The first time I came to Philly, I asked a shop clerk what it was like, and he said to me, “It’s okay, but it’s no New York.” That sounds about right. That sounds about how a lot of people would answer. I’m glad it’s not New York. I lived in New York; I’m happy to be in Philly. Read more »
“This is a party trick.”
Jami McKeon passes her BlackBerry Bold across the polished hardwood conference table to show what she typed just a moment ago. She typed it without once looking at the device, while holding my gaze and saying, “I’m so fast typing on a BlackBerry that my husband calls it a party trick. Read more »
Mitch Williams was, until recently, known for two things — throwing a baseball and talking baseball. He’s doing the latter here in a cramped studio in Collingswood, New Jersey. It’s home to Wildfire Radio, an online station that’s hoping to attract attention with Unleashed, a baseball chat show hosted by former Phillies reliever Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams. On a cold night in January, Mitch is flanked by two co-hosts and a special guest — his son, Declan. “I want people at home to know the depth of the knowledge of kids that are watching our game today,” Mitch explains, in case listeners are wondering why his 10-year-old is sitting in tonight. “It’s amazing. He amazes me on a daily basis.” Read more »
Tiffany Adams is running late.
I saw that coming even before she texted me at 4:19 p.m., 11 minutes ahead of our arranged meeting at a coffee shop on Sydenham Street: “Hey I’m running a little late but I’m on my way!” First, she’s driving in from Bensalem, and it’s almost rush hour. Second, in our limited interactions leading up to today, she’s given off a distinctly unhurried vibe — not a lack of punctuality, but a casualness about time itself, as though her presence in this dimension is strictly voluntary. Also, she has six boyfriends, give or take a few, which is already stretching the limits of temporality.
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It’s a frigid February day, and Union Transfer — as usual — is throbbing with young people. Only it’s not rock bands and sweaty, dancing concertgoers filling out the venue this afternoon, but bright-eyed, tech-oriented millennials and the companies that want to hire them. The event? A good old-fashioned job fair. Read more »
A couple of years back, a city-dwelling friend of mine made a bet with her husband over who would correctly predict the most Oscar winners. The loser, they decided, would be forced to do the winner’s bidding in one specific arena: The victor could demand any sort of food run at any time. Which is how, minutes after arriving home from a weeklong vacation, my friend found herself back outside, tromping testily through piles of snow on a quest for her husband’s favorite apple pie from a bakery several blocks away. It goes without saying that she regretted ever agreeing to such inconvenient stakes. Read more »
Babies, Kids and Parents
What: Prescription and over-the-counter medication
From: Fishtown Pharmacy, Fishtown, fishtownpharmacy.com
How to Order: Text, email, phone
Delivery Zone: Within five miles of Fishtown during regular business hours; call for other inquiries.
The Scoop: This pharmacy is a ray of sunshine when you have a sick, crying kid on your hands. They deliver emergency prescriptions like antibiotics plus over-the-counter necessities like baby aspirin to your home, usually within two hours, free of charge.
What: Hospital-grade breast pumps and breastfeeding accessories
From: My Fabulous Mama, Grad Hospital, myfabulousmama.com
How to Order: Phone
Delivery Zones: Center City and South Philly
The Scoop: Because new moms are busy enough, owner Marisa Piccarreto takes her breastfeeding expertise on the road by hand-delivering Medela Symphony pumps and accessories like pumping bras and nipple shields. Delivery is free for concierge-service clients or else $25; pump rental is $85 for one month, $240 for three months, $440 for six months and $780 for 12 months. Read more »