Monthly Archives: April 2014

One Man’s Trash: Week 16 Report

WEEK 16: Park Line Drive to Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive


1 pair matching socks
3 other socks
1 pair women’s underwear (purple)
1 pair short shorts (white)
1 Nike Downshifter 5 (left foot)
1 boot sole

3 16oz coffee cups Wawa
10oz coffee cup Dunkin Donuts
1 7oz carton Adam & Eve apple juice
1 small box Mike & Ike
1 half sleeve EZ Wide rolling papers
1 note on brown paper (wifi login: edmodo/Ki9y7L)
1 Christian pamphlet (“What do lambs & Easter have in common?”)
1 wrapper sandwich Wawa

1 20oz cup
9 pieces random styrofoam

1 small can Pringles
1 24oz can Mega Monster energy drink
1 25oz can Bud Light Mang-o-rita
1 12oz can Pepsi wild cherry
1 12oz can Sprite
1 16oz can Olde English
2 12oz cans Rolling Rock
1 12oz can Budweiser
1 12oz can Day’s ginger ale
1 12oz can Miller High Life
1 12oz can Sly Fox Pikeland Pils
1 12oz can Yuengling lager
1 lid Mott’s apple sauce (foil)
1 square candle holder (pine tree motif)

1 40oz bottle (brown no label)
1 7oz bottle Rolling Rock
1 16oz bottle Pepsi (old school)
1 12oz bottle Shock Top
2 7oz bottles Coronita
1 22oz bottle Sierra Nevada Harvest 2013

1 1litre bottle Brisk iced tea
1 32oz bottle Gatorade lemon lime
1 16oz bottle Barq’s root beer
1 24oz bottle Pepsi
1 25oz bottle water Poland Spring
2 16oz bottles water Nestlē Pure Life
1 24oz bottle water Deer Park
6 16oz bottles water (no label)
1 16oz bottle Powerade
1 20oz bottle water Poland Springs “Nature’s Blend” lemon lime
2 16oz bottles soda (no label)
1 small bottle Sutter Home moscato
1 Little Hug barrel
1 12oz bottle Bausch & Lomb Renu contact solution
4 coffee lids
5 random bottle caps
1 container Mott’s apple sauce
1 blunt wrapper Swisher Sweets tropical fusion
1 packet mayonnaise
1 packet buttermilk ranch dressing
5 stirring straws
1 pack Kern Ridge baby carrots (unopened)
1 condom wrapper (Trojan)
1 pouch Capri Sun wild cherry
1 Cushion Pill inflatable packing cushion
1 label Poland Spring water
2 small wrappers Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews
1 lid 7-Eleven Fresh to Go salad container
1 lid Pringles
2 dimebags (1 plain, 1 Playboy)
1 packet Crystal Light On the Go
2 dog shit bags (unused)
2 pieces random plastic

1 Lockheed Martin cloth frisbee
1 small phillips head screwdriver
1 comb
1 ink tube from pen
1 rear bike light
1 Matchbox car (no wheels)
1 small fabric rose
1 dog collar
1 cloth Lidoderm


1 sleeve Camel
2 packs Newport
1 pack Marlboro
5 cigarette butts

1 dog shit pile
4 dog shit bags
2 dogs on leash
6 dogs off leash

* New category (1) this week. I love cyclists and think mountain biking is awesome. This is just a matter of gathering park user information.

* New category (2) this week. I love horses and think riding horses is awesome. So are the stables around the park. This is just a matter of gathering park user information.

– Man does the connection between Carpenter’s Woods and Wissahickon Park proper suck. For as lovely as Carpenter’s Woods is (what a magnificent neighborhood park), that you have to walk on very busy Wissahickon Avenue is a drag. Plus there’s always tons of litter there from people who throw it out their car. If a trail can’t go under the really old Wissahickon Ave superstructure (and it can’t, because money), there at least ought to be a trail to the corner of Mt Pleasant and Wissahickon with a state law pedestrian crossing and new painted stripes there. And the dog who lives at the house where the Ellet Trail dumps you onto Wissahickon Ave is always barking and barking and barking.
– There should be a trail along Carpenter’s Run from Kitchens Lane to the trail at Scotforth Rd.
– The trailhead at the corner of Mt Pleasant Ave & Mt Pleasant Pl (the nexus of pleasant Philadelphia) could be better marked.
– Cardinal sound: peel peel woop woop woop wupwupwupwup
– Problem area: area below Climbers Rock to Orange Trail.
– Tire below Climbers Rock and above Orange Trail.
– Hunk of metal on beach below Orange Trail at Climbers Rock.
– For the first time, there was real craft beer litter: a 22oz bottle of Sierra, a 12oz can of Sly Fox.

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⇦ WEEK 15WEEK 17 ⇨

One Man’s Trash: Week 15 Report

WEEK 15: Mt Airy Avenue to Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive


1 24oz bottle (clear no label)
1 12oz bottle (brown no label)
1 12oz bottle Killian’s Red
1 12oz bottle Budweiser (old school no label)
1 7oz bottle Budweiser (old school no label)
1 16oz bottle Everfresh orange juice
1 7oz bottle Coronita
1 12oz bottle Amstel Light
1 12oz bottle Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
1 12oz bottle Coors Light
1 12oz bottle Labatt’s Blue
1 small jar
1 broken bottle top Hurricane malt liquor

1 small can fishing bait
3 12oz cans Coors Light
3 12oz cans Pabst
1 12oz can Budweiser
1 24oz can Four Loko (watermelon)
2 12oz cans Natural Light
1 16oz can Olde English
2 12oz cans Schaefer’s
1 10oz can Miller Lite
1 7oz can Pabst (pull tab)
1 12oz can Bud Light
1 16oz can Busch
4 random pieces aluminum foil

1 14oz cup Dunkin Donuts
2 pieces random styrofoam

1 12oz coffee cup (generic)
2 10oz coffee cups Wawa
1 bag Burger King
1 container fries Burger King
1 coffee sleeve Wawa

1 giant hunk of car(?)
1 mylar balloon (Winnie the Pooh “Happy Birthday”)
1 12oz bottle tea Wawa
1 1/2 gallon carton Diet something (no label, lid reads “DIET”)
1 16oz bottle Rosenberger Grabba Iced Tea
1 32oz bottle Powerade Zero
1 32oz bottle Gatorade lemon-lime
1 24oz bottle Gatorade fruit punch
1 24oz bottle Gatorade (old school no label)
1 16oz bottle water (ShopRite)
1 16oz bottle Coca-Cola
2 16oz bottles water (no label)
1 6oz squeeze bottle (no label)
3 plastic bags
2 dog shit bags (unused)
1 yellow Solo cup (smashed)
1 hair curler
1 tampon applicator
2 coffee lids
1 spoon
1 knife (Wendy’s)
1 bag Fritos
1 small bag Goldfish
1 wrapper Sun Belt oats & honey bar
1 blunt wrapper Corona Sport
2 packets Heinz ketchup
4 straws
1 random bottle cap
1 knot fishing line
1 corner Tootsie Roll
1 shirt collar straightener

1 Wilson sponge ball

2 sport pant legs
1 hat (whales)
1 pair boxer shorts
2 socks (unrelated)
2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 gray)

1 dryer sheet
1 rag
1 koozie (Lindsey & Andrew)
2 pairs sunglasses
1 tube Chapstick
1 front bike reflector
1 lighter
1 stick deodorant (no label)


1 box Marlboro
16 cigarette butts

0 dog shit piles
7 dog shit bag
4 dogs on leash
9 dogs off leash

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⇦ WEEK 14WEEK 16 ⇨

One Man’s Trash: Week 14 Report

WEEK 14: Emlen Street to Chestnut Hill Avenue


Comments and photos to come.

1 12oz bottle (old green no label)
1 10oz bottle Pepsi (old school)
2 12oz bottles Foster’s
1 12oz bottle Landshark
1 12oz bottle Budweiser
2 pieces random broken glass

1 food tub
2 pieces random styrofoam

1 gray sweatshirt
1 pink baby sock
1 tan/white(?) t-shirt

1 wrapper Wrigley’s gum
2 bag checks (US Airways)

1 Nalgene
1 half gallon bottle Welch’s grape juice
1 16oz Sierra Mist Natural
1 18oz bottle Pure Leaf Tea
1 16oz bottle Orange Crush
1 16oz bottle Vitamin Water acai blueberry
1 12oz bottle Wawa tea
1 16oz bottle water Kirkland
1 24oz bottle Pepsi
1 16oz bottle water B Just the Basics
3 16oz bottles water (no labels)
1 20oz bottle water (no label)
1 tub Dannon Light Greek yogurt
2 red Solo cups
1 food tub and lid
1 wrapper Herr’s peanut butter cheese crackers
1 spoon
1 lollipop stick
1 bag Planter’s Nut-rition (unopened)
1 small wrapped Red Bird candy
3 unused dog bags
2 tabs E-Gel (“Just Don’t Litter” on them)
1 label 5 Hour Energy Drink
1 label Kirkland bottle water
1 label Deer Park bottle water
1 label Acadia bottle water
1 wrapper Kellogg’s Super Mario fruit snacks
1 Ziploc bag
1 pouch Capri Sun (wild cherry)
1 bag Ruffles potato chips (cheddar and sour cream)
1 random jar lid

1 Whip-It cartridge
1 24oz can Keystone Ice
1 24oz can Arizona peach tea
5 12oz cans Natural Light
2 12oz cans Natural Ice
1 12oz can Pepsi
1 8oz can Bud Light Lime-A-Rita
2 12oz cans Miller Lite
2 12oz cans Budweiser
1 12oz can Budweiser Select
1 12oz can Sunkist
1 12oz can Miller High Life (pull tab)
1 part of a pipe

1 broom head
3 cigarette butts
1 twist-tie romaine lettuce
1 plastic ring toy
1 large oyster shell
1 can Axe Body Spray dark temptation
1 secret kit:
1 pair glasses frames
1 toy Grape Splash can (mini)
1 pencil sharpener
3 small alien figurines
1 flattened penny
1 glass blown rainbow
1 Ziploc bag with pen and pad: College of Design, University of Minnesota

2 pink rubber balls

1 dog shit piles
7 dog shit bags
0 dogs on leash
4 dogs off leash


– Big pile of giant pieces of styrofoam just below Emlen Street
– Tire iron on east side of Cresheim Creek above Telner-St Martin Bridge
– Evening bird calls: “pretty bird pretty bird pretty bird”; “weep weep weep weep”; “sweet sweet sweet”; “birdy birdy birdy birdy”
– Hooboy, this was the hike with The Off-Leash Dog Incident

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⇦ WEEK 13WEEK 15 ⇨

Drop It Like A Tetrimino

Move left, homie!
Move left, homie!

Spring greetings, yous guys! Hate to sound like one of them blogs saying “sorry I ain’t blog on the blog” but I been a hog in a bog in the fog, sloggin’ like a cog in the smog. Need to groove more. I know that’s right.


Tell you what else is right: Playing Tetris on a 29-story building is pretty right and righteous. Beaucoup props to Philly Tech Week for turning Cira Centre into an arcade game for a second straight year. Because I am aging, I suffered a serious injury to my back while scrubbing the kitchen floor on Saturday and opted to self medicate with Wild Turkey in a very hot bath rather than transport a heavy camera and tripod via SEPTA and a long walk (at least when you’re injured) up the river path to the Art Museum. Imagine my surprise on Sunday morning when I got an email with the subject “Surprise! You’ve been selected to play Tetris on Cira Centre for a surprise second night.”

I was in fact surprised, and considering I ruled at Tetris as a teen with a Nintendo, I chose to play through the pain and not pass up this awesome second chance. The old Philly Skyline in me thinks it’s ridiculous that they STILL don’t turn out all the lights in Cira Centre overnight. I just can’t fathom that there are that many people across multiple floors at all hours inside that building. The LED dots are the nighttime half of the building’s design—how are there still blocks of several floors with the lights left on after almost ten years of this building, particularly when there are events programmed using the building’s exterior? But then the older me is all “who cares, we all die anyway.”

At any rate, the experience was rad, even if it only lasted like 30 seconds. As I was at Eakins Oval, I played Tetris against someone on the south side of the building. As my Tetriminos fell, the height of my opponent’s Tetriminos were measured in a stack of white dots on the far right of my board. Having gauged actual play by watching the first couple dozen players in front of me, I knew it unwise to wait around for a full, four-line Tetris. I just wanted to jam a few lines while I had the chance. So I did, and I beat whatever chump faced me!

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Once upon a time this web site documented the construction of Cira Centre, photos you can still find in the old version HERE.

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I would like to thank Delicias food truck for a simply delightful Philly Tech Week beef arepa, and also the dude who pulled up the old Tetris theme on his phone while his buddy played. Which reminds me, man, this is one excellent Youtube video: