Saturday, July 4, 2015

Independence Day

...in order to form a more perfect union.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.


April 25, 1978

I don't care much anymore
what people say or what they saw
There's no point to hesitate
I say let's escape

A breach of life in wasted time
passing through the swirling tide
How everyone, they must decide
I say it's my life

Do you, do you, do you want to act out tonight
Do you, do you, do you want to act out tonight
Take our whim to the center stage
Play it out 'till it's been said
Do you, do you, want to act out tonight

I've grown too wise to feel ashamed
or play the fool and spread the blame
Now I'm living for the day
I say I'm on my way

The sun at day, the moon at night,
the mountain high, the valley wide,
the wind it moves but never seen
I say hold on to your dream

Do you, do you, do you want to act out tonight
Do you, do you, do you want to act out tonight
Take our whim to the center stage
Play it out 'till it's been said
Do you, do you want to act out too
Do you, do you want to act out too
Do you, do you want to act out tonight

words and music by roman blazic_all rights reserved

Monday, June 29, 2015

I Met The Other Neighbors

East Kensington and Olde Richmond

It's funny how boundary lines are drawn on a map. Sometimes it depends on who's map you're looking at. My neighborhood, Fishtown, has changed from one defined area to a bunch of different boundaries. It's official boundary was designed by the city sometime in the mid 1970's or early 1980's. (I think.) These boundaries are bit larger than what the older generation grew up with. It was fine with everyone. No one complained when Fishtown got a part of historical Old Richmond because a wide street is easier to remember as the boundary. (York St)
Some real estate maps show Fishtown nearly three times its actual size. It's like shooting fish in a barrel. People lining up to pay the price of owning a house in Not-Fishtown. It still goes on today.
There is more push back on these Not-Real Estate maps then ever before from the neighboring communities. East Kensington and Olde Richmond's civic associations are firmly organized with a strong identity of their own and their boundaries. They are proud to say Not-Fishtown.

My daughter Sam and I were on the phone clearing up some business. She told me she was going for a walk along Frankford Ave. to Lehigh Ave to god knows where. She asked me if I wanted to walk with her. I told her that I'd show her the house where her great-grandfather lived on Frankford Road.
I showed her the old street sign as we walked on Frankford toward Huntingdon Street. Her great-grandfather's home was about three doors across Huntingdon. It's the only house with three steps up. All the other building have just one step stone. (2600 block of Frankford Ave.)
Just across that wide street in East Kensington is the lush Circle Garden as I know it. This garden was honored by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society for being one of the best community gardens.

 We got to meet a very nice family in the garden. Pictured here is Lydia and Josh (I hope I got his name right) with their two children. If someone knows them show them the pictures.


I told my daughter before we go any further that I want a picture of this car. People say you can see it parked here most any day. You got to see this if you like cars.

This little bit of back tracking got us headed down Huntingdon Street into Olde Richmond but we made a right turn onto Collins Street. I hadn't walked around here in a few years. It was always a nice little pocket of houses and near by too. There was a house being refurbished on the corner of Hazzard and Collins St. Its side wall had the remnants of an old mural celebrating our nations Bicentennial in 1976. Some folks said that was so and some were too young to remember.
We decided to continue down Hazzard Street by Pop's Playground and soon met Clay in his garage. Clay has been repairing cars for a long time in this neighborhood. He's a nice guy and easy to talk with. Clay showed me some odds n' ends he found.
 He then showed us his restoration project. It was a 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang.

This car still had its original pouch coolant reservoir. Clay has mostly all the original parts needed to make this car whole once again.

Our conversation with Clay ran its course. So we continued down Hazzard Street approaching Trenton Ave. I could see at the end of the block, the last house, a group of folks in front of their home watching us as we walked down the street. I told my daughter Sam but she had picked up on this as well. She learned that lesson from me years ago. I told her to look them in the eye, smile and nod hello. This started another conversation and Sam started laughing and explained in conversation that we've been talking more than walking. I wish I had thought to take their picture. They were nice people. I also forgot to photograph great-grand pops home. 
It was time to head back home. Along the way, I took Sam down Adams St then over to cross that big boundary line street (York St) into real Fishtown. It was a good day.
  
words and pictures by roman blazic_all rights reserved


Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Sensational Soul Cruisers

Performance at Penn Treaty Park


More than one-thousand souls were saved by the music of the Sensational Soul Cruisers at Penn Treaty Park. There were many new faces or converts among familiar faces that joined in a celebration of good neighbors and good music. It was a perfect day for a picnic, a cooler full of beverage and dancing.
Also, thanks to the many donors who helped us collect $700 for Tim Breslin's family. Just another example of the great people in our community and our generosity to our neighbors.
(here's all the pictures)








This was perfect except my hand shook,








photos by roman blazic_all rights reserved


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Flag Day part2

"...one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all." From the Pledge of Allegiance.

CHARLESTON, S.C., June 18 (Reuters) - Authorities on Thursday arrested a 21-year-old white man suspected of killing nine people at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina in a rampage that the United States is investigating as a hate crime.

This is the full picture of all Americans observing Flag Day at Penn Treaty Park "by Deeds of Peace."
 “It was the only treaty made by the settlers with the Indians that was never sworn to, and the only one that was never broken” wrote Voltaire. The meaning of Voltaire's words hold deeper moral value today.

















words and photos by roman blazic_all rights reserved