The 6th Annual Philly Naked Bike Ride was a tremendous success. We had less people this year though than last year; I think people got scared off because of the threat of severe thunderstorms. But it didn’t happen; we just got very light showers which cooled off everyone. I led the Street Team this year, and am so proud of them. They kept the column of riders together, safe and happy. The motorcade also were critical in blocking the traffic; can’t believe they executed the plan to perfection. Also this year, we included a sound system up front pulled by one of the cyclists. The riders were rocking and dancing all along the streets of Philly. The only personal disappointment was that I was so busy organizing things at the pre-ride and leading the Street Team on the ride that I didn’t even take any photos. This is a photo of me from phillymag.com taken by Hughe Dillon. I am ahead of the column, which you can see in the background, making sure that traffic is clear. I can’t wait for next year; already planning to make it better.

6 more days to the 6th Annual Philly Naked Bike Ride!!! I’m excited and nervous. Nervous that we will not get enough volunteers for the Street Team. Nervous that it might rain. I am excited about this year’s route. It will be epic.

This is a photo from last year’s ride.

Thrillist.com put out a list of the 21 best ramen shops in the US, and one of them is Cheu Noodle Bar in Philadelphia. Living outside of Philly, I just had to check it out. The restaurant doesn’t claim to be authentic. The recommended dish from the list is this brisket ramen that comes with kimchi and a matzo ball. It’s not authentic, but really good. I added pork belly and a soft boiled egg. I need to go back to try their other ramens, especially the coconut curry.

The PNBR has become the highlight of the summer for me and this year, the 6th annual is on the 6th of September. No, the date wasn’t chosen to match. But I’m a little nervous this year, because I’ve been chosen to captain the Street Team, which is responsible for controlling the traffic so that the ride is safe for everyone. I hope to get a lot of people to volunteer; we need more each year as the ride keeps on getting bigger. It’s the biggest NBR on the East Coast, and only second to Portland in the US. If anyone is interested in the ride, check out phillynakedbikeride.org.

Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches, my favorite band of the moment, from a concert at Terminal 5 in New York City back in May. Brilliant concert!

Well done, Burger King, well done!!!

Pet Shop Boys put on a great show at Terminal 5 in New York City. They played for over an hour and half with a mix of new and old songs. I’m glad they did the cover of Always On My Mind, which is one of my favorites. It was a sold out show, and I arrived right before the show started, so I didn’t get a good spot. It was one of those times that I wished I was a bit taller.  Pet Shop Boys put on a great show at Terminal 5 in New York City. They played for over an hour and half with a mix of new and old songs. I’m glad they did the cover of Always On My Mind, which is one of my favorites. It was a sold out show, and I arrived right before the show started, so I didn’t get a good spot. It was one of those times that I wished I was a bit taller. 

Pet Shop Boys put on a great show at Terminal 5 in New York City. They played for over an hour and half with a mix of new and old songs. I’m glad they did the cover of Always On My Mind, which is one of my favorites. It was a sold out show, and I arrived right before the show started, so I didn’t get a good spot. It was one of those times that I wished I was a bit taller. 

We went out for dinner at Max after the UConn championship parade in Hartford, CT. They had a special 3 course dinner for $29.99. I chose the spinach salad for the appetizer, the prime rib for the entree, and the chocolate peanut butter cupcake for dessert. For $29.99, I thought the prime rib would be a small piece. I was surprise when this came out.

Holy Rosary Church in Reading, PA had these palms for sale for Palm Sunday. I was amazed by the handiwork. One of the ladies said that it would take her about 6 hours for some of these.

Breaking my diet, and my first donut in months, I just had to try the Dunkin Donuts Peeps donut. Really yummy. It wasn’t overly sweet as I thought it would be.