Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, Guster concert

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Great $72.50 seats at the beautiful Mann Center, moderately priced concert food, tons of humid heat and lots of dancing with SACM.

We had fun and then took the long walk out of the venue, walking for the Mann’s skyline view.

I’ve listened to Guster, Ben Folds Five and Barenaked Ladies since my older sister introduced me to them while I was in high school. It was great to hear some new songs and many I knew.

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Bachelor party

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It was a full on Atlantic City bachelor party weekend — driving down following a tailgating and Philadelphia Union match in the pouring rain and following through to a Sunday drive in traffic home.

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Boom Boom Caberet story at First Person Arts Story Slam

I told a ROAD TRIP story at the latest First Person Arts Story Slam. It was, looking back, a little racy for the audience, so I hope you enjoy it — five minutes or so. Maybe NSFW. Give it a watch

It was my first time telling a story in a public setting like that, in this case part of the popular Story Slam series from the nonprofit First Person Arts. I had told this story first for Story Shuffle, but cut it down by half.

7th annual Chester County Hot Air Balloon Festival

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Today, SACM and I enjoyed the 7th annual Chester County Hot Air Balloon Festival today.

Jury Duty

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Last August, I was due for Jury Duty. As I was instructed by the form mailed to me, I called an information hotline the night before and was told that I wasn’t needed.

I breathed a little sigh of relief because, though in April 2010, I was very moved by a Common pleas judge imploring residents to take jury duty seriously (saying: “People with jobs do everything they can to get out, so who do you think is left?”), I was equally nervous about taking a day off from work and how behind that would put me.

But then I got a notice again in April for a June date. Dutifully I called again, but this time I was told to report, which I did, Friday, June 7 to the Criminal Justice Center in Center City Philadelphia.

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Muck Fest Tough Mudder Philadelphia

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I ran my first ever Muck Fest, as a way to raise funds for MS, held near the Newtown square HQ of SAP.

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Fairhill Square Park Pay It Forward project

This is Puerto Rican artist Rafael Ferrer re-dedicating his "El Gran Teatro de la Luna" in Fairhill Square Park at 4th and Lehigh

This is Puerto Rican artist Rafael Ferrer re-dedicating his “El Gran Teatro de la Luna” in Fairhill Square Park at 4th and Lehigh

My Leadership Philadelphia class prompted the work, and I’m so happy I got the encouragement.

Asked to do a ‘Pay it Forward’ project in which we committed some volunteer time to a neighborhood in Philadelphia that none of our team members lived, worked or already volunteered in, we ended up cleaning, mulching, picking up trash and other work in Fairhill Square Park near Kensington ahead of a rededication for a beautiful piece of art.

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Bowling at Pep Bowl

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The small, quirky Pep Bowl bowling alley in the basement of a health clinic in South Philadelphia was the site of a friend’s birthday party and I was happy to finally get the chance to have fun.

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‘Even Cowgirls get the Blues:’ my favorite passages from the 1976 Tom Robbins novel on individuality

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Individuality is a heavy load is among the largest themes of the 1976 Tom Robbins novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues that I recently finished.

Last year, I read and loved Robbins’ book ‘Still Life with Woodpecker,’ but I think I liked this even more.

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New Year’s Eve

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Fun with SACM’s friends at a house in Kensington.

Some pics here.