March 22, 2015 |
Last Saturday, I stood on my porch, hit the button on my GPS watch to tell it to locate a satellite, and sighed. It was not a glorious spring day. No, I stared at a street soaked by a downpour. These are not ideal conditions in which to run, and I could have retreated to a treadmill. But my sister was running her first marathon that day in the rain, and was glad to have trained in the rain. It helps you prepare for any races on days when water dumps out of the sky. I've been there before, in training runs and in races.
January 4, 2015 |
Repeat after me: "All real estate is local. " Never mind what you see on CNN or hear on NPR before All Things Considered puts you to sleep. They may try to convince you that there is a "national" real estate market. What you need to remember is that it's all local - right down to the block. When we compare what's happening in our eight-county market with the buying and selling going on elsewhere in the country, it often reveals a hugely different experience. The difference most frequently mentioned is how price declines here didn't match those in most other regions of the U.S. in the months and years after the housing bubble burst.
February 23, 2014
Risky travel mix in bad weather The tractor-trailer versus passenger-car safety debate along the Pennsylvania Turnpike was settled the other week in Bensalem ("Massive pileups strangle turnpike," Feb. 15). In the Valentine's Day crash, there were numerous injuries and dozens of vehicles were damaged, many total write-offs. The eastbound lanes were closed for hours, with untold losses of toll revenue. Since several tractor-trailers jackknifed across the icy highway in the pileup, consider the economics for car owners: Their tolls are far larger in total than those paid by tractor-trailer drivers, and part of the toll price should be a safe ride.
May 23, 2013 |
If you can't control the weather, try controlling television weather forecasters. Drew Becher, president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, recently blasted television and radio "snowmaggedon" scenarios that proved false, yet shriveled the Philadelphia Flower Show's ticket sales like an early frost. The venerable event, the society's principal fund-raiser, suffered a 17 percent drop in attendance in March and lost $1.2 million. Now, PHS is scurrying to make up the difference.
March 9, 2013
By Michael Bradley Like most well-prepared Philadelphia storm veterans, I spent part of Wednesday afternoon at the grocery store. There was a difference between my visit and most pre-snow forays: I wasn't accumulating the ingredients for French toast. I legitimately needed something for dinner. Honest. Like just about everyone else in the area, I awoke Thursday to a dry track. Not a flake of snow could be found, especially not the dense, "heart attack" variety that was destined to spawn a series of widowmakers among Delaware Valley shovelers.
February 8, 2013
Check the Rally Blog on Friday for schedule changes caused by any bad weather. rallyblog
January 18, 2013 |
LONDON - A helicopter crashed into a crane and fell on a crowded street in central London during rush hour Wednesday, sending flames and black plumes of smoke into the air. The pilot and one person on the ground were killed and 13 others injured, officials said. The helicopter crashed in misty weather just south of the River Thames near the Underground and mainline train station at Vauxhall, and close to the headquarters of spy agency MI6. Police said one person had critical injuries.
December 29, 2012
Friday's men's basketball game between Temple and Detroit, part of the Gotham Classic at the Liacouras Center, was postponed because of bad weather. The game will be rescheduled. Conditions in the Midwest combined with wind conditions in Philadelphia prevented Detroit from being able to safely travel to Philadelphia for the game, according to Rick Giles, president of the Gazelle Group, which runs the event.
December 20, 2012 |
Hello there Joanna's August 2010 job interview at a South Philadelphia doctor's office included a question she didn't expect: "Are you married or are you single?" "Single," the nurse-practitioner told the man she would work with for the next couple of years. "We'll get you married," he told her. Four months later, Joanna was sweeping through the three exam rooms, hunting for the one office thermometer. She walked in on a fully clothed, and, she couldn't help but notice, very good-looking patient.
December 9, 2012
Running seems like a simple sport: Throw on some sneakers, a T-shirt, and shorts, and go. But if you're a runner or have a runner on your holiday shopping list, you know it can be a lot more complicated than that. So I asked local running stores what's been flying out of their doors since Black Friday to give you ideas if you have an athlete on your shopping list. Let's start with a big one: a GPS running watch. Not only does this act as a stopwatch, but it will also let you know instantly how far you've run, how fast you're going, and, depending on how many bells and whistles you require (and bucks you want to spend)