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May 29, 2014
Quick update video about my bicycle crash and postponing the launch of the Dinosaur Den -

May 27, 2014
There is a building being demolished on every block in the Northern Liberties these days.... 

May 26, 2014
The second teaser for The Dinosaur Den - Are you ready for the new theme song?  Maybe not!

May 25, 2014
The first teaser is done for my new show starting this summer - The Dinosaur Den, with Commodore Computer legend Bil Herd!

May 20, 2014
Me and my Mom! Again! We hang out a lot.

May 19, 2014
A wooden street? Yes it is! A street made of wood blocks. 

May 18, 2014
Caverns of Center City, Philly -

May 17, 2014
Purple Fountain at Love Park.  Probably from the Purple Rain...  Runoff from Lake Minnetonka...  Deep Purple....    Smoke on the wah-ter....  The jokes just write themselves!  Don't drink the purple water though.... 

May 16, 2014
It's The "Other" General....  Talk about cinema verite - I just happened to be walking by and saw this amazing piece of mechanical history blasting in a parking lot and started shooting some video.  It is a restored 1937 Wurlitzer automated organ.  All mechanical and air pressure controlled.  Check out the two sets of bellows- one on the bottom for power and the other on top for regulation.   This thing was so loud that only afterwards did I realize that I should never have gotten right up next to it.  Deafening!!  Anyway, enjoy.  What?  What?  Oh, just watch.

May 15, 2014
Cutting fabric in my shop today...


May 4, 2014
My Dad died suddenly and unexpectedly at his home in the evening of April 30, 2014, he was 70 years old.  My Dad was an MSW (Master of Social Work), a therapist specializing in addiction and family crisis, and had been in private practice for the past 22 years.  He had dedicated his life to helping others, and he bettered the lives of so many people, including our family.  My Dad was an avid sportsman, a life-long athlete, baseball player, and pro-level golfer to the end.

My Father was my best friend.  Without him I could not have survived to be who I am today. 

Frank B. Blanche, MSW LSW 
January 30, 1944 - April 30, 2014

In lieu of flowers, I request that donations be made in my Father's name to the UPenn School of Social Policy & Practice to aid deserving students in achieving their degree- to donate please go online to and click "Give a Gift". 


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