Friday, December 08, 2006

Philadelphia II

October 8, 2006 - U.S. visit. The building on the right is the famous 30th Street train station. Actually, I don't know if it's famous, except that my brother identified it as the one where there's a scene in the Harrison Ford movie "Witness". I saw the movie, I liked it, I don't remember any train stations.

I don't know what the building in the middle was, the one I was shooting. From certain angles, it looks like a Jawa Sandcrawler, but I don't know if anyone in Philly has noticed that or if anyone calls it that. They should.

The Schuykill River. I pronounce it skwee-kel, but I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be skoi-kel. Between that and the Sandcrawler building, I'll probably never be allowed to live in Philly. Even though I think their cream cheese is pretty darn good.

My brother lives off the river, and he has close access to this really nice riverside park that goes quite a way. It's much nicer than the riverside parks in Taipei, but mostly because outdoor activities in the sweltering near tropical heat of Taipei is pretty preventative. I don't mind it, but in the Summer, I could go kilometers on the bikeways in the middle of the afternoon without seeing a soul before passing out from heat exhaustion.

iTunes soundtrack:
1. Crayon Sun (Throwing Muses)
2. Añoranzas (Sukay - Andean pan flute)
3. If Only You Had Cared for Me ("Me and My Girl")
4. Man of Our Times (Genesis)
5. After Today (David Bowie)
6. Mystic Rhythms (Rush)
7. Butt in the Meantime (Black Sheep)
8. I Can't Get My Head Around It (Aimee Mann)
9. Positive Vibration (Bob Marley & the Wailers)
10. Two of Us (The Beatles - Anthology)


joyce said...

at first glance i pronounced at "shoowee-kil" with emphasis on the shoowee. :)

i like aimee mann. a sort of re-discovery on pandora.

keauxgeigh said...

"shoowee" no doubt pronounced like you're calling a pig! I like that, I might just adopt it.

Aimee Mann rules. Apparently one of her albums was a label debacle, I think it was Bachelor No. 2, great album, and since then she's been releasing on her own label and both albums so far are great.

ocgal22 said...

In "Witness," the little Amish boy witnesses the murder (or whatever crime) in the train station.

keauxgeigh said...

aaaaaaahhh! right! that definitely rings a bell, if not conjure the scene. probably a murder. probably not, like, corporate embezzlement. how long ago did you see it? I don't think I've seen it since I saw it in the theaters when it first came out.

ocgal22 said...

I don't think I've seen that movie in over 10 years. I remember the scene because I remember thinking "what does a young Amish boy think the first time he sees the hustle/bustle of a big city train station coming from the lifestyle he is used to leading?"

lisa said...

I love Witness. Once while visiting the area around Lancaster, PA I witnessed a car wreck, and all the Amish came running out to help, just like at the end of the movie. Brought tears to my eyes. And I think you pronounce it "skoo-kul" with the emphasis on the first syllable.

keauxgeigh said...

the movie or the Amish helping brought tears?

I'll take anyone's word on how to pronounce that river. I could ask my friend who went to temple there. I didn't even know she was Jewish. But she kept saying she went to temple in Philadelphia.