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Sep. 24th, 2006 08:44 pm Best jury duty experience ever.

Normally jury duty in the big city is unpleasant at best. The waiting room is always crowded, dirty, the seats uncomfortable, the administrative people are miserable and bossy. Normally, I would rather have my teeth pulled than sit around there all day, especially with my bad back. But yet I always get called for it every other year, like clockwork.

Then on Wednesday I experienced the magic of the burbs… I arrive early because I was afraid I might get lost or have a hard time looking for parking. It turned out they had free parking for jurors. Nice! Thinks I. The courthouse was small and very clean. The people so friendly and I mean sincerely friendly, I thought I walked into the Twilight Zone. Of course we had to wait in a large room with many other people all day but there was no claustrophobic feeling to it and the chairs were wide, over stuffed, LEATHER armchairs. Not the ones with the high backs but the kind you might see in the customer service area of “old money” banks. What’s more is they had a coffee and snack cart for us in the hall, which had better than reasonable prices and some pretty darn good coffee. The admistrative people offered us crossword puzzles and games and newspapers to keep us entertained.
People were chatting, many knowing each other… one woman, who I had been talking too, was disappointed that I had taken off so quickly when lunch break was announced because she had planned to ask me to have lunch. I felt so bad; I had no idea! In typical city person fashion, I was in a rush to go about my business, which in this case was to spend lunchtime photographing the cute little town. Since we had a 2 hour break I totally could have had lunch with that very nice lady, making a new friend and still had an hour for photography, if I had only of waited a few more seconds… I am just not used to the suburbs yet.

As usual, I didn’t get picked. I never do but I thought for sure they might take me for a civil case this time.

Still, all in all it was the most pleasant of jury duties I have ever attended. When I get called again, I won’t look upon the day with dread as I have in the past.

Current Mood: chipperchipper

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Sep. 22nd, 2006 11:26 am Hobbit Day

Today is national Hobbit Day.

I think we all should have had the day off from work to stay home and celebrate this sacred holiday by watching the Lord of the Rings.
And having second breakfast.

Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

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Sep. 21st, 2006 03:56 pm Breaking News

This is crazy! I used to work RIGHT there. 5000 people got evacuated and I can't believe I am missing all the excitement!

KYW Newsradio

Underground Electrical Explosion Rocks City Hall Area

KYW Newsradio Team Coverage:


Philadelphia firefighters battled an underground fire for hours on Thursday afternoon that resulted from an electrical explosion on South 15th Street near Chestnut.

KYW 's Michelle Durham reports the incident began shortly after 1pm below street level, and forced the evacuation of nearby high-rise office buildings.

Peco officials say a crew was in the process of repairing an underground cable fault when things went awry. One man suffered a minor injury, according to fire officials.

Mike Wood is a Peco spokesman:

"We've got this underground fire at a manhole at 13th and Chestnut streets as well as at 15th and Ranstead. What we're trying to do is work with the fire department to knock down the fire, clear out the smoke, and get ourselves into that manhole."

KYW's Mike Dunn reports that because of the underground fire, police closed off streets for several hours in a 36-square-block area. North-south streets were closed between 13th and 18th, and east-west streets were closed between Walnut and Vine.

About 3:30pm, most of those streets -- except those in the immediate area of 15th and Ranstead Streets -- were reopened to traffic. However, massive residual traffic jams were expected to remain throughout center city for the rest of the afternoon and early evening.

The Broad Street off-ramp from the Vine Street expressway was also reopened after being closed for about two hours.

Stay tuned to KYW Newsradio for "Traffic and Transit on the Twos," every ten minutes.

Philadelphia fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers said the responding firefighters first saw flames rising from four or five manholes near 15th and Ranstead. Thousands of workers from several nearby buildings, including 1500 Market Street, were evacuated. At that point, Ayers says, many employers gave their workers the rest of the day off.

Colin McNeill works in a building nearby:

"I was in the Grand Building, at 30 South 15th Street, and I heard a very large explosion. At first I thought there was a construction problem -- the building is under renovation on several floors -- and then I smelled smoke, so I told the people in my office that we should evacuate."

Nearby streets were closed. SEPTA officials warned that there would be detours of bus routes in the area while the investigation continued.

Underground parking garages in the immediate area of the fire were also off-limits to customers trying to retrieve their cars. Commissioner Ayers said things would remain that way until the fire was fully under control.

Peco Energy reports some electrical outages in the area. The investigation into exactly what happened continues.

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Sep. 14th, 2006 01:54 pm Get Ready for It

How to survive a nuclear disaster. I never was a girlscout but something in me wants to be prepared for everything.

http://www.slate.com/id/2148772/entry/2148774/?GT1=8592

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Sep. 13th, 2006 04:07 pm Work, work

I need to go home. Life is sucking the life out of me.
I want to shoot pictures and play on DeviantArt.com

I want to re-arrange my gallery and post some new photos... I wanst to PLAY!!!!!

Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated

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Sep. 12th, 2006 09:49 am Remember, remember the 11th of September

I wrote this on my DeviantART page yesterday. After I was to tried to put it here, so I am doing it now.
I know I am too sensitive but 9/11 was to our generation what JFK was to our parents, only far, far more horrific. It is only by talking about it that we will ever heal from the physiological blow we collectively took that day.


~I am not a political person.

This is the anniversary of a terrible day in my nation’s history. Five years ago today was the first time I ever felt like my country was ever truly united in anything... We were united in our shock, grief and sorrow.

We forget that a flag is a symbol of people. People with freinds and families, just like everyone. Even people with different flags.

This morning had been gut-wrenching, I didn’t mean to listen to the radio today and all the 9/11 talk... I tried not to... because it still hurts too much.
But I did... and then spent most of the morning crying my eyes out. Five years ago, I spent the day trying to grasp and cope with what was happening and find friends who worked in NYC. I was completely unable to explain to my child what was happening when they closed his school or the feeling that maybe Phila was next on the hit list.
Then I spent all the night trying to console my friend Joann whose ex worked the WTC. We later found out, he didn’t make it out of the building. I feel terrible that I can’t remember his name now.

By the time I got to work today, I needed to say something positive and I remembered what my Grandmom always used to say, “Tell everyone you love, that you love them as often as you can. Make every “Goodbye” an “I love you” because you really never know if you will see them again.”

She was a thoughtful and very practical woman. It is a sad but beautiful thought and one I have tried to practice all my life. Especially on days like this.

I sent this to all my freinds and family with love:

On days like today

We are reminded of how precious life is

And how much friends and family mean to us.

Even though I probably have told you many times

I just wanted to let you know, again-

That I love you and am a happier person

Because you are part of my life.

Hugs and Kisses,

Me

Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted

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Sep. 8th, 2006 01:34 pm No Doubt!

Of course, I answered like I still lived in the city limits.

You are 100% Philly!!

You probably lived in Philly all your life. Good for you!
Or, you lived in South Jersey but told people you were from Philly anyway, shame on you!

How Philly Are You?
Make a Quiz

Current Mood: blahblah

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Sep. 8th, 2006 12:39 pm Blah, blah, blah

I’m good, tired, breaking out and crampy but good. The long weekend was filled with running around as usual, I spent way to much money, as usual.

I saw my parents Sunday night, Jeff and I had a tiff because I didn’t realize how late it got and he was tired. But I haven’t seen my folks in months and I missed them. I am worried about my dad. His diabetes is bad, he gets the tiniest bump and it leaves huge ugly bruises. That isn’t good. He is looking for a job as a school bus driver now; I am trying to talk him out of it because with his blood pressure that work will put him in the hospital for sure. But he is stubborn. Ah well, what can I do?

Jon had a little BBQ with his friends at our house Monday night, they had fun talking and playing cards and trivia games. It was the girl he likes, her best freind (that talks to Jon all the time) and Jon's best friend who now likes the other girl. (So now I am hoping that they end up double dating so that the other boy's mother will share the driving of the couples with me.)
Anyway, the night worked out well. Jeff and I hid in the basement and watched a movie. It was one of my favs, The Thin Man, with William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles. I love that series of movies, oddly enough for a very long time Nick and Nora was my idea of the perfect married couple...but real life is never anything like the movies. Real life is much more weird.

Anyway, I have to go buy a new dress for my friend's wedding next Saturday. I have some pretty dresses but I have worn each one to a dozen times to parties and weddings. My friends are starting to wonder about me. So I think it is time to get a new one. Now I just have to find someone who will go shopping with me and tell me what not to buy. I will probaly ask AJ since he has the best taste.

This weekend I have all of Jeff's family coming over and due to miscomunication, I JUST found out that his one sister and her husband are staying with us for a week. Not that I mind, I like them both a great deal and will enjoy having them around. I am just surprised and wish I had more time to get cleaning and laundry done so I wouldn't have to do it in front of them. I may end up just taking a ton of stuff to the dry cleaner just not to have to drag the ironing into the dinning room like I normaly do (the basement is to dark for me to iron properly). I know, I know, I am way to particular.

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Aug. 23rd, 2006 04:32 pm Why my hair is going grey-

I am being aggravated by our home warranty company.

Our gas range has been broken since March. They send a repairman to fix it, he visits 5 times before he figures out he can’t fix it and they don’t make the part it needs anymore. The warranty company goes back and forth with us for 2 months on a suitable replacement. Finally we come to an agreement and they say that they will take care of everything, delivery, hookup, removal of old unit, everything. LIARS!!! The new gas range arrived yesterday but they never scheduled someone for hookup or removal of old unit. They said, “Oh no, you have to do that not us.” after we had confirmed with them before shipment that they would take care if it. I expected better from them. So we had to fight with them and finally they got someone to come out this Thursday. Not too, too bad but they could have made it less aggravating. In the meantime I have a gas range sitting in the middle of my living room. Crazy.

Also in aggravation...Today, we got Jon’s roster for September. It is all screwed up. They didn’t give him the right classes. They only have him down for 3 Honors classes and he was supposed to have 6 + jazz band. They gave him the wrong language. They put him in the orchestra at the girl’s school next door!
What is really making things hard is that the schools are not communicating effectively with the parents about what is going on within the schools. They have combined the administrative people and some classes. Maybe they did combine the music departments of the two schools? Maybe they didn’t, who knows?
I emailed his teacher from last year to try and find out what is going on. I am hoping he replies soon.

So, now I am working on trying to figure out what to do about the course changes…They charge $25 for each change. If they find it was their fault then we get a credit back but if not they keep it. We have 3 maybe 4 classes to change… I really hope I kept a copy of his course selection sheet… and if I did, were did I put it…it would be nice to be able to prove it was their error and not ours. Worry, worry, worry.

Some good news: I took Jon to his orthodontist appointment went well. The Doc said Jon had a growth spurt that may work to our advantage. He put rubber bands in his mouth instead of the springs and he has to wear them 24/7. Next appt, he is rewiring his mouth again (second time in 3 months) and then will see where we stand with it. He may get the springs that he broke 4 months ago back then or not depending. If the rubber bands work then he should be done in about 4- 5 months, give or take. Much better than we thought 3 visits ago! We thought he would have to keep the braces an additional year +, now it is only an additional 6 months or so. He might even get them off by the new year if we are lucky.

Current Mood: bitchybitchy

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Aug. 17th, 2006 10:17 am Can't wait?

One of my favorite musicals… one of my favorite actors… It is either going to bomb or be awesome…


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060817/ap_en_mo/people_depp

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