Rain, Rain Go Away...Yea
It was a day where I couldn't help to think that maybe, just maybe, Gene Kelly or Judy Garland would appear on stage performing "Singing In The Rain": "What a glorious feeling." "I'm happy again." Everyone was happy as the rain stopped and the festival went on full swing.
Many braved the weather and wisely so. The reward was a fine and friendly crowd and that undefeated spirit of togetherness. The Fishtown Neighbors Association organized this event at Penn Treaty Park "by deeds of peace." So if you missed it, here's a peek at that day. Oh yea, there was beer but you had to pay for it.
Enjoy the pictures.
October has become the annual breast cancer awareness month. This is a very good thing but I also find it very confusing. On the one hand it has raised awareness for early screening/detection, improved treatment and many donations and acts of charity. On the other hand our elected government in many states are doing everything possible to close medical service specifically designed for women under the banner of stopping abortions. (think voter identity laws where no problem exist) Medical bankruptcy caused by over inflated life-saving medication cost. (pay or die) Big corporate charities that induce you to by their product so they, yes, so they can make a donation to the cause. Yes. It's very confusing.
Football fans couldn't miss it because the symbolic color of pink was everywhere. It was on the field, on the fans and at just about every concession stand. The manufacturing business of "pink" products looks to be on a massive scale. Here's a list of "pink" items that I was able to see during the game: hats, arm, wrist and head bans, shoes and laces, towels, ribbons, clipboards, jackets, sweatshirts and sweaters, banners and signs, field markers, souvenir trinkets, wire sleeves and whistle cords, uniforms, gloves, mouth piece guard, blankets, headsets, sunglasses, scarfs and kicking tee. That list twenty-six (26) manufactured "pink" items. Let's not forget the very high cost of producing and broadcasting prime time advertisements for charities and product sponsors. I'm sure I didn't see it all and it leaves me with an uncomfortable feeling. I also wonder about the over-all cost to manufacture these items, the profits, real and tax free, made on these products and just what percentage actually goes to cancer research. That's one hell of a pie getting sliced up.
Is there a better way or is it better than nothing? I'm confused and very uncomfortable.