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March 25, 2005

You have a friend in Philadelphia

I started this post last week and forgot about it. Here it is, for the sake of completeness.

The Hazzards and I went down to Philadelphia this weekend for a show at the Manhattan Room. Our pay was to be a cut of the door, the gratitude of the city of brotherly love, and one pizza. I could beat around the bush, or try to think of some clever way to say this, but that pizza sucked. It sucked, sucked, sucked. And listen, I was raised on frozen pizza, don't think I'm some kind of pizza snob. If that's how pizza tastes in the rest of the country, I'm never leaving New York. I almost want to go back next weekend to sample some of their other pizzas to see if they're as bad. Long story short, had some bad pizza in Philly.

Also, on the way there, we made a stop at a rest area, where they had one of those machines that squishes your pennies into lame memorabilia. I noticed that one of the choices was for the World Trade Center, which I thought was funny, because it was clearly made before 2001, and I was surprised whoever was in charge had just left it there. I had fifty-one cents, so, why not? But I did it wrong and got a Statue of Liberty penny. Which didn't excite me. As I went back to get the one I wanted, this little kid was pawing at the machine. He was fascinated by it but didn't seem to have any money. I got my World Trade Center one out, and he asked me if he could have it. I handed him the Statue of Liberty one and waited for his thanks. After a few moments of the kid staring blankly at me, I said, "What do you say?" "Thank you," he replied.

Historians of the future, you can thank me later for making sure the documentation of these events wasn't lost forever.

Posted by Will at March 25, 2005 11:59 PM


My aunt an uncle lived in Philly and when I was growing up and was forced to visit them they would attempt to placate me by putting on a tape of Dumbo and feeding me the worst pizza I had ever had in my life. It made no sense to me that a 4 year old can take an english muffin, pour ragu on it, put 2 slices of cheese on it put it in a toaster oven and it would come out better than the pizza that people were paid to make in Philadelphia. I assumed that the internet would have somehow put an end to the grotesque depravity in Philly, but apparently not.

Posted by: Dan at April 14, 2005 11:20 PM

Will--Philly has some bad pizza. But some good pizza as well. You gotta know where to go.

Next time you're heading to Philly, send me a note in advance, eh?

Posted by: John-Paul at April 19, 2005 1:23 PM

I'll do that John-Paul. Or maybe I'll just bring some english muffins and ragu.

Posted by: Will at April 19, 2005 7:51 PM

Best option in Philly is to skip the pizza and go right to the cheese steaks. Even the bad cheese steaks kick ass. John-Paul can hook you up with that.

Posted by: ken at April 24, 2005 1:01 AM