Monthly Archives: January 2011

My parents the urbanites

Many of my friends know that my parents recently moved from our family home in Swarthmore to Center City Philadelphia because they were ready for a change and a bit more action. As my mother told me, “you just don’t get how fun we are. We’re really fun. Everyone except you thinks we’re really hip.”

For the record, I think my parents are the most fun 64-year olds I know and I’m sure their condo building that has 11 floors of 30-somethings and 1 floor of 60-somethings is really excited to have them.

Anyway, they’re almost all unpacked and the new place is coming together:

What I like most though are the new phone calls I get from my super hip mom. Here’s an exact exchange we shared when she called me from her cell phone.

Mom: Missy! I had to call because I’m thinking of you right now!

Me: Ok… why?

Mom: Well, I’m just doing the most cool urban thing. I mean, I’ve only been a city dweller for a few days, but what I’m doing right now is just so you! I mean, I was doing this and I realized that only my cosmopolitan daughter would do this.

Me: What are you doing, Mom?

Mom: I’m walking home from work and talking on my cell phone at the same time!

Me: Ummm… okay…

Not sure what my mother looks like as the coolest, hippest, most urban woman in town?

I should add that she’s also the happiest I’ve ever heard her sound. Or at least she comes across as happy when she’s doing super cosmopolitan things like talking on her cell phone while walking around a city!!!

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Just some links…

Here are some things that I’ve found interesting of late:

  • The Dancers Among Us photo project is just incredible. Too many amazing photos to go through on this blog so ALL of you should click over and check it out.
  • Attention road warriors, this one’s for you: Carpets for Airports. A fantastic collection of the best of ugly airport carpets around the world. (HT @KaitlynWilkins)
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody” on the ukulele from TED. Amazing.
  • I often share information from my favorite car company, but am really excited to follow what BMW is doing with their Activate the Future documentary series. Four films will be coming out in February about the future of mobility; not only does the content look like it will be really really interesting, but it’s a very clever exercise in marketing and positioning.
  • These haunting images of Detroit made their way around the web and I saw them a few times in a few places. Objectively, the photos are stunningly composed and tell a sad sad story. As someone who goes to southeast Michigan pretty regularly, I think these pictures tell an incomplete story though so for anyone who watches Dateline or sees these photos and thinks Detroit is basically a U.S. Sarajevo, you’re wrong.

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The Today Show hosts try to figure out what the internet is (1994)

Seriously, Katie Couric debating what @ means is priceless.

Via Jess3 blog

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I have a long list of friends who’d be embarrassed I had to google this

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He’s back!

Were you missing the Old Spice man? What an incredible way to build buzz before Superbowl advertising – and quite the reversal of the usual pattern (using Superbowl ad to drive traffic online — I’m looking at you, GoDaddy).

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See the best of my beloved

Alex Wong. A man among men.

Via @JTitus. Who I miss desperately and want to come back.

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Josh Groban sings Kanye West’s tweets

I didn’t think there’s anything that could make me like Kanye (or Josh Groban for that matter) more…

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