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Fun with a Free Photo Editor

12th & Jackson
I fired up the free, cross-platform, image editing software known as GNU Image Manipulation Program or GIMP and had a bit of fun with this photo I shot of an industrial building at the corner of 12th and Jackson in South Philadelphia. GIMP is a powerful program and well worth a download. I find myself using it quite a bit for some of the interesting filters it has such as the one above which turned this typical photo into an illustration.

The building above looked as if it was still operating as a warehouse which is surprising. The next time I’m down that way, it will probably be turned into loft apartments.


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Roxy Theater


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Quinoa and Roasted Vegetables

In an attempt to eat healthier/undo damage from the holidays/take something other than a ham sandwich to work when you’re brown bagging it – I give you quinoa and roasted vegetables! The great thing is that you can do different combos of veggies, and use up what’s in your fridge, which appeals to me since I’m trying really hard not to waste food. Here, I used broccoli leftover from last night’s dinner, carrots, orange peppers, mushrooms, and zucchini. Red onion, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, squash, eggplant, garlic, and Brussels sprouts would be delicious too! Roasting a big pan of vegetables to keep in your fridge can also be used in a frittata, as a side dish with chicken, or a quick pasta primavera.  Continue reading

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Forlorn Fella on a Ford

Here’s another example of the urban phenomena we refer to as Truck Mascots. Truck Mascots are discarded stuffed animals that are usually lashed to the grills of large industrial trucks although this one is attached to a work van. This little fella is hanging on for dear life traveling on 11th Street in South Philadelphia.

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Looking South – Bike on 9th

Spotted this jazzed up bike on 9th Street – on closer inspection, two of the 45s were Nat King Cole, the third being Clyde McCoy. Unfamiliar with McCoy, I turned to Wikipedia:

Clyde Lee McCoy[1] (December 29, 1903 – June 11, 1990), was an Americanjazztrumpeter whose popularity spanned seven decades. He is best remembered for his theme song, “Sugar Blues”, written by Clarence Williams and Lucy Fletcher, and also as a co-founder of Down Beat magazine in 1935.[1] The song hit in 1931 and 1935, in Columbia and Decca versions, and returned to Billboardmagazine’s Country (Hillbilly) chart in 1941. It was also played with vocals, by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, Fats Waller and Ella Fitzgerald.

Johnny Mercer had a vocal hit in 1947. McCoy was a member of one of the families of the Hatfield-McCoy feud, and was based at various times in Los Angeles, New York City, and at Chicago’sDrake Hotel, where he first performed “Sugar Blues” in 1930. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6426 Hollywood Boulevard.

The oddball things you pick up walking around with a camera.



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More Thoughts on Leaving Netflix

I have a few more thoughts bouncing around my brain pan on cancelling my Netflix subscription which I thought I would share with you. I have been a Netflix subscriber since the end of the 20th Century and practically all of the 21st Century with a short detour to a forgotten movie-by-mail competitor which turned out to be a disaster. As I wrote before, I LOVED Netflix mail order service and was surprised that their streaming service worked so well even with a crummy DSL connection. It was addictive. I was hooked.

No more. I still stream, but not with Netflix. Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Elvis!

Today would have been The King’s 83rd birthday, and since the Boy is a huge fan – we thought we’d celebrate with a little chocolate cake! Sure, I could have made a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich, or the pound cake Janelle McComb – a childhood friend of Elvis’, baked for him every Christmas. But sometimes a gal feels peckish for just a hunk of, hunk of chocolate cake! Happy birthday Elvis!!! Continue reading

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Looking South -The Forty Five

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Resolution: Goodbye Netflix

I was a Netflix subscriber back when nobody ever heard of them — back when they were just a mail-order DVD rental outfit with but one distribution plant in San Jose, CA. I had my doubts when they leapt into streaming but was pleasantly surprised at how watchable it was on a Wii gaming system hooked up to an old tube television and DSL internet service. I soon bought my first Roku box, and it was all over. I let my DVD rental service lapse and became a streaming video consumer. As I’ve written before, I have not subscribed to cable television since the early 1990s and streaming television was just like Heaven. Watch what you want when you want! How could you beat that? Continue reading

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Turkey Pot Pie with Cheddar Biscuits

I try to find interesting ways of repurposing our leftover turkey and a pot pie is just the ticket! Except for the buttermilk, most of the ingredients in this dish are things you tend to have on hand after a holiday meal – carrots, potatoes, peas. We’ve also discovered that the leftovers reheat well as lunch the next day, making this a winner at Casa Willceau!  Continue reading

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Mummer’s Parade 2018

More photos behind the cut!  Continue reading

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2018 Mummer’s Parade

All I can say about today is that it was COLD! I salute the spirit of these men and women who braved the elements and marched down Broad Street, as has been the tradition since 1901. Happy New Year!  Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! We’ll see you back here in 2018.

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