Archive for the ‘Philadelphia’Category

Snowy Train Stations

After sleeping at Brittany’s house, I wonder home to Jersey City on so many different trains. The snowfall on the Gravers station made a lovely moment for me, the lone awaiting passenger, to snap a few photos. It’s a shame that station house has been closed and mothballed, it’s a great piece of architecture.

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

strange days indeed

30

01 2010

Dance Alumni

Strange Days Indeed
Jason, Miriam, and Scott, reunited.

As I do, I have returned to Drexel so I may watch my younger, bendier, gracefuller successors in the Dance Ensemble perform their twice-annual concert. Many alumni attend, not only to enjoy the show itself, but to show solidarity for the present crop of dancers.

This time around, James, Diane, and other alumni organised a bit of an after party for some gracious alumni to meet, mingle, eat greasy food, and talk about when we were young and agile. Photos and inside jokes were shared.

The night was fun. Got to see a few of the girls I danced with (and occasionally bled with). Got to briefly chat with Miriam, head of the dance department and very much a mentor to me at Drexel (and one-time victim of a Fruedian slip when I called her “mum”). Jason, my fellow male dancer turned up. Later in the night I stayed at Brittany’s. Good times. And yet I only snapped the one photo.

29

01 2010

10 Years of Thankfulness

Today is Thanksgiving, and tomorrow is our ten-year reunion. And while I’m not usually the sappy type to list things for which I am thankful, I have to say that over the last ten years, I have a lot to be thankful for. When added up, the past decade has been an immense time for me — learning, seeing, growing, doing — and it has made me the man I am today. So in spite of my less-than-brilliant life situation (eg, broke, single, unemployed), I still have to give thanks.

In the last ten years, I:

  • Moved to Philadelphia
  • Survived my first term at college
  • Made the Dean’s List
  • Learned to play rugby
  • Became good at video games
  • Mastered basic Calculus
  • Visited London
  • Learned to Salsa dance
  • Moved back to Maplewood
  • Got my first [indoor, professional] job
  • Voted in my first Presidential election
  • Became a disgruntled working stiff
  • Got fired
  • Joined a Shakespeare troupe
  • Built websites
  • Attempted Modern Dance
  • Learned to Swing Dance
  • Attempted Ballet
  • Visited Minneapolis
  • Joined a Fraternity
  • Forgot how to Salsa dance
  • Mastered the finer points of Shakespeare
  • Mastered the finer points of Christopher Marlowe
  • Visited London
  • Worked as a graphic designer
  • Read all the Harry Potter books
  • Visited New Orleans
  • Performed modern dance and ballet
  • Finished a degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Moved back to Maplewood
  • Worked an unpaid internship
  • Moved to England
  • Visited London frequently
  • Learned the basics of British culture
  • Voted absentee ballot in a Presidential Election
  • Visited Paris
  • Learned to use Chopsticks
  • Mastered the finer points of British culture
  • Picked up a British accent
  • Waited on line for the midnight release of a Harry Potter book
  • Earned a Master’s Degree in Graphic Communication
  • Moved back to Maplewood
  • Freelanced as a graphic designer
  • Lost a British accent
  • Started a design blog
  • Started a podcast
  • Got a full-time job
  • Moved to Brooklyn
  • Became a disgruntled working stiff
  • Quit a full-time job
  • Returned to Freelancing
  • Trained for a marathon
  • Waited on line for the midnight release of a Harry Potter book
  • Ran a marathon
  • Returned to playing rugby
  • Moved to Jersey City
  • Started a blog about business cards
  • And the rest is just details.

    Thanks to everyone who made the last 10 years necessary.

    Drexel Dance Ensemble show Spring 2008

    The second part of the day was distinctively less violent than the rugby, but in much that same way, it was an alumni day. Meeting up with Jason, unplannedly, we watch the current troupe of dancers move upon the stage for a night.

    Afterwards, we poked around and took a few photos. Nothing too spectacular. I guess I’m getting old, my photos aren’t nearly as fun as they’ve been in past years.

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    Tags: ,

    31

    05 2008

    Rugby Alumni Day 2008

    I’m not one for traditions for traditions sake, but I do enjoy the annual ritual that is the rugby alumni match. This year, we had the honour of doubling up with the girls team for a double-header of old-on-young rugby madness.

    It’s true, we may have lost a step over the years, but getting together with the old boys is always a good time. Many of us are still playing, including myself, so we put an adequate spanking on the current, very young, team of Drexel ruggers.

    Many photos, most are crap, more available after the jump.

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    Read the rest of this entry →

    31

    05 2008

    We’re Number One!

    Drexel University is, once again, the ugliest college campus in America.

    Drexel University's campus
    Drexel’s campus, an urban wasteland?

    According to a new post on CampusSqueeze, Drexel has beat out the nation’s outdated and unloved universities to take home the dubious honour. I cheekily punched the air and proclaimed “yes” when I read this, however I don’t truly believe this to be the case. However, it’s hard to disagree when you put it like this:

    1. Drexel University – Won Ugliest Campus in the Country in 2002 and guess what? No one made any changes. They still have prison-like dorms (shocker) and massive orange, yes orange, brick buildings from the ’70’s. It’s small, sporadic, and basically Philadelphia’s urban dumpster called a higher place of learning. That’s embarassing. The people of Drexel (the administrators, not the students) need to wake up and look around their filthy campus and shape it up.

    Mmm, there’s more to it than that…

    Read the rest of this entry →

    05

    12 2007

    More Marathon Photos

    Obviously, these were taken last week during the Philadelphia Marathon. These are the official photos from the race photographers, so clearly the lo-resolution previews are less than my usual standard.

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    25

    11 2007

    The Marathon

    It was the coldest day of the year, and raining on-and-off, but I made it across the line. My first marathon: done.

    The race was actually a very enjoyable experience. Everyone, runners and supporters alike, was in high spirits and there was laughter and encouraging words the entire way. Along the way, I took a few moments to observe the trees, and the river, and the general sights and sounds of the relatively tranquil Philadelphia morning in November. Those cheering us on were helpful, offering everything from gatorade and water to tissues and even brownies! I gotta say, that little cube of chocolately goodness really hit the spot at mile 21.

    It seems that our family can only get together and coordinate mutual presence for something on the scale of a graduation or wedding, but magically everyone turned up — Mischa from Atlantic City, Johanna from Washington, Mum & Papi from Maplewood, and me from Brooklyn. Of course, I think my route to the finish line was somewhat more taxing than anyone else’s. Haha.

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    Read the rest of this entry →

    18

    11 2007

    A Philly Weekend

    I was in Philly this weekend. Rode the train. Watched Hamlet. Ate chili. Read a bit. Had coffee with Dave. Watched Bat Boy. Ate Pasta. Met up with parents. Ran a marathon.

    These are photos of the registration and exhibition on the Saturday before the Marathon. A bit hectic, what with all the runners, but generally the race was pretty well organised — especially considering the Marathon is run by the City of Philadelphia itself, not an organisation of some kind. Luckily for us, this means that there is no corporate sponsor inserting it’s name before the “Philadelphia Marathon”.

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    Return to Drexel, to Watch Dance

    Returning, as I do twice annually, to Drexel to watch the Dance Ensemble put on a little show (and dance). As the years roll by, I seem to know fewer and fewer of the dancers on stage, and I find myself feeling older and older in comparison. Still, it’s always nice to see the familiar faces that turn up, or haven’t left, in the case of Lauren C. AJ, of all people, turned up for what I think is the first time since graduation. Now that is a person I generally wish I saw more of.

    And afterwards we found ourselves in Mad Mex, that old bar/restaurant with the big margaritas and the salty chips. I don’t drink, which made this night another one those “sober guy” nights. Oy.

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    02

    06 2007