Friday, July 24, 2009

RANDOM SHOTS OF LIFE ie Day After Birthday Blog

I'm going to

today...hope there's a sunset to photograph

Florida Key's my winter retreat

Thursday, July 23, 2009

FIRST THE CALDERS, Then THE THINKER, NOW JOANIE ON THE PONIE - What is happening to Statues along the Parkway?

Http:// starts their Fairmount Park tour at Emmanuel Fremiet's dazzling, gilded bronze Joan of Arc (Joanie on the Pony) on the Kelly Drive side of the river, on the east side of the Philadelphia Museum of art. Bought by the Fairmount Park Art Association in 1890, the monument was at first placed at the east end of the Girard Avenue Bridge. Unappreciated at that location, it was moved to its present one in 1959, after being given its gilt coat in the basement of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.A haunting coincidence adds to the story of the statue. We know that in 1431, the 19-year-old Joan was burned at stake after being captured by the English during a battle in the Hundred Years War. Sculptor Fremiet chose a 15-year-old model, Valerie Laneau, for his sculpture of Joan. When Laneau was 77, she too was burned to death — while trying to light her evening lamp.

A few weeks back I wrote about the Calder garden being dismantled and yesterday I noticed something amiss with The Joan of Arc statue in front of my condo bldg, or Joanie on the Ponie as we like to call her. It seems that the bushes had been removed from the bottom of the statue. I thought maybe they are re-landscaping it, but is that something that should be done during this economy?

I can't imagine they are cleaning it because it was just done in the last 9 years. I've lived at the Philadelphian, the building in the background, for 9 years and I recall it being cleaned once before.

Philadelphia what are you doing to our statues? I love my art, but do they really need to be cleaned during this budget crisis? I'm just guessing they're cleaning it, I really have no idea what is happening to it. I have several emails into a couple people. Maybe someone can find out where they are going, and why they would take them away at the height of TOURISM SEASON!!
Should we worry about the Rocky Statue next?

The 4th Annual Sandwich Make-Off at The Bellevue's Gourmet Food Court

The 4th Annual Sandwich Make-Off at The Bellevue's Gourmet Food Court eas held yesterday at the Bellevue Food Court. Among the judges were John Bolaris (Doing his best Simon Cowell), Kathy Orr and Glen "Hurricane" Schwartz. All three are the Chief Meteorologists at their perspective stations, but interesting enough they all worked at WCAU/NBC10 at the same time in the late '90s and early '00s. Bolaris - 1990 to 2003. Orr came to WCAU/NBC10 in 1998, leaving in 2003 for KYW. Schwartz 1995 til present. Hurricane piped up that he was hired as the anti-bolaris. Kathy was hired to mediate between the two, no actually I can't remember what she said, but all three of them are infamous for that one winter prediction in 2003.
Other judges included DA candidates Seth Williams and Michael Untermeyer. Phillies Ball Girls Gina Papilli & Jordan Teuber and Jamie Smith, Philabundence. The weather people tried their best to describe their opinions of the sandwiches in "Weather Terms". For example at one point John joke that a sandwich was a category 3 and if they had added horseradish it might have been a 5.

A nice sized crowd came out to see the annual sandwich contest, which benefits Philabundance
At one point Michael Untemyer, Republican candidate for DA said that one sandwich was so salty he would never serve it at a meeting.
Entertainment was provided by Jose Pieretti, Bryanerick Reyes, Michael davino (director), Manny Jimeniz and Warren Simmons
Really Glen I think it was more of a cold front. I didn't like it.
Phillies Ball Girl Gina Papilli and Jamie Smith, Philabundance
Kathy Orr explains that the pesto sandwich had an explosion of delicious flavors and created a strong front of joy. The vortex was deep.
The judges make the hard decision on which sandwich is the best. I have an idea it's the last one as I had heard a lot of Hmmmm mmm's
Seth Williams walks to the winning sandwich standHurricane Schwartz and John Bolaris greet fans. If this picture doesn't clear up one thing, there is no doubt that the news people are celebrities and folks want to greet them and are excited to see them in person.
The Award for People’s Choice went to Bain’s for the Juan Epstein, named for the character on Welcome Back Kotter who’s half Hispanic and half Jewish. It’s a Corned Beef Special on a Cuban roll. We had voting by ballet on Monday with free samples for the public. They won by an overwhelming margin! Seth Williams is giving Michael Jolles his trophy.
Bassetts Turkey Glenn Gross and Michael Untemyer, Republican candidate for DA as Anna Iredale, PR for the Park Hyatt/Bellevue looks on.
Judges: TV meteorologists Kathy Orr, Glenn Schwartz, John Bolaris and DA candidates Seth Williams and Michael Untermeyer. Phillies Ball Girls Gina Papilli & Jordan Teuber and Jamie Smith, Philabundence
The winning sandwich is the Bassetts Texas BBQ Brisket. It's cooked for 15 hrs over a hickory bbq.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

NBC10/FUSION CROSS TRAINING "BE A 10 IN 10 WEEKS CHALLENGE" "taking the bridge" by running all 9,573 feet worth of the Ben Franklin -- twice.

Fusion Cross-training is all about from its creator and top fitness trainer Gavin McKay. Gavin's workout give you an idea of how complete Fusion's fitness training is: cardio, speed, strength, balance, flexibility and athleticism. He then leads his clients through a Fusion Cross-training workout, which includes cardio intervals, free weight strength training, as well as yoga stretch and relaxation. (Happy Birthday PR Maven Megan Smith )

So here we are the 7th Week of NBC10's "Be a 10 in 10 Weeks". I don't look like a 10, but I feel like I am on my way to living a 10 life. This picture sums it up for me, I am not a morning person, but since starting this program it's not unheard of for me to pop out of bed at 5:30AM to head out the door for a 6:30AM work out. (For the BF Bridge run I got to sleep in as we met at 7AM)My friend of 25 years Colleen. She's my sister's BFF and they met in nursery school. She join Fusion Cross Training a few weeks ago to get into Bridal Shape as she is taking the plunge in October.
Austin Williams participated in last winter's boot camp to pack on the pounds as he was always a little underweight.

And we're off. It was so exilerating to be up at that hour and see the sights, er I mean feel the wind against my face
"Hughie, stop taking pictures and run," screamed Fusion Fitness trainer Gavin McKay. He's been acting as our boot camper's guide along the road to fitness, but Hughe Dillon was naturally distracted while shuffling across the blue-toned bridge -- he is a photographer after all. The blogger and local celebrity paparazzo has worked hard to make a change in his life. "I was afraid to go out," Hughe said for fear of being ridiculed. (I got over the afraid part when I ballooned to 250+ and well there was no hiding that) There's been a few setbacks along the way (Mostly my stubborness to give up bad habits), but after this week's results Hughe can afford to stop and take in the sights. He completed four workouts and dropped another 2.5 lbs. bringing the total loss thus far to 11 lbs.
I used to just say there's no way I could ever get to be 300lbs, but you know what I didn't prevent it. I didn't have a plan, and as my friends and family watched I barrelled my way thru to that ungodly, unhealthy weight.
Now things are different. Now I have a plan, am armed with a food journal, have the amazing support of others, especially at Fusion and most importantly I believe in my future and am not letting my weight hold me back or make excuses for me. So whether you work out at a gym, or at home, you need to have the tools to help you achieve your goals. Go out and buy a note book to write your goals, to keep track of your meals, to dream of a better future. I'm not asking you to lose 20, 30 or a 100lbs, I'm asking you to take the steps that are going to allow you to move better, feel better and more confident about yourself. Maybe it's only a few lbs that are going to do it. To me the 11lbs I lost is just a number, the real difference is I am up 3 belt holes, now that was really something tagible that I could appreciate.

Below are a few links to help you move your belt a couple holes:
This weeks NBC 10 segment:

All 7 Weeks here

Check out this video of Gavin going over some of the programs he offers at Fusion

For my Birthday tomorrow I'm joining Weight Watchers. You can do it online now, plus they have a great support system with customer service, advisors and message boards.

WEBMD Weight Boards

LowCarb Friends

The CUBS are staying at The Ritz-Carlton + can't afford dry cleaning.

I work across from the 30th floor of the Ritz-Carlton and saw this in the window, two drying "Met Shirts". The one on the right says "Wrigley Field".

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Lately in Atlantic City swimming pools are getting almost as popular as slot machines. It seems like every Casino or hotel is sporting a body of water in which you don't have to step on sand to get to. As promised on my Twitter " iphillychitchat" Philly Chit Chat visited 2 of Atlantic City's newest and seemingly hottest ventures, I dare someone to differ.
Yesterday we covered Dusk and today we'll talk about the Chelsea Hotel. The website states that "The Chelsea ushers in a new era of Atlantic City chic, re-imagining the fabled heyday of “America's Playground” for the savvy modern traveler. The first non-gaming hotel to grace the Boardwalk since the 1960s, the Chelsea captures imaginations by conjuring the long-lost glamour and sophistication of this seaside resort town as a magical retreat where leisure and luxury come together in a perfect blend of great service, true comfort, and alluring spaces." Just by looking at this sign it kinda reminds you of old Las Vegas and the Rat Pack Days. And that is what I found inside, a classy, woodsy comfortable place to stay.

The Fifth Floor pool and deck area screams cool, whether lounging in the sun and swimming in the heated pool listening to a DJ by day, or dancing at night. Bikini-clad waitresses a plus. We first met them last Thursday at the Philly Style Magazine party. Along with these folks. It was just a lucky coincidence that they same weekend the Dusk/Cashman & Assocs invited me to cover an event at Dusk, that Sabrina Tamburino was having the first of many bacherlorette parties before her big plunge.
The pool on the main floor offers a relaxed, serene place to take a dip or relax.

How cool is it to have a DJ play as you are sunning or swimming. This crowd was not shy, as you will see in a second, and many of the guests were dancing in the aisle. I should have asked if the drinks were strong. Then again everyone is on vacation and away from the stresses of the day.

The Chelsea is touted as "a delightfully unpredictable house party".Hey it's Brett Perloff is very busy lately with starting a company Perl Media which is a dynamic communications and events company specializing in nightlife promotion and consultation, special event production. Which includes running events at:
* The Chelsea including C5 and the Cabana Club
* Dusk Nightclub
* Strongbox
* National Jean Company

Congratulation SabrinaI think I need to make another trip to The Chelsea. That day I was in and out in 30 minutes. Now doing this blog I see that in the evening the 5th floor turns into a nightclub atmosphere. I must have missed the pool tables. So if you are looking for an alternative to the hustle of the casino's, you might just want to check out the Chelsea, a cooler by the mile luxe and classy spot to go. An adult playground.

I took a quick walk around the hotel but was short on time or I would have taken pixs of the various rooms. I did check out Stephen Starr’s Chelsea Prime which is on the 5th floor and looked like a swanky, classy, relaxed eatery with an amazing view of the ocean. Now there's a place I NEED TO GO BACK TO.