdorf’s allowance has been halved and bottle service has all but disappeared from your life.”

Just take a moment of silence, ladies and gentlemen. Please. A moment.

Theirs is not the typical 12-step program.

Step 1: Slip into a dress and heels. Step 2: Sip a cocktail and wait your turn to talk. Step 3: Pour your heart out. Repeat as needed.

Here’s an idea, ladies. Stay at home and save that cocktail money for your hubby’s retirement fund.

Just. Read. This. Article.Yourself. Can’t. Quote. Any. More. Feel. Sick.

Write better than me?


Know Philly like the back of your hand?

Then you need to write for

They’re looking for locals willing to blog about restaurants, plays, happenings about town and the like.

Check it out.


Bcoz boffe ov us no u can right beter den me.

More random pictures

The Inquirer Daily News looks to be skimping on photos for their stories. Hire me! Hire me!


This is the second time I’ve seen an ad from this whole PA “We’re in this together” traffic safety campaign. The first was driving down the Roosevelt Boulevard, where I almost rear-ended a car slowing down to read the small print on the billboard.  This time, I was more careful. But can someone tell me what this means? Don’t eat ice cream cones while you’re driving or you may hit a traffic cone? Wtf?kishwerjan2009-027

Bollywood scandal hits Philly (i.e. Indians skip town)

z118If you were an extra in a Bollywood film shot in Philadelphia recently, you may have found yourself out of luck when it comes to cashing in your paycheck. Continue reading

Need your own bailout?

Now’s your chance. Check out this website for more on getting help with your bills, etc. (Thanks J!)

Let she who is without sin

z117What possessed 18-year old Drexel University freshman Mia Sardella nearly two years ago to hide a pregnancy from her family and friends? To give birth to a baby boy in secret at the Drexel Hill home of her wealthy family?   Then stuff (!) her son into a pink duffel bag? Stash it in the trunk of her mother’s Volkswagen for three weeks? Who knows?

But last Thursday, she was sentenced to 45 days in prison. Minus the time she’s already served. And get this. Ms. Sardella gets to serve HER time on the weekends. Because God forbid her EDUCATION should be disrupted.

Phil Heron, editor of the Delco Times, believes she’s paid the price. Others believe the case was influenced by the fact that Sardella is the granddaughter of Albert E. Piscopo, chief executive of the Glenmede Trust Co.

Local blogger JudiPhilly writes on her site, “The case is heartbreaking. Not only because of the loss of life of her infant son, but the life of a young woman who make a tragic mistake that she will pay for well beyond the sentence served. Yet many others have done far less, but receive the harsh hand of justice, merely because they are less fortunate…The moral of the story is simple: the quality of mercy is much better if you come from the right place.”

Whaddya think? Continue reading

Jamie Foxx Does Mayor Nutter

An impersonation, that is.

Nutter joked that Foxx should play him during a City Hall ceremony yesterday to honor the star and other cast members of “Law Abiding Citizen,” now shooting in Philadelphia.”It’s a tremendous honor to have the gentleman who will portray me in a movie, which will be filmed later,” said Nutter, who then presented the group with a miniature Liberty Bell while star-struck city workers applauded. Foxx responded with an impression of Nutter that brought the house down. “I just really want to thank Jamie Foxx for coming to Philadelphia, and it’s awesome to be here,” Foxx said in a nasal tone.

The (additional) change we need

The folks at YoungPhillyPolitics will be on hand tonight for a fundraiser benefiting local politico Seth Williams, who is running for DA in ’09. You’ll remember Williams as the candidate who ran against soon-to-be-retired  Lynne Abraham back in 2005. Continue reading

Save Fred in ’09!

The Inquirer mentioned that KYW Newsradio 1060 still has Fred Sherman’s bio on their website, even after they laid him off. Let’s take a look at his bio:

Fred Sherman, chief economist at Royal Bank America, brings high energy and extensive insight to his daily stock market commentaries on KYW Newsradio 1060. [This is true.]

More than just a distinctive voice  with a distinctive sign-off, he is a veteran radio and TV broadcaster and a knowledgeable commentator on the investment scene. [This is true as well.]

A large part of his appeal to a wide audience of KYW listeners is his clever and smile-provoking ability to make the markets come alive with light, yet sound, observations on stock and bond market developments. [True.]

When the market takes a dive, his wit  combined with serious observations  will help investors keep their sense of humor. [Yes!]

So basically the website is telling us that Mr. Sherman is EXACTLY the reassuring voice we need in these difficult financial times. I’m thinking it’s just another case of ageism. Well you can’t fill Mr. Sherman’s spot with an intern!  And then they wait until he goes on vacation and ambush him when he comes back! Nice. Very nice, KYW.

Write your letters to and let KYW know how you feel. I did.

My heart goes out

z116To the family of Central High School alum and Dickinson College undergrad Nate Kirkland, who bury a beloved son and brother on Saturday morning. The 20-year old was part of  a group volunteering to help hurricane victims in Guatemala when he drowned.

Here’s more from the Inquirer:

Kirkland, along with other students and staff on the trip, had gone to swim at a beach overseen by lifeguards on Saturday afternoon after their work was done, school officials said. “While all details are not yet available, we do know that as the group made its way out of the water and onto the shore, Nate was not among them,” Dickinson president William G. Durden wrote in an e-mail to students, faculty and staff on Sunday afternoon. A search ensued, and Kirkland’s body later was found on the beach by authorities, said Christine M. Dugan, a Dickinson spokeswoman.

On a personal note, my little brother graduated with Nate and describes him as a warm, wonderful human being who was thoughtful to friend and strangers alike.  Last count has more than 1,300 members of the Facebook group R.I.P. Nate Kirkland.

Memorial services for Nate will be held tomorrow,  Friday, Jan. 23 @ 5pm. The location is 1724 Arch St., Philadelphia (corner of 18th & Arch St.). The name of the church is Arch Street Presbyterian.

The funeral is Saturday, January 24, @10AM, held at Mt. Moriah Pentecostal Church, 7909 Stenton Avenue. Continue reading