Regarding yesterday’s post about Doobies and the can of whup-ass opened on blog.philadelphiarealestate.com, we almost cannot believe the following things:
· The response the post has gotten as a whole (and has it really been that long since Sweeney stopped transcribing his inner monologue? Well, if you people like it that much, there’s more!);
· How frankly hilariously thin-skinned both Sandy Smith and Greg Meckstroth are, and how totally strange their Internet game is;
· The deep belly laugh that we could not help but let go of when dude acted like The Death and Life of Great American Cities was like some indie band that you never would have heard of because dude is, like, sooooooooo tuned in;
· How it came to pass that we’ve never mentioned philaphilia.blogspot.com — a site that we love to read, by the way — and here, how its author was kind of dickhurt about it this whole time;
· And finally, that this whole dialogue is still going.
What can we believe about this? Well, we can definitely believe that Patti Doobie is gonna keep it real, yo. Here’s how she chose to address all of this over at Blog Which Shall Not Be Named Again:
September 7, 2012 at 2:51 am
My, my, my.
Thanks to Mike, Michael G & Noah for your kind words. Mike, you are correct, the sign isn’t new. It was on the old facade from 1976 to 2004, when it was taken down to renovate the outside of the building. The sign (and the outside of the bar) were completely dry rotted & the sign was finally restored several months ago, when we put it back up on the new facade. Believe me, the old facade was the eyesore. Here’s a link to a photo of it, in which you can also see the sign.
Thanks for defending us Mike, Michael & Noah. Stop by & say hi, I’ll buy you a drink! Bet none of the other bars in the Rittenhouse Sq area would do that! Nor do I think they will be around as long as we have. Bars come and go. Doobies has staying power, due in part to our wonderful neighbors & customers, who happen to love us, regardless of our putting our sign back up.
As for you Greg, you have no room to to talk about personal attacks (the comment back to Mike), as you have personally attacked me and my business, which has been in the neighborhood for 36 years. We have NEVER turned our backs on our neighbors. In fact, many of our neighbors frequent Doobies. We often have our side door open, but it isn’t possible to have it open when we have the air conditioning on. Sorry if that is uninviting.
I’m not sure what we did to you to make you want to attack us, but I’m pretty sure it was unwarranted. And Sandy, it was me, owner of Doobies and the building that made the decision to renovate the exterior, a decision by which I stand.
Have a nice day.
Right on. One thing that Patti kind of hints at — and that needs to be explicitly mentioned — is that Doobies is a kind of community center and pilot-fish for its neighborhood much in the same way that places like the 700/Standard Tap and the P.O.P.E. have been in recent years in their own respective neighborhoods. Whether these places are dives or nice or whatever is immaterial to the valuable function they hold. Any student of “urbanism” worth his/her salt (drink every time the word appears here) would be able to tell this by merely popping into Doobies. On the other hand, there’s nothing like learning things the hard way.