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Date: 11/21/2008
Title: 30 Items (11-21-08) sponsored by The WINDHAM/HUNTER WINTER CARD

Eagles tickets available for the Arizona and Cleveland game.  Four tickets to each game. Lower level.  Let me know if you have interest. 
After the debacle last week, not sure anyone wants them but I have a feeling it is still a hot ticket in town.  One comment for me on the game in Cinci.  When we had the ball inside our 20 at the end of the game and it was 4th and 1 and we punted, was that not an acceptance of us settling for a tie.  And is a tie going to help us secure a playoff spot down the road?  Seems like we will be on the outside looking in come playoff time unless the Eagles show they are a better team than most of us believe right now.

Great music week for me.  AC/DC was on Monday.  They were so loud that my ears were still ringing the next night. http://www.philly.com/inquirer/magazine/34728849.html
And then last night was Madonna: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20081121_Madonna_at_Wachovia__Provocative_Sticky_and_Sweet.html

Was also able to attend a fun whiskey tasting this week by Macallan.  http://www.themacallan.com
Learned a new toast: http://www.reference.com/search?q=Slainte
Also attended a tasting at a new Mexican restaurant at 8th and Christian, Paxia (#13)

For those thinking about ski season with the cold weather, the mountains are now open in the NY Catskills: http://www.windhammountain.com/news/events/opening_day

And something new and cool for me this week. I was sitting with a friend at a bar. We heard a song but could not identify it. He pulls out his iPhone, lets it record the song or something and a website tells us what the song is.  I was blown away with the technology.  http://www.shazam.com

And lastly, the great city of Philly.  Amazing that we have less people but more workers.  Something to consider as the city deals with the economic crisis: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/34448614.html 

As always, I ask that you talk to me if you are thinking of buying or selling a home.  For those that do not know, I am a licensed Realtor. – Mark


Once you've been skiing or riding with us, we're sure that the Catskills will be your favorite place to make a few turns. Just two hours from the metro New York area and less than four hours from PHILADELPHIA, Windham and Hunter offer big mountain skiing and riding without driving all day to get it. That's why we created the WINTER CARD.

For just $129, you get Four Days of skiing and riding: Two Days lift access at Windham Mountain and Two Days lift access at Hunter Mountain

Turn your friends or relative on to the Catskills this holiday season with a Winter Card. But don't put it off – the Winter Card is only on sale through December 25, 2008. Purchase your Winter Cards at select ski shows or online. One Winter Card per guest please.

Questions? Call the Hunter ticket office at 800-HunterMtn ext. 2200 or the Windham ticket office at 800-SkiWind ext. 1100.
http://www.windhammountain.com/ and http://www.huntermtn.com/huntermtn/tickets-passes/winter-card.aspx









Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at 9:30 PM

Triumph Brewery, 117 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Click for Details and Registration Information: http://2008turkeyball-emailinvite.eventbrite.com/?invite=OTExOTAvendpY2tAbWFya3p3aWNrLmNvbS8x%0A



A) Phillies raise ticket prices for '09 Story Highlights
The Philadelphia Phillies are raising ticket prices for next year after winning their first World Series title since 1980.
Most tickets will increase by $2 or $3 in 2009 and top premium seats will cost $6 to $50 more. Prices for season tickets range from just over $1,300 to $4,100.
Philadelphia hosts Atlanta in the major league opener on April 5.


According to Philadelphia–based Harmelin Media, the estimated TV value of the World Series to the City was more than $21M. And that's on top of the total estimated economic impact of more than $20M and 12,000 hotel room nights, which the entire post–season generated for the Philadelphia region, according to the City of Philadelphia's Department of Commerce and the Sports Congress, a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.



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6) Volunteer at the Philadelphia Marathon!

Have you ever wanted to be a part of the world-class Philadelphia Marathon, but you are not quite up to running the 26.2 miles that come with it? Well now is your chance! Join Friends of Please Touch Museum (and over 2,000+ other volunteers) as we work the water station located at the 9.75 mile marker for the race that traditionally sends the highest number of qualified runners to Boston every year! In addition, Water Station #5 is located right on Avenue of the Republic (formerly North Concourse Drive) within eyeshot of Memorial Hall! Not only will you have a great vantage point for watching the race unfold but you will be helping over 18,000 determined marathoners meet their goals and will also receive a free commemorative hoodie!

Date: Sunday, November 23rd
Time:  6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (3 shifts: 6 to  9, 9 to 12, 12 to 4)
Location: Water Stop Location #5 –Avenue of the Republic .
Contact: Scott McElhone (scott.mcelhone@yesbank.com) or Jamie Hughes (jhughes@pleasetouchmuseum.org)


7) Roommate Needed

A) Wilmington - House located in the Heart of Trolley Square (At Rodney St. & Delaware Ave)
$700 (+ shared utilities). Available December 1st
Room available in beautiful and spacious 3-story, 4BD, 2.1BA house in heart of Trolley Square to share with 30yr old male and 30yr old female. Large kitchen and bathrooms /family room / back yard /basement storage / well furnished. Located a block from the Trolley Sq. bars/restaurants/tennis court…safe area w/ great neighbors and roommates.  Seeking: 25-35yr old (male or female) professional/student, laid back, fun, social, respectful, clean, non-smoker. No pets allowed.  Amenities include: high speed wireless internet throughout, Comcast Cable, land phone line, efficient utilities. Shared expenses include: electric, TV, gas, cleaning service.  Call: (302)221-7219 work / (302)898-5060 cell or email clayhill@emoryhill.com.

B) Young professional looking for another young professional or student to rent 1 bedroom in a 2 bedroom home in South Philadelphia.  http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/roo/916902284.html
$800/month. Utilities split 50/50
2 bedroom, 1 bath, furnished home on 10th and Wharton Streets. Bedroom for rent is 10x14 (bedroom not furnished)
Hardwood floors throughout. Washer & dryer. Dishwasher. Central air. Patio. Plenty of basement storage. Safe neighborhood. Easy street parking. Quick walk to the to the Broad St. subway, Route 23 bus. Just blocks from the Italian Market and Pats & Genos!  Available asap  dllst18@hotmail.com

C) Old City: $700 per month, not including utilities. Electric, water, gas and cable are split 3 ways, so expect to pay an extra $150 per month. Room for rent includes two big closets as well as basic cable -- upgrade to digital is possible if tenant desires -House features full kitchen, on-site. washer and dryer, common room with digital cable, high-speed Internet access and 1-and-a-half bath. House located right off Delaware Ave, walking distance from South Street and Old City. Tobacco smoking not an issue.  I can send you pictures if you deem necessary.  jomana1@comcast.net



Philadelphia Senior Center and Independence Blue Cross celebrate the holidays with a day-long holiday celebration, "Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Bazaar," on the Avenue of the Arts on Saturday, December 6, 2008, from 9am – 5pm, at 509 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147.  The celebration includes arts and craft vendors, flea market tables, entertainment, a roast beef dinner, and free prizes.   The bazaar will feature 35 craft and arts tables, a white elephant sale, flea market, bake sale, and free hourly door prizes. The first 200 guests receive a free fleece blanket courtesy of Independence Blue Cross. Entertainment and bazaar admission is free from 9am - 5pm.  The special 2pm concert and roast beef dinner is $12 per person.  Call (215) 546-5879 or visit www.philaseniorcenter.org for more information.


9) The Society of Progressive Drinkers

Third Anniversary Meeting will be TUESDAY, November 25, 2008 at Tir Na Nog in Center City
 This is not only our November meeting, but also the THIRD ANNIVERSARY of SoPD meetings around the city.  We'll be at Tir Na Nog - located conveniently across Love Park from City Hall.  Hope you'll join us for a major, once-in-a-lifetime toast to victory, and a tribute to all the work we now have the responsibility to accomplish.  Don't forget to invite everyone you know!

Society of Progressive Drinkers - Third Anniversary Meeting
TUESDAY, November 25, 2008
8:00 until whenever.
Tir Na Nog, 1600 Arch St, Philadelphia


10) 8th PhillyFIT BASH?

Sunday, Nov. 30th, 11-3, Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, PA 18940.
Talk about a blast...80 vendors...live 10 piece jazz band..tons of dancing and partying, all in a health and fitness based atmosphere! Come meet people who are looking to look good, feel good..and enjoy life! Visit www.phillyfit.com for detail, but here is a sneek peek at what goes on:
Breakdance competitions, fitness workouts and demos non stop...healthy cooking demos, our vendors range from all types  of health and nutrition, chiros, doctors, etc.
fitness: yoga, personal training studios, gyms, karate, dance schools, etc.
sports: baseball academys, football challenges..even meet former Phila. Eagle Sean Landetta...and talk the game with him!
beauty: salons/spas doing hair, makeup, massage
holistic: shiatsu, reiki, reflexology, etc.
just too much to mention, and healthy foods and drinks being served...TONS of kids games outside on the patio,
moon bounces, obstacle courses, challenges, etc.
Only $5.00 per person to get in.
Call PhillyFIT Magazine at 215-396-0268 or email Jami@phillyfitmagazine.com with any questions you might have.
ALSO, RUN OUR 5K or do the 1 mile fun walk...all to benefit WAGS Animal rescue..
come adopt a furry friend in need while your at it! The 5K/walk takes place the same day, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Ski Fit 2: Work Your Core Through Yoga
Use the Plank, Sunken Boat, and Eagle Crunches to focus on your core and strengthen your abs
SPONSOR:: PHILADELPHIA SPORTS CLUBS  (http://www.mysportsclubs.com/regions/PSC.htm)


IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR…and you can prepare for this holiday season by visiting the JLP Thrift Shop!  
Join us as we celebrate Ardmore First Friday on December 5th, from 5pm-9pm! 
25 West Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003, (610) 896-8828

Come find that perfect party dress as well as all types of holiday decorations that will warm your home for the holidays!
During the busy shopping season, the Thrift Shop will also be open on Sundays from 12 Noon until 4pm on Sundays.  We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you there! All Thrift Shop proceeds be nefit the Junior League of Philadelphia, Inc., and its community service projects.


12) Fade To Black
Friday, November 28th: We invite you to "FADE TO BLACK" on November 28th, The Pyramid Club at the Mellon Bank Center to experience the finest in professional and social interaction. An exclusive event, sexy location, sexy crowd all the ingredients for a great Friday night. PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS NOW!


13) Paxia Breaks onto the Philly Scene 

with a Great Weekend Brunch and $25 Meal Deal!
Paxia serves authentic Mexican cuisine with a focus on the flavors of Mexico City and they are now offering an incredible Weekend Brunch! From 11am - 5pm on Saturday and Sunday help yourself to their delicious Bloody Mary, Mimosa, and Sangria bar for $8/person (you provide the alcohol, they provide the rest). Some popular brunch items are: Huevos Rancheros Verdes- $7, Chilaquiles- $7, Enchiladas- $14, Tostadas de Tinga- $6, Pancakes con Manzanas- $7.
And to keep the good times rolling Paxia is offering an awesome $25 meal deal!  Choose a starter, entrée, and dessert served with house margarita mix for only $25 (don't forget to bring your own tequila). This deal is sure to satisfy because you will have their entire delectable menu to choose from.
So come down to the Bella Vista area and check out this new neighborhood gem. Open 6 nights a week, Sunday - Thursday: 5-10pm, Friday & Saturday: 5-11pm. Weekend brunch 11am-5pm, with dinner menu starting at 5pm. Closed Tuesdays. 746 Christian Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. 215-413-0171. www.paxiaphilly.com (website coming soon).


14) Positano Coast Toasts Going Green!

Philadelphia’s Mediterranean Retreat Now Offers a New Organic Cocktail Menu and Announces their Commitment to Serving Sustainable Fish.

Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti now offers guests a new organic cocktail menu. The menu, created by Positano Coast Mixologists Andres Sanchez and Israel Nocelo, will feature eight specially created cocktails, all using liquors with unique organic purees and garnishes. Visit www.lambertis.com/locations/positano.htm for more information.



Winter 1 ’08 football season registration is coming to a close shortly. The Saturday leagues are currently SOLD OUT, however, we have a waiting list started and if we get a few more teams we might be able to add everyone to the league.  Please let us know ASAP if you are interested in one of these leagues.
Upcoming Leagues
Tuesday 12/2 - Coed 8 v 8 Touch Football @ Starfinder (10 Week Regular Season)  (4 Team Spots Left)
Saturday 12/6 - Coed 8 v 8 Touch Football @ YSC (Formerly Rocket Sports)  SOLD OUT—Get on the Waiting List!
Saturday 12/6 - Men's 7 v 7 Flag Football @ YSU (Formerly Rocket Sports)  SOLD OUT—Get on the Waiting List!
Please sign up at www.playphillysports.com or let me know if you have any questions,
Also, don't forget to check out our popular Dodgeball League starting in Center City on 12/2!

Monday 12/1 - Coed 8 v 8 Soccer @ Starfinder  (1 Team Spot Left!  2 Individual Spots Left!)
Wednesday 12/3 - Coed 5 v 5 Soccer @ Starfinder (Teams Still Available, Individual Females Needed!)
Sunday 1/4 - Men's 7 v 7 Soccer @ Starfinder (Two Levels-Competitive and Recreational)
Thursday 1/8 - Coed 7 v 7 Soccer @ Starfinder (1 Team Spot Left, Individuals Still Needed)



A) The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer. - Henry David Thoreau

B) I can live for two months on a good compliment. - Mark Twain

C) Being taken for granted can be a compliment. It means you've become a comfortable, trusted element in another person's life. - Dr. Joyce Brothers

D) No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now. - Alan Watts (author of The Way of Zen)



4655  Smick St, $1,295 4 bedrooms and one bath
214  Hermitage St, $1,695 4 bedrooms and one bath
143  Kingsley St, $1,795 4 bedrooms and 1.5 baths
4661/2  Conarroe Street, $1,795 4 bedrooms and 1.5 baths

Email zwick@markzwick.com for more information


18) HELIUM COMEDU CLUB 2009 Winter V.I.P. Pass
Back by popular demand, Helium is bringing back the V.I.P. Pass! Valid January 2 through March 25, 2009 the V.I.P. pass allows unlimited comedy for ONLY $49! Some of the comedians you can see include John Heffron, Nick DiPaolo, Paul Mooney and Greg Fitzsimmons, just to name a few. V.I.P. Passes make Great Holiday Gifts! Get yours at the club or online today.



Nov 27 Happy Thanksgiving! The oldest parade of its kind Benjamin Franklin Pkwy and celebrates the beginning of shopping season. Watch it live or on TV.  www.6abc.com

20) Clark Park Farmers’ Market: Thanksgiving Edition

Wednesday November 26th from 10am to 4pm (or until vendors sell out)
Make your Thanksgiving meal a true celebration of the harvest!

At next week’s market expect: Fahnestock Apples & Apple Cider, Keystone Farms Produce & Maple Syrup, Big Sky Pies & Breads, Urban Girls Produce Homestead Garden Vegetables, Margerum Herbs, Christophel Apples & Apple Cider and more, Queen’s Farm, Landisdale Farm, Quentin Shirk and Quaff Meadows Produce & Lamb, Forest View Bakery

There will be a food donation pick-up at 4pm that day. Any donations will be appreciated and will go to the Crusaders for Christ Church Food Cupboard/Soup Kitchen located at 1201 South 47th Street in Philadelphia.

Pre-Order Your Turkey and Pies
Barbara Shelly and Mountain View Poultry will be accepting pre-orders for turkeys. Come to the Thursday market to order your turkey or call the store at (484) 320-0045. Big Sky Bakery will be accepting pre-orders for pies: pumpkin, peach, apple, fruit of the forest, pecan, blueberry and cherry pies. Come to the Thursday market to order your pies or call the store at (302) 475-9494. Forest View Bakery (the Amish baker on the corner during the Saturday market) will also be accepting pre-orders for pies. Come to the Saturday market to place your order or leave a message at (717) 872-7562.

The Clark Park Farmers’ Market operates all year, every Saturday morning. The Food Trust and the farmers of the Clark Park market thank all of the customers for their loyal patronage throughout the season.  Have a safe and healthy holiday.



McFadden's bartender Ashley Mikanowicz needs our help. Her little sister, Sammy, was tragically injured and is currently on life support. Be there on Sun., Nov. 23 from noon until 4pm, where for $35 ($40 at the door), guests will enjoy free domestic drafts, wine, soda and buffet, as well as $2 domestic bottles and free parking on Darien Street. Don't miss this chance to help a friend in need.


A '55 Mercedes-Benz Gullwing
A '64 Cobra Daytona Coupe
The sweetest '38 Alfa Romeo you'll ever see...

Located a few minutes from PHL, the Simeone Foundation Museum is one of the world's largest private collection of actual race cars -

Vehicles so prized that enthusiasts from all over the world make special visits to witness such an amazing array of machinery.

Besides being a cool way to spend a part of the day, the Simeone Foundation offers guests the chance to use the site for private events - catered affairs for small and medium-sized groups - a way to party amid a Winner's Circle of awesome sports cars.

Accelerate over to www.SimeoneMuseum.org to learn more about this unique ode to the automotive.


23) ALFA

Alfa, located at 1709 Walnut Street recently installed a Buy A Drink (BAD) Board behind the bar –

Tell the tender you want to buy someone a drink (they don’t even have to be there; their name goes up on the board and an instant icebreaker occurs.)

It’s pretty cool to arrive and find out there’s a drink waiting for you!

Redeem yours up to 30 days after purchase…


24) NEW STEAKHOUSE (Center City)

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse begins service at 15th and Chestnut Streets this weekend – a top-shelfer that hopes to compete with the Best of the Best here in Philly. Next up: Union Trust Steakhouse at 717 Chestnut Street, due this Feb.



45% off.
Academy of Music



On Thursday, November 27th from noon to 4pm The Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant will be hosting a Thanksgiving meal for any families or singles in need.  There is no cost and the meal will be a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the fixings as well as live jazz music to enjoy.  We are able to accommodate approximately 300 people.

We are having some trouble finding people to actually come out and dine with us on that day.  We were wondering if you might have anyone that would be interested or if you can refer us to anyone that could help us out with this.  Any assistance you can provide is greatly appreciated.

nicole@manayunkbrewery.com or www.manayunkbrewery.com


27) VIDEOS OF THE WEEK (clean)

A) Quick Quick: Textual Healing
A while ago we ranted about when dudes just text you the word, "Hey." Well, this funny cartoon called "Texting Your Way to Love" by Super News tells the story of the entire text messaged courtship from start to finish. Yeah, they pretty much totally nail it. http://www.shmittenkitten.com/2008/11/quick-quick-textual-healing.html

B) The Best Man



Garaus Day V Pub Crawl! 
Saturday, November 22, 2:30PM

WHAT THE HECK IS GARAUS???? Word History: The origin of the word carouse can be found in a German interjection that meant time to leave the bar. German garaus, which is derived from the phrase garaus  meaning all out, then came to mean drink up, bottoms up, and last drink before closing time. The English borrowed this noun, with the meaning the practice of sitting around drinking until closing time, sometimes spelling the word garaus but usually spelling it closer to the way it is spelled today. Soon after the word is first recorded as a noun in 1559, we find the verb carouse, in 1567.

Please join us for Garaus Day V on Nov 22nd! To honor our 5th year, we are asking everyone to wear black and white.  Garaus Day is a drink fest starting at 2:30pm and ending when the bars close at 2am. Come out for some awesome drinks, see your friends and maybe make some new ones.

Bar List...
1. McGillian's Old Ale House (2:30pm) - 1310 Drury St.
2. Fox & Hound (4:15pm) 1501 Spruce St.
3. McGlinchey's (6:00pm) - 259 S 15th St.
4. FADO (7:45pm) 1500 Locust St.
5. The Fieldhouse (9:30pm) 1150 Filbert St.
6. Tir Na Nog (11:00pm) - 1600 Arch St.

Hope to see you there! Please feel free to forward to others. The more the merrier!!!!



We are looking for Fulltime shares for our Avalon bay house. The house is over the 21st bridge on 22nd and the bay.
The house is 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths, living room, and 3 decks overlooking the bay. Also a boat slip.$2750 for the entire summer. Price includes a designated bed for the entire summer, utilities and bi-weekly cleaning service.
If you are interested or would like more information, please feel free to email me at kburkhart23@yahoo.com



Cycling Championship Prepares for its 25th Anniversary
America's most prestigious cycling event, the Philadelphia International Championship, will return for its 25th Anniversary on June 7, 2009.

The Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling, which includes races in Allentown and Reading before culminating with the Philadelphia event, attracts 200 professional cyclists from more than 25 countries.

Cyclists will complete 10 laps of a 14.4–mile circuit throughout Philadelphia, logging a total of 156 miles in this longest–running and most important single-day cycling race in the United States.

For more information, visit www.procyclingtour.com.


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