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When Labor Day arrives I’m the happiest person on the planet.

And do you know why?


Can I just tell you how ecstatic I became at work on Friday, when it actually dawned on me that TODAY was Labor Day?

I started bouncing around like a kangaroo on a pogo stick.

Oh….the joys of no more sweating, no more long, hot, humid summer days, no more smelly armpits, and no more having to look at severely callused feet in flip-flops. I swear to god, some people have feet that look like two armadillos.

However, something that I am not looking forward to is that the hotel across the street from my apartment building will be draining the water from their rooftop swimming pool, which means I will no longer be able to use my high-powered binoculars to check out the hot BODS lying around poolside in only a Gianni Versace bathing suit.

Oh well…till next summer!

I can already feel a subtle change in the weather and am so looking forward to the next six months, living in the beautiful northeast....


The University of Penn - one of the most gorgeous historical college campuses I’ve ever walked on. You can actually FEEL the past.


The beautiful Rittenhouse Square Park after a heavy snowfall.

One of the many quaint side-streets in Philadelphia.

I would like to wish you and your families a safe and happy Labor Day.

And if you should happened hear a loud scream coming from Philadelphia today, it's just me…

…going into labor.


  1. As you know, Ron, we disagree on this one. I am forever trying to stay warm. I used to love Fall until we moved to the great white north (that would be Minnesota and in more ways than one.) As soon as the leaves change, I know that sub zero temps will not be far behind. Love, love, love the pictures of my old haunts. I do love the Fall in Philly. Penn and Rittenhouse Square are so wonderful. Enjoy it and think of me while you're winding down the best parts of Delancey Street.

    p.s.- I do agree about the flip flops. No one needs to see other people's feet.

  2. Beautiful city! September is a favorite time of year for me here in the Mid-Atlantic....This morning as the sun came up, I sat on my balcony and let the cool breeze float over me, the birds were singing, my fall flowers are beginning to bloom and the coffee was really good!

    Thanks for sharing the pic's... The University of Virginia is a historic and beautiful campus..If you ever get to Charlottesville you should check it out.

  3. Oh.......I'm so not ready for snow.
    But I'm good with the trees turning.

    Do I even NEED to mention Halloween?!

    Wooooooohoooooo!!!!! :-)

  4. It's flip flops year round in Texas. In the winter you just add a hoodie.

  5. Hi Jen!

    I know, my friend...

    ...not everyone goes BONKERS over the colder temps. like I do!?#?!
    I honesty think I must be a penguin.

    Now, Minnesota would probably be a place I would LOVE. I know your winters are long and hard (only from watching the Mary Tyler Moore Show).


    I thought of YOU when I found these photos I had taken several years ago up at Penn. Don't you just LOVE that campus? I try to go every fall just to see the falling leaves - it's breathtaking. There's something very special about that campus.

    oooo....oooo....and DELANCY STREET!! I also have some of photos of there that I will post one day.

    Thanks so much for stopping by today, Jen!

    Hope you have a great Labor Day!

  6. Hiya Funny Girl!

    Me too!!!

    September and October are simply magical. Not too cold, no longer hot...just perfect!!!

    OMG...your morning sounded wonderful! I've never been to Virginia, but have seen many photos of the surrounding areas and it truly looks magnificent. One of these days I need to make a trip, because it's really not that far from Penn.

    Thanks a bunch for dropping by today, FG!

    Hope a great Labor Day!

  7. Mornin' Mel!


    You said it, dear lady!

    I can already taste that candy corn!!


    Seeing Studley on your blog last week got me SO excited!!!

    I bet the trees look MAGNIFICENT where you are!! I can't wait to see your beautiful photos.

    Thank you for stopping by today, Mel!

    Wishing you a wonderful Labor Day!

    P.S. Hugs to Studley!

  8. Hey Andres!

    It's so great to see ya, bud!

    OMG...I know what you mean about flip-flops all year round, because I lived in Florida for 20 years and it's the same thing. Yeah...and you just had a hoodie in the winter!


    Thank you for dropping by today!

    Hope you have a great Labor Day!

  9. You know my lovely that we differ on this subject. I hate winter - dark mornings, dark afternoons, cold and snow - snow should only be seen on Christmas cards!

    I love the pictures you've posted though. :)

  10. Hello Akelamalu!

    ...snow should only be seen on Christmas cards!

    OMG...that's so funny!

    I know, m' and I and COUNTLESS other differ on this. I must have lived a pastlife as an ESKIMO or something, because when I see SNOW...I just want to dive into it head first!


    Thanks for stopping by, my friend!

    ALWAYS a joy sharing with ya!

    Have a wonderful day!

    Glad you enjoyed the photos.

  11. Oh, how I do agree! summer is my least favorite time of year and we have two here ... summer AND Indian summer... I have no idea how it came to be called that but anyway, it lands about NOW and goes on through somewhere into October AND, the best part, it's the hottest time of the year!!!!!!!!! That's why so many grapes grown here are not harvested until sept. and oct., this crazy weather pattern we have here...

    and then there's the "banana belt" which is where *I*'s like a mini jet stream that flows through the lower valley floor, where it picks up the radiating heat from the earth as well as whatever smog there is, and then flows up over the mountains, right into my bedroom and arrives every night about 11:30... so I can be laying peacefully in bed, enjoying the cooling [well, as cool as it gets here right now] breezes off the ocean and suddenly the air will smell different [smelly arm pits?] and then, it gets warmer... and warmer ... til we end up closing the window so we can get some sleep and stop coughing, if the air is filled with whatever THAT smell is......

    I so enjoyed your photos of where you live, especially the snowy ones and hope you will show us more of your area!! Please!?

    love you much,

  12. Helloooo Linda!


    Another person who is glad to see summer go bye-bye!!!

    tee, hee!

    YES...I've heard of Indian Summers and I think we have them here too. I don't know how it came to be called that either?!?! All I know is that it must mean that the summer is prolonged through Sept. I have a feeling that we'll be getting one of those this year.

    How interesting about the "banana belt" because I had never heard of that before?!

    Gosh...the weather pattern here has changed so much that we really don't get strong definite seasons any longer. We haven't had a really good SNOWY winter since the last time I took those "snow photos" which was about 6 years ago. However, the good part is that our summers are not as hot either.

    Anyway, my friend...thanks a bunch for dropping by today!

    Hope you're enjoying your Labor Day and eating LOTS of brownies!!!

    {{{{{{ Linda }}}}}}

    P.S. Every once in a while I do a Philly Photo Post, so I will plan one of those for you!!!

  13. Okay. I have a suggestion:
    As for the rest of us, we'll happily sip our Margaritas on some sunny beach in Jamaica...tropical breezes billowing through our hair...watching the Versace swimsuits saunter by...(c'mon, Ron...ya know ya wanna be w/us...)!

  14. I'm so with you! I can't wait to start raking leaves and wearing turtlenecks. I'm giddy just thinking about it.

    And I can finally cover up my hideous feet with wool socks. Everyone's grateful for that one.

    Funny labor take on this post! Very clever.

  15. Hiya Kathryn!

    OMG...your comment was HYSTERICAL!!!

    You GO, girl!!!!

    I especially enjoyed the part about the Versace swimsuits!

    I know...I know...I'm SO in the MINORITY when it comes to winter and snow, but I can't help it....I LOVE IT!!!

    However, I did my time in the tropics, having living in Florida for 20 years. I DID enjoy it, but I now prefer the change of seasons.

    ALWAYS so great seeing ya!

    Thanks for stoppping by.

    Hope you had a great Labor Day!

  16. Hiya Chrissy!

    SEE!!! I knew YOU would agree with me when it comes to Fall and Winter.

    My TWIN!!!

    Me too...I'm so giddy about it I could POOP! Today I could actually feel a cooler breeze!!

    And TURTLENECKS!!!! YAHOOO! Love em!


    Thanks for dropping by, my friend!

    Hope you had a wonderful Labor Day holiday!

    Give a hug to my favorite pooch!

    {{{{{{ BERNIE }}}}}}

  17. Hey There!!!

    You would have loved it around here the past couple of days. On and off rain with a high of only 68 today. BLECH!!!

    It actually wasn't bad for a change from the otherwise hot summer we've had, but it is a reminder that winter isn't that far away either. You know how much I love that time of year.

    Good to catch up with you again my friend!

  18. OMG...Jeff!!!!!



    Today, while I was out doing some grocery shopping I was thinking to myself, "I wonder where the hell Jeff is and how's he doing???"

    And here you are!

    YAAAAAY!'s been raining a lot here too. Today was the first day it actually started to feel like fall was coming - I didn't sweat a drop!

    Thanks SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much for dropping by, buddy!

    What a GREAT surprise!!!

    Hope you and your family had a Happy Labor Day!

    Can't wait until you start posting again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. The Fall is here the Fall is here!!! I too am the biggest fan of this time of year. The air is warm not too warm and cool not to cool. It is crisp and the sky is vibrant. The entire world is awash in the hues of reds, ambers, greens and bronze. The smell of cleanness prevails. I just love this time of year. I love the last cookout of the year, I love that we can turn on the oven and roast things again. The scent of pies and apples the taste of cinnamon on everyting is just wonderful. The idea that Halloween is just six short weeks away and after that the holiday season rushes in.
    I think I just made myself go orgasmic. Thank you for your virtual input into my imagination.

    I have to leaf now.

  20. Hi Dave!

    ...I think I just made myself go orgasmic...

    bwhahahahhhaha!'re a RIOT!

    And I feel the same way, my friend!

    Us Fall-babies all seem to love this time of the year!


    Thanks so much for sharing in my excitement, Dave!

    LOVED your comment, buddy!

    Hope you had a great Labor Day yesterday!

    Thanks for dropping by!

    I have to leaf now too!


  21. finally our city will stop smelling like piss and sour milk.

    my office building looks over the Double Tree pool, and I used to work on the 19th floor. There was a guy who was absolutely amazing out there every day from April to October. I wonder if he lives there, or if you can sneak up there. I used to work at the pool at the Holiday Inn on 13th and Walnut, and you can hit that pool whenever you want, whether you were a guest or not. Unless they got wise to that. Used to be you didn't need a key to get in

  22. Ron, sorry that I was away for a few days. Happy Labor Day. I'm catching up on a few of your previous posts as we speak.

  23. Hi C.C.!'s wonderful to see ya anytime!

    Hope you had a WONDERFUL Labor Day holiday, buddy!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  24. Hi Lora!

    OMG...I just realized from your comment that you LIVE IN PHILLY???


    I know of all those places you speak of, how funny!

    And yes...aren't you so glad to be rid of the STENCH that occurs during the summer months in this city??


  25. Your's is the second post I've read about the joys of autumn. I MISS it so MUCH! I just want one frickin' tree down in this sub-division of Hell to turn those lovely colors and one, just ONE, cool fall breeze.

    I'm gonna cry. OH! but I'm glad you're happy, Ron! :)

  26. Hiya Nitebyrd!

    OH MAN...I know what you mean!!!

    The first fall I spent here after having moved back from the south, was INCREDIBLE! I'd for gotten how breathtaking it was.

    Listen, I'll tell ya what I'll try and do... soon as the trees start changing, I'll mail you some in a ziplock baggy. Honest! I did that a few years ago for some of my friends in Florida.

    Always great seeing ya, Sis!

    Hope you had a great Labor Day!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    X ya!

  27. I am ready too..even in Florida I can feel a change in the air. The fall wild flowers are blooming..yellow and purples seem to be the palette.
    I know you love winter, but I love is a happy medium for me..not too hot, not too cold.
    The photos were beautiful thank you for sharing them.


  28. Hello Dearest Gypsy-Heart!

    OMG, I know...

    ...even in Florida, especially where you live, you can FEEL and SEE the change coming on!!! I use to get so excited as this time of the year approached.

    And I bet you find BEAUTIFUL sights to paint, my friend!!

    There's nothing like the colors of Fall!

    Thank you God!

    Thanks for stopping by, dear heart!

    Always a wonderful moment to see you here!

    X ya!