Daily Archives: July 3, 2009

I’m too old to dance

Okay, so I promised a couple of people that I would write about the Jay Sean concert last Thursday at Plush nightclub.  (Yes, it took me that long to recover.)

Some background. I am not and have never been a huge fan of any particular music group/act.  I don’t faint when a musician I like comes around. I’ve never been a super-fan type. And I don’t attend many concerts. And I’m not a huge clubbing person either (this will make sense later). I went to see the Jay Sean concert simply because I appreciate and recognize his impact on the desi music scene. (Probably not the universal audience he’s going for, though.) And seeing as the concert was two blocks from my house and all of my out-of-state cousins were jealous of me…well I simply couldn’t resist.

As a kid (and by kid I mean six years ago when I was an impressionable 17-year old) I heard Jay Sean sing “Dance with you” and “Stolen.” Those were huge songs back in the day if you were a little brown kid with a lot of family weddings to attend. His name became well-known. And not only because he changed his name from Kamaljit Singh.  Jay Sean’s appeal to the dreamy desi pre-pubescent set was bound to make him some sort of star. Not surprising that he became hot stuff in the UK. But unless you’re a desi living in America, you’re probably not familiar with him as the Brits are. Whatever. Americans. (My friend: “Sean John, what?”) Continue reading


Yay! Gentification!

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Here’s exactly what we need on a university campus: a Fresh Grocer. Because over-priced groceries are exactly what a neighborhood needs to grow healthy. Not.

Sure, Penn has one. LaSalle has one. Naturally Temple needs one too, right? More jobs. Fresh groceries. At least that’s what one of the kids in that article says. Rico, a street vendor around Temple, says that neighborhood residents don’t have places to buy fresh fruit. (Although I guess he never went to the white truck on 13th and Jefferson that sells produce every day but okay.)

But, seriously. Who can afford the stuff at Fresh Grocer? Has anyone ever been to a Fresh Grocer? The stuff there is not cheap. It’s for university students whose parents are footing the bill. It’s for the Temple student who finds it inconvenient to take the subway to Allegheny and go to the Pathmark. It’s not for the kids who really need it. Maybe prices have gone down there since I went to the one on Penn’s campus, but I doubt it. You’re better off going to Trader Joe’s. Continue reading

Love has no season

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Seen in Chinatown on 10th and Vine. Aw, isn’t that cute.  I just love me some cute bubble tea ads. You can’t beat that ad copy. “Dissimilar seasons, same good mood.” Okay, honey. As long as I get my green tea bubble smoothie first.