More photos of exploring the neighborhood. If you’re familiar, it’s safe to say these images were taken around Front, Thompson, Master, Mascher, Hancock, or maybe Jefferson. If not, you need to frequent NoLibs more. We have a bar with arcade games. It’s a Barcade.
The quintessential Philly fire hydrant burst on a back alley off of Thompson. I think it had also rained, which is why this is basically an urban river.
And here is the photograph that made me want to go all old-school Early November. What can I say, sometimes The Room’s Too Cold… just hits me and it’s all “WHOOSH! Nostalgia.” Good thing I have it on vinyl. (It’s probably so warped.) And the boyfriend is all about the turntable setup these days. Between that and Wicked, I’ve been awash in sentimentality. Justin and Amanda came over for board games and we played Killer Bunnies, and just forget it, I’m 19 again. Even though I hadn’t played in years and was terrible. I was equally awful at Settlers of Catan, but what are you going to do?
Not gonna lie, I’m also feeling pretty glum/sentimental about Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on Glee, dying alone in his hotel room yesterday. My mom even texted me to see if I was okay. (So, yeah, everyone knows I’m a dork.) Don’t do drugs, kids. It’s just not worth it, and we’re all entitled to long, happy, healthy lives. I’m aware this isn’t a very popular show among my age group, and particularly my group of friends, but I just love it – particularly the first season. There is a place for very adult, restrained, cynical shows in pop culture, but I love Glee because it is none of those things. It’s silly and unrestrained and has shared with a younger generation an unabashed love for music and an unrelenting sociopolitical stance that currently divides our country. I think it’s timely and timeless, and gives distinct voices to gay, transvestite, black, Asian, Christian, Jewish, and developmentally disabled characters that you still don’t see very often on TV because they make people uncomfortable.
So here’s a performance or several. Not gonna lie, I got a little teary watching these.
Judging by the comments, I’m not the only one having a little sentimental Glee YouTube retrospective. So everybody, hope you loved ones of mine have a beautiful start to your week. Take some pictures, enjoy the world around you, and don’t be ashamed to make a little room in your life for the ridiculous.