February 10, 2014
AMTRAK CHOSE 30th Street Station - midway between the nation's financial head and its government seat - to unveil 70 new electric locomotives. But the star of the Thursday show, the high-tech, new-to-the-rails Cities Sprinter, strangely was not shown to the press, which got Vice President Joe Biden instead. Known as the president of the Amtrak Fan Club, Biden was supposed to crow about rail transportation to an invited audience of those working on the railroad all the livelong day. Biden was coming directly from the National Prayer Breakfast in D.C. (where maybe he prayed he'd get to Philly on time via Amtrak)
February 9, 2013 |
Before we talk about how Danielle Ermel and Joe Gorzkowski became the center of each other's universe, or about the fabulous kitchen Joe built for Danielle - "my dream kitchen on steroids," she calls it - let's go back to the not-so-long-ago beginning. It was 2007, and the odds of these guys' ever making it to coupledom, let alone marriage, weren't great. She was a 40-year-old hairdresser just emerging from a crisis in self-confidence brought on by divorce. He was a 47-year-old contractor who'd never married, and told his family and friends he probably never would.
January 14, 2013
By Megan Ritchie I weep on the bus. Not frequently, mind you, but often enough to say that it's something I do. It's not my intention to concern anyone who may be seated in the rows around me. It's only that sometimes, in the sweet isolation allotted to me on the Route 40 each day, I find myself overwhelmed, perhaps with the state of the planet or the state of my checking account, and fall into a state of temporary disarray. On a day when there is weeping to be done, I silently sniffle into my sleeve for a good 10 to 15 blocks before wiping my eyes and surveying those around me. I am never surprised, and never disappointed, to find that they aren't looking up from their phones or newspapers, that their silent reveries continue, heads bobbing from side to side as the bus weaves its way through the city.
November 28, 2012 |
As Americans travel this holiday season, with planes crowded and space tight, they may encounter a growing problem: oversized passengers who can't fit comfortably in a 17-inch-wide economy-class airplane seat. More than 30 percent of U.S. adults are categorized as obese, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards. And airlines have a variety of policies to deal with "passengers of size. " Enforcement of the rules is left to ticket and gate agents and flight attendants, and policing can fall short, as it did recently for frequent flier Steve Lapin of Elkins Park.
September 14, 2012 |
Question: I was looking at a new condo with "cherrywood flooring. " No illusions that it was solid; I was told it was engineered. Looking again at some damage (the condo stapled flooring over radiant pipes with staples too long, resulting in water damage in several units), I saw that the top layer is a thin photographic film, not veneer. Does this mean it's laminate, not engineered? And if so, if the cat throws up while I'm at work, am I talking significant repair costs? The material also scratches badly, I noticed.
July 29, 2012 |
A single woman should regard every train ride as an opportunity, I once read in one of those "How to Find a Boyfriend" books. "When boarding the train, don't take the first available seat," the author advised. "Walk through all the cars looking for a cute guy sitting alone, then sit next to him. " This may well help you meet that cute guy, but it's unlikely to get your relationship off to a good start. After all, nobody really wants to give up that extra seat. Sure, you're only entitled to the seat you paid for, not the empty one next to it. But that doesn't stop most of us from hoping for both seats anyway.
July 19, 2012 |
Moon Krapugthong, who owns Chabaa Thai in Manayunk, is going the Japanese route with a second BYOB opening Friday just down the street. For Yanako (4255 Main St., 267-297-8151), she enlisted a team of designers that included new graduates of Philadelphia University architecture program. One of them, Jun Suh, is segueing into the general manager's role. Smashing job: The former boutique now has a two-story skylight. Birdcagelike light fixtures hang from the ceiling over a terra-cotta overhang.
March 4, 2012 |
When Elisabeth Haas took her window seat on an American Airlines flight from Orlando to Dallas last year, she discovered a problem - a very big problem. "A morbidly obese seatmate encroached into my personal space," she says. "He required a seat-belt extender and that the armrest divider be raised to accommodate his girth during the entire flight, including takeoff and landing. He also had to walk down the aisle oriented sideways and moved quite slowly. " The problem of XL passengers on planes is hardly new, but their interactions with other passengers are creating a lot more friction lately.
July 15, 2011
The bus ride from Philadelphia to New York takes approximately 7,200 seconds. I know because I have felt every single one of those seconds slowly tick away in the East Coast mass-transit purgatory known as the Megabus. The Megabus combines the best and worst of modern transportation. It's cheap yet unreliable. It features technological perks like WiFi and air-conditioning, but ignores basic human rights like legroom and personal space. For those whose lives have been stretched along the Eastern Seaboard by the pull of career, family, and academia, the Megabus is an unfortunate mainstay, a masochistic means of getting from point A to point B. The first thing you should know about the Megabus is that it will be late.
June 12, 2011 |
Question: My husband and I recently flew from Berlin to Newark on Continental Airlines. After about 45 minutes in the air, the flight attendants offered beverage service. I politely requested coffee. There was no turbulence. When the flight attendant reached over my husband to serve me in the window seat, she spilled the entire contents of a cup of scalding-hot coffee directly into my lap. I jumped out of my seat and took off for the restroom. I was scalded, traumatized and very embarrassed.