Saturday, January 1, 2011
The next day they enjoyed their first brunch of the new year where Lauren gladly blinded anyone who came within 100 yards of her ring.Later in the afternoon of January 1, 2011 some of their BFF's (Steve and Sabrina Thorne, Nicole Cashman and Nigel Richards) flew in to celebrate the special occasion. Hats off to international DJ Nigel Richards who spun in Denver Colorado overnight, then hooked up with girlfriend Nicole Cashman and headed to the tropical island. Work separated the pair on New Year's Eve as Nicole planned and executed the New Year's Eve Party at Daniel; Stern's R2L restaurant. Check out FB paged Philly ChitChat for the video of John and Lauren's engagement. He's multi tasking, asking her while videoing the fireworks. Such a fun interaction. Congratulations you two. (Now I know what cryptic message John was laying on me last week at Del Frisco's.)
Friday, December 31, 2010
The Mummers Info starting now
Mayor Michael Nutter is scheduled to greet and lead the march of the String
Band Division near Broad and Pine streets, starting about 1:15 p.m. New Year’s Day.
The line up begins at 10AM in south Philly
WENCH BRIGADE DIVISION
1. Oregon- Babies Escaped the Play Pen
2. Saints- Super Saints vs Slumlord Millionaire
3. Bryson- Monkey Mayhem
4. Riverfront- Hobo Wench Express
5. O'Malley- O'Malley 5-0
6. Pirates- Buccaneer Bakers Baked on Broad
7. Cara Liom- Curse of the Wench Doctors
8. Froggy Carr- 40 Froggin Years
1. Golden Sunrise
2. Hog Island
STRING BAND DIVISION
1. Pennsport - Pennsport: Marching to Our Own Beat
2. Fralinger - At the Golden Gate of Kiev
3. Woodland - Gator Done! – Bayou Style
4. Broomall - Different Strokes for Different Folks
5. South Philadelphia - No Boat Like Showboat
6. Durning - Irish You A Merry Christmas
7. Greater Kensington - The ROAR-ing 20s
8. Aqua- Aqua Has A Peel!
9. Polish American - Shipwrecked
10. Trilby - Mumtoberfest
11. Uptown - Shake, Rattle & Casserole!
12. Hegeman - Hegeman's SPURS up trouble!
13. Duffy - Back on Track
14. Quaker City - My Kind of Clown
15. Avalon - Holiday in Havana
16. Greater Overbrook - The Sidewalks of Old New York
17. Ferko - Ferko Stakes Their Claim !
Discount Parking and other info can be found on the Mummer's Blog Site:
Or read below:
Philadelphia Mummers Parade struts into 111th parade
as the nation’s oldest continuous folk event
PHILADELPHIA – (December 20, 2010 - January 1, 2011 ) -- One of the hottest and oldest events in town is scheduled to step off on Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 10 a.m. when the city’s beloved sequined Sultans of Strut, the Philadelphia Mummers, dust off their fancy golden slippers to take center stage in the spectacular 111th annual Mummers Parade.
The extravagant showcase of talent and feathery finery kicks off with the Comics Division at 10 a.m. at Broad Street and Washington Avenue, followed by the Fancy Division (at 10:30 a.m. at Broad and Moore Sts); the String Bands (at 11 a.m. at Broad Street and Oregon Avenue) and the Fancy Brigades (at 1:30 p.m. at Broad Street and Oregon Avenue). The Fancy Brigades are scheduled to march in the parade on Broad Street, from Oregon to Washington avenues, and will be judged at one of their indoor shows (rain or shine), while the remaining three Mummers’ divisions will end their competitive performances at the City Hall judging area in Center City.
Said Leo Dignam, Mummers Parade Director: “It promises to be a banner year in light of the overwhelming fan response to the 2010 Mummers Parade, and with a shorter, more streamlined parade, the event continues to grow into a bigger and better tradition and attraction. It is a day of celebration when the City of Neighborhoods comes together. The City of Philadelphia is excited to partner with the Mummers for another spectacular year of fantasy, fancy and fun.”
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Dignam noted that some of the changes for the 2011 parade include the addition of the Pennsport String Band and the departure of the Irish American String Band and the Oregon fancy club, which will be marching this year as a Wench Brigade. There are now three comic clubs, two fancy division units, 17 string bands, 10 fancy brigades and 8 Wench Brigades in the Mummers Parade lineup.
The parade also promises to be more fan-friendly with the return of the Pine Street performance area and bleachers and other amenities at all 6 performance areas.
With bleachers, DJs, food and bathroom facilities, the performance areas or “zones,” are some of the best perches to view the Mummers Parade. They are free and located at the following cross streets along Broad at Shunk, Wolf, Washington, Spruce and Sansom. Families can warm up and enjoy additional entertainment at the High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) at Broad Street and Washington Avenue and at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets. Perhaps the ultimate view will be from the Grand Stand entertainment zone near City Hall at 15th and Market streets. Tickets for the City Hall bleachers are $19 for all ages to assist with the cost of the performance zones.
From performance areas to the marching lineup and history, the following provides information to keep in golden stride and catch all of the action with the nation’s oldest continuous folk event.
Route: North on Broad Street to City Hall.
Judging: The main judging stand for the String Bands, Comics and Fancies will be located at 15th and Market streets. Additional judging will take place along the parade route for Comics and Fancies. Twelve judges will score the String Bands, while six judges will rate the Fancy units and nine will score the Comic units. The Fancy Brigades will be judged by six judges at the 14th annual Fancy Brigade Finale in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1001 Arch St., beginning at 5 p.m.
Scheduled Parade Starting Times & Locations: Comics start at 10 a.m., Broad Street and Washington Avenue, Fancy Division starts at 10:30 a.m. at Broad and Moore sts., String Bands step off from Broad Street and Oregon Avenue at 11 a.m., followed by the Fancy Brigades Division, which will march from Broad Street and Oregon Avenue, north to Washington Avenue at 1:30 p.m.
Disband: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, between 16th and 20th streets.
Information Headquarters: Department of Recreation, One Parkway 1515 Arch St., 10th Floor,
215-683-3691 or 683-3595.
Command Center: One Parkway Building, 1515 Arch Street, 10th Floor, 215-683-3691.
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Public Transportation: SEPTA will reroute all public transit on the parade route and around City Hall for the parade. SEPTA bus routes 2, 7, 17, 23, 27, 29, 31, 32, 33, 37, 38, 44, 48, 57, 64, 68, 79, 124/125, C and G will operate on local detours in and around Center City during the parade. On New Year's Eve all service will run on a Saturday schedule and the SEPTA Customer Service office (215-580-7800) will be open, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for riders seeking information about scheduled services. On New Year's Day all service will run on a Sunday schedule and the Customer Service office will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Broad Street Line trains will run every 8 minutes. After the parade, the trains will convert back to a Sunday schedule, with a time frame of 12-minute intervals. SEPTA service information also is available on SEPTA’s web site at www.septa.org.
About the Participants
Parade participants total about 10,000 Mummers who make up three parent clubs in the Comic Division, two parent organizations in the Fancy Division, 17 groups in the String Band Division and 10 units in the Fancy Brigade Division. The Murray Comic Club (Comics), Golden Sunrise Fancy Club (Fancy Division), Pennsport (String Bands) and 2nd Satin Slippers (Fancy Brigades) officially will kick-off their respective divisions in the marching order.
Scheduled designated performance areas are:
Broad and Shunk streets
Broad and Ritner streets (near Thomas Jefferson University Methodist Hospital Division)
Broad Street and Washington Avenue
Broad & Pine streets
Broad and Sansom streets (near Union League building)
Judging area (near City Hall)
Scheduled food vending areas are:
Broad and Moravian streets (near Walnut St.)
Broad and Bach streets (near Locust St.)
Broad and Pine streets
Broad Street and Washington Avenue
City Hall (west side)
Various selected performance areas on south Broad Street in South Philadelphia.
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For Broad Street: Grandstand seating tickets at 15th and Market streets for the 2011 Mummers Parade are available at the Independence Visitor Center, Sixth and Market streets, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and at the Fairmount Park Welcome Center in JFK Plaza (LOVE Park), 16th Street and JFK Boulevard, Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $19 each. Please call 215-965-7676, for ticket availability.
For the 2011 Mummers Fancy Brigade Finale Show: Organizers of the 2011 Mummers Fancy Brigade Finale at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., invite residents and visitors to enjoy a Mummers performance in a warm, high-energy environment (rain or shine) on Saturday, January 1, 2011. With elaborate, larger-than-life costumes and props and themes coming to life, It’s
Mardi gras meets Broadway, as 10 Fancy Brigade clubs and more than 3,500 Fancy Brigade performers participate in two fancy fun-filled shows: the family show at noon and the evening show at 5 p.m. Tickets to the 2011 Fancy Brigade Finale performances can be purchased at www.comcasttix.com or at (800)298 4200. Single tickets are $20 (center seats) and $15 (side view seats); tickets for groups of 25 or more are $18 and $13. Groups greater than 45 people receive two complimentary tickets. Children, ages 3 and younger, are admitted free. For more information on booking group tours with the Mummers Fancy Brigades, which includes a behind-the-scenes sneak preview of the making of the Mummers, contact Scott Brown at 856 832 7244 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fancy Brigades’ MummersFest: Leading up to the competition, from Tuesday, December 28 to Friday, December 31, 2010, enjoy the spectacle of MummersFest -- a four-day, interactive, family-friendly festival, also at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. For $4, attendees can make-and-take crafts, try on authentic Fancy Brigade Division Mummers costumes (which make for perfect picture-taking), and can watch the clubs rehearse their “drills” or presentatons. Tickets are available at the door at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. For more information, visit www.fancybrigade.com
TV Broadcasts: PHL17 will provide coverage of the Broad Street parade including the comic, fancy and string band divisions in high definition and in its entirety, beginning with the special pre-parade feature “Breakfast with the Mummers.” Pre-parade coverage begins at 9 a.m. PHL 17 also will televise the Fancy Brigade Finale indoor show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, in a tape-delayed broadcast, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on New Year’s Day.
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2011 MUMMERS PARADE LINEUP AND MARCHING POSITIONS (FOUR DIVISIONS)
COMIC DIVISION FANCY DIVISION
1. Murray 1. Golden Sunrise
2. Goodtimers 2. Hog Island
STRING BAND DIVISION FANCY BRIGADE DIVISION
1. Pennsport 1. Satin Slipper
2. Fralinger 2. Avenuers
3. Woodland 3. Bill McIntyre’s Shooting Stars
4. Broomall Irish American 4. South Philly Vikings
5. South Philadelphia 5. Golden Crown
6. Durning 6. Downtowners
7. Greater Kensington 7. Clevemore
8. Aqua 8. 2nd Street Shooters
9. Polish American 9. Jokers
10. Trilby 10. Saturnalians
14. Quaker City
16. Greater Overbrook
Mummers Parade history: Mummery dates back to ancient Roman laborers who ushered in the festival of Saturnalia by marching in masks while exchanging gifts and satirizing the issues of the day. Locally, during the 1600s, Swedish settlers to Philadelphia dressed up, chanted and fired weapons in the air to honor Christmas; they entertained their amused neighbors in exchange for desserts and beverages. The tradition eventually moved to New Year's Day and evolved into a series of neighborhood parades. As immigrants moved to the area from Ireland and Italy, each group added their own cultural flavor to the local customs. In 1901, the tradition began in earnest with the first recognized and judged Mummers Parade organized by the City of Philadelphia on Broad Street. The famous term "Mummer" is German and means "to costume or masquerade." Established with just a few hundred revelers, today more than 10,000 participate in the parade.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
It was such an interesting concept I thought I had to get a shot and write about it on my blog a few weeks back. So this is a repeat photo of the gang at Bar (Which is also the name of a Bar on the Upper West Side in NYC, near where I used to live. I hear Pickle Shots became quite popular for the first time in NYC. I wonder what the origin is, how did someone come up with such a combo.) Now I am here to tell you that Crocodile Bar Philadelphia in Old City has come up with an interesting menu of different pickle back combinations.
Some of which are as comical to me as the concept of drinking a shot of whiskey with pickle juice chaser, bottoms up. But there seems to be a real desire for this drink as there are lots of youtube videos on the subject. (disclosure, I don't drink but I know what pickle juice and whiskey taste like.)
The little ones can't quite stay up until midnight to celebrate the New Year? Bring them to Please Touch Museum for the annual countdown party that celebrates the "noon" year before moms and dads go to their grown-up festivities!
This annual celebration helps families celebrate the beginning of a new year together with party activities, music and confetti all in one place.
The museum is open from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Countdowns will be at Noon and again at 1 p.m.
Reinventing the space by removing the traditional diner tables and replacing them with beautiful WHITE banquette Lounge Chairs and cocktail tables, the ceiling adorn with globe lighting fixtures, the wall lit with a hint of a blue and pink glow. There is seating for 28 in the front room, and 22 in the back. A DJ booth is in the back, and although there is no dance floor who's to say there's a law against standing in place and grooving when you feel like it. The DJ will be spinning music Wednesdays through Saturdays, starting at 10:00 PM. Each night of the week there will be a different DJ playing different tunes, from hip-hop to house. Although there is not a live DJ on Sunday and Tuesdays, SOCIAL is every night of the week until 2:00 am.
Valanni's has always had a nice neighborhood feel, and I think they're still going for that crowd as well as folks who just want to go to a bar/lounge and hang out with their friends, and not be so disconnected from the outside as most clubs are windowless. In the summer the front windows of Valanni Social will open wide.
SOCIAL is the first place in Philly to serve “Splits.” SOCIAL Split Service offers SOCIAL guests the option of enjoying all the fun of bottle service, but with affordable prices and less of a “commitment” than a full bottle. All “Split” size bottles are 375 ml, or half the size of a typical bottle, and has 9 to 11 pours. (P.S. I love this new lens I bought, the pixs look so much better now. What do you think?)
Owner George Anni is excited about the changes, and shares that “I’ve always envisioned this for Valanni, and I’m thrilled that we’ve made it happen. There’s nothing like this in the neighborhood.” Valanni and SOCIAL complement one another perfectly—Valanni has maintained its cool, sexy atmosphere, and SOCIAL has a new life of its own.
The address and phone number for Valanni Social is 1229 Spruce St,Philadelphia, PA 19107 Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 790-9494
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The last time I saw Michael Walsh was on December 1, at the 10 Arts Top Chef All Stars party for Chef Jennifer Carroll; before she defended her dish to the death.
Michael Walsh, Kathy Walsh and Kayla Walsh (pictured above at last years Top Chef bash), have loaded up the truck and moved to the Big Apple where he will oversee the Morgans Hotel Group, which includes The Morgan Hotel, Hudson, Royalton and the new Mondrian opening in 2011. I've stayed at the Hudson many times and it's really a unique concept of minimalism, hip, chic and the hotel lobby functions as a night club in the evening. (Look for a similar concept to open in Philly next year, but I can't say anything more about it even if you pull out my fingernails, ewww.) I spoke with Kerri-Lee Mayland (Halkett) right after the Christmas Tree lighting in Rittenhouse Square, and told her that it was Philly's loss that she left Fox29. She appreciated the sentiment, is grateful for the support of the viewers and told me she may be reporting in Connecticut now, but will maintain a house in Center City as well as a life here. I guess my follow up should have been "Are you commuting?"
Last week someone asked me what happened to Kerri-Lee, why did she leave. I said I think it was the Jane Pauley/Deborah Norville scenario all over again, where a popular favorite anchorwomen was replaced by a younger popular anchorwomen upsetting the dynamics of a ratings winning show. Last summer someone even started a Facebook page encouraging Fox 29 to bring back Dawn Stensland. Kerri-Lee made her exit shortly after that, which only fueled the rumors of a return. That hasn't happened, and these days Dawn is enjoying raising her family, but I don't think we've heard the last from her. I wish both women well. (Above Dawn participating in one of my favorite charities fashion show, The Career Wardrobe.) As for Kerri-Lee she's landed on her feet in the anchor chair at NBC Connecticut.
In this town I always say our "celebrities" are news people, and everything restaurant. This weeks star is Stephen Starr's new British inspired pub/restaurant Dandelion (Which opens Friday New Year's Eve). All the foodies have been on this story since it first broke that the building that held Stiletto Shoes was going to be the next genius creation of Stephen Starr (I think he's a genius, although he's much more eccentric than I am [ie Philly Mag called me the eccentric paparazzi in an article in their December issue.])
I walked by last night to see what the outside looked like as I had only seen shots of the inside (Meal Ticket) WOW it's right out of the An American Werewolf in London movie with it's ivy, shrubs and even mysterious fog,
ok there was no fog but you can imagine it drifting around a country pub with a thatched roof in the countryside. Oh wait what's that in the distance,
no doubt the next big restaurant to open in Rittenhouse Square, the Philly branch of the highly successful New York eating establishment, Serafina, who must have just installed their signage this week as I didn't see it up last week.Serefina looks to open in the Spring right across from Danilion. This just extends the 18th Street Rittenhouse Row which now includes other major players Parc (Starr), Rouge, Devon's Seafood House, Tria, Continental (Starr), and Elephant and Castle (The other English Pub, but not half as stylish as Dandelion). PSS We have a winner for the R2L New Year's Eve Party. Thank you all for participating
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
High above the City is where you can celebrate New Year’s Eve at R2L! Prohibition? Not here! Come ring in 2011 at R2L and celebrate the undying wisdom of the folks who brought us Prohibition and then had the vision and common sense to repeal it! Night includes: a four-course dinner; and cocktail party (premium open bar, deejay, dancing, live entertainment, food).
The R2L Menu for New Year's Eve
Here's a little video I did with Chef/Owner Daniel Stern yesterday (I trekked through the knee high snow to get this nugget. [ok maybe in Jersey it was knee high, but I bet you weren't at work yesterday.] Don;t hold it against R2l just because I don't have my swagger interviewing skills down yet. Soon I'll have plenty of time to practice.)
Besides the delicious food (Barbra Streisand, Kendra and Jamie Foxx have eaten at R2L in the last 60 days), the flapper fun, I recommend R2L and it's exciting party because of the views especially of the fireworks. I had a contest for two tickets (over 3 dozen people sent in their entries) to the party and I will be emailing the winner now. Thank you, and thank you for considering R2L. There's a parking garage in the building too. Check out Marnie Hall's review of where to party on New Year's Eve check here
And if low key is the way you want to go, think about MidAlantic the Daniel Stern restaurant in University City (January's Philly Mag calls that the new Center City and they're right.) Ring in the New Year at Midatlantic’s first annual New Year’s Eve Roadhouse Pig Roast. Drink specials, vintage jukebox (Stern tells me he's gonna keep the jukebox. good move I love a good jukebox myself.), pool table, pinball and more! Including: champagne shrub, fire roasted peanuts, farmhouse salad, buckets o’shrimp and mussels, pig roast buffet, house made condiments and chutney, kraut and slaw, fried spuds, herb spaetzle, seasonal veggies, chocolate moon and oatmeal cream pies, and vanilla buttermilk ice cream.
Grub Street Philly reports that Double Dare's "Marc Summers Does Dinner at Han Dynasty"
Facebook Updates: (A new segment here at Philly Chit Chat. Friend me at Philly ChitChat and I might give you a shout out.)
Jet Setter, animal lover and savior, Dana Spain is torturing her friends with daily details of her warm trip to Ginger Island, BVI via facebook. Every snowy, cold day I think should I unfriend her?
Amy Stratton, GM of Sporting Club at the Bellevue and a few brave, adventurous souls who are committed to fitness goals, participated in a run this morning up the Art Museum Steps. (You'll recall it was a week ago today that Kate Gosselin and her merry band of 8 did the run for their TV show.)
Mark Marek tells his friends to be on the look out for "Rumor" his new club slated to open at 15th & Sansom, but I already told you that in a cryptic headline last week on PhillyChitChat.com and mentioned the club opening up in this entry earlier this month. I hear that the opening is gonna be in March. So now we'll have a Rumor and a Whisper within blocks of each other. I think Center City can support those two as well as Recess in Old city.
Logitech Revue with Google TV - Philadelphia's Kevin Bacon. Entertainment this Week has a great interview with Kevin Dillon on the commercial where he depicts his greatest fan.
Kristen Alderson and her brother Eddie Alderson, who are both on One Live to Live. Not sure why Eddie has a black eye here, but lately he's been a real bastard on OLTL maybe someone slugged him. She twittered this pix saying they were all ready for bed in time for Santa to come down the chimney. They live outside of Philly.
Last week was the Lunar Eclipse on Winter Solstice. I mentioned that I had seen a Lunar Eclipse before but couldn't find the photo. I finally did. I took this with a pocket digital camera and I believe it was around 2002.
Thanks to my friends Katie & Simon Curtis for shooting the VisitPhilly banner on at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.
On Friday, November 12, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., SYNERGY, a charitable networking initiative, will tackle hunger with a benefit for Philabundance & Stop Hunger NOW at The Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd. The goal is to heighten awareness to the growing epidemic of hunger which affects “900,000 low-income residents of the Delaware Valley” according to Philabundance’s website.
This premier networking fundraiser will also collaborate with Why PR and Marketing as they host their sixth annual "I’m Still Here Networking Mixer and Holiday Shopping Night" to bring together young professionals, political activists, and community leaders to spend an evening to Stamp Out Hunger.
One of the co-creators and host Baba Renfrow, managing partner of DistanteCo -1510 Sansom Street, Philadelphia
Rochelle Lashley, selling Traci Lynn Jewelery, which seems to be very popular and she was doing a brisk sales
Maria D'Arcy is attending the networking event for the first time and told me she had a nice time. The place was fairly packed, and has been growing since their first event held at Octo over the summer.
Sheila Hall, Stan Watson, Judge Rozanne Covington, Lotus Gibbs and Paul Smith (who used to work with me at Kohn Swift eons ago.)
Chi-chi Enrique, Linda Blanding, AKA and Charlene Shuler, AKA
Chi-chi Enrique sporting robin egg color pumps matching her earrings, with Anne Marie Blake (Which reminds me where is CBS3's Anne-Marie Green, she got all married and disappeared from my radar.)
Stop Hunger Now Join The Fight Against Hunger
Antoine Cruel, Richelle Payne, Hurst & Leigh Communications, Shelton Mercer, Advisory Bpard, Stop Hunger Now and Blake Jennelle, My Dunk Tank. MyDunkTank is a fundraising website powered by laughter. (Blake's Christmas Tree in his NYC pad: Stolen from Facebook)
Tracy and Steve Davis (Tracy is in the center of this page) have a stylish eyeglass place in the Comcast Center Omega Optical’s at 1701 JFK Blvd.
James Robinson and John Byars
Thanks to the sponsors that made this event possible:
3BG Marketing Solutions, Bountiful Design Productions, Dime Universal, Femmes D’allure Magazine, IM3Media, Philadelphia Weekly, Shawn Rivers Photography, Why PR and Marketing, The Streets Are Talking Radio Show, Synergy, Omega Optical, Ciroc Vodka, Prestige Concepts, Eatible Delights Catering, Mercedes-Benz of Fort Washington and many more.
Monday, December 27, 2010
I think now that I am #funemployed I'm going to cover a lot more street stylin' fun. (Not like Jimmy Style though, he's got that fashion beat down.)
OK Brett Favre & Hank Baskett how much security do you guys need as you exit the Four Seasons to get on your bus after the Snowpocalypse?
Lady I'm in the law field and you will have a hard time saying you didn't know there was falling ice coming off of Liberty One & Two
See the penny I placed over to the right in the snow. OH and BTW the bleachers for the Mummer's Parade are in place for the parade on Saturday when it will be 50F and raining. Happy New Year, see you tomorrow.