1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Of The Week!
Best No Fly Zone!
You May Not Want To Just Wing It In Philadelphia!
Philadelphia has made it into another top three. We are not cheering for this one! This award is not in a category Philadelphia relishes. The National Aeronautic Administration reports that Philadelphia’s International Airport is second in the nation in secure area break-ins. The Philadelphia Airport reports that these break-ins weren’t initiated by terrorists. Local and federal airport teams are working on Philadelphia’s major security problems. We hope they hurry!
Best Living The Good Life!
We Love You Kids…But!
The home add a room on business is booming throughout America! The PEW Research Foundation has just reported that for the first time in history more 18-34 year olds (31.6%) are still living at home than with their paramours. Businesses are taking notice and are looking for ways to capitalize on this unexpected and expanding buying market. Parents are looking for ways to throw these free-loaders out or to find ways to increase their rent and dish washing duties.
Best Anniversary Photos!
Has It Been That Many Years?
30 And Counting By Our Reckoning!
Thirty years ago Ferris Bueller and his friends had a very good day off. You can catch up to what the movie’s stars are doing today in a great section of then and now photos on their website and in a Google search. Chicago should have a parade just like the one in the movie to commemorate being put on the map by Matthew Brodrick, Mia Sara, Jennifer Grey, and Alan Ruck. We will lobby for one in Philadelphia! And You?
Best Website Of The Week!
A Place To Get Your Technology On!
You do not have to an iPhone, iDrone, iSubmarine, or Apple computer to enjoy iDrop News (www.idropnews.com). iDrop News has information about everything you plug in, use in a wireless form, or use a battery for….and more. The site contains directions on how to use all Apple products in written and video form and hundreds of tips from Apple experts and Apple product users. iDrop News’s reviews of all products are top of the line and interesting! We do not get any remuneration from Apple if, after digesting this site, you join the Apple family. Unless four new phones are available!
iDrop, also, covers everyone that touches Apple…from Google to Microsoft.
Best Slow Song!
Aaliyah’s Miss You Joined By Brandy’s Have You Ever!
Last week, we introduced the best roll down your car window and blast a song suggestion. This week our suggestions will slow it down a little! No! A lot!
Aaliyah is The Crown Princess of Hip-Hop and Rhythm and Blues. Her death in a Bahama’s plane crash at age 22 was mourned by everyone in the music industry. Fifteen years after her death, high school hallways are still filled with her songs and dynamic dance moves. Miss You, our slow song suggestion by Aaliyah, was sung by twenty recording artists at her services. It is a fitting tribute and a very easy listen.
Follow Miss You with Brandy’s song Have You Ever and you will have a personal and very private think fest about love and life on the way to work, the beach, or the country. Get your slow song on! These thought provoking songs won’t blow your car roof off, but they will scream mellow to the listening neighborhood near your car.
2. Television…AMC’s The Night Manager…1993 Updated!
Tom Hiddleston Versus Hugh Laurie!
An Egyptian Hotel’s Night Manager Versus The Brutal Arms’ Dealer!
Kissing, Intrigue, And Lots Of Explosions!
The Night Manager was originally written by John le Carre in 1993. American Movie Channel’s (AMC) six part series of the same name has just concluded. You can catch the series on AMC Re-Watch or on your cable’s On Demand channels. The Night Manager is the perfect binge watch of the week.
We, also, recommend reading the book first before seeing how director Susanne Bier and writers John le Carre and David Farr updated the events in 1993 to the happenings in 2016. The book ending and movie ending are rows of movie seats apart. Hiddleston (Jonathan Pine) was given secret information about corruption and arms dealing by a favorite female hotel guest. Pine passes the information on to the proper authorities not realizing the rampant corruption at the highest levels. The revelation causes his hotel friend to be killed and a host of others as he, the inexperienced revenge seeker, infiltrates Richard Roper’s (Laurie) business. Roper sells arms to everyone at enormous profit. He is invested in the risk/reward world wide destruction business. Evil perpetrators and more line up at Roper’s hotel, house, and work doors. You will want to help Jonathan Pine knock down these doors throughout the six episodes. Wear hard boots!
Many of John le Carre’s stories have been slow-paced in developing when adapted for the big cinema screen. This series is not slow paced. It zooms across your television and computer from massive explosions in Africa to stately dinners in Europe to money flowing casinos on the Riveria. Along the way, Pine falls in love with Roper’s wife (Elizabeth Debicki). The two of them collaborate with British Secret Service to bring down Roper. Roper, hiding behind his humanitarian work, is one step ahead of all three throughout the series. Roper is, also, one step ahead of what the viewing audience thinks will happen next. These outsmart the good guy switches make the series extra enjoyable and mentally stimulating.
The Sculptors is the perfect lead-in to summer and the perfect look-back at the school year poem. The poem’s author is unknown.
I dreamed I stood in a studio and watched two sculptors there.
The clay they used was a young child’s mind and they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher…the tools she used were book, music, and art.
The other, a parent, worked with a guiding hand and a gentle, loving heart.
Day after day, the teacher toiled with touch that was careful, deft, and sure.
While the parents labored by his side and polished and smoother it o’er.
And when at last their work was done, they were proud of what they wrought.
For the things they molded into the child could never be sold or bought.
And each agreed they would have failed if each had worked alone.
For behind the parent stood the school and behind the teacher, the home.
4. Society…Death By Gorilla…The Cincinnati Z00!
A Three Year Old Will Make It To Four!
What About His Parents?
When Will They Get Out Of Jail For Neglect?
Last week at the Cincinnati Zoo, a rare gorilla was shot and killed. A seemingly, unwatched, 3-year-old boy fell over the protective rail and into the water in the gorilla’s habitat. The water saved the child’s life. Zoo staff members couldn’t determine if the gorilla, pulling the boy around his enclosure, was protecting the child or endangering the child. Zoo officials killed the gorilla after ten minutes of deliberation.
The boy was taken to a local hospital and then was released that night. Many don’t agree with the Cincinnati Zoo’s life saving protocol! Witnesses said it looked like the gorilla was protecting the little boy. Local animal right’s agencies denounced the killing and America’s penchant for keeping animals in zoos.
Two weeks ago, it seemed that no one cared for the victim after a tiger killed its zoo keeper. The zookeeper was left bleeding to death until the animal went to sleep from tranquilizers. Where was the uproar? This week signs of protest and gorilla tributes are up all over the Cincinnati Zoo’s walkways and in the zoo’s entrance. How can both life-saving and life losing remedies be wrong?
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