Alyssa Carroll

The Ugliest City in America

This link will you take you to an article from 2007- but its still interesting. Im on a mission to find out if this is really the case in 2010. ;)

Philly So Far- A Quick Summary.

This past week has been ridiculously chaotic. Between packing up the house in Florida for the family, packing my belongings for Philly, driving a total of 20 hours, pit-stopping in NC to see everyone and trying to settle into the Chinatown apartment, I have lost my mind. Which is perfect as I am about to begin med school ;). 

The good news is I am very close to being settled. The tiny space that I now call a bedroom is nearly complete and along with the relatively spacious living room and kitchen set up the apartment feels a bit more like a home. There are still IKEA and Lowe’s trips to be made and many more grocery staples to be bought but it is certainly coming together. My roommates Mary Ann and Ashley will be in town within the next day or so and then we will really be rolling. *Pictures of the apartment and around the city coming soon!!*

Chinatown has lived up to my expectations with lots of people, energy, culture, and-of course- food. The apartment is on a side street which provides a surprisingly quiet atmosphere at night considering all the hustle and bustle just 100 yds down the road—definitely a huge plus. Its also a safe area with lots of police patrol and well lit streets in the evening. However, I think the biggest convenience is the location relative to school (just 2 blocks away) and many other great parts of the city (center city, old city, rittenhouse square, penn’s landing, northern liberties, etc)! There are very few things I will actually need a bike for which is so nice. I also love all the fresh produce stands found on almost every corner in the neighborhood, sooo yummy :) I honestly think the hardest part of living in Chinatown will be deciding which food places to try first!

Yesterday, after finishing things up around the apt, I was able to meet up with Sandy who lives just 8 blocks south near Jefferson Hospital. We spent an obscene amount of time talking about the upcoming orientation, beginning of class, and Yelping places to eat (there are way too many great places) and then just ended up going to a Qdoba we happened to spot on our way to a pizza joint. Sandy’s friend Ella (also from UC Berkley) joined us at Qdoba and entertained us with stories about the sketchy main campus and creepy encounters with her cadaver as she is a student in the MD program at Temple. Great dinner talk, that’s for sure ;)

So far, today has been spent running errands and exploring more parts of the city. It has quickly become evident that I will need to switch banks as the nearest Wachovia is a good 20 minute walk, and on the way I must have passed three Bank of Americas and two other branches. I was also bummed to find out the nearest Trader Joe’s is about a 30 min walk and will definitely need a bike if I choose to make that my main grocery source. Otherwise, everything else is extremely close and easily accessible- including Reading Terminal Market which is where I will be heading in just a minute to check out exactly what this famous spot has to offer!

Hopefully a longer, more detailed blog will be posted in the next few days. It’s hard to promise anything though, as internet is limited to stopping in places with free wi-fi until we get our cable and internet set up. There are definitely more…. interesting stories to be told ;)

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Snoop Dog played at a music festival I went to so I made a chart of what he talked about. 
homemade chart, by readsclearly

 This is COMPLETELY accurate from when I saw him perform at Bonnaroo in 2009!

ilovecharts:

Snoop Dog played at a music festival I went to so I made a chart of what he talked about. 

homemade chart, by readsclearly

 This is COMPLETELY accurate from when I saw him perform at Bonnaroo in 2009!

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Ch-Ch-Changessss.

The time has come to purge, pack and organize. In less than three days I will be heading up to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with my little sister, Bryana. We plan to make brief stops in both Charlotte and Raleigh to visit our nearest and dearest on the way. After all, the only thing that will keep me sane for such a big trip and big changes will be great friends, great music and a few (LOTS’A) drinks. I think its finally starting to set in that this new chapter is really beginning—now. The next few weeks promise to be complete and utter chaos as I adjust to city life and med school. Wish me luck!!

Here goes nothin’

My Latest Obsession.

Recently, I was lucky enough to stumble across the band “Raised by Swans”. They hail from Canada and have a very indie-rock-soundtrack-music thing going on. They are great to have playing while walking with headphones or driving with the volume up. I highly recommend checking these guys out… goooooood stuff.

http://www.myspace.com/raisedbyswans

they also have a new CD out called “No Ghostless Place” which I bought and just adore! :D

Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears- it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear. But for many… music is even more- it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life. For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity.
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Oliver Staks

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The Iron Chef Chairman’s unvarnished enthusiasm for secret ingredients. [via Ezra Klein]

DUCK! CATFISH! POTATOES! 

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badass.

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badass.

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Scientists Take Quantum Steps Toward Teleportation

The problem with such an act, Kaku says, is that “you have to be destroyed in order to have your body teleported to the other side of the room. So if you’ve been destroyed and teleported, then who is that person there? They have the same memory, the same jokes, the same everything, except the original was destroyed in the process of being teleported.”
So if one was to be teleported, would he or she simply be re-created but not able to tell the difference? Stay tuned to the Joint Quantum Institute website to see if they ask for volunteers.

my nerd is showing.

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Scientists Take Quantum Steps Toward Teleportation

The problem with such an act, Kaku says, is that “you have to be destroyed in order to have your body teleported to the other side of the room. So if you’ve been destroyed and teleported, then who is that person there? They have the same memory, the same jokes, the same everything, except the original was destroyed in the process of being teleported.”

So if one was to be teleported, would he or she simply be re-created but not able to tell the difference? Stay tuned to the Joint Quantum Institute website to see if they ask for volunteers.

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Nope. Its not Christmas…. IT’s SHARK WEEK. For one week out of the fifty two during the year, Discovery Channel provides the most delightful entertainment- SHARKS. If you were to sign on to facebook (or any other social network for that matter) you would surely be bombarded with exclamations of joy and anticipation about this awesome seven day event. In less than an hour the week long shark-fest begins with “Ultimate Air Jaws” which means big sharks getting even bigger air. For those who have seen Great Whites take to the air snatching up a seal— this is going to be INSANE! GET EXCITEDDDDD.. I know I am!!  ~~~~~~^~~~~~~  dun dun…. dun dun dun…. dun dun..

 
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