Kensington Blues – A Hardcore Photo Blog

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El fly-by (Photo credit: Tim McFarlane)

So a friend of mine told me about this blog called Kensington Blues.  I thought, “hey, I’m from Philly, knew a lot of ‘Kenso’s’ growing up after junior high school, this should be interesting.”

Interesting was an understatement after I saw the photos of addicts on the streets of Kensington.  I forced myself to look into their eyes of quiet desperation.  My eyes darted over the real-life backdrops of littered streets, graffiti covered buildings and the devastating picture of Nichol who looks no older than fourteen.

Heartbreaking.

The truth is no one wants a life on the street, selling their ass to get high or peddling for change to get another fix.  Life just goes that way for some.  I can’t explain it and I know in my heart that any of those women could have been me.  That stark reality is forever at the forefront of my mind when I see a bottle of booze or happen to be within earshot of someone talking about drugs.

It is a life to which no one aspires.  Sometimes it creeps in like a slow, ugly plague.  Other times, it punches you in the throat when you’re thrown out of the house at eighteen or molested by a trusted adult.

Us addicts and alcoholics spent many minutes on our knees, begging God for salvation or death, whichever should come first.

Please, take a look at the blog.  The life of an addict isn’t always some fancy story surrounded by a dysfunctional family in a three bedroom rancher portrayed on ‘Intervention.’  It can be much darker and sadistic.

See for yourself.

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South Street Philadelphia – Where the Action Is!

I was just reading a blog post by Kirkus Mac Gowan about blog topics.  What do we blog about?  What should we blog about?  Anyone that reads my blog knows that you could find anything and everything here.  Hence, the Versatile Blogger Award!  But I do not blog for awards.  I blog for fun.  I try to keep it fresh and interesting.  I do, sadly, blog about my life happenings.  And yeah, that is pretty boring!

So today I am going to blog about one of the locations in my WIP (work in progress).

Where all the cool people go.

South Street!

I have loved South Street since I first discovered it in high school.  There are hundreds of shops, eateries, clubs, bars, book stores, coffee houses, tattoo parlors… Yeah, lots of cool stuff.

The best thing about South Street is the food.  As a native Philadelphian, I am all about great pizza and cheesesteaks.  One of the best places to go is Lorenzo & Sons Pizza. They have giant slices that are absolutely foldable.  You haven’t had a piece of pizza until you can fold it in half and eat it like a sandwich.  Even better than the food is that you can get it up until 3 or 4 in the morning!

If you are looking for cool duds to sport, check out Crash Bang Boom.  Formerly Zipperhead (which was an icon on the 80’s and 90’s) this clothing store has everything your little rocker heart desires!  Leather, spikes, denim and even cute, frilly dresses… if you’re looking for punk, goth or some other outlandish look, this is the store to get your butt to.  There are also a lot of vintage and consignment shops on South Street if you want to go retro.

Oh!  You want a tattoo to commemorate your awesome visit to the City of Brotherly Love?  Well, check out the best of the best and get your butt to Philadelphia Eddie’s.  This joint has been around since I can remember.  One of the more famous artists is Bird.  I got my first tattoo here.  You should too!

There are fifty, yes, FIFTY bars and restaurants on South Street.  Some are fine dining, others are more beer/live band and chicken fingers type hang outs.  Whichever your preference, you’ll love it.  If you are into live music, I suggest hitting one of the bars that have it.  JC Dobbs (Formerly the Cadillac Grille – which was formerly JC Dobbs!) is the BEST place to go check out up and coming bands as well as more famous ones.

If you know of a place in your hometown where you can eat, shop, drink, catch a show and get a tattoo all on one street, please share!  🙂  Have you been to South Street in Philadelphia?  How was your experience?

Photo Credit: By B. Krist