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I’ve located some details on the organization of an “Occupy Norristown” event. I do my best to keep tabs on the locale, mostly for my own well being.
After sifting through keyword reports and running some search queries of my own, I stumbled upon 2 Facebook pages affiliated with the soon to be occupation of Norristown. The first is a fanpage and is simply called “Occupy Norristown”
I noticed that although the page has less than the required 25 likes for a vanity url, it already had one. But then I realized it was categorized as an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization). And since I’ve never set one of those up, perhaps Facebook offers some leeway with that.
The second page was an event page, and it was titled; “Occupy Norristown Planning Meeting”
There you’ll discover that a planning meeting is scheduled for the end of October at Steppy’s in East Norriton. Unfortunately I have no review yet for Steppy’s, so I apologize for the lack of visual aids.
At first I was surprised that the meeting date was so far out. But for all I know, they could plan, and start all in the same day maybe? Another thing that came to mind was the 11/11/11 date. And I assume they’re planning to start as close to that date as possible. Especially if any of them are familiar with the political system here in Montgomery County (draw your own conclusions).
Which brings me to my next observation. Steppy’s is a peculiar old school type of “establishment“. Let’s just say virtually anyone might overhear what they’re planning. (again draw your own conclusions).
eastnorriton.org is not affiliated with the Occupy movement, nor any local governing body
The storm this evening that hit the Norristown and surrounding areas slowed rush hour traffic in East Norriton to a virtual standstill. There was mild flooding on Swede and into Norristown where it becomes DeKalb. The storm seemed to be hovering right above the intersection of Germantown and Swede for almost an hour.
At Norristown State Hospital on Friday about 4 or 5 people appeared to be on strike, or protesting. Are we facing the same problems here in Montgomery County as we have seen in Wisconsin? The crowd seemed to be representing the SEIU. If that is indeed true, it was likely members of SEIU Local 668.
The Service Employees International Union was founded in Chicago in 1921. The organization is now based out of D.C.
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I was out and about this afternoon and stopped by the WaWa in East Norriton, a rarity for me. I needed smokes and was headed in that direction plus I could use some air in my tires and it’s free there. Yes it’s true 7 Eleven charges for their air but this isn’t a pissing match. I grabbed smokes and filled my tires in the rain, and I was on my way.
There were some nice rolls at home and I was getting hungry. I started thinking about a prosciutto hoagie. I thought this was all very convenient as I could swing by Talluto’s grab some fresh meats and do a review all in one. No such luck as they were closed.
So I turned around and before I knew it I was in the barren zone. The first thing I noticed was they’re really making progress on whatever it is they’re building where Woody’s used to be (I know it was ‘Wood’s’ – what do you care!). The second thing I noticed was that for the life of me I couldn’t think of anywhere else to get fresh prosciutto but I knew Genaurdis would no doubt have some vacuum packed. I wasn’t thrilled with the prospect of going to Genaurdis but it was close and a guarantee and I wasn’t feeling real adventurous today.
Naturally the whole shopping center was mobbed so I slipped in the entrance near staples with the gourmet foods and such. I wanted to grab soda and paper towels too, but there was no way I was paying top dollar for it at Genuardis. So I grabbed the prosciutto and some provolone and headed over to Walmart. It always comes back to Walmart.
You can guess how this went. I grabbed the usual – which I might add is becoming easier at East Norriton Walmart. They had plenty of cherry limeade, and I grabbed some water and soda for good measure. Also surprisingly despite the multitude of customers around the checkout, I got out of there quick because the 20 items or less lanes were open. Those lanes are never open. But in the last couple of weeks there has been a noticeable increased management presence on the sales floor. Not just the leads and such, but also a trio of suits that sometimes walks around together plotting the execution of innocent endcaps based on inventory stats and sales figures. I don’t know what exactly these guys are building, but they have definitely increased overall productivity and general effectiveness within the last month or so.
It was raining still when I left and had a pretty uneventful ride home. It was mostly focused on how to optimize my entrance so that I could make my hoagie the fastest. Within minutes I had an excellent prosciutto hoagie with roasted red peppers and provolone cheese, on a nice roll with some oil. Unfortunately I was so hungry I really didn’t have time to get any pics of it, so I got nothing for you right now in terms of images within this post.
It may come as no surprise that my favorite store is 7 Eleven. It has been ever since 1993 when the 7 Eleven in North Wales on North Wales Road got a Mortal Kombat II arcade machine. Ironically one of those machines is sitting behind me as I type this but it hasn’t worked in over a year. I really have to get someone out here to take a look at it. Hands down my favorite game ever and I completely dominate at it. Don’t even think of messing with me. During college I would double flawless/fatality challengers through a mirror. It was intense, but this post is not about Mortal Kombat II, the greatest game in the history of video games. It is in fact about 7 Eleven, the greatest mini mart in the world.
Now mind you all 7 Eleven’s were not created equally, and some disgrace the precious TM they have adorned over their storefront. However I haven’t seen tyranny like that in 20 years. From City Line Avenue to Blue Bell 7 11′s dominate the landscape of southeastern PA for good reason. Simply, they’re the best at what they do. But what do they do? For starters how about providing you with 365 days a year non stop interrupted service. The only time I’ve ever seen one closed is right after a robbery. 7 11 knows how bad you need them too. On City Line there are 2 practically across the street from one another. In Norristown and the immediate surrounding areas there are at least 5.
However East Norriton itself only claims ownership of one 7 11 and sadly I rarely get over there. You see in my opinion the East Norriton 7 11 is in what I like to call the barren zone. Don’t get me wrong I love that 7 11 and it has some unique items that set it apart from the 7 11 on Swede in Blue Bell, but it’s in that zone. The zone I’m referring to is anything between Whitehall Road and Swede Road. If you are a Norristown resident, it’s very unlikely you will ever cross Swede Road for a spontaneous stop because there are no through roads again until you get to Whitehall. East Norriton Township Park, Norristown Park, Elmwood Park, and the ever famous Norristown State Hospital all bump up against one another and permit no traffic. Sure you could get through there with almost any vehicle. But it’s just not a viable route.
For the last 10 years or so my 7 Eleven of choice is far and away the Blue Bell location. Friendly people, your brand of cigarettes is never out of stock, and it exists on an obelysk of concrete that you can only see from an overhead map. I have been known to visit this store on multiple occaisions per day. I was recently ousted as foursquare mayor because I got tired of checking in there! I’m sure I could earn it back, but I don’t have the proper motivation to be honest.
update: I got my Mayor title back with one check in.
Most everything was cancelled today, including work! After I finally shoveled myself out I headed into East Norriton primarily for grapes and green onions. Been thinking about chicken salad. Figured first I would hit up Genuardi’s since I knew Walmart wouldn’t have either of those. Now I had planned to stop at Walmart anyways for a few things so I would forgo the eggs I needed and grab them cheaper at Walmart. Problem was when I got to Walmart all they had was an 18 pack and they didn’t have the Oscar Meyer boxed bacon. Mmm bacon… So I would up going back to Genaurdi’s. Whatever it was a nice day out, at least I thought so. However this shopping cart probably didn’t feel the same.
I don’t know how I feel about this seemingly out of nowhere terminology that the news is using. I do know that for as long as I can remember I’ve never seen lightning during a snowstorm. It’s pretty wild out there. Here’s a pic from down the street in Norristown.
So the office closed early today due to the expectation of more snow. It still hasn’t arrived, but everyone is betting on it. (Update: it is definately here now in the form of ThunderSnow!) I needed quite a few things and I had planned my route before leaving work. First I stopped at the Walgreens on the corner of Township Line and 202 in Blue Bell. Walgreens really is a superiour pharmacy and has the best retail goods out of all the chains. However this location is not open 24 hours! Sometimes I wonder about this area and their obsession with non-24 hour stores. Surrounding East Norriton you really only have Giant and 7-11 in Blue Bell. Sure there’s the 7-11 on East Johnson Highway but I prefer the one on Swede. Come to think of it there’s also the one down Germantown pike towards the WaWa. Of course there’s another Walgreens there but again it’s not 24 hours.
I did what I had to do in Blue Bell Walgreens, and even grabbed my smokes there since it would give me more freedom of line choice at Walmart. Coming into the parking lot at Walmart, I noticed one of East Norriton’s finest parked in the fire zone. No one was in the vehicle, and I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary inside Walmart nor a police officer. Maybe he just needed milk or rock salt.
Since I had gotten out of work early I grabbed a cart and took my time tonite. One of the first things on display in the front was a near empty pallete of rock salt. Sure I’ll grab one of the last bags. I was also extremely pleased to discover that they had cherry limeade again! So naturally I stocked up on a few more boxes. I also grabbed a packet of those Tassimo Maxwell House coffee discs. I really do love my Tassimo machine, but I had a syrup problem with it before we moved. Sometimes when you use the hot chocolate cups, the chocolate syrup goops up the dispenser.
When I got to the registers there were only a few open and they were all packed. The one I picked quickly became the slowest. This woman was paying for her items with a huge stack of unidentifiable gift cards. They were blue with multi colored dots on them and she had to have at least 25 of them. She only used maybe 5 of them to pay so I’m guessing they were $10 or $20 amounts. What do you know while I’m waiting for all this, the cigarette line opens up completely so I wound up in that line anyways.
So you want to know what the zip code is for East Norriton, Pennsylvania. Well why didn’t you just ask? The zip code for East Norriton, PA is 19401/19403. Look the word on the street is that you can pretty much find both of these zip codes in East Norriton. I’m not going to hash out the whole story of early 20th century local politics for you. Go read the township website if you care. Not that you’ll find the whole story there. Bah whatever, you don’t even care enough. Virtually no one will read this anyways.
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