Dan Reed is off to grad school at Penn. Dan writes one of my favorite local blogs, Just Up the Pike and I will miss his work. I went to grad school at Penn and for the first two years I really hated Philadelphia.
My first Christmas there my car was stolen from in front of my apartment (it was found a few weeks later gutted in North Philadelphia) and I found myself working for an archaeology company that employed ex-cons as laborers. One of the ex-cons did PCP one morning and raped and killed two female coworkers before stabbing the two firm owners and stealing a truck. He escaped to New York City where he was captured after stabbing a couple of New York cops (but I digress).
Philadelphia eventually moved to the top of my list of places where I would like to live. I even ended up writing for the Philadelphia Inquirer covering folk music and popular culture for a few years. When I graduated my wife and I came up with a list of top three places to live and work: Philadelphia, Washington, and Boston. Dan will enjoy Penn and I wish him the best of luck and I will miss reading his blog. I hope he starts blogging from Philly ….