Monthly Archives: April 2009

I feel like giving advice today

As graduation rolls around, hundreds of college grads in Philadelphia will find themselves with nothing to do. If you’re one of them, here are some tips to help your job search.

  • Broaden your requirements. So, you’re a liberal arts major with a degree in Philosophy and no idea of what to do? Take time to research jobs outside of the obvious fields. (Not everyone has to teach – or work the fryer at McDonalds.) Odds are, if you’re a fast learner, you could probably perform well at a lot of jobs that you aren’t trained for and haven’t even thought about. Browse Yahoo! HotJobs or Monster for listings that apply to you. And don’t be afraid to take a risk doing something you’re not familiar with.

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Sneaker Villa vs. Urban Outfitters?

Villa vs. (S)Urban Outfitters when it comes to retro spring footwear? I dunno. I’m kinda loving the colors  SV has in its spring sneaker collection. Plus, they are kind of like, half the price.  (In my opinion, in my opinion, nobody sue me.)

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Wait a minute…

TB takes a swing at the swine flu…

I’m guessing this could be a hoax but I don’t want to be hasty with my assumptions. The last thing I want to do is call something a hoax while there’s some old lady or kid dying in the hospital from it (supposedly the two groups most susceptible to this virus are the elderly and children) . Although something about this seems very fishy. Bush had the bird flu and terrorists. Now Obama has the swine flu and the economy… oh yea, and pirates.

While searching the internet as well as YouTube for answers and theories I came across this video.

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Community Meeting at the Olney Library

If you support Olney, come to this meeting.  Thanks to Barbara Bishop from the Korean Community Development Services Center’s 5th Street Revitalization Project.



6:30 – 7:45pm



On March 27, 2009 Jan Kalaminsky, the head librarian at the Greater Olney Branch of the Free Library, died suddenly. In addition to the loss of a wonderful helpful person our branch is also placed in a precarious position. Because of the city’s budget shortfall there is a hiring freeze currently in place so this position will not be filled during the current budget year. When the new budget is approved and takes effect July 1, 2009, we do not know what will be funded for the libraries. Continue reading

Finally… we are safe

Regular TB on crime-fighting? Honestly, I have no idea. This kid comes up with the most random topics ever. -PG

If you ever thought of doing the ultimate crime spree I beg you to reconsider. There are those amongst us who will not let crime go unpunished. We even have our own website where you can register yourself to join the elite fighting forces of the world to end corruption and to bring peace to this godforsaken planet of despair.

One enemy of evil is a 21 yr old man that goes by the alias Shadow Hare. He patrols the streets of Cincinnati fighting crime and helping people in need. He knows the harsh realities of life and the streets all too well as he was abused as a child and suffers from a dislocated shoulder protecting a lady from a mugger. He has a group of fellow crime fighters that help him in his crime fighting efforts called The Allegiance of Heroes.

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Life in Chinatown: I


I just moved to Chinatown this April. One of the best things about living in Chinatown? Dozens of produce places that offer fresh, cheap produce. I got all this for under $10. That’s asparagus, eggs, noodles, strawberries, ginger, garlic, onions, tomatoes, snow peas and peppers. And scallions. And parsley. Oh yeah. Limes and mushrooms.

Just… Pathetic.

TB unleashes his dark and fiery side…Hella!

When I was in California me and a buddy used to listen to this show on the radio called Coast to Coast. It’s hosted weekdays by George Norry and weekends by Art Bell. This show is full of crazy stuff with open lines for callers to give their two cents and personal stories about ghosts and aliens and UFOs (with the occasional conspiracy theories). It starts at 10 PM and ends around 2PM (although sometimes it goes on till 3:30 depending on how interesting the topics are).

Anyway, so one night we were sitting at the local park eating Taco Bell (what we affectionately call the G-Spot) and host Art Bell started talking about how he had a guest on the show that was going to talk about hell. We got totally excited because we both had grown up in religious households and for us, discussions of the supernatural were akin to camp fire tales from Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark. Continue reading

If you needed cheering…

…this beautiful Monday afternoon, a  Bollywood music video featuring lil’ bodybuilder Aditya ‘Romeo’ Dev may just do the trick.

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A Couple of Open Letters Real Quick

Guest blogger DB on ol’ Ms. Cali. I guess this topic never gets old…

Those of you with jobs that offer nothing more interesting than reading pop culture blogs day in and day out (HOLLA!), or those of you who watch the Miss America contest (kill yourself) have probably caught wind of the puffed-up Perez Hilton vs. Ms. California vaguely-possibly-in-some-way-distantly-related-to-gay-marriage-but-not-really “scandal.” Only it’s less of a scandal and more of a piece of media detritus that got stuck in the trash compactor. Not to quibble over labels.

Anyway if you missed it, all that happened was Perez Hilton, who was apparently a judge for the Ms. America contest, asked Ms. California whether or not she believed that gays should have the right to marry, and Ms. America said “no.” BestWeekEver has the story and video here. Seems like a simple enough exchange, right?

Readers, if I pass one piece of advice along to you, let it be this: Never underestimate the wiles of media whores. In retrospect it seems inevitable that this would end with Ms. California praying for Perez’s gay soul and Ms. Perez taking the opportunity to use boring profanity on television. (BestWeekEver also has that story here. Stay tuned for the part where the anchor, with a look of consternation, says “he went on to call you the C word. What’s your response to that?”) Continue reading

Starbucks fail


phillygrrl-0334One out of my every two visits to Starbucks results in some sort of upgrade or extras. And I don’t like it.

No, it’s not because I’m a girl and people like to give me free coffee. (Most of the time.)

It’s because of the disconnect betweeen the barista and the cashier.

You know what I’m talking about. That whole “One frap no-fat double mocha extra whipped cream on the side” nonsense that the cashier yells out to the barista in rapid succession.

Maybe it’s supposed to give the customer some sort of Old World coffee thrill. But usually it just ends up wasting time and money.

And I know you people who wait for your barista to mess up simply so you can go from tall to grande will hate me. (So that’s why you have such complicated orders….)

Fact is, most employees are simply not able to process information as fast as Starbucks would like to think they are.

I’ll generally wait 10 minutes on a regular morning before asking for my order. I’m not the type to harass employees. Five minutes will go by. I’ll look at the line and try to rationalize the wait. Ten minutes. I’ll look pointedly at my watch and clear my throat. Fifteen minutes and they’re looking at me like I’m the crazy one. So much for being quiet and unassuming.

Oh, wait! They forgot my order? No problem, ma’am. We’ll just give you a grande with a cookie.


Nope. And the company shouldn’t be either. Little extras like that probably add up to millions.

But here’s a pen and a paper. Write it down. Coffee. Small.

Oh, forget it. I’ll go to a lunch cart.