Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The Main Line merchants are counting their pennies and trying to out deal one and other. The problem is the big game hunting serious shoppers and all their crappy driving habits are out. In full force.
I would love to shop in peace in downtown Wayne, for example. But you try and find a place to park. And if you do find a spot, have you had the pleasant experience of Mrs. Rude zipping into the space you had your turn signal on for? I have just this morning had that very experience and almost lost the nose of my vehicle thank you very much. But she was undoubtedly a V.I.P. and I noticed her pretending not to see me as she chattered away on her Iphone, fluffed her hair, and yes STOLE my parking space. Bitch. Yes I know you saw me. Nice botox, by the way.
And if they aren't trying to flatten your ass by stealing your parking space, you try crossing the street in Wayne or any other local business district along Lancaster Avenue right now. Why they are even viewing pedestrians as targets in sleepy Berwyn, cute Malvern, and West Chester. If the sleepy western 'burbs are this bad, you can bet I won't be rushing to Ardmore or Narberth any day soon.
I attempted Philadelphia this past weekend, and made the mistake of taking the train to Suburban Station and coming upon the great unwashed village. I don't get their ocupation of it all, and well, don't they realize what they are doing to innocent small businesses near them? Now the smell of Suburban Station underground is above ground too. Wonder if they have a Febreeze for that?
All these communities want shoppers, we want the stores to have the business. However, I am tired of viewing walking and driving along the Main Line as a contact sport. Slow the hell down and pay attention. Quit driving on the SIDEWALKS to inch out other cars too!
Another pet peeve? The people that have to stick half their car or more into the lanes of traffic from cross streets. Hello? You can and do cause accidents that way.
And let us revisit talking on cell phones and texting and web browsing while driving. Don't you get you are inducing terror by WEAVING in heavy traffic?
After we are all shopped out we can try for a coffee or a bite to eat. I worry about some places after that fool drove through the window of Cream and Sugar in October. We'll skip Teresa's in Wayne as they now believe their own hype and the food is slipping but their staff attitude is not. Tried Paramour. What a ridiculous name for a restaurant. It is pleasant enough inside, but the prices are too tasty for the food that isn't. When I am dining out in the suburbs, I don't need imitation New York City. If I want a New York City vibe, I will go to New York City to eat. Their staff certainly doesn't kill themselves either....which is why I love tried and true Christopher's. Christopher's doesn't ever have a game of "let's pretend" and the food is terrific and consistent, and the service always just right.
Sigh....I miss the old Main Line at Christmastime...it was much more civilized, full of old-fashioned charm and less full of itself.
I recommend the wearing of safety orange while shopping. It's the new black for shopping apparel. You might look like an escapee from Radnor Public Works (although they usually stick to WaWa and A-Plus), but at least then, hopefully these jackasses on the road will see you....because it's not like I see police babysitting pedestrian crossing areas often enough.
A final shout out goes to those V.I.P.s I see without handicap parking tags/plates of any kind (or any infirmity) taking the handicap parking spaces. Especially that spot right near Teresa's. No, it doesn't count that you put on your flashers, you asshole. The walk will do you good and you won't have to worry about ass lipo if you work it a little.
And really? It is o.k. to wish someone Merry Christmas. You won't get struck by lightening. I am darn tired of people looking guilty and apologetic if they mention the word "Christmas." Bah humbug...it's a holiday....it's a legitimate one of a few holidays this time of year....quit trying to sanitize it out of existence with an overdose of fumble butt political correctness. People wish each other Happy Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, so go ahead, live dangerously and say "Merry Christmas."
Happy shopping Main Liners...try not to kill anyone out there, o.k.?
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I hope the world will be able to forget the great unwashed occupiers, yet at the same time some keystone cops on the west coast get their pepper spray taken away and that college president with her pretentious air and attitude and accent gets sent packing to from whence she came in the first place.
I hope the world will talk about ANYTHING other than Penn State for five minutes. Of course I also hope Sandusky's dick shrivels up and falls off. And shame on the freaks who are bullying the kid victims. But is anyone surprised Penn State covered all this up? Or that any university covers shit up? Grow up people, you aren't in Neverland anymore! These schools are BIG business. They own the towns in which they exist...and this occurs all over the country. Look around the greater Philadelphia and Main Line area for Pete's sake.
I am thankful for Thanksgiving to get a break from Radnor's political turkeys - especially the ones that seem to be not like cats with nine lives but the un-dead. But I am afraid that while we are all at out Thanksgiving tables some new unnecessary land purchases will be made or something, aren't you? But I will chalk it up to lay down with dogs get up with fleas - Radnor residents have chosen fleas over common sense so they might just end up with the plague. Not that things in Tredyffrin or Lower Merion are much better...
I will be thankful to get a break from all the silliness that is the Main Line. I am looking forward to being able to spend time with friends and family and pretending for just a minute we live in a kind world where Christian Charity and values matter. Of course as soon as the Black Friday sales start, all bets are off and it will be wiser to cocoon along the Main Line versus getting in a car or attempting to go into any store.
Congratulations America....we are the land of the free and commercial. And Groupons for Botox and other injectibles. (But hell, there is no accessory finer than a frozen face at Philadelphia over abundance of bad philanthropic party efforts.)
My TRUE wish for Thanksgiving is for all of us to get back to basics and basic values. Don't know if it's possible....so.....Happy Thanksgiving Main Line! We are indeed truly ridiculous.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Spingler represents the worst of what Radnor politics has to offer and Higgins? Well wasn't he the guy who wanted to ban blogging in Radnor or something a few years ago?
So can we guess what Spingler will start to do today? Lobby for his Mr. President title? Well maybe Elaine Paul Schaeffer will want to don a Marilyn outfit and sing him Happy Birthday Mr. President when the time comes?
Radnor regression here we come. You get what you vote for in Radnor, after all.
Maybe the Radnor Republicans will retire Mean-Mi Auchincloss now? She can't seem to help her candidates enough to actually win, and this time that was not just a shame, it should be a crime.
The Main Line? She sure ain't what she used to be.
Democratic Commissioner Candidates Victorious -The wins will give the Board of Commissioners a 5 to 2 Democratic majority.
By Sam Strike Email the author November 8, 2011
Main Line Suburban Life > News
Longtime Radnor Commissioner Bill Spingler edges out challenger
Published: Wednesday, November 09, 2011
By Ryan Richards
Thursday, November 3, 2011
He needs to go. Listen to his interview with Sam Strike - I hope he didn't sprain his hand patting himself on the back?
Bill Spingler is only about Bill Spingler and always has been. Look at all those land purchases. How come there have never been answers about commissions? Spingler also had a hand in Poplar House didn't he? And what of Louella? And what will Bill Spingler get out of Ardrossan? He's a little TOO chummy with the Scott family, isn't he? Does everyone believe it is all altruistic? What about Bill's defense of a drive thru Rite Aid? What's that about the land being "sick"? Is that in the best interest of Radnor? Or what about Bill Spingler's park? The one no one goes to? And how about when he declared he would write references for Dave Bashore?
Oh yeah Bill, we know you never have a hidden agenda (his own words in his interview with Sam Strike), you are in fact the picture of innocence, right?
Bill Spingler has spent how many decades being the political dog that carried every political bone in Radnor?
Once again asking all those apartment and condo dwellers in his ward to wake up and smell the coffee. It's time for Bill Spingler to retire. If he stays, he will become President of the Board of Commissioners and all steps forward in Radnor will slowly start to regress.
A vote for Spingler (or for old fart Jim Higgins for that matter) is a vote for the past that brought Radnor tumbling down.
Send the old dogs home with their fleas to sleep by the fire.