Monday, August 15, 2005

from philly: is there any deeper significance to the first letter of a city's name?

This is my first trip to Philadelphia. I am sure it is a wonderful city, etc., etc.. However, every time I step outside the hotel where the conference is being held, I notice two things about the air: (1) it feels ungodly humid and (2) it smells faintly but undeniably of urine.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

That urine smell? That's the liberty. Good ole American liberty smells like urine.

Or it could just be the hobos outside the hotel.

Corey said...

whew, I'm glad someone else noticed that too. Try walking through the atrium of the big building in the center of Market Street [about a block from the hotel]... potent stuff.

Tom Bozzo said...

(1) Welcome to August in the mid-Atlantic. Be thankful the ASAs aren't in Washington.

(2) That's the Philly I remember.

Anonymous said...

I also notice the smell of urine on Philadelphia's streets. No question.

Anonymous said...

AWFUL humidity finally left Cambridge overnight. Now we await your sniff test.

Anonymous said...

if cambridge smells funny, boston's just down the road

phillywalker said...

I like Philly, but it's been hideous living here for the last two weeks or so. The temperature and humidity - aaaggghhhh. Just stay indoors as much as possible.

I have one recommendation: if you have free time, ask a cab driver to take you to the Curtis Building near Independence Hall. Walk through the first floor and observe Dream Garden, the only collaboration of Louis Tiffany and Maxwell Parrish (darn, I should have checked spelling and facts before I started typing - I think I'm right about those names), plus the marble hall, which features the best indoor fountain ever. If you like that kind of stuff.

And if you like jazz, Zanzibar Blue is the big name, and Chris's Jazz Cafe on Sansom is usually funky and good.

And the weather is supposed to change tonight. Until then, a forecast of urine-scented humidity, I'm afraid.

Anonymous said...

... a whiff of JF is in the air.... and none too soon.