May 31st 2010 8:40PM Very true. Where I work, my Monday through Friday office job was changed to a mandatory Tuesday through Saturday job when the #1 guy (second highest paid city official in a top 10 largest American city) found out my boyfriend and I go to the beach on Saturdays. Once I told him I "didn't love" working Saturdays, he made it permanent. 14 months have gone by and for the first and only time in my life, I'm actually somewhat depressed.
Feb 27th 2008 7:36AM Since when is it okay to meet someone you met online?
When I was 16, AOL and dial-up was the popular thing and it was well before all the horror stories of meet-ups gone wrong. Yet even though we hadnt already heard these stories, we never ever thought of meeting someone we met online.
How is it that today's kids have more information on their hands yet can't connect the stories they hear to common sense? I don't care if you think you are madly in love with the mystery friend online - we need to stick with making friends from real live people at home, work, school...
Dec 28th 2007 9:14AM I AM (was) Facebook!
When Facebook was introduced in its early stages, it was only for college students. Even more, it was only given to a few select schools. My University was one of the first, and I was a Junior at the time. So yes, I was one of those early adopters.
BUT - and its a big but - I am SO GLAD my company blocks facebook. It's a nice little website for keeping in touch, looking at/sharing picture, etc. But there's no place for it in the workplace.
I had the unfortunate experience a year ago of being left in charge of an office and the intern in it. He was my own age, we went to the same school and I just happened to graduate a year earlier. He spent those entire days, 8 hour stretches, on facebook. It seriously made me ill; made me lose sleep.
It has since been blocked and I'm thankful. There is ZERO reason a company should allow it. I fully believe that if a worker isn't paid for a lunch break and he or she doesn't leave for lunch, then he or she should be able to browse the internet at lunch. News, weather, whatever. But social net needs not to be allowed. Its just stupid.
Dec 28th 2007 8:59AM I called out sick today actually. I'm young, thin and relatively healthy. Its the second time I've called out this year (in 2007) and BOTH times were sinus infections. If it happens again, I might have to look in to surgery. I hate calling out sick, I hate being sick, I hate blowing my nose a hundred times a day.
We do have sick days that count against nothing but sick time. (Vacation time is separate.) I've found that I don't at all abuse it for calling out sick, but I do use it for doc/dentist appointments, which we are allowed to. So for example, if I have a doc in the middle of the day, I can take a whole day off. Mostly because I work far from home and far from my docs.
Dec 19th 2007 10:11AM Philly Fan from NJ - GO EAGLES. I'm glad you're a fan but don't you dare think actual Philadelphians turn their backs on the teams.
I was a fan when we went 3-13; a fan when we went to the superbowl and a fan now.
I have ONE SINGLE item hanging on the wall in the first home I ever owned (we havent decorated all the way yet.) That one item is a painting called "Soaring to the Superbowl" and is of Donnovan, Randall and Van Broklin.
I am a fan and will always be a fan. I love Donovan and Westbrook is my hero. As are Shaun Andrews and Brian Dawkins for their roles in our wins. I don't want to see Donnovan out, I want to see ANDY REID OUT! A QB can only do so much with horrible play calling. Coach needs to focus on his loser sons and get his family life back and say goodbye to football.
As for this story - we'll never know exactly whose right but I bet the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Pam Oliver is a reporter and its a reporters job to report (or create) news. He may have said something close and she may have exaggerated. No one will know. But if #5 isn't wearing green next year, I'm gonna be heartbroken. I'll still love my Eagles and I'll still wear my Hugh Douglass jersey, but i'll miss him
Dec 11th 2007 7:22AM John from Philly - I hope I read your comment wrong.
A Philly steak is meat, onions and wit or wit out cheese? No hun, I think a CHEESE STEAK is cheese and steak, wit or wit out onions.
And no, its not always cheeze wiz. It can be wiz, provolone or my favorite, a smooth, liquefied, melted white American.
As for this burger, hmmm. I guess if you're in Philly and order an Italian hoagie, thats where the salami comes in. So that part's not entirely wrong? Either way, I'll save my heart attacks for sweets and not eat a double burger with extra meat on top.
Nov 30th 2007 7:31AM Don't blame the picture takers - blame the millions of IDIOTS who read about celeb - watch celeb news online - and buy those stupid tabloids.... What was I thinking even clicking on this article?
Nov 3rd 2007 9:56AM I'm willing to believe that almost all of those teens who admitted to driving under the influence lived in red neck middle America, suburbs or farmland.
That kind of stuff just doesn't happen in our cities (which also happen to be our centers of intelligence.)
I went to a public high school in a major city with 3500 kids and not even once did I ever hear a report of drunk driving. Not until college did I realize people even did that any more... I always thought drunk driving was deader than disco. I guess the rest of the country proved me wrong. (No need to make comments about dumb criminals in cities off setting the dumb drunk drivers everywhere else - because I'm well aware of that problem.)
Oct 27th 2007 10:33AM Carl, you're right - Philly has AWESOME public transportation. The authority that runs it is a little crooked and terrible with their money, so the cost is a bit steep ($20.75/week unlimited) but everything else is great.
People in Philly think its terrible when they have to wait more than 5 minutes for their bus/subway to arrive. That's because we're so spoiled.
Unlike most people who think they know Philly, I grew up here and took public transit to high school every day. I lived 4 miles away and had SIX buses i could take - SIX different routes. At any given time I could call a number, specify the bus and where I was standing, and a recording told me when the next bus was to arrive. (With good accuracy.)
Subways are great too - we have one that goes North-South and one that goes East-West. They intersect at City Hall - the center of "center city." The N-S one goes as far as north and south philly.... the E-W one goes all the way through to west philly and up into the Northeast Philly. That covers it all!
And 50-75 bus routes cover the rest of the city - bringing you short distances or to the subways. Some of these buses go into the suburbs too - and Seven slightly more expensive trains (called regional rails) take you all over the suburbs (for up to $7 per trip, depending how far you go. $7 gets you to Trenton NJ, for example.) These things run anywhere from every 30 minutes to hour (I think) and stop at three major spots within Center City - 30th street station; city hall (15th street) and Market East (11th street.)
So yes, Philly does have awesome public transit outside of the idiots who run it and can't figure out how to turn a profit off of 100s of thousands of riders each day...
As for Traffic - coming out of Center City 3:30-6pm or going toward it 7-930am sucks. Thats using I-95 - our major highway. Yesterday in the rain we left Center City at 5 and it took me 45 minutes to get home (i live about 12 miles out.) Thats pretty much the most extreme case. Coming back to the city to hang out was only 25 minutes - if that - because no traffic at night. The other Route - I-76 SUCKS big time. It connects Center City with the western suburbs (Montgomery County; King of Prussia Mall.) I try to stay as far away as I can from that POS route. But thats honestly just too small so its backed up 7 days a week... Expansion projects are planned so maybe in 10 years we'll see it. But it really only affects Montgomery County residents (the burbs)
Oct 25th 2007 7:17PM When facebook first hit select colleges and was a college-only thing, it was the greatest website. You weren't afraid of stalkers because people had to have an email address from a college to join, and had to go to your school to see you. It turned to myspace crap when it let any idiot join (i wanted to turn down requests from the loser old friends who didnt make it to college...) Another commenter makes my point saying facebook is too confusing - idiot. Or highschooler. Mark's a genius, end of story.