Around the world in 80 blogs

by statia on December 14, 2009

I’m always one to be fashionably late to a party.  Or I bring up the rear.  Or I have two small kids who decided that naps were for sissies today.

Anyway,  Shannon had put together a fun little photo experiment called Around the world in 80 blogs.   Basically a photo essay of sorts of what it’s like where you live.   And it sounded like a lot of fun….

Now, yesterday was shit weather.  Piss pouring rain.  I had some ideas, but it was just dreary and disgusting out.   But then I remembered I do have some pictures of my area, AND some of our best good friends also live in the area and are empty(ish) nesters and have a LOT more time than we do to devote to exploring with a camera.   So thankfully, Buzz let me borrow some of his photos too.  So I can participate after all.

When I first thought about where I live, I thought to myself.  What the hell am I going to take pictures of?  The countless strip malls?   Target?   My local outlet mall extravaganza?  It’s pretty suburban and boring here,  but the more I thought about it, the more I realized we do have some history here.

I live in a hodge podge area.  I’ll call it RoyersfordCollegevilleLimerickUpperProvidencePhoenixville (aka, the Philadelphia burbs).  Because when you get right down to it, it’s really just one big town, and the city lines tend to blur a bit.  We have a lot of major pharma in our area.   Because of that, a lot of your typical neighborhoods look like this:


Your basic cookie cutter neighborhood, most of them built within the last 8-10 years.  They go up overnight, taking over the miles of farmland that once filled the area.

I’m lucky though, because there is actually still a farm behind me, which I love, because from my office window, I have this view:  farm

I don’t get to see this type of view very often.   Which really sucks because it’s very pretty when it looks like this.  Like something out of a Christmas card.

The original part of town looks very much blue collar and kind of depressed. Not much of it has changed since the town was founded:

(photo taken by Buzz)  This is where the “local color” hangs out.

And this is where the soccer moms and suburbanites hang out: springvalleyy

That’s our local YMCA.  It’s pretty posh.  For the money we spend to be a member there, it damn well better be.

One of the things I feel privileged to live near is this:powerplant

(another of Buzz’s fantastic shots).  It’s the Limerick power plant.  Once a month they do an alarm test.  It’s such a creepy sound and it’s annoying that it always falls during the kids’ naptime.  It’s also comforting to know that if there were ever an explosion or a meltdown, we’d be blown to smithereens. And right below on the horizon of the power plant is suburban shopping in all its glory:

Philadelphia Premium Outlets

If you couldn’t tell, that’s a stock photo.  But who wouldn’t want to shop for great deals while looking at the scenic nuclear reactor silos?   The Limerick that I live near?  Not nearly as cool as the original Limerick, Ireland, I assure you.

But of course, we are lucky to have one of the country’s most beautiful and historic parks:


This is just one of those great national treasures so rich with American history, and it’s practically right in my backyard.


So there you have it.  Suburban Philadelphia. Sorry I didn’t get a chance to get a photo of my local Target, where the other half of the soccer moms hang out.


Erin December 14, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Love this. I’m definitely doing it this week!

Shannon December 15, 2009 at 1:47 am

If you had gone to your local Target with that camera my respect bucket would have overfloweth.

The power plant thing is freaky. That said, about 10 miles away is a prison for the criminally insane, and once a month the alarm is tested. I always want to bolt the doors and leave the valium by the gate when that happens.

statia December 15, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Kind of a toss up you know? Either get blown to bits, or get brutally murdered. Neither of these sound like comforting situations.

We do have a prison near us, I think it’s maximum security even, but I never really hear anything about it. I’ve never even seen it. They keep it pretty well hidden.

diamond dave December 15, 2009 at 7:17 am

I too am currently living within five miles of a nuke plant (Arkansas Nuclear One). And their sirens take some getting used to as well, especially during tornado season.

~Easy December 15, 2009 at 8:46 am

OK. I may have to re-think my view of Philly. My only visit was brief, and in the city.

Thanks for the look.

Amy December 15, 2009 at 10:56 am

Cool post! I love those Limerick Outlet stores! It is always freaky to see the two towers looming in the distance, though.

If I did a post like this, it would look largely like yours since I’m just about 20-30 miles south of you.

statia December 15, 2009 at 12:49 pm

I’ll never know why they built them so damn close to the silos. It’s kind of dumb.

Brenda December 15, 2009 at 11:16 am

I’d be a little freaked out by the nuclear reactors that close to my home too. If only Target would come to Canada my life would be complete.

geeky December 15, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Dammit. Now I want a cheesesteak.

Sier December 16, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Targets are a dime a dozen, but I must profess my love for Target. I got to rekindle that love affair yesterday since our times together few and far between.

I’d love to visit Philly and take in the history. I was lucky enough to cover my current hometown… But if I still lived in Vancouver it would be another burby post.

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