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Date: 12/7/2013
Title: 18 items (12-7-13)

The rarest of them all - a Saturday afternoon edition.  Topics on my mind....

Let's start with the Eagles.  I will be down tailgating in the morning if anyone is around.  Last weekend I left the stadium thinking this and none of the local or national press has picked up on topic -Nick Foles has no interceptions, etc...but if not for a questionable defensive holding flag, he would have one interception that could have easily cost the birds a W.  crime increases (slightly) when the Eagles lose.   Last edition I mentioned how 94.1 is delayed on the live game call.  I was told and have not been able to confirm that 610WIP has the live feed with no delay - problem is my game day radio is FM only which means my feed is usually in sync with the jumbotron.

Talking about crime, Philly first makes national news with a black Friday taser incident, then we have a fight at the actual tree lighting ceremony in Love Park (no love there), and we have south philly folk stealing Xmas decorations.  Makes you proud to call Philly home.  I do see lots of bad around town but things have improved quite a bit over the last 20 years.  One thing that does bother me about Philly is that we get skipped by many bands on tour.  Some go to AC instead of Philly and some skip us completely like this tour.  Yes, I understand you might not care about Journey or Steve Miller - just using it as an example.  

Last year, one Philly high school made national news when Diane Sawyer came to town.  Well, she came back and the storyline is somewhat better. And then it got Glee like with the support of Drake.

I do have one political thought....Food workers went on a day strike this week asking for wages that are above the poverty line which I understand.  And I understand that some business owners will hire less people if they are forced to pay hire wages.  Maybe we could pay McDonalds employees more if we eliminate the $1 menu and make it a $2 menu?  It seems to me that those people trying to feed a family on the minimum wage become eligible for government subsidies like food stamps, subsidized housing, medical, etc....So it seems that the employers have to pay them more or the tax payer has to step in.  No idea what the solution is - just talking out loud.

Lastly, a movie recommendation for all beer lovers.  I watched on Netflix this movie, How Beer Saved the World.  I think it is 45 minutes most of you will enjoy. - Mark


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2) National Sports & Education Expo

The organizers of the inaugural Philadelphia Sports & Education Expo are giving Greater Philadelphia businesses an opportunity to give their clients an inexpensive valuable holiday gift. They are offering corporate ticket blocks for the Celebrity Dinner as well as the Cal Ripken and Rick Barry Clinics. Please click here for additional information on the Sports and Education Expo.

Friday evening there will be a Celebrity Dinner in Hall A. Please see the schedule below for the list of Celebrities that will be in attendance! Tickets are now available.

The Cal Ripken, Jr. Clinic will also be held Friday, December 13, 2013 2:00pm - 4:00pm in Hall A. Cal Ripken, Jr. is a former Major League Baseball Player. Holds record for the most consecutive major league games played - a total of 2,632 - beating Lou Gehrig's previous record of 2,130 games.

The Rick Barry Clinic will be held Friday, December 13, 2013 in Hall A from 5:00pm - 6:30pm. Barry is a NBA Hall of Fame member and was named one of the Top 50 NBA players of all-time.

Ticket prices are as follows:
Rick Barry Clinic: $35 / ticket, 10 or more: $25 / ticket - Click Here to purchase
Cal Ripken Clinic: $50 / ticket, 10 or more: $40 / ticket - Click Here to purchase
Celebrity Dinner: $200 / ticket - Click Here to purchase

 3) ICE POP 2013 - A World Class Live Ice Carving Experience

13 Amazing Shows - Logan Square - Center City Philly

ICE POP 2013 - a world-class ice carving experience right here in Philadelphia. Public House has teamed with Fear No Ice and its founder, renowned Ice Carver Peter Slavin to bring a truly unique holiday experience to the outdoor courtyard at 3 Logan Square in downtown Philadelphia that is sure to impress. Guests will be treated to music, holiday cheer, and some of the finest live-performance ice carving in the world. 

4) Franklin Flea

Saturdays, Through December 21
Friday, December 20
801 Market Street



A) Franklin Square Holiday Light Show :: light show every 30 minutes

B) Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show : Now-December 31: Franklin Square 200 North 6th Street  HistoricPhiladelphia.org

C)  Christmas Village: Now-January 1: LOVE Park 16th Street and JFK Boulevard PhilaChristmas.com

D) Enchanted Colonial Village: Now-January 5:  Please Touch Museum Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park 4231 Avenue of the Republic PleaseTouchMuseum.org

E) Sister Cities Park Winterfest: On December 14 and 21, 11am-2pm, celebrate the season with kid-friendly activities, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa! For details, visit SisterCitiesPark.org

F) South Street Headhouse District Christmas VillageDecember 14 @ 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

G) South Street Headhouse District Winter WonderlandDecember 8 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


A) Is 70 MPH coming to PA?

B) With business flagging, Convention Center at a crossroads

C) Sixers dead last in NBA in attendance  

D) How much are the Flyers worth?

E)  Military members, first responders can get discounted Sixers tickets

F) Philly considered "most underrated" city for 20-somethings

G) Divine Lorraine Is One of Google Street View’s Scariest Places

H) Mexican Post in Old City is closed

I) Standard Tap vets open The Butcher and Barkeep in Montco

J) Wing Bowl 22: More prizes, new college champ

K) Philadelphia offering free parking on Saturdays up to Xmas - and $8 parking garages 

L) Philadelphia's revival appealing to graduates

M) Uruguayan President Asks World To Help Him Legalize Weed

N) Flyers and N.J. Devils Among Most Valuable NHL Teams

O) Sugar Mom's Closes (old city)

P)  PA Gets Solid Ranking on List Charting U.S. Penis Size

Q)  Zagat Rates Four Seasons' Fountain the Best Restaurant in Philly

R) Philadelphia's job sustainability ranks an abysmal 109th among U.S. cities

S) Empty Italian Market stands could fill up soon

T) PPA to increase fees



Bizarre things are coming to Atlantic City in December 13-15


Philadelphia has amazing holiday light displays and our Top 10 Best Places to View Holiday Lights in Philadelphia will make sure you don't miss a single one. READ MORE…
Philly's holiday spirit extends well beyond the brilliant lights. Think Ice Skating, The Nutcracker, Holiday Railroads and so much more. Click through for our Top Picks for Can't-Miss Holiday Attractions in Philadelphia.  READ MORE…
Uwishunu has the inside track on celebrating the Holidays in Philadelphia — everything frompop-up shops and craft bazaars to Winterfestsand neighborhood festivitiesClick here for the full guide.
9) Grace Kelly is Home!
Through January 26

Michener Art Museum presents From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly & Beyond the Icon now through January 26, 2014  READ MORE…

10) DeTours Indoor Segway Experience

DeTours is hosting and Indoor Segway Experience Center every Saturday and Sunday in December, January, and February, starting December 7th and running through February 23rd. It is open 10am to 6pm at 233 N Bread Street Philadelphia, PA 19106.

The Segway Experience Center will allow participants to have fun on a Segway regardless of the weather- even if it's snowing!

Once trained, you can test your new skills in our 2000 square foot open riding area. Advanced riders will be able to partake in an obstacle course designed to stretch your 'Seg Legs'. Features include tight turns, zig zags, riding under archways and over uneven terrain.

Each participant will have at least 10 minutes per 'ride' but may take as many rides as they would like in one business day.

Tickets are $32 for an all day pass and can be purchased at www.detourstouring.com. Contact information is email: info@detourstouring.com & phone: 267-324-5408. 

11) bacon beer post party (the event is sold out) :: 12/8

12) good dog Anniversary Party!! supporting Morris Animal Refuge

On Sunday, December 8th, the Good Dog Bar will be rolling out the red carpet for its 10th Anniversary Party!!  

The Good Dog Bar has planned an amazing party with an incredible buffet of food, drink specials, raffles, and the popular dog photo contest. They have many surprises in store, so don't miss this very special celebration!  

13) ENTREPRENEUR FORUM Holiday Networking Party at Harvest Grill & Wine Bar 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 ::5:30 - 8:00 PM   200 South 40th Street | Philadelphia, PA 19104   Register Here

14) passyunk beer crawl :: 12/11


A)  Rod Stewart/ Steve Winwood at Wells Fargo :: 12/11

B) Andrew Dice Clay at Keswick :: 12/14

16) ** An Event From Our Partner MeetUp Group - Lock & Key Events on MeetUp! **

Thursday, December 12, 2013  :: 7:30 PM

Tavern on Broad 200 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

17) 2013 Raven Society Holiday Party :: 12/13

18) ARMY VS NAVY :: 12/14  (Every American should attend this event once in their life - MZ)

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