09.16.09 – A Wednesday


serendipity [ser-uhn-dip-i-tee] n. 1.an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident 2.good fortune; luck: the serendipity of getting the first job she applied for


King Henry V of England (1386), T.E. Hulme (1883), Allen Funt (1914), Lauren Bacall (1924), Charlie Byrd (1925), B.B. King (1925), Peter Falk (1927), Anne Francis (1930), Ed Begley, Jr. (1949), Earl Klugh (1954), David Copperfield (1956), Mickey Rourke (1956), Jennifer Tilly (1958), Richard Marx (1963), Molly Shannon (1964), Marc Anthony (1968), Amy Poehler (1971), Nick Jonas (1992)


I have to be honest. Nothing’s really bugging me all that much today. Sorry, all. Promise, tomorrow will feature something angry and witty. Right now, I’m just enjoying my new lease on life.


Barbara and I seemed to be so right for each other, as far as ambition and business and identity and power. But it really takes work. My feeling about love is, that part of nature is so precious. I’ll always love her. That doesn’t mean I want to talk with her. ◊ Elliott Gould


When those who know what the hell we’re talking about look back and ponder the early stages of alternative/modern rock, there’s one band that should definitely come to mind – Camper Van Beethoven. David Lowery and friends formed one of those bands long considered well before its time. I remember sitting in my buddy Tim’s room for countless hours in high school while we dissected each and every song off of Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart. I’m not sure if he and I ever came close to agreeing which one was actually the best but, having listened to that album about 834 times straight through, I’m going with “My Path Belated.” Unlike some of those other bands from that era, Camper Van Beethoven actually re-formed, recorded a new album and, to this day, continue to tour.


→ Want to know how truly fucked up everything is getting? Well, if you live in the city of Philadelphia and you’ve got a library book out on loan from the Free Library of Philadelphia, you’ll need to return it by Thursday, October 1st. Why, you ask? Annual inventory? Nah. The Pennsylvania State Legislature has cut off the necessary funding for the library system to continue operating. Awesome.

→ The internet is kind of funny when it wants to be. Check out “Top 10 Kanye West Interruption Parodies.” Man, people on work fast. My favorite is the Hitler reaction video.

→ Want to get your anarchy on? Get some cool duds, probably something with the image of Che Guevara. Next, start reading the Defenestrator, Philadelphia’s very own underground newspaper.

07.20.09 – Monday

Word: propitious [pruhpishuhs] adj. 1. presenting favorable conditions; favorable: propitious weather 2. indicative of favor; auspicious: propitious omens 3. favorably inclined; disposed to bestow favors or forgive: propitious gods

Birthday: Alexander the Great (356 BC), Francesco Petrarch (1304), Edmund Hillary (1919), Chuck Daly (1930), Natalie Wood (1938), Kim Carnes (1945), Carlos Santana (1947), Donna Dixon (1957), Billy Mays (1958), Frank Whaley (1963), Chris Cornell (1964), Stone Gossard (1966), Vitamin C (1969), Sandra Oh (1971), Omar Epps (1973)

Quotation: There’s nothing like getting arrested or winding up in the emergency room at Cedars to make you think you might not be a “social drinker.”Ed Begley Jr.

Tune: In the ongoing exploration of the thousands of unlistened to songs on my iPod, I’ve come across anothe song that I’m quite fond of – “Hidden Thieves” by Israeli band, missFlag.

Gallimaufry: “Had I known I was going to live this long, I might not have stepped down from the anchor desk so soon and missed out on a lot of the dandy stories of this last quarter century. However, I would not change the opportunities and the fun I’ve had with my family and friends, and the folks I’ve met sailing and traveling in these ensuing years.” Those were written a few years back by legendary anchorman Walter Cronkite and published in Charles Grodin‘s book, If I Only Knew Then…Learning From Our Mistakes. This past Saturday, Cronkite died at the age of 92, just three days before the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, an event to which he will always be linked. Truly, an important and honorable man. For those of you who watched the final round of yesterday’s 2009 British Open, how heartbreaking was it to watch the 18th-hole collapse of 59-year old Tom Watson? The bogey put him in a four-hole playoff with Stewart Cink, who eventually captured the win after Watson triple-bogeyed the the 17th-hole. I’m not going to lie. I, like most everyone else watching, was pulling for Watson, who is probably unlikely to find himself in a situation like that in a major championship ever again. Jack Nicholson and Paul Rudd have been seen in Philadelphia as of late. They’re here for filming of a as-yet-unnamed James L. Brooks movie. So is Owen Wilson. And, over the weekend, Reese Witherspoon came into town and will be here until October. It’s time like this we can simply hope everyone behaves themselves and, months from now, we won’t be hearing amusing anecdotes about Philly’s unique style of hospitality on all the talk shows.