A Bit Of Urbandelphia


Since I’ve been posting photos of my Florida vacation for the past month, I thought it was time I shared some recent images I captured of urban life – or as I like to refer to it - Urbandelphia.

*That’s a new word I just made up. Don’t you LOVE it? HA!

Now before I share my photos, I want to share something I found extremely odd but, also utterly amusing.

When I returned to Philly after being in Florida for two weeks and driving a car, I noticed that when I took my first long walk in the city, I forgot how to. It was the strangest feeling traipsing down Walnut Street on my way to Barnes and Noble because I literally couldn’t get my bearings straight. And I don’t mean direction bearings, I mean walking bearings. It was like in the two weeks that I’d been away from a city environment, I forgot how to move. And for those of you who live in a city, I think you understand what I’m talking about – people in a city move to a different rhythm.

The only way I can describe it would be that I felt as though I was walking through a sea of thick, heavy corn syrup and I couldn’t get my walking momentum in gear. The city was moving at 65 mph and yet, I was moving at 10.

I must have looked like some crazy drug addict who was coming down from a high, because my legs felt wobbly and I was swaying. At one point I had to grab onto a street mailbox to stop myself from falling – I kid you not!

Well, as the days progressed, I eventually got my walking bearings back; returning to my normal warp speed.

But isn’t that odd?

Anyway, here are the photos I promised to share.

Please enjoy….

As most of you already know the retailer, Anthropologie, is one of my favorite stores in which to take photos, so these first five images are from there.


Bedding display


Closer look at the exquisite bed canopy


Book and candle display


A display created from an old soda fountain. I adore the distressed look of the wood.


I took this close up shot of a single light bulb, which was part of a lighting display in the store.


The jewelry district in lower Center City, Philadelphia


Sky reflected off the glass entrance of an office building


View down an underground parking garage


A precious little daisy, peeking through a fence. It looks like it's waving.


Thank you for taking this tour of Urbandelphia.

Wishing you the most awesome weekend everyone!


X

54 comments

  1. Good morning Ronnie,
    That is a cool word, Urbandelphia! Good one ;)
    I am loving your pics. Now, whenever D & I will be in Philly in the future, we must see Anthropoligie.
    I think a lot of women are looking at the canopy bed and going Ooooh!!
    What a cool old china hutch( at least I think it is that). These people really have a sense of style. Things are always arranged so nicely.

    Now, you got me chuckling something bad because I think that you got what they call in HI "Polynesian paralysis". Coming from somewhere where it is so laid back, people take their time and already where it can be so hot that moving can make you sweat buckets on some days.
    The dude had it... :)Too funny and so right. I feel that too when I come back from HI.

    Sending lots of love down to Urbandelphia and to you xox .

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  2. Urbandelphia! That could definitely catch on. Keep saying it to folk and see how quickly it spreads.

    Good morning, Ron. I would give anything to wander around Anthropologie. It's my kind of store as well. There's so much to look at and drool over. I'm very good at drooling over lovely household things.

    Great pictures, especially of the store, but Oooooh I do like the daisy poking it's head through the fence.

    Interesting about the walking, I'm wondering now if that is the reason I don't walk so well once out of the car. Too much driving and not enough walking... Hmmm, maybe! I know a body walks differently on the street to how he/she does at home but I hadn't related it to over-use of the car.

    Wishing you a fabulous weekend.

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  3. Rob LenihanAugust 10, 2012

    Hey, Ron, thanks for the guided tour of Urbandelphia! These photos were fabulous and they remind me that I have to get down to Philly again real soon. That's funny about losing your city walk. When my niece from San Francisco was a little girl, she'd always complain about having to walk everywhere whenever she visited us. I said, "look, kid, this is New York. We walk here!" Have a picture perfect weekend, buddy, and keep on walking!

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  4. Good morning Barb~

    "That is a cool word, Urbandelphia! Good one ;)"!

    HA! Aren't I silly??? I suddenly thought of that word yesterday, when I wrote this post.

    Thank you. OMG, you and D will LOVE Anthropologie. Not only is it a very cool place to shop, but they way have their merchandise displayed is just AWESOME. It's a place that you just HAVE to take pictures of!

    "Now, you got me chuckling something bad because I think that you got what they call in HI "Polynesian paralysis". Coming from somewhere where it is so laid back, people take their time and already where it can be so hot that moving can make you sweat buckets on some days."

    Barb, it was so funny because I think I was still in my 'Florida mode' when I first got back to Philly because I COULD NOT get myself moving. I literally felt in SLOW MOTION!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a wonderful weekend! We're getting a lot of rain right now, so I think this weekend is gonna be a wet one!

    X to you and D!

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  5. Hey there Rob~

    Thanks, buddy. Yes! One of these days you have GOT to get down to Philly because I would so enjoy giving you a little tour and just hanging out. Also, I'm thinking of coming to NYC in the next couple of months, so maybe we can meet up if it works out for you.

    " When my niece from San Francisco was a little girl, she'd always complain about having to walk everywhere whenever she visited us. I said, "look, kid, this is New York. We walk here!"

    HAHAHHAHHAHAHA! OMG...that is too funny because I've said the same thing to people who have come to visit me here. I've had certain people actually wanted to take a CAB instead of walking 10 blocks. I'm like, "No way....this is a CITY...we WALK!"

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Rob. Have a picture perfect weekend!

    X

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  6. Goooood morning Valerie~

    "Urbandelphia! That could definitely catch on. Keep saying it to folk and see how quickly it spreads."

    HA! Yeah, maybe I can patent it and make a FORTUNE!!!

    " I would give anything to wander around Anthropologie. It's my kind of store as well. There's so much to look at and drool over. I'm very good at drooling over lovely household things."

    OMG...you would LOVE this store! It has FOUR levels so there is so much to see and drool over. It use to be a mansion that was privately owned, which they bought and converted into the flag ship store of Anthropologie. The place has such a wonderful atmosphere. And it's an awesome place to take photos!

    Thanks. Isn't that little daisy precious? I saw it sitting there one day, so I had to take its picture - HA!

    "Interesting about the walking, I'm wondering now if that is the reason I don't walk so well once out of the car. Too much driving and not enough walking... Hmmm, maybe! I know a body walks differently on the street to how he/she does at home but I hadn't related it to over-use of the car."

    It was the strangest thing because I hadn't been out of the city in YEARS, so after driving around in a car for two weeks, it's like forgot how to walk in a city! I love to walk because it keeps me moving and grooving - it's good exercise for the heart and legs.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, dear lady. Have a super weekend!

    X

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  7. Love it Ron, Urbandelphia! You make laugh.

    Wonderful photos. I especially love the ones inside the store. That canopy is magnificent. It looks like something from the Elizabethan Era. The shot of the light bulb is so cool because the detail pops against the black background. And the little daisy is so sweet!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Ron.

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  8. Hola Denise~

    "That canopy is magnificent. It looks like something from the Elizabethan Era."

    Isn't it freakin' stunning? And you're right, it does look like something from the Elizabethan Era! I stood there and stared at it; wondering what I angles I wanted to shoot it at. I wanted to shoot it from the second level, so you could get an 'above view' but I left the story; totally forgetting to do it :(

    I edited that light bulb shot by darkening the background after I uploaded to my computer. The background was originally a white wall, but thought the black would make it stand out more.

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, girl. Have a flawless weekend!

    X

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  9. Great pics Ron! Whenever we went on holiday to Greece or Turkey we would have difficulty getting back into the way of walking here after 2 weeks of 'ambling' along. :)

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  10. Hellooooooooooo Pearl~

    Thank you :)

    " Whenever we went on holiday to Greece or Turkey we would have difficulty getting back into the way of walking here after 2 weeks of 'ambling' along."

    HA! Isn't that something? I felt totally like a walking SPAZ when I first got back!

    And btw, I would love to visit both Greece AND Turkey. I knew a woman in Florida who owned a travel agency and she said that Turkey was her all-time favorite places to visit!

    Have a MARVI weekend, m' dear. And thanks for stopping by!

    X

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  11. It's definitely a different pace outside of a big city. If I ever went back to London, I think I'd trip people up with my slow walking pace now.

    Lovely photos! I love the daisy :)

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  12. Hiya Babs~

    Thank you. I saw that little daisy sitting there and it just BEGGED to be photographed - HA!

    "It's definitely a different pace outside of a big city."

    Yes, isn't that something? And you don't full realize it until you leave the city for a while and then return.

    One of these days I have got to visit London because I hear such great things about it!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Babs. Have lovely weekend!

    X to you and Mo!

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  13. I'm absolutely sure you'd love it :)

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  14. Yup...I have a feeling I would too!!!

    :)

    X

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  15. Glad you have your swagger back, can't imagine you walking in slow motion, that is more my style Ha Ha

    Great pictures Ron, I do love the soda fountain

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  16. OH!! New word alert!! :-)
    I'm a word freak....LOL...so I LOVE it!

    And I adore the photos, how could you not. I love the cute little flowery guy.......but honestly, the one I went back for multiple times--the light bulb. Awesome! I LOVE it hugely. Might be the simplicity--might be the reflections...might just be cuz it's COOL. LOL

    And I'm the same way as you--I spend time outta my element and I have this 'readjustment period' that happens. I feel 'off' in the house, even--everything's a different pace with a different .....ummmm......aura/vibration/feel to it? Not sure how to describe it. Instead of getting that 'home' feeling that folks seem to get, I get the 'stranger in my own home' feel so pardon me while I remind myself where I am and switch gears to 'readjust'.

    I'm holding on to railings, stumbling around rugs that were there when I left so it ain't like they were moved for crying out loud...pulling doors harder than I planned.....or needed....and staring at counters wondering what's been moved or changed when nothing's been moved or changed.
    Yeah...bit odd....LOL

    I'm just glad they didn't haul you off and force ya to do a breath-a-lizer test....LOL NOT that you woulda failed and BOY what a fun blog material that woulda been......


    Hey......maybe that 'adjustment period' explains posting your underthings for the world to see...... :-/

    Feel free to borrow that one! LOLOLOL

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  17. Howdy Jimmy~

    "Glad you have your swagger back, can't imagine you walking in slow motion, that is more my style.

    Meeee too! OMG...you would die at how fast I walk. My legs are very short, but damn...can I walk fast. I look like Road Runner - HA!

    Aw, thank you, glad you enjoyed the pics. I love soda fountain too. In fact, it's one of my favorites. I love the look of the distressed wood.

    Thanks for stopping by, buddy. Wishing you and Cindy an AWESOME weekend!

    X to you both!

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  18. Hiya Mel!

    "OH!! New word alert!! :-)
    I'm a word freak....LOL...so I LOVE it!"

    HAHHAHAHA! Must be a Libra thing, hu? I LOVE to make up words!!!

    Thank you, glad enjoyed the photos.

    "but honestly, the one I went back for multiple times--the light bulb. "

    That's one of my favs. I've always wanted to take a close up of a light bulb, so that you could see the INSIDE. I had to fiddle with the background color when I was editing it because I thought the black would make the bulb stand out more. That photo took me a while to edit.

    " I feel 'off' in the house, even--everything's a different pace with a different .....ummmm......aura/vibration/feel to it? Not sure how to describe it. Instead of getting that 'home' feeling that folks seem to get, I get the 'stranger in my own home' feel so pardon me while I remind myself where I am and switch gears to 'readjust'."

    YES!!!!! That's exactly how I felt, you described it PERFECTLY! The vibration felt odd at first. And that was me too, I felt as though I was a stranger in my own city.

    "Hey......maybe that 'adjustment period' explains posting your underthings for the world to see...... :-/"

    Bwhahahhahahahahaha! OMG...I bet your RIGHT!!!! Mel, you CRACKED ME UP!!!!

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, dearest lady. Have a super-duper weekend. Can you believe the weekend is here already? This week has FLOWN by for me.

    ((((( You )))))

    X

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  19. "Urbandelphia" is way catchy. And I love coining new words/phrases, so I applaud you! Love the pics, as always. You rock, my friend. Hope you have a fun/relaxing/urbanriffic weekend!

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  20. Howdy Mark~

    ""Urbandelphia" is way catchy. And I love coining new words/phrases, so I applaud you!"

    That's right! You're the KING of coining words/phrases, so thank you.

    Glad you enjoyed the pics, I had such a blast taking photos of the city after being gone for two weeks.

    Thanks for stopping by, buddy. Wishing you and Tara a faaaaaaabulous weekend!

    X to you both!

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  21. That is so funny, Ron! I feel weird driving after a vacation where I haven't driven in a few weeks!

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  22. Hey there Bijoux~

    "I feel weird driving after a vacation where I haven't driven in a few weeks!"

    Yes, I can see that happening as well. After not doing something for awhile, it can feel weird, can't it?

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Hope all is going well with your move!

    X

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  23. Ron, that image of the light bulb is really, really awesome. Really!

    My second favorite is the view of the underground parking garage. I like how you captured the light headlights in that car.

    Nice photo tour, Ron!

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  24. Greetings Matt~

    Thanks, buddy. Glad you enjoyed the tour.

    It's funny, I don't know WHERE my eyes were when I took that shot, because I never even noticed the headlights of the car in the garage photo until I uploaded it to my computer?!!?

    Thanks for stopping by, Matt. Hope you're enjoying a great weekend!

    X

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  25. hi ron,
    smiles on the walking trouble. AND weird you would bring "this" up too! i'm having some of my own walking trouble and i wish it would disappear but it won't and back surgery seems to be looming. i am depressed.

    love your photos as always and anthro is one of my fave places tho i rarely go down to the city to see one. i do buy online all the time from them. and sundance, another fave. and i love your little daisy, so sweet. xoxxo

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  26. Helloooooo Linda~

    " i'm having some of my own walking trouble and i wish it would disappear but it won't and back surgery seems to be looming."

    And WEIRD you bring that up because a friend of mine is going through the same thing. They've tried several different things for his back (something with his lower vertebrae discs) without having to do surgery, but it looks like they might have to.

    Thank you, glad to enjoyed the photos. Isn't Anthropologie the BOMB? I love to take photos inside the store because there is so much to see. I could spend hours in there!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, dear friend. Hope you're having a great weekend. It's been raining cats and dogs here all weekend, but it has cooled things down a bit.

    (((( Linda )))))

    xoxoxo

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  27. greetings ron, love the photos, but coming here i got an extra surprise, i didn't see the last photo when this post was emailed to me and when i just saw it now, it made me smile. i love that shot. thanks for sharing and keep clicking, my friend.

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  28. Hey there V Girl~

    Aw, thank you for your sweet words :)

    "but coming here i got an extra surprise, i didn't see the last photo when this post was emailed to me and when i just saw it now, it made me smile."

    HA! Do you know what happened? When I went to publish this post Thursday night, I totally forgot to insert that last photo, so I had to republish it. That's why you probably didn't see it on your email because I don't think the 'post via emails' get updated like the reader.

    Anyway, glad you enjoyed it. Don't ya just love daisies? They're so dang CUTE!

    Thanks for stopping by, Val. Hope you're having a super weekend!

    X

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  29. Really nice photos, Ron. The one of the sky reflection on the office building glass is so sharp and clear. But I have to say that the light bulb pic really is cool too. Well done!

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  30. Morning Robert~

    Thank you, buddy. The light bulb image I had to fiddle a bit with the editing to get it the way I wanted. I must have cropped it a HUNDRED times to get that angle.

    Always great seeing ya. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're having a super weekend!

    X

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  31. Dianne WilsonAugust 12, 2012

    I know exactly what you mean about walking
    I thought I had lost it but even with the cane I found I still have it
    I weave in and out, I signal with my body language and I never stop dead in the middle of the sidewalk

    I'd like to live in that store!!

    love the sweet daisy, she was happy to pose for you

    hugs from me and Hope

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  32. Hey there Lady Dianne~

    "I weave in and out, I signal with my body language and I never stop dead in the middle of the sidewalk"

    You GO, girl!!!!! That's the wonderful New Yorker in you!!

    OMG, the next time you visit me, I HAVE to take you to Anthropologie because not only will you love the store, but it's such an awesome place to take photos.

    Thanks for stopping by, dear lady. Hope you're enjoying the bestest weekend!

    X and hugs to you and Hope!

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  33. I know exactly what you are talking about. I was in Maine and Virginia for two weeks. When I came back to Boston, I forgot that I was not supposed to smile and say hello to people as they passed by, lest they think I was trying to sell them something. Beautiful photographs!

    It's good to get away though, huh?

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  34. Helloooooooooo Bill~

    "I was in Maine and Virginia for two weeks. When I came back to Boston, I forgot that I was not supposed to smile and say hello to people as they passed by, lest they think I was trying to sell them something."

    OMG, how funny! Yes, as a city dweller, I know what you mean. God forbid you make eye contact and say hello, because either someone thinks you're trying to sell them something, OR, someone tries to sell YOU something - HA!

    "It's good to get away though, huh?"

    It sure is! I adore city life, but I truly enjoy taking time away from it. City breaks are good for us.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, buddy. Hope you had a most wonderful weekend!

    X to you and Paul!

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  35. Herman TurnipAugust 12, 2012

    Fantastic photos! Really like the tint you're employing. Are you using a filter? My favorites are the bedding display and the underground garage.

    And yes, I've heard of this city phenomena, where you're either in the vibe or your on the outside looking in, and struggling just to get from point A to point B. But, much like sailing, I'm sure you'll be getting your "sea legs" back in no time! :-)

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  36. Howdy Herman~

    Thank you :) No, I'm not using a filter on my camera because I only have a Nikon point and shoot, so it's nothing fancy. However, what I did was edit some of these of photos at Picmonkey, by adjusting the tint, lighting, and focus. I LOVE Picmonkey!

    "I've heard of this city phenomena, where you're either in the vibe or your on the outside looking in, and struggling just to get from point A to point B. But, much like sailing, I'm sure you'll be getting your "sea legs" back in no time!"

    Yes, you're exactly correct! Thankfully, I 'sea legs' back in a few days - whew!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, buddy. Hope you had a super weekend and that Karin and Tyler are having a super time on their trip.

    X to you all!

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  37. love these! especially the parking garage and the reflection of the sky, they grab my attention. I've been enamored with those carbon filament style light bulbs for a while now too, they have a great look. Thanks for the little view of Urbandelphia. smile :) inventing words is awesome!

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  38. Hey there Diane~

    Aw, thanks, girl :)

    " I've been enamored with those carbon filament style light bulbs for a while now too, they have a great look."

    Aren't they the COOLEST-looking things??? I loved the whole light fixture because all the bulbs hung there without any covering - they were just totally exposed.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, dear friend. Hope you enjoyed a faaaaaaabulous weekend!

    Much X to you and Cristybella!

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  39. Thanks for sharing about how you created the black background, Ron, because I thought it was just a dark room!

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  40. If you look REAL close, you can see a bit of wall markings to the right of the first bulb because I wasn't able to blacken it completely.

    X

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  41. Ron, I LOVE your photos of Anthropologie! It’s shabby-chic, which is my most favorite décor! I think I could just curl up on one of those bedding displays and read a book or have some Hunk feed me grapes! Do you think they’d toss me out of the store if I tried that?


    Was that underground parking garage sign for you? S-L-O-W?? ha ha! Maybe you needed one to say F-A-S-T-E-R!!


    Oh my! That precious little daisy DOES look like its waving! Hello Daisy!


    City life can be interesting, as you and I discussed just the other day! I do love it, but I must get back to my country living and wide open spaces! Oh and give me some farm animals and lots of dogs! I’m such the animal lover!


    ((YOU))

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  42. Helloooooooooo Pam!

    Thank you, dear friend. Isn't Anthropologie AWESOME? Yes! You said it perfectly...shabby chic. And I LOVE that style too!

    "I think I could just curl up on one of those bedding displays and read a book or have some Hunk feed me grapes! Do you think they’d toss me out of the store if I tried that?"

    Bwhahahahahahha! No, not at all. In fact if you did that in the store, I bet it would SELL the bed!!

    "Was that underground parking garage sign for you? S-L-O-W?? ha ha! Maybe you needed one to say F-A-S-T-E-R!!"

    OMG..it's so funny you said that because I thought that TOO. I kid you not. A sign, telling me to slow down. But you know me....I'm The Road Runner - HA!

    Isn't the daisy sweet? I didn't notice it waving until I uploaded it to my computer and saw it BIG. *waving*

    "I do love it, but I must get back to my country living and wide open spaces! Oh and give me some farm animals and lots of dogs! I’m such the animal lover!"

    Yes, permanent city life is not everyone. Like I shared, I adore the country too.

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, Pam. Hope you had a great weekend! It was so great talking to you the other night!

    (((( You ))))

    X

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  43. whenpigsflyAugust 13, 2012

    I have nightmares where it feels like I'm walking through corn syrup or under water. How funny. As always, love the Philly photos.

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  44. Well, Ron, I have never heard of wobbly legs when leaving the car unless you were literally in it ALL the time but yet it sounds very believable! How interesting. And I love your new word - how clever

    And I also love your photographs of gorgeous things.
    Well done for a great post!

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  45. Hey there Jen~

    "I have nightmares where it feels like I'm walking through corn syrup or under water."

    Oh, how funny! Don't you ever wonder WHY we dream the things we dream and what they mean? I often dream about being in an elevator and the cable snaps; plunging downward. I always wake up before it crashes - HA!

    Glad you enjoyed the photos. I always think of you when I post photos of Philly :)

    Thanks for stopping by, girl! Have a great week!

    X

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  46. Well, Ron, I have never heard of wobbly legs when leaving the car unless you were literally in it ALL the time but yet it sounds very believable! How interesting. And I love your new word - how clever And I also love your photographs of gorgeous things. Well done for a great post!

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  47. Hey there Jenny~

    "I have never heard of wobbly legs when leaving the car unless you were literally in it ALL the time but yet it sounds very believable!"

    It was the oddest feeling because I hadn't been gone from the city for that long in a while, so it felt so strange.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet words. Hope you're enjoying your summer!

    Have a great week!

    X

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  48. Urbandelphia. = best new word ever!

    And these photos? OMG! Amazeballs.

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  49. Thank you, Meleah!

    (((( You )))))

    X ya!

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  50. I LOVE the daisy!! Perfect. :)

    I love that store, too - it's quite something, isn't it? And they don't mind you taking pictures? I often do take photos inside stores, but I always feel I have to sneak around doing it and hate being watched. I probably look like a potential shoplifter to anyone who's watching!

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  51. I think I'm all caught up with your blog now. Yes?

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  52. Yes, my fellow Libra friend. And thank you, you're a sweetheart!

    (((( You ))))

    X

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  53. Hey there Jay~

    I freakin' LOVE Anthropologie!!!

    " And they don't mind you taking pictures?"

    No, not so far. Several of the sales girls have seen me snapping photos and they've never said anything.

    " I often do take photos inside stores, but I always feel I have to sneak around doing it and hate being watched. I probably look like a potential shoplifter to anyone who's watching!"

    HAHAHHAHAHAHA! At first, I thought the same thing!!!

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, Jay! Hope all is well with Jeffie

    (((( Jeffie ))))

    Have a super week!

    X

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