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Welcome to Philadelphia

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Philadelphia - Home (soon)

So the lack of posts seems to have escaped just about everyone, save one endearing friend I have named Ed.  He reminds me on a near daily basis, just in case I forget the neglect I seem to have strewn upon all five of you who read this blog.

But there is a reason – a method behind my madness – that I have been so absent.  I have hinted in past posts that I am moving, and the moving has been taking its toll.

My girlfriend and I bought a place in old city Philadelphia.  It’s a wonderful building, over 200 years old, that is being gutted and rebuilt inside into about 20 condos. It sits on a historic cobblestone street. Very cool area, very artsy, steeped in history and culture.  Oh, and it’s a brilliant restaurant and bar scene.

The move is not without its bumps.  Construction has been delayed several times, the latest catching us in a bit of a quandary.  In order to pay for the new condo, we had to sell my girlfriend’s place, and I ended the lease on my apartment.  Well, we did that assuming a March settlement date on the new condo, which has come and gone.  We’re now essentially homeless, save for the amazing support of family.

On top of that, I’ve started my new job in Philadelphia, also taking time away from things like keeping up on my reviews.  So having no real home with no kitchen and no bar, my drinking has taken a deep dive into the realms of almost nil.  A scary scenario I know, but it’s true.  I have several bottles of ale and wine in storage that I plan to share with you – once they are back out of storage.

In the mean time, I’m going to try to start sharing some of the Philadelphia scene with you as well.  There are some really cool bars and restaurants around the city, and as I start visiting them all, I’ll be sure to share them.  I know it’s a bit local in nature, but hopefully some of you live in the area.

In that vein, we’re also going to change the format of this blog a bit.  We’ve been all over the charts with postings – regarding starting a business, ASP.NET vs RoR, web design standards, etc.  I’ve come to realize that most of our traffic comes from the inebriated faithful of you who care more about booze than my decision to run on top of the .NET 2.0 Framework.  So we’re going to cut out a lot of the technical baloney and focus more on reviews of booze and bars, and other cool gadgets related to the industry we’re choosing to place ourselves.

So code hounds, I apologize.  Perhaps we’ll open a section dedicated only to tech, but we’ll see about that later.

Until then, check out a really cool restaurant in old city Philadelphia called Fork. It’s one of the first places my girlfriend ever took me in Philly (having lived here before) and so I share it with you all.  Good food, cool atmosphere, really cool name.


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  1. tamir berkman said:

    Hi Dave,

    I just found your blog. Congradulations on the new place and on your blogs new format. I’ll be back to read more.
    Good luck with it!

  2. Lynne Martin said:

    Hello, Dave.

    Welcome to Philly! The bars and restaurants here are amazing. Lots of great places. If you’re into beer (and it sounds like you are) be sure to visit Monk’s Cafe at 16th & Spruce. Great selection. I’ve also heard good things about Eulogy, but haven’t made it there yet myself.

    Although I no longer live downtown, I went to school at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and lived in center city for many years. I make my home in Ridley Park, now which is just south of the city.

    Being a web designer who loves beer, I will have to be sure to come back and visit your site again – this is my first time here.

    Good luck with the move!


  3. dave said:

    Thanks guys. Lynn – I’m totally excited to be in the city. I’ll check out Monk’s for sure. Eulogy is good I hear – if you’re into wine, check out Vintage – it rocks!

    Keep an eye out for The Bar Project store, coming soon!

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