Friday, April 9, 2010

My Trip to Charlotte, NC to Visit My Sisters

What is this bug? We picked it up along the Skyline Drive in Virginia; I recommend you take lots of Dramamine before you embark on it. I had Mike turn the car around after the first 10 miles of hairpin turns as there was no way I was going to make it the next 80 miles like that.
I did get this one shot before I turned around and left. I miscalculated Spring. Since the Appalachians are a tad higher than sea level Spring had not arrived yet.

Spring along I-81
Taken at 75MPH, not bad. I really should stop and smell the roses & take some pictures.
I love this shot. Often I forget there are men and women fighting for our country around the world. Thanks, you're in my prayers. This is in New Market, Va
Almost there. 10 hrs from Philly, to Lancaster Pa to pick up my niece then to Charlotte, NC

My other niece (Judy's daughter) was already in Charlotte visiting. Before her mother became ill, Colleen was living and going to school in Charlotte, working as an aupair and getting her LPN. Boy did that LPN come in handy when her mother was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. Colleen gave up her schooling and her friends to return home to care for her mother. I am grateful, and admire her a great deal.Oh my little pride's & joys. Crista's kids Michael Jr & Bo
The boys visit Grace down the street. They've never met the owner, but everyday on the way to the park they stop by to say hi. Woof!!!
The dollar goes a long way in Charlotte, NC; it is definitely a great place to raise a family too. Very diverse, preppy, church going peeps, families and shopping. Every development has their own upscale shopping center.
Easter Breakfast at the Bateman's
Mike & baby bo
greatest shot

It was the first time I got to see The DeFeo Family Inline Rink. My sister Janine and her hubby Tom wanted to give back to the community so they bought them an inline hockey rink for their local YMCA. Tommy's been with Microsoft since it's teenage years. Here's Janine and son TJ, who is an championship ice hockey player.
Dad Michael and baby bo on the swings. Michael is originally from Cinnaminson, NH

After Easter dinner. Munley cousins, Crista and Tommy.

Cousins different but close. Nicole is edging, artistic and loves shopping at Hot Topic. Kelsey girly girl whose favorite color is pink. Athletic and high spirited.

Everyone should do their Easter Egg Hunt with prepackaged eggs. $14 for 50, damn where were you all my life?
Did I mention the dollar goes far down there?
To relieve the stress of a day at the office Tommy has taken up lego's and he is a serious builder. Did you know this summer LEGO animals will be part of new exhibit at Philly Zoo? I'll get to hang out with Tommy & my sister Janine. So excited.Crista and Bo
I gave each of my sisters key chains for Easter from John Wind. Proceeds got to fight AIDS. The fight not over yet. I miss my best friend Shaun Conley, and close friends Wayne Cohen, Michael Root and a handful of wonderful people who died before their time.
The Boys on their rockers. These will be the only dogs in the house for a couple years.
I told my sister she needed a picture of Michael's clothes because he's not going be this size forever, and you know when you buy your kids clothes they are really thought out. Then each outfit worn at an event holds a special meaning.
My niece Kelsey's kicks. She's so cool
Everyone says Michael Jr is mini me. He chats alot, is very curious and is a night owl. I gave him this Phillie's hat that I had gotten from a Cole Hamel's charity event. He's adorable and he calls me Uncle Chewy.
Have a great weekend. Thanks for all your support and readership this past week.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Last night Strongbox was to have their 3rd Re-Grand Opening or this time a new and improved opening since initially opening in 2009

But the crowds were turned away shortly after the VIP Grand Re-opening Party on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 9pm as L&I closed them down.
My source tells me that the permit for the club is for a restaurant, and as Strongbox serves cocktails and no food, it doesn't even have a kitchen, well L&I shut them down until they get their paperwork in order. (Could be for crowd control too, it's a small club with a huge following)

When Strongbox first opened it branded itself as an exclusive VIP Douchebag kinda club, but then the economy collapsed and the folks they were aiming to attract couldn't afford that kind of luxury and the club closed for a few months last summer to rethink their strategy. Last September, it was re-branded and the welcome mat was out for all to enjoy, and the no douchebag sign symbolically went up on the door.

As they found their footing they tried lots of different theme's and special nights, but it wasn't until the "Cool Kids" Jackiem Wright and Reggie Berry created a fun party on what is usually a dead night, Tuesday. It was hugely successful, and has now spilled into other nights. Earlier this year I wrote about the "Cool Kids" party, and how you can gain admission to the popular party. It's back to the VIP status, and it has to be as the club really only holds about 100 people, think Bungalow 8 in NYC; now you have to know the cool kids and get on their VIP list. I don't consider it backsliding because now they have a cool kids, no douche bag vibe where even ?uestlove (Questlove, I'm not that cool I have to spell it out) would go to party. Now with a new PR Company The Nouveau Image and a new look, big things are in store for Strongbox.
Here is a list of celebs, athletes, or influential in Philly that have been through StrongBox since the Cool Kid's Party started. (And since the tremendous success they have other party nights at Strongbox) Check out their Facebook Page

Ryan Howard-Phillies DeSean Jackson-Eagles LeSean McCoy-Eagles Jeremy Maclin-Eagles Andre Iguodala-Sixers Allen Iverson-Sixers Todd Herimans-Eagles Royal Ivey-Sixers Lou Williams-Sixers AO-And 1 Alex Thomas-Eagles Akeem Jordan-Eagles Alvin Williams-Toronto Raptors Asst Coach Farnsworth Bentley Marsha Ambrosious-Singer Chad West-Music Producer Charlie Mack D.J. Augustin-Charlotte Bobcats Nazr Muhammad-Bobcats Desagana Diop-Bobcats Larry Hughes-NY Knicks Nate Robinson-Knicks Jordan Hill-Knicks Chris Duhon-Knicks Al Harrington-Knicks Shavlik Randolph-Portland Trailblazers William Wesley-"Uncle Wes" JJ Hickson-Cleveland Cavs Juwad Williams-Cavs Jason Thompson-Sacramento Kings

The Sacramento Kings' Jason Thompson (center), raised in Mount Laurel, joins friends Jackiem Wright (left) and Reggie Barry at the Strongbox club in Center City. Thompson was there on the eve of Friday's loss to the 76er for his Welcome Home Party.

The Public Grand Re-opening Party will be Friday, April 9, 2010. Doors will open at 10pm at which time you can see the new interior design done by The Nouveau Image, a Philadelphia based firm. Located in the heart of Rittenhouse Square at 2029 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.
(I may be giving the love to those two guys, but they were not one of the 3 sources I talked to)

Damon Feldman's CELEBRITY BOXING 19 GINA LYNN vs HAILEY GLASSMAN scratch that Kate Major , Michael Lohan's fiance


We interrupt our regularly scheduled famewhore Damon Feldman's celebrity boxing press conference between The CBF Female Lightweight Championship contenders Jon Gosselin's ex Hailey Glassman vs. Porn Star Gina Lynn to bring you more than 15 minutes of their fame.

As I twittered at 9PM the Bombshell dropped @ boxing bombshell media circus @ South Philly Bar +Grill. This will be all over the national jerry springer news tomorrow it
"I told you I wasn't coming and I don't support this. I have obligations due to the contract and I will attend the event because it's for charity. I stand strong for my belief in equality, regardless of race, color, religion, or national origin (hmm she skipped us gay people, I'm doubly offended, once by Michelle "Bombshell" Nazi McGee & now this!!). I will not stand to be associated with anyone who is a Nazi, Anti-Semitic or racist. PERIOD THE END. HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY YOUR EVENING. MUCH LOVE TO ALL, Hailey Glassman.
Hailey it was publicized that Michelle Bombshell McGee wasn't going to be at the press conference so you should have shown up and dropped your bombshell, then tomorrows headlines would have your picture instead of say your BFF Kate Major, a women you have more in common with then just being attractive girls, attracted to douche bags, you're both exes of Jon Gosselin (both girls say he has a small penis, classy.)
So now the match on May 7, 2010 will be between Kate Major who one day might be Lindsay Lohan's step-mother and Gina Lynn an actual celebrity of sorts (but hey what am I talking about I'm out here covering this and now writing about it and there is an audience. What charity is it for?)
Other folks participating in Damon Feldman's last Celebrity Boxing event in Pennsylvania (he's put us on the map for these outrageous boxing matches, that seem to be as authentic as the WWF) CBF Champion Danny Mills, future Hollywood Star Tom Walton (but you could insert the name Arthur Kade here), Jesse James (not to be confused with that dog Jesse James who Bombshell slept with) and Shaunie Stylez (stars on his shirt to the left), Gina Lynn, Kate Major and Jenny Jenn from the Rad Girls.

50 year old Michael Lohan better cut back on the smoking if he plans on staying alive half as long as his 27 year old future bride Kate Major who he just got engaged to. Just in the news yesterday too, well blogs. I respect blogs.
Gratuitous shot of Gina Lynn

Was this mele during the press conference caused because
Michael Lohan was trying to bone Gina Lynn earlier in the night

Nah, it was all about Lindsay's father mouthing off again to Porn Star Gina Lynn's Porn Star hubby Travis Knight
things got hot and heavy and a smiling Michael Lohan rips his shirt off
again to show us what he's been up to on his off time,
pumping iron, nips and tucks, vitamins? He fought Danny Bonaduce once didn't he?

Things calmed down and things got back to business. reality star Shaunie Stylez and Jesse James will meet up to fight out the title which is represented by that belt, but I don't follow sports. But one of them will be wearing the belt. Probably the less prettier one cause really do you have suffer for style that much for a belt?Later the girls make nice and pose
Gn Kang interviews sexy Gina Lynn
Hot Jenny Jenn ran across the street to Pat's for a cheesesteak. They're her favorite.
The attorney representing the Boxing Organization was nice enough to give me his script which was made during the press conference. It reads: "I am Kevin R Consolo, Executive Producer for CelebrityBoxing. After monitoring certain statements publicly made between Hailey Glassman and Michelle "Bombshell" McGee I feel it is in the best interest of both parties that a change be made. I make this change to protect the show and the Main Event but mainly out of respect for Ms Glassman. I do so honoring her family, heritage, and her beliefs. I will however offer Ms Glassman a chance to defend herself in the CBF ring in a Main Event Match against Michelle "The Bombshell" McGee (hughe's note that must be in the contract that you have to call her "The Bombshell" in every statement.) in which a contractual stipulation with make Ms McGee cover her tattos that offend Ms. Glassman. The contract will be waiting for her on May 7th at the Polaris Concert Hall.
The End
Oh wait Michael Nise the founder of "Dancin' on the Air" a show in which Haley Vaughn er I mean Kelly Ripa was discovered. And the notorious Arthur Kade. Who said to Nise, hey I wanna do a video with you, but I'm not old enough to remember your name, what is it? (someone had too much make up on)
(Secretly, you have to admire these folks, in the tradition of Howard Stern, WWF and Jerry Springer, this tight knit group of friends and colleagues have cultivated a cult, celebrity status, even though nowadays it doesn't seem like that's too hard to do with the rash of reality TV shows, people making asses of themselves and well Arthur Kade.

Kudo's to Celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman who wouldn't be up to number 19 if these matches didn't bring in money, we wouldn't be covering them, the glossies and blogs wouldn't be picking up these pictures & stories, you wouldn't be reading this either.

PS I am offended by almost all of this entry and a few of you will no undoubtedly leave me hate comments that might never see the light of day, unless they're funny. I am especially offended by Michelle Nazi Lover "The Bombshell" McGee, and I hope Hailey Glassman kicks her ass.) Also check out my new weekly gossip column at Phila Magazine Online