February 2, 2012

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"...

Anyone seen that television show?  Cracks me up BIG time, sooooo directly NOT in proportion to Danny Devito's stature (one of the stars of the show). If only the title reflected the year long weather trends here in Philly.  More accurately from December thru March it is usually "It's Always Slushy in Philly."  But this winter so far,  I've been a happy galoshes and shovel-free camper.  It sure has been beautiful here the past month.  With temps in the 60's it made January a lot more tolerable in this neck of the woods.  So yesterday I took advantage of the sun rays and warm temps, jumped in the car, rolled down the windows, busted out some Springsteen, and just drove. Aimlessly.  I'm sure in circles at some points. In the interest of full disclosure:  I do LOVE to "roll down the window and let the wind blow back my hair" when the Boss tells me to in "Thunder Road".   And I wound up in....LUMBERVILLE????

Lumberville sits directly on the banks of the Delaware River in beauuuuu-tiful Bucks County.  If you don't know your Philly geography, the Delaware River separates Pennsylvania from Jersey.  Actually, a LOT separates Philly from Joisey.  But for my safety, let's stick to geography.  Afterall, I have to answer to some Jersey family and friends.  Altho, I've never understood why George Washington felt he needed to leave PA and cross the Delaware for some Jerseylicious-ness.  Sure hope he had EZpass to pay the toll!






The Delaware River is only 800 feet wide at Lumberville.  The town was once connected to Jersey by a covered bridge.  But now it is a pedestrian bridge.  Yes...I walked from PA to Jersey...and boy am I exhausted!  





And just so you don't get confused by the foreign ways in Jersey, an American flag hangs halfway between state lines to remind us that altho you are crossing into a different world...we are still in America.  Remember that "Melting Pot" concept you learned about in grade school?  Well...




But I continued onwards and kept reminding myself that Jersey DOES have redeeming qualities.  Like the shore (NOT 'beach' but SHORE), Jersey tomatos and peaches, Taylor Pork Roll, the Boss and yes....I do love my Bon Jovi too.




800 feet later, but it seemed like.....well...800 feet....I reached the shoreline and disembarked down the gang plank to Jersey.  Surprisingly, no custom's official to welcome me OR translate.  They talk funny over there!  Not like us Philly folk.  Hmmmmm, not sure WHY the peeps of Lumberville have such a need to get to Raven Rock, Jersey that they need their own bridge.  Then it occurred to me....must be the opposite way around!  DUH!  After all WE have cheese steaks, hoagies, Tastykakes, Mummers, cream cheese and MUCH smaller hair. Not to mention a BASEBALL TEAM!  Plus, you just gotta love how humble and soft spoken we all are who live in the center of the universe.  So around I turned and the sun hit me in the eye as if the angels were showering me with golden beams and hallelujahs, guiding me back to the promised land...AKA Lumberville.




Yes, it was good to be back in America Pennsylvania. After all, the show isn't called "It's Always Sunny in Joisey" now, is it!?!  Altho they did have an hilarious episode where the gang heads to the Jersey Shore.  Haha, now THAT was a funny one!





After I got home I googled Lumberville, PA and found that it is a pre-Revolutionary War town.  Not surprising given the architecture I saw there.  But get THIS...Julia and Paul Child were married there in 1946!  Bon Appetit!  Cheese steaks wit Whiz for everyone!


--Kathy

34 comments:

  1. Great pictures to go along with a great story. I agree...crossing the border to Jersey can be well....we'll leave it at that! I love the American flag shot at the end, awesome picture!

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  2. you are too funny! The flag photos are amazing!

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  3. you certainly pointed out some of the best jersey has to offer. and since i am a jersey girl, i appreciate that "we" did not mention "jersey shore" or the "housewives of new jersey"!!

    we do have the best pizza anywhere!! just sayin.....

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  4. Love the story and the pics! :-)

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  5. HA HA HA!! The flag cracks me up! ;)

    And yes, I do know the show "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" - very funny show!

    You got some great images, too. Lots of sparkly bokeh in them - love it!

    But still lmao over that flag... ;)

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  6. LOL! Ahhh, this was great Kathy, I needed a good story and laugh this morning!!

    LOVE those first two shots and the last one of the bridge with the hallelujah angels....but they're all great! : )

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  7. Laughing laughing laughing. My biggest guffah was when I noticed you crossed out Mummers. OMG.
    I've been to Lumberville-it's so quaint and much preferred stop than the busy-ness of New Hope, but must confess....a trip across that bridge to Lamberville works for me.
    Never heard of that show-no cable. Will have to search for it on line. Sounds like fun. Happy day my friend. Beautiful images. I see you're enjoying that new 50mm.

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  8. Excellent photographs.

    Regards and best wishes

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  9. Fabulous photos!!! Love the bokeh!! So grateful I stopped by. Love your blog and title, too.

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  10. What an awesome series of shots this week. The one of the flag is gorgeous. I loved looking at all of your textures work and the lovely bokeh. Reading about the area was so interesting. Bet you feet were tired. This is my first visit to your blog, and it was quite a treat for the eyes. Hope to be back next week. genie

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  11. Never seen/heard of the show (no cable) but this post made me laugh. Great photos! There's no way I could walk, bike or crawl across that bridge. My chest got tight looking at it.

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  12. I may love my Philly but I am a south jersey girl through and through! And ahem in Atlantic City it's the beach not the shore! None the less very cool day you had!!

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  13. I suspected I might hear from you Tamar :)

    Kathy

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  14. I love all the detail shots. That's someting I've been trying to practice.

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  15. Ha ha! You are hilarious! I think I snorted when I got to the "smaller hair" line, lol.

    Beautiful pics! Glad you enjoyed the warm day ;)

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  16. LOVE these...oh wow..that first one should be hung up on a wall of some BIG corporation in Philly!
    ANd the one with the bokeh water all sparkly? LOVE

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  17. Great adventure!!!!! I love the bridge perspective but that last one of the flag- WOW!!!

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  18. Such a great story. You're so funny. And all those great shots to go with your story. I especially love the b&w ones. They are beautiful. My favorite is the last one of the image. Great composition.

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  19. Enjoyed your post and beautiful photos!

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  20. What an adventure ;D You captured some great shots along the way!

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  21. Great post Kathy, and really love your photos!

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  22. Great story and pictures. Love the close up ones.

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  23. Sounds like a fun adventure! Glad you took advantage of the unseasonably weather we're having! Great captures!

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  24. Beautiful photos.
    I have heard of the show but never watched it. Clearly I am missing out, must que it on my Netflix.

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  25. These shots are amazing! I love the ones in black and white.

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  26. I love the name "Lumberville" sounds like a nice place. I absolutely love the shot of the flag and the bokeh, wonderfuk work! Happy Sunday Kathy!

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  27. Love this post, great photos! thanks for sharing.

    Saun

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  28. Loved your commentary and the pictures are spectacular!!

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  29. Love these shots of your crossing over to the dark side. Some I like best for what's not the focal point. Really works well for those macros.

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  30. I enjoyed this. My husband (Bronx born and raised) always says disparaging things about New Jersey, perhaps because he had to drive through it regularly while stationed at Fort Monmouth in 1957.
    Me, I'm a California girl and have my doubts about any place east of the Rockies ;)

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  31. If my history teacher were as entertaining as you, Kathy, I would have remembered alot more!

    Great photos -- did you take that with your new lens? :)

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Your Sunday Best. :)

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  32. What a delightful post! So much fun to read your narrative and your photos are wonderful - I love the mix of monochromatic and color!

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  33. I've never watched either show you mentioned. Of course out here in the Pacific Northwest we our own breed of people.
    I do like your writing, photos and loved seeing Old Glory.

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