Manuel Adjusting to Language Barrier

Manuel Adjusting to Language Barrier

After six years as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, Charlie Manuel is learning to adapt to English, the official language of the people of Philadelphia. Manuel recently stated that he feels comfortable expressing himself in the language, although he still struggles with plurals, singulars, vowels, and the double switch.

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Friday night The daily Occupy Northampton drumming and chanting starts on schedule in front of Bank of America. Down the street to the group’s left is a harp player, to its right, under the Thorne’s Market awning, is that band with the accordion, and across the street is a fiddler. The Faces Halloween window features […]

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Encounter with a knobbed russet

Six years ago, I joined a CSA and learned, in the name of diversity and supporting local growers, to tolerate things like dandelion greens, kale, and turnips.  Sometimes I even developed an affection for previously spurned produce: beets, brussels sprouts, and apricots. So I try to be open-minded about new food (it’s hard sometimes), but […]

Savoy campsite

Savoy Stories

Thunk. Thunk. Thunkthunkthunkthunk. And you just lay there in the tent hoping the ruckus outside isn’t wolves or bears or whatever the Berkshires equivalent of Pineys is. Happily, the campsites at Savoy Mountain State Forest are in an old apple orchard, so the noise is nothing more than the normal sounds of September. Savoy is […]

Bendystraw versus Steve Martin

Bendystraw versus Steve Martin

According to this infographic of questionable accuracy, I prefer wine over beer and am less interesting than Steve Martin.

Phanatic on Kelly Drive

The time is now. Goodbye, Philly!

In less than two weeks, after years of discussion, Type E and I are moving away from Philadelphia. Yes, it’s a terrible time to leave good jobs and find new ones, and it’s not the best time to sell a house. We have no friends or family in our new town. But the time is […]