Wednesday, October 23, 2013

North 28th gets Stephen Powers art piece

Overall project
Look at that art piece!
Our North 28th project at, you guessed it North 28th Street, in Brewerytown got a sweet new art installation by noted artist Stephen Powers.  You may recognize his work riding along the Market Frankford El trains. He did all the Philly love letters.  I'm not sure what this particular piece is about, but it looks to me like it's some sort of engagement. Guy on one knee with a pizza? Or is that an abstract diamond?  Either way, it's still pretty cool.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Designer rugs

I don't know how or why I thought about this the other day, but  I did.  People have those bear skin rugs with the heads still on.  I think it would be cool to have a giraffe skin rug.  Those long spindly legs and that long neck could make a nice stair runner.  Think about it. 

Friday, August 30, 2013

No Questions Asked

My bike was stolen off my front porch yesterday along with two of my neighbors bikes.  Pretty ballsy to steal something off my front porch, especially when a lot of my neighbors are home all day everyday. But I have a feeling I know who it was.  I've felt like my house was being staked out a few days ago by some thug kids. By thug kids I mean kids in their early twenties with no jobs.  I want to post some "Stolen bike" signs around my neighborhood and post a reward... no questions asked. Then first thing I would do if someone came forward to return it is ask them why they stole it.  I'd be like, i was kidding about the no questions asked part.... and the reward part.  And then punchasize their face... for free.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Supermarket shopping

Anyone who really knows me, knows that I love supermarket shopping.  I love to eat, and a store that is full of food is right up my alley.  All the possibilities! I have to admit though that I kinda hate Wegman's.  Sure it has quality food, and the cheese selection is great and their seafood is better than other supermarkets.  But I can't stand their aisle arrangement. It takes me twice as long to find the things I usually buy. For one, it's not laid out logically like a normal supermarket with like things near each other, or things that complement each other next to each other. Like they have peanut butter and jelly listed on the aisle markers. They shouldn't do that.  The aisle markers should only be for categories, such as Condiments.  Peanut butter and jelly needs to be with all the other condiments like ketchup, and mustard, or they should have some near the bread aisle. Good luck finding anything.
Anyway, I am getting tired of the "foodie" culture.  The other day I went to Talula's Garden in the city.  It's a fancy-schmantzy place on Washington Square that serves great local fare. I was just really put off by all the food stories the waitress was telling us, like "this cheese is locally sourced from free range cows in lancaster county where the farmer milks his own cows and goats and they are hormone free, and we get them once a week by a little old amish guy"  But every cheese had a story.  I was waiting for her to tell me that the "cheese had a good time on it's way here, and likes nothing more to be spread onto bread gently by a tiny cheese knife, and just can't wait to be eaten."
But going back to the point, I saw this in the bagel aisle and was put off by it. "Ancient grain?" ancient grain my ass. I wanted to ask how old it was.  Is that in bagel years? Aren't all grains pretty ancient? As far as I know, my ancestors were eating all sorts of grains 3,000 years ago. Just because you were eating Wonder Bread up until 3 years ago doesn't mean I was.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Biggie smalls

"Earth day was the worst day.... now we sip champagne when we thirstay!"

Friday, July 19, 2013


As far as vacations go, this one didn't feel like much of a vacation.  This was hard work for an out of shape slug like me.  I wouldn't recommend a trip to Peru to many people; maybe world class athletes, adventure seekers and masochists. The Inca trail was awesome though. 26 miles of stairs... 14000 feet in the air; stairs up, and stairs down. Amazing that people could build that trail out of huge stones in that terrain using no animals or iron tools. The reward of Machu Picchu at the end made it worthwhile.

in case you didn't know where it was on a map.

some girl and her llama

a band rolled through cusco

the last 400 feet of a 6000 ft ascent


our crew. john, brittany,will,dan, sarah, me

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Had this thought the other day

A friend from my office recently got back from Hong Kong and brought us some cookies.  I was surprised at how similar they were to Italian biscotti.  Then I got to thinking about how American kids get super excited when someone brings them a fresh hot plate of chocolate chip cookies straight outta the oven.  Do you think Chinese kids ever get plates full of fresh soft batch fortune cookies? I've never seen that before.

Thursday, May 23, 2013


I have gotten a lot of requests from my fans to see what I look like in a bathing suit.  This is it.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Vegas Trip

Being the closet baller that I am, I recently went to Las Vegas for my buddy PJ's bachelor party. I am definitely getting too old to be going to wild bachelor parties, and luckily I didn't go crazy.  Slept through most of it honestly, which was fine by me.  But I was able to take a few good snaps. Mostly of all the same things I saw last time I was there. It's easy to take good pictures in Vegas, and even easier with Instagram. 


Each year the AIA holds their annual napkin sketch competition.  The competition is designed to encourage architects to show off their talents in some kind of sketchy way (which doesn't really sound right now that I think of it). The competition has become more crazy as of late with mixed media submissions and submissions which allow the sketcher to have things project from the napkin.  It's morphed from ideas, to overdone composed drawings. I kinda wanted to turn that on it's head and just do a real napkin sketch and get it back to its roots.  This is what came to my mind with a conventional C-towel.  I hope I win.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Shameless Self Promotion

This is a project I have been working on for the better part of the last two and a half years.  It's finally getting built as we speak at the corner of Broad and South Streets in Philly.  This was in last week's daily Metro Paper. Look for it in the press.  Right now it's just a hole in the ground, but the foundations are going up quickly and should be out of the ground in a month probably.  The project is called Southstar Lofts for Dranoff Properties.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Winnie the Pooh?

I really don't know how my mind works sometimes, but I was thinking about Winnie the Pooh the other day and how I really have no clue how he got his name.  Winnie the Pooh... pooh? I was thinking okay, pooh is a cute little name that every little kid knows and can say. But was it because Winnie was a thug and he wanted kids to know it but he couldn't just come out and say "Yo, I am Winnie and I'm the shit!" So he just made it accessible to kids "yo, I am Winnie the Pooh!" Think about it.  It all makes sense.  Even Tigger sounds like a thug nickname. Christopher "robin'" "eeyore"
"kanga" "roo,", all his friends had gangland style nicknames.  Winnie was the pooh! He'll steal your honey.

Friday, April 12, 2013


The weather is always nice too.
It's been on my list of things to do each year for the past three or four years, and this year I am finally doing it.  I will be exhibiting at my town's annual Mayfair...fair.  If you don't know already, get out from under your rock. Collingswood is the shit, and their Mayfair is the bomb diggity for people in the know.  Anyway, I will be selling some of my sketches, hopefully all of them for copious amounts of money.  It's on Saturday May 25th all day long.  I really want you to be there!There will be tons of people as usual and good food and live music.  Maybe afterwards you can all come to my house and enjoy some beers... on me!

I'm sorry but...

What's the world coming to when we think about a mop and a bowling ball having sex? and we think it's cute? Come on! Have we really accepted this? Is this what people think about? mops and bowling balls having sex? This was a good idea?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Things that make you go Hmmm?

A few months ago I think I told you about the time my mom was over and she was identifying pop songs on the radio with relative ease and a matter of factness that surprised me.  Like "oh this is Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars."  Well, the other day she was listening to Lady Gaga again and I was like "seriously mom? you are listening to Lady Gaga?" and her response really surprised me.  She said she was listening to an interview with her and that she really liked what she had to say and that "she stood for something" and freedom of expression yadda yadda yadda and her songs were catchy.  Ok. Fair enough.  I agree.
But then I was cleaning out my dad's car yesterday and in the seat back pocket I found a Ke$ha cd.  Wow.  Nothing surprises me anymore.  Are my parents really cooler than I give them credit for?  

Thursday, March 14, 2013


Ninth Ward

beads in the trees

catfish po'boys


Jackson Square

John Boutte at DBA

Just confirming my closet baller status... I took a weekend jaunt down to New Orleans to visit a dear college friend of mine.  She showed me the ropes, and all that is good about the Crescent City.  My itinerary was to eat, drink and listen to jazz.  Check, Check, and Chizzeck.  If you've never been, it's probably not what you expect.  It's got beautiful houses, colorful people, great food, great drinks, and not too humid weather this time of year. And Crawfish! I really fell in love with New Orleans.
beignets, etouffe, po'boys, char grilled oysters, raw oysters, gumbo, shrimp remoulade, abita.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Things to do for 2013

Here is my annual list of things to do for the new year.  Yeah, it's a little late, but better late than never. If you can help with accomplishing any of these or would like to participate in any of them with me, please let me know.  Monetary donations are also welcome to help accomplish my goals as well.  In no particular order..... click on the picture to enlarge.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 launch party!

Okay okay, there is no launch party, but it's still a very satisfying feeling to have a new website that I can finally run myself.   So check out  And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the person who made it all possible, my good friend Tiffany at

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


I don't know why I keep thinking about this, but I have probably thought about this for the past five years.  I've always wondered what would happen if you baked an egg.  I love eggs.  Hard boiled, over easy, scrambled, fried, poached, truffled, nogged, fertilized... but you never hear about a baked egg.  Why not?  What happens to it? I need to just do it and find out. And for some reason I've never questioned what nogging an egg meant.  I question it now.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Linked in

I've always thought linked in was pretty stupid. Facebook for dorks I called it.  Unfortunately, for better or worse, it's a necessary business evil.  Probably a useless evil in all honesty, but nonetheless people deem it useful.  Now they have endorsements. So people can "endorse" your skills in your field. For example, if you are a lawyer you can get endorsed for "contract law, negotiation, subrogation, litigation" or if you're an architect your friends can endorse you for skills in which they have no authority to judge your skill level.  I am pretty sure it has the opposite effect.  To me, the more endorsements you have, the less credibility you have.  Keep that in mind.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

In the not too distant future

Be on the lookout for big changes coming to

Kid Rock

Kid Rock... the guy is so badass isn't he? Slept with a bunch of superstars, always poppin' bottles at the club, doing drugs in the VIP.  But he doesn't seem so badass if you say his name with a sing songy emphasis on the kid.  Kinda sounds like a children's band. Kid Rock... mmmm bop mmm bop... dooby doop doop doop Kid Rock. 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Miracles of Science

You don't hear too much about Wonders of the World anymore or Miracles of Science.  I guess technology moves so quickly these days that we take for granted the amazing things happening around us.  One thing, for example, is the wet wipe.  Not because it works really well or is really changing the world.  It's just amazing that a few clothlike paper napkins in a crummy plastic case that barely closes can stay moist for months.  How do they do it?

Friday, January 4, 2013


I don't know about anyone else, but when I Bcc; someone in an email, I kinda feel bad about it.  It's basically an admission that you are doing something shady.  If anyone knows of any time where Bcc'ing someone isn't dirty, please let me know. And if it isn't dirty, it's probably only because you emailed the person you are Bcc'ing first letting them know you will be Bcc'ing them in the near future.  It makes it easier if you preempt the person by telling them you are about to do something shady.  Less shady that way.