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By LoppEar (Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 11:21:29 AM EST) (all tags)
Sorry to have missed the Philly-visiting folks during our Philly visit. But had a good introductory tour of the city while apartment hunting.

Today's soundtrack: Tool, Grateful Dead, and Super Furry Animals



We drove most of the way Friday. Nearly ran out of gas near Fallingwater, though I wasn't worried there can be quite long stretches on these toll roads between plazas or exits. We have a Civic Hybrid and I'm a little curious to see what happens if we ever do run out of gas - although it never runs in electric-only mode, various folks have told us it will run on electric if the gas runs out. Someday, maybe not in hilly rural PA though. Stopped in Carlisle, PA, home of the Army War College, for the night.

Arrived in Philly a bit before noon Saturday. We had several apartment viewings setup for the afternoon, scattered around the city: Graduate Hospital, West Philly, and Manayunk. Was nice to get to drive and walk through most of the areas we were considering on the first day, we checked into the hotel and made a bunch more calls to setup additional apartments expanding from what we'd seen. None of Saturday's apartments were real winners, both the Manayunk and West Philly ones were too far out and run down.

Too far out for S to reliably take public transit (already involving a transfer and shuttle to her campus), but we were nicely surprised by how compact the city is, the block-size seems to be half of Chicago's and getting from an edge to downtown over the weekend consistently took less than 20 minutes.

Saw one apartment on Sunday that fingers crossed will be our home for the next year, a larger one bedroom (relatively) in Center City / Society Hill. Owner-managed, and in a stroke of luck she told us they'd just decided to drop the rent by $100 after feedback from other showings. So we'll have about half the room we have in Chicago, but at least pay a bit less, and be in walking distance of downtown and right by the PATCO line S'll take over to NJ for her commute.

Also took a trip out to the Rowan campus on Sunday, and generally spent the weekend looking at Philly sites from the car saying "we'll look at that park/museum/shop when WE LIVE HERE, for now off to another apartment!"

Looked at several more apartments Monday that just confirmed that apartment-hunting is mostly about ruling out crap places. One excessively nice complete rehab was great, if it wasn't out in the desert at 51st. A University City place that looked promising was unbearably mired in college-dude-funk, as was the college-dude agent who showed it to us. Also, don't want to know how they fit 12 apartments in that house.

Missed the other Husi folks as dinner with S' new co-workers went on a bit long, quite enjoyable people though, all nearly-post-kids so a bit of a generational gap thing, and a bit of doting on the new professora. Also, far too much delicious food.

We'll be back Philly, moving at the end of August. Really looking forward to it.

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PATCO? by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 12:30:50 PM EST
> the PATCO line S'll take over to NJ for her commute.

what will she be doing in NJ? my understanding has been that both Camden and Trenton are somewhat ... down in the dumps, still.
If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.

catching a shuttle in Camden by LoppEar (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 01:02:03 PM EST
to less dumpy (?) parts of NJ. Not quite ready to live in a small town again, so we were pretty set on living IN Philly. It's a fellowship, so definitely just for a year, may as well!


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But what shows? by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 01:18:05 PM EST
You can't just tease Grateful Dead without mentioning what shows you were listening to.


May 11th 1979 by LoppEar (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 01:23:58 PM EST
at the moment. I'm definitely an outsider to the Dead still, this choice is effectively random.

Your turn, what show should I add to my list from archive.org next?


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It depends on what you like by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 01:31:39 PM EST
the played differently during different years.

Roughly:

1967-1969 acidified
1970-1971 countrified
1972 classic
1973-1974 jazzy and spacey, having one drummer made it easier
1975-1979 classic
1980-1986 quicker and more going through the motions
1987-1990 touch of grey era
1991-1995 Jerry using again, too much

5/2/70 Harpur college is good, but may not be available since it came out on dicks picks

I really like any 73 and 74 show

5/8/77 is very well known and good

7/7/78 and 7/8/77 at Red Rocks are also very well known and good

7/16/90 is a sentimental favorite, since I was there


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Let us know where you land! by clock (4.00 / 2) #6 Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 07:55:16 PM EST
See you there in August!

Philly is the new HuSi epicenter, yo.


I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

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