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My pal and fellow Holy Ghost alum Dan McQuade writes about the school’s recent firing of teacher Michael Griffin after he applied for a license to marry his partner:

I have fond memories of Holy Ghost Prep. But I’m not religious anymore, and I’m embarrassed to be associated with a school that treats people like it treated Michael Griffin. The school and church are free to do what they wish to. But I think the school is finding the students it helped create don’t agree with its stance on gays. Many have said they are not donating anymore. I don’t think I will be, either.

My pal D-Mac tracks Rocky’s run in Rocky II for The Philly Post:

What’s always amused me about this scene is how absolutely little sense Rocky’s route makes: South Philly becomes North Philly becomes the Italian Market becomes North Philly again, and so on. Obviously, the montage isn’t meant to be taken seriously as an actual workout; it’s just a few scenes strung together so “Gonna Fly Now” can play and Rocky can finish at the top of the Art Museum steps.

But, I wondered, what if this roadwork were treated as one actual run? How far would Rocky go? Well, I decided to find out. I pieced together the routes Rocky could have traveled from scene to scene in this training montage and calculated distance. All distances were mapped out by using the USA Track and Field distance-measuring tool recommended to me by my friend and Philadelphia magazine managing editor Annie Monjar. She’s a better runner than I am, so I trust her. However, I’m not sure she could take Rocky in a footrace, at least Rocky II-era Rocky. Let’s see how far he went.

My pal D-Mac, writing for Philadelphia’s City Paper:

Those exhausted from talking sneakers slip off for smoke and 7-Eleven breaks. Others walk around the corner to an alley that’s functioning as the bathroom. I realize that I prefer camping out in Center City to camping out in the woods. It’s all downtime. It’s boring. But it’s also sort of a convention: 100-plus people in Center City overnight, rapping about sneakers for hours. Oddly, I’m enjoying it.

My buddy D-Mac wrote about the new season of Arrested Development for Philly Mag.  I’d like to echo his recommendation.  I’ll probably write about it a bit more later (I have 2 or 3 episodes left), but in short: it’s tough to jump into, begins to coalesce around episode 3 or 4, and is a blast after that.

What The New York Times Got Wrong →

My pal D-Mac read The New York Times piece about spending 36 hours in Philadelphia, and decided to offer a more realistic take of what that time might look like:

Still, the piece might make out-of-towners think a Philadelphian’s life is all trips to the Barnes and Philadelphia History Museums and an endless supply of donuts and fried chicken, shoveled into our mouths as quickly as possible. (Okay, that second part is kind of true.) The Times’ 36 Hours in Philadelphia is adequate. But here’s a (slightly fictionalized and compressed) 36 Hours in Real Philadelphia, another helpful public service from your ol’ friend Dan McQuade. Don’t worry, I am lame and mainstream enough that most of the places on this list could end up in the Times the next time it profiles Philadelphia in 2016.

The piece is educational for Philadelphians, too.  For instance: I had no idea that Oscar’s served food.  I hope that doesn’t make me an alcoholic.

Pee for Free →

Dan McQuade writes the comprehensive guide to restrooms in Philadelphia.  I like Dan, I like Philadelphia and I like writing about toilets, so this piece is pretty much perfect for me.  Hope you like it too.

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