Phila-fucking-delphia

We’ve all heard things about Philadelphia and Philadelphians. They’re mean. They throw snowballs at Santa Claus. They’re assholes who got dressed down by Bill Burr when they wouldn’t stop booing comedians at a show. They’re just the embodiment of the nasty, brutish, always-in-a-rush sterotype of the big city, particularly East Coast, denizen. And you know … Continue reading Phila-fucking-delphia

Atomic Tourism

I found out only recently that there a few nuclear power plants around the country which were abandoned mid-construction. And you can go to some of them! Strictly speaking, you’re not allowed to go to them, but we are really splitting hairs. So it was that a clear winter’s morning found us traipsing through some … Continue reading Atomic Tourism

Mount Moriah Cemetery

It’s not exactly common for a major urban cemetery to become abandoned and fall into disrepair, but that’s exactly what happened to Mount Moriah, which straddles the southwest city limits of Philadelphia. Its story is similar to that of countless other abandoned places and buildings: changing socioeconomic factors slowly eroded the graveyard’s relevance until it … Continue reading Mount Moriah Cemetery

American Palaces

Theater opulence reached its zenith in the early part of the last century. The boom in motion pictures, which quickly became the prime form of entertainment for the masses, coupled with the trend of studios owning their own theaters which they strove to make as lavish as possible in order to attract patrons, created this … Continue reading American Palaces

Rural Time Capsule

Out in the woods of rural Pennsylvania sits an old house, overgrown with weeds and thistles. Slashing our way through the dense shrubbery, and getting sucked into calf-deep mire, we felt more like Stanleys searching for Dr. Livingstone than urbexers. But once inside, the old cabin would yield some interesting finds. The home had belonged … Continue reading Rural Time Capsule

In Search of Lost Time

“Live in the moment” is a phrase I struggle with. The idea behind it seems to be that, if one’s consciousness could stop engaging in various forms of fretting and recalling involuntary memories, it could focus all of its faculties on the Now,¬†which would be a purer, “truer” lived experience. It may be better to … Continue reading In Search of Lost Time

Krakow Eternal

After visiting with family in my hometown of Belchatow, my wife, niece, and I spent the rest of the trip in and around the city of Krakow. If Poland is on your list of places to visit, this city will give you the most sightseeing bang for your buck. Like the capital Warszawa (Warsaw), Krakow … Continue reading Krakow Eternal