a trip down the tracks

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Recently a few friends and I decided to see what there was to explore around Port Richmond / Kensington. DLISH was in town, so we headed out to the waterfront, two skaters joined us.

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Coal Pier.

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But we were more interested in seeing what was going on with those partially-abandoned tracks that cut through the heart of Kensington — over Aramingo and the other North-South arterial streets.

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After a pit stop, we noticed that things were getting a bit iffy.

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At this point we were in the territory of a few different groups, who made it very clear, very quickly, that we needed to get out.

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The quickest way out was up. Even in the middle of the day in winter, I wouldn’t suggest this area for wandering around.

summer’s really gonna hurt you

Every year I’m sad to see summer go. This year was no exception.

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Visits to Boston.

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A new roof deck.

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This guy.

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And this guy.

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A good, old-fashioned beach trip.

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“FOOTLONGSNA CHO / CHICKEN FLET S B / FUNNEL CAKE P IZ Z”

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Hot tub waterproof uno.

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Welcoming neighbors in Philadelphia.

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DSC_1690I think I found my grandparents’ old car. Not fooling too many people with the faded inkjet “PHILADELPHIA POLICE” print in the window.

revisiting the roadsides of Virginia

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After seven years, we returned to the Howard Johnson on Afton Mountain in Virginia, this time after my cousin Jean’s wedding nearby.

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Nature and weather (and fire) are slowly eating away at the place, but I was surprised that it wasn’t so different from back in 2008.

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This Princess Tree had already started growing back in 2008.

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Vesuvius, Virginia.

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Unrelated, this is a former candy store and restaurant near a truck stop off the highway.

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daily creeping

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The annual Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival, this past Saturday.

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“GOD BLESS AMERICA” in Port Richmond.

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One thing I love about North Philly is that I can walk for a few minutes from my studio at lunch and reach places that seem desolate and barren, despite being well within the limits of a large city.

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summer always beats winter

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I found a roll of film from a few years back, on the floor of our guest room’s closet. A little blast of summer was refreshing in the middle of winter.

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Lots of shorts & bathing suits in Coney Island.

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From a pizza truck in the Piazza, in Philly.

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Look at that king.

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Joe, at a cookout in Brooklyn.

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