Archive for September, 2009

Goodbye 26

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

It’s 11:21 pm on September 30th.  I’m sitting in study room 303 in the Van Pelt library surrounded by urban economics books, supply/demand curves, and empty bags of york peppermint patties and skittles.  My coffee cup is empty.  I have heart palpitations.  I’m trying to conjure up some heartfelt year-in-review recap of what has happened since the last time it was September 30th, but I already feel guilty for blogging instead of economizing.  I’m sitting with my classmates pretending to write an analysis of pure public goods and user fee rationing schemes.  But those are boring.  I’m still waiting for my urban economics professor to give us a supply demand assignment on friendship and feelings but so far he’s kept things fairly sterile.  And who could blame him.  Those are priceless, right Peter?  There’s your MBA essay.  Beat that Wharton.

Lauren’s Run for Student Council

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009


My new friend/classmate Lauren is nominated for Student Council.  She has to submit a statement by midnight.  She is reluctant to run.   This is her statement.

“My name is Lauren (feel free to guess which one there are 5) and I am 26 years old, (younger than Alex whose birthday is on Oct 1, please don’t forget).  I’ll make sure that your birthday is not forgotten  I don’t have a whole lot of any experience in Student Council, but no time like the present.  My first priority will be to host an event where we all dress up as famous Urban Planners (or Harry Potter characters, your preference, naturally).  We will be honoring the forgotten Spanish planner Ildefons Cerda.  He clearly did not get enough credit, so when not helping to plan SPA activities, I’ll be spending 90% of my free time preparing for his birthday party next August.

I’ll bring in baked goods.  I’ll eat the baked goods that you bring in.  Vote for me.  Everybody wins loses wins?  Except for the people that didn’t win.”

Politics are harder than grad school.

Email of the Day

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

“the article i read in the planning journal makes me more confident than ever that you’re in the right line of work… in addressing how community psychologists (me) and planners (you) can work really well together, sharing their diverse technical knowledge to create an ecological conception of environments, they used some really interesting words…

Emotion(al): 26

Feeling 12

Anxieties: 2

If you don’t believe me, I’ve attached it you can run your own PDF search.”  -gc bd phd in training

Climate Change Celebrities

Monday, September 28th, 2009


Peter is saving the world again, one handshake at a time.  And this time he’s shaking hands with Tony Blair (again), Hugh Jackman, other famous people blah blah blah and OMG Janette Sadik-Kahn.  It’s true.  Peter met JSK.  On a recent long-distance friendship phone call he told me he tried to get his photo taken with her.  Apparently she’s really popular though and it didn’t work out.  I wonder how you’d approach that:  Oh hi Tony, hi Hugh great to see you, thanks for coming, really appreciate it great publicity, oh hey omg Janette Sadik-Kahn…wow, I’m so embarrassed, I don’t, you know, usually do this but… would you mind if I get a photo with you?  My friend is a HUGE fan and loves your work and, omg really? really? Wow great, thank you SO much, can you just… ya, stand there and I’ll give you an awkward side shoulder hug and she’ll be impressed and jealous at the same time and blog about it ( tell your friends).  Apparently his co-worker is on a first-name basis with Janette Sadik-Kahn.  Nbd.  We’re on a full-name basis.


Saturday, September 26th, 2009

for real.  PennDesign had a BBQ for the City Planning students this afternoon.  The seconds years pulled out a rope and said, let’s play tug of war first years we’re gonna beat your ass.  I know.  Aggressive.  I had just eaten a pulled pork sandwich and don’t do sports, so I hid behind the dessert tray and took photos instead.  Ugh story of my life.  Also, we lost.  Losing is hard.  But easier when you’re not participating.

But Smiling is Hard

Saturday, September 26th, 2009


Smiling is hard

“Any time you smile, you contract the zygomatic major, the muscle that runs from the corner of the mouth to the top of your jaw. A smile using the zygomatic major is easy. It’s what we use to deliver a fake smile. The customer-service rep smiles like that. You’re smiling like that in your driver’s-license photo. Ryan Seacrest is smiling like that right now. It’s a manufactured smile. You’re not lighting up the room.”


Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Oh good, someone filmed a movie on Pomfret’s campus.  A family film, really.  Sarah, do you think this’ll get you free tix?


Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

8:30a Bike to Class.  Please don’t rain please don’t rain please don’t rain.

9:00a Intro to City Planning.  Watch documentary “The City” (1939), quietly critique editing, then discuss Garden City marketing schemes: City dirty/polluted/bad, suburbs happy/friendly/good.  Think of Peter.

10:30a Urban Economics.  What’s an economic?  I’m tired.

12:00p Transportation Club Meeting.  Eat pizza.  Watch powerpoint presentation on roundabouts.  Stare at leftover pizza.  Practice restraint.  Hardest part of the day.

1:00p Omigod hour of free time stalk sorority sister facebook wedding albums. Email Lydia.

2:00p Quantitative Methods.  Look at ugly graphs of fast food studies then interrupt class discussion to announce, omg Chantyce’s gchat message last night was a map of all the McDonald’s in the US!  *silence*

4:00p Work Study.  Find ripped tire tubes, print brochures, covet bicycles.

6:30p Bike home.  Don’t get hit don’t get hit don’t get hit.

7:00p Penn-Temple City Planning Student Happy Hour.  Hi omigod you love planning? i love planning!

8:00p  Free student night Philadelphia Orchestra concert.  Put on pearls, wear heels, sit in balcony seats.

9:00p Quickly debate pros/cons of leaving at halftime intermission.  Free food after party vs. homework.  Grad school wins.

9:30p  Eat chicken.  Talk to Penn History PhD candidate roommate about urban planners at the turn of the century.  Collectively look at the clock.  Sigh. Cry.

10:30p  Start reading Dodd’s “Livable Communities Act of 2009″ bill.  Consider going into politics.  Then consider running back to Orchestra for free food.  Blog instead.

Philadelphia Orchestra


Monday, September 21st, 2009

Bernadette you know how rappers always retire (see: jay z), maybe you should “retire” from blogging for a little bit…the comebacks always get super hyped up.   …and then you can rename HoBaB snoop bloggy blog.

Weekend Recap: Cheesesteaks and Medical Anomalies

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Ok I know I haven’t blogged in days and gc Berna and I both expressed concern over Peter’s well-being unless he’s been spending all of his free time reading/memorizing/buying this in which case, bravo.

PennDesign had a semester kick off party on Friday which was equal parts awkward and informative.  Did you know that city planning students like to break dance and take photos with flash?

I spent the rest of the weekend running around eating cheesesteaks, staring at human medical anomalies, and yelling at cars to get out of my new bike lane.  Here’s a photo of me making friends in front of Pat’s Cheesesteak emporium in South Philly.  Great work everyone.


See more photos here.