About #7: is having more money a good enough reason not to buy a monthly Metrocard? Roughly 25% of monthly pass owners aren't using them enough (12 times/week) to make the discount worth it. Here's the math: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2012/07/31/metrocard-mathematics-are-unlimited-subway-passes-a-good-deal/
I will never ever tire of "Oh I've been to Prague" references.
1. Oh, to live in Philadelphia. Not only are we known as a city of sweatpants, but now we must also be known as a city of a man in full-blown midlife crisis desperately squeezing his thighs into insanely overpriced butter-soft leather pants. I hope all of you out there understand we never wanted it to be this way. 2. I'm still not completely convinced this isn't an April Fools. 3. This is not a story about fashion, or even shopping; it's about mental health, a man having a nervous breakdown via the worst excesses of consumerism. Remember, in Victorian times, how people died of consumption? Buzz is doing his best to bring that back. 4. This man, who dropped $600,000 on leather outfits, endorsed Romney, in part in response to Obama's tax plan. Tax the rich, and ignore this guy forever more.
@TheclaAndTheSeals I could not agree more. I meant: do not go generic on q-tips! I agree 100% with everything you said, I hate generic q-tips so much.
@WhyHelloThere MilesofMountains nailed it, but if you want a little more guidance, watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeScJ_Hemno Who better to teach you how to shine shoes than a career butler in an undisclosed tropical location?
+1 to dental floss! J&J Reach is $0.99 at Target. Also: Q-tips.
The lost SEPTA pass disaster! Welcome to Philadelphia. This has happened to me twice in my last few years of commuting by regional rail, and those losses sting way out of proportion to the amount of money involved. The indignity of immediately having to buy more tickets doesn't help. There are months in which buying a monthly pass would save me a little money, but I don't do it, because if I lost a monthly pass in the first week of the month I think I'd throw myself off the train. P.S. Don't think that writing your number on the back of the pass helps much. Also, have you tried? The back of the passes won't take a ballpoint pen, and there isn't room for a Sharpie. P.S. More usefully, if you immediately call the lost and found department and tell them the train number and route you lost the pass on, there is some hope of recovery. I know at least one person who had this work, though it never has for me. P.S. Today I bought a 5-pack of tokens* at the ticket window at Market East, and one of them was a nickel, not a token. Luckily, I noticed before walking away, and the clerk gave me a new pack. But, come on, SEPTA. * Note to the rest of the world: yes, amazingly, Philadelphia still uses tokens for the subway and buses, even though Metrocard-type technology has been widely available for OVER TWO DECADES. I don't know why. The only good thing about tokens is that unlike Metrocards, they don't turn into litter, but then the tokens themselves come in these little plastic bags, which do, so I think it's a wash on that point. And every single other point (with the possible exception of quaintness) is in favor of cards. P.S. Seriously, welcome to Philadelphia.
@josefinastrummer Yes, I've been to Camden, and I know it's not one homogenous crime-ridden whole, fair point. But the crime statistics of the zip code where the Camden Cousin's is, which is how I got on the topic, are really pretty bad, much worse than anywhere in Philly. And my own experiences in Camden haven't helped much; for example, I've picked up take-out food from a restaurant that kept their doors locked at all times and looked through a crack in the door before they let you in, out of fear of crime. But you're right, there are some good reasons to go. As for getting to the Italian Market, yes, I know, but I just go to Cousin's or Iovine's at Reading Terminal, they're easier for me.
@josefinastrummer I wish it wasn't so, but the crime rate in Camden really is extremely high. On the other hand, people think Kensington is worse than other neighborhoods in Philly, but it's not. I like shopping at the Italian Market, too (nice cheap produce), it's just too far away from me to get to very often, and parking is a pain.