Looking South – The USS Olympia

The Boy and I took a stroll to the Spruce Street Harbor Park yesterday, and we got to check out the USS Olympia. From Wikipedia:

USS Olympia is a protected cruiser that saw service in the United States Navy from her commissioning in 1895 until 1922. This vessel became famous as the flagship of Commodore George Dewey at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish–American War in 1898. The ship was decommissioned after returning to the U.S. in 1899, but was returned to active service in 1902.

She served until World War I as a training ship for naval cadets and as a floating barracks in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1917, she was mobilized again for war service, patrolling the American coast and escorting transport ships.

After World War I, Olympia participated in the 1919 Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War and conducted cruises in the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas to promote peace in the unstable Balkan countries. In 1921, the ship carried the remains of World War I’s Unknown Soldier from France to Washington, D.C., where his body was interred in Arlington National CemeteryOlympia was decommissioned for the last time in December 1922 and placed in reserve.

In 1957, the U.S. Navy ceded title to the Cruiser Olympia Association, which restored the ship to her 1898 configuration. Since then, Olympia has been a museum ship in Philadelphia, where it is now part of the Independence Seaport MuseumOlympia was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966.

Olympia is the oldest steel US warship still afloat.


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Strawberries & Ladyfingers

The strawberries on 9th Street were gorgeous over the weekend, I decided that strawberry shortcake would be on the menu for our Father’s Day dinner. I didn’t want to make biscuits or sponge cake – I wanted to try something different. Ladyfingers came to mind, although typically used in tiramisu – they were a fab pairing with strawberries and whipped cream!  Continue reading

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Happy Father’s Day

A photo I took of the fellas in Rittenhouse Square in 2000. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, especially to my Joe – I couldn’t be more grateful for what a wonderful dad he’s been to our son.

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Looking South – Train Shed

Train shed on Broad & Carpenter being stripped down to it’s skeleton in order to be restored and incorporated into some new construction. The ongoing process has been fascinating to watch. More photos behind the cut.  Continue reading

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No-Knead Cinnamon Raisin Bread

I made this loaf for my friend Bebe, who loves raisin bread. I’ve never seen a no-knead recipe that used milk as an ingredient – so I thought I’d give it a shot. It was a success!  Continue reading

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Not Quite Heaven

I thought I was being quite clever when I came up with the idea for replacing my favorite but sadly exhausted Sketchbook from Heaven. My idea was to get a larger sketchbook and chop it in half so it more closely approximated the cheap sketchbook’s size and shape. It fits easily in my backpack and I can retrieve it in a flash, but it’s just not the same. It’s resisting my attempts at doodling interesting doodles. I guess size and shape aren’t everything.

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RIP Adam West

Caped CrusaderAdam West loomed pretty large in my life. He was the greatest Batman, and he will be sorely missed.

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Digital Clutter

This is a followup to my earlier post about the art school formerly known as The Philadelphia College of Art. Thanks to the Internet Archive which is probably the greatest site on the internet a number of odd, wonderful and rare publications are available for your perusal for FREE. There were a number of items from this catalog which I was going to scan and share on these pages. Now there’s no need. Now you can enjoy the clutter without the mess!

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The Way It Was

This terrific map is from the 1982-83 Philadelphia College of Art catalog which I uncovered amid my clutter and marveled at the terrifically clean graphic design done well before anybody had heard of Illustrator, Freehand or CorelDraw. This was all laid out by hand with a lot of care, a lot of patience and a lot of X-Acto #11 blades.

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Fettuccine with Mushrooms, Asparagus, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

It’s been a while since I’ve made pasta with my Imperia pasta maker. I call it a pasta maker rather than a machine because it’s powered by a hand crank. It’s a real workout-skip-the-gym thing.

Anyway, paired with thin spring asparagus, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes (thanks Bebe!), a little bit of cream and some basil, made for a fabulous dinner on Saturday night – accompanied by a loaf of seeded bread from Sarcone’s!  Continue reading

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The Details – Upper Darby

UntitledHaving basked in comic books and old movies my whole life, architectural details were what cities were supposed to be about. On a morning like the one above, the ornamentation would catch the light and look glorious. These details also look great on miserable days streaked with rain or covered in snow. It’s not a spectacular or important building but it’s so much more interesting than reflective glass.

Outside of the 69th Street SEPTA terminal.

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Looking South – Geno’s Painted Lady

It appears Gene’s famous cheesesteak emporium is expanding it’s empire in South Philly. I’m not certain if this is a brick and mortar store for Geno’s t-shirts, and baseball caps – what I do know is that I’m crazy about the paint job! What a fantastic palette – it’s sort of an abstract version of the painted Victorians in San Francisco. Nice job, Geno!

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Screened Window on the World

Screened window on the worldI was never much of a pet person. My eyes would usually roll up into my head when somebody would start to go on and on about their kitties or doggies. He did the cutest thing the other day…ugh! Now that I have a cat, I have become one of those people. I love my cat, and the camera loves him.

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