Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Hot Time In The City

Philadelphia, without a sports champion since Dr. J led the 76ers in 1983, and known for its brotherly love, if you consider throwing batteries as sports teams, booing Mike Schmidt and throwing snow balls at Santa Clause as brotherly love, now must accept losing yet again.

Philadelphia has been voted by Travel and Leisure magazine to have the least attractive people in the country. Ok, technically, it came in 25th on the list of attractiveness. Out of 25. Miami came in first on attractiveness, with San Diego second, though many people think the hottest people live in San Diego.

Philadelphia did pick up the pace on cleanliness (22 of 25) and safety (23 of 25).


A curious one for me: New Orleans ranked as the 2nd friendliest city, well ahead of San Diego. Yet, San Diego seems to have the edge on using sports stadiums for natural disaster evacuations:

Like Hurricane Katrina evacuees two years earlier in New Orleans, thousands of people rousted by natural disaster fled to the NFL stadium here, waiting out the calamity and worrying about their homes.

The similarities ended there, as an almost festive atmosphere reigned at Qualcomm Stadium. Bands belted out rock 'n' roll, lavish buffets served gourmet entrees, and massage therapists helped relieve the stress for those forced to flee their homes because of wildfires.

Not even one report of cannibalism.

Atlanta, which was ranked in the teens in most categories, pulled in a big number 6 on barbecue.
We were robbed.

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In other news

Lest we forget, the Clintons have a history that should make one pause in the Democratic primary. It won't though.

Some people smoke because it keeps them skinnier. Not so says another anti-smoking groups' study run through a University (keep in mind that if a study were funded by tobacco and found smoking did cause you to be skinnier, it would be untrustworthy). Smoking mice are smaller and eat less, but they are also less muscular. This is supposed to make you not want to smoke. Like bigger and fat is the same as smaller and fat?

President William J. Clinton is now considering Singapore on his short list of vacation spots.

Chuck Norris has endorsed Mike Huckabee for President. If you do not know who Chuck Norris is, then read this. And pray he doesn't kill you tonight.

Read this. Warning -- Christianity mentioned.

15 Comments:

At 4:37 PM, Blogger spd rdr said...

My beautiful Philly-born red-haired wife says that she is going to kick your ass and burn San Diego to the ground... and not necessarily in that order.


Keep those in SoCal in your prayers. I've got peeps out there.

 
At 4:37 PM, Blogger Wouldn't you like to know? said...

My goodness. I will have to come back and read all of this when I put out the fire in my hair :p

And I will have to try that Atlanta barbecue when that goodlooking grandson of mine is born! Heh...

 
At 4:53 PM, Blogger KJ said...

I've got prayers for SoCal.

As for Mrs. rdr, yikes! Since she is from Philly, I have no doubt that she can kick my ass.

 
At 1:46 AM, Anonymous camojack said...

My sister sent me a link to that article, since we're from Philly ourselves. Regarding my attractiveness [or lack thereof], I am hardly objective...

 
At 9:29 AM, Blogger Cassandra said...

Regarding my attractiveness [or lack thereof], I am hardly objective

Well I was not paying a whole lot of attention at the time because I am not in the habit of checking out gentlemen to whom I am not married, but I think you are very nice looking, camo.

Not sure how much that is worth, coming from me. And your good lady doesn't seem to mind you too much either, so I'd take that as confirmation :)

So with ms rdr that's a sample of two Philly hotties. My husband's childhood best friend (who I think still manages to bring the sizzle) makes three.

So... pppphhhhtttthhh. It's all in knowing where to look.

 
At 11:21 AM, Blogger KJ said...

Uh, just so it's clear. This isn't my study or survey. Take it out on Travel and Leisure magazine.

 
At 4:59 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

Oh no you don't, counselor.

I think you *personally* traveled to all those cities and rated the denizens of each one.

That would explain this:

http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/84-10232007-1428546.html

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

Oh fine...

This

 
At 8:09 PM, Blogger Pile OnĀ® said...

Smoking mice?

Damn. I have smoked a few things in my life but I have never put a match to any small rodents.

 
At 3:50 AM, Anonymous camojack said...

Cassandra:
That was a very nice thing to say; as I said, I am hardly objective about myself.

But as for you, I think your husband is very lucky...for lots of reasons. Seems to me you both are...

 
At 5:28 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

What my husband is, is stuck with me, poor b*stard :)

Luckily the man is an amazingly good sport about it. Must be the sense of humor... heh.

 
At 11:02 PM, Anonymous Cricket said...

Nah, Hotlanta wasn't robbed. It is just that most people west of the Mississippi think barbecue is hamburgers and hot dogs, not steaks, pulled pork or chicken or any of the Good Stuff.

Since moving here to The South a few years back, I have done me some learnin.' Now, uh, where does one get good barbecue in Atlanta?

We don't get out of our south metro county much...

 
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"I'm not green, but I could be," reads one. Others have similar messages printed on them, "My Bag", "Use Me and Re-use Me".

Since the Chinese government issued its June 1 ban on free plastic bag handouts, retailers in China have found themselves in the midst of a "green" phenomenon.

They're anxious to turn fashion-conscious customers into eco-aware shoppers.

Under the new regulations, free plastic bags are banned and shopkeepers are required to charge shoppers for plastic bags. The prices vary, but range from 0.2 yuan ($0.03) to 1 yuan ($0.14) depending on the size of the bag.

But, a plain bag is far from satisfactory for the China's fashion-conscious - and this mindset is pushing the country towards a "green revolution" in the closets.

"It is cool to carry a simple colored eco bag to go with my Levi's jeans and sneakers," says 21-year-old Huang Min. "It is a direct way to contribute to environmental protection. And, it is a popular vision for saving the planet."

The Beijing college student wears her new eco bag proudly on her shoulder. It is an important part of her outfit - and has a statement to make.

Eco bags are increasingly being seen as fashionable as more and more celebrities appear on "green issue" magazine covers with the reusable bags matching their outfits.

"Going green" appears to be a growing trend. Stars as big as Madonna have even dazzled "green-oriented" magazines. The artist was chosen to dazzle the cover of Vanity Fair's third annual May 2008 Green Issue.

As environmental issues spill into the fashion world, the "green shopping bag" campaign seems to be a win-win solution for all those involved.

Companies can adopt the bags as a brand-building tool. Consumers see it as an iconic statement against throwaway plastics - which have previously been given away in the billions annually. The "green movement" has been seeping on to fashion runways and marketing strategies - so why not on shopping bags and totes?

Muji, a Japanese lifestyle store established nearly 30 years ago, launched its own version of "My Bag" when it opened its first Beijing store in Joy City this March. The simple yet stylish bags made from linen and cotton threads have sold well over the past few months in the capital, according to Muji staff. Initially, they sold bags ranging from 5 to 100 yuan, but now they only have bags priced from 24 to 100 yuan remaining.

"People of different ages love the bags because they are light, simple and convenient," says one of the shop's workers Chen Weimi.

"To reduce waste and conserve resources, we encourage our consumers to use 'My Bag'," says the store's manager Akita Toru.

Other well-known international brands are also striving to set the eco trend in Beijing. Diesel, Marc Jacobs and DKNY have also released low-priced eco bags made of organic cotton.

And, apart from the big international names, young designers based in Beijing are also working on the green bags.

"Young people in China are aware of the environment and want to do what they can to protect it, especially when it is becoming a trend," says 30-year-old designer Peng Haofeng, from Yunnan province.

Together, with two other friends, the three opened a green-themed store, Kidults, or Tong Huo in Chinese, last November on Dongsi Street. The company aims to promote the green fashion concept among the Beijing people.

According to the store's marketing manager, Gou Chenglong, many people were unaware of the eco bag concept when the store first opened last year.

"People, especially the older generation would not accept the idea because they didn't think about the simple green bag value that much. But, half a year later, more and more people here are becoming aware of the eco-bags or eco-fashion trend, especially when the government issued the ban on plastic bags at supermarkets in Beijing. It is a good start."

With handmade pictures on them, the bags look trendy and self-expressive. The bags generally contain no dyes and are known for their creative trims and decorations made from wood or bamboo.

"The price is normal and acceptable for students and office workers," says 26-year-old Zhou Fei, as she rifled through the bags at Kidults ranging from 15 yuan to 100 yuan. "I am a frequent buyer of green bags and T-shirts."

"It would be fashionable to carry beautifully designed cloth bags rather than monotonous white plastic ones down the street."

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At 6:21 AM, Blogger Beauty Salon said...

Natural calamity means natural disaster which is caused by nature. Every year many country falls victim to various natural calamities. They are flood, earthquakes & many other natural calamities. The effects of the natural calamities beggar description. They leave a vast trail of devastation. The affected people & animals suffer untold sufferings. They cause heavy damage to our life & properties. Houses are destroyed, cattle are washed away, crops are greatly damaged and trees are uprooted. Thousands of people and other animals remain without food for many days. The after effect of some natural calamities are more serious. Famine breaks out. Many people & animals die for want of food. The prices are all necessary things go up. Many dangerous diseases like cholera, typhoid and dysentery etc. break out in an epidemic form. By raising public awareness and taking necessary precautionary measures and steps natural calamities can be prevented. The government and all the conscious citizens should come forward with concerted efforts to prevent natural calamities.

 

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