2/25/08

Getting Close!

Hey Guys,

Walt here. The Shut the Duck Up! video on YouTube! has reached 2700 views! I am glad I have so many of you behind me. On a sadder note, the Ride the Duck Tours began their tours tormenting the my lovely city again today. So, I will be spending the the afternoon breaking quackers to get pumped for the big protest. We will be announcing the official protest date in the near future, so stay posted.

Thanks,
Walt

Collegiate Status

Hey Everybody,

What a beautiful day, right? What a shame it would be if days like this were ruined by annoying music and quacking. Just a thought.

Shut the Duck Up! was recently featured in Philadelphia University's campus paper, The Text. Check it out and get involved! Here at Shut the Duck Up! we are all working hard on making the protest our biggest stand yet. Of course we will need all of your support, and we know we will get it because no one wants to be quacked at. Keep a close look at the blog for any updates because the protest will be announced very soon!

For now, watch Walt, and sign the petition.

Best,
Nicole

2/18/08

New Lady in Town!

Hello Everyone,

My name is Nicole Darling and I have just recently joined the Shut the Duck Up! Family. With Phil moving to Seattle to further the campaign there, I will now update all of you as best as I can on the fight for a quack free environment.

We will be announcing the date for our major protest very soon and will need everyone’s support! In the mean time make sure to check out the Shut the Duck Up! Video on YouTube, wave hello to the South Street stores that have our campaign handbills and posters in their window, sign the online petition, but most importantly, SPREAD THE WORD!

Best,
Nicole

2/7/08

Philadelphia Flyers!

Phil Glass here. And sorry, this blog post has nothing to do with the hockey team. It’s something much, much better…

I’m happy to report that the Shut the Duck UP! Flyers Campaign was a massive success. Over 200 Shut the Duck UP! handbills were distributed throughout the city. We handed them to random people on the street, put them on car windshields, placed them on coffee shop bulletin boards, and even put some in Philadelphia newspaper kiosks so that people getting the paper would get a little something extra for their dime.

The campaign wasn’t just limited to small handbills. We went into many stores, mostly along South Street, asking them if we could post a Shut the Duck UP! poster in their window or on their door. Over 20 stores accepted the proposal—some even took extras and hung two or three around their store to REALLY get people’s attention. So next time you walk along South Street, look in some of the store front windows to see your friendly neighborhood Shut the Duck UP! Campaign being represented with pride!

Most of the fun while campaigning came from people’s reactions to hearing about Shut the Duck UP! I went into a few stores and the conversation went as follows:

“Hi, would you like to put a Shut the Duck UP! poste-“
“Yes. [Pointing at Door]. Go ahead. Right there.”

No faltering, no wondering, not a single ounce of indecision! That’s how much some of these South Street store owners hated the ducks. Plenty of them pledged to do “anything they can to help.” Could Shut the Duck UP! have asked for anything more?

So the Philadelphia Flyers campaign worked out perfectly. Shut the Duck UP! will be doing the same thing in Olde City next week. There might even be a camera or two out there to get some candid Shut the Duck UP! footage(Shut.the Duck UP! Documentary Part 2, anyone?) . Anyone who wants to help is welcome to come. Just e-mail Shut the Duck UP! to pledge your support.

Now on to some sadder news: I, Phil Glass, will no longer be with Shut the Duck UP! in Philadelphia. For a variety of reasons I’ll be moving out to Seattle, Washington over the weekend. Do not worry though, Shut the Duck UP! supporters—I will be with you in spirit and doing anything I can to help Shut the Duck UP! from afar. And once I’m settled, I certainly plan to do something about Seattle’s rampant Duck problem.

It’s been a pleasure working with Walt and everyone else at Shut the Duck UP! And to all the citizens of Philadelphia: Don’t forget! A quieter, cleaner, quack-free existence will be yours if you fight to attain it.

Never give up!

Farewell,
Phil Glass

2/6/08

A Touching Story

Hey All,

While Walt is out of the office organizing things for the flyering campaign tomorrow, I just wanted to quickly share a touching story I found posted on the Shut the Duck UP! online petition. This right here is why we fight the duck boats:

"I don't have any objections to some tour businesses in the neighborhood. But, when the business encourages its clients to make loud noises while driving through the neighborhood's streets, then it's no longer a neighborly business but a daily summer harassment of residents and other local businesses. For example, while at a flag day ceremony at the Betsy Ross house, a Veteran was making a personal heart-felt speech. A duck tour bus pulled up in front of the house, and everyone on board blew into their duck kazoo supplied by the Philadelphia Duck Tours. Everyone at the ceremony was deeply offended. I doubt that the tourists did this to disrupt the ceremony purpose. They didn't know, but they should've been informed by the tour guide. The blame falls on Philadelphia Duck Tours because they supplied the kazoos, and they were the one who encouraged the tourist to blast the kazoos. Give the kazoos AFTER the tour is over, or better yet, stop giving them out. sincerely, daniel chow"
Thanks to Daniel Chow for that disturbing account of the Ducks' blatant disrespect for Philadelphians. This is just another reason why our fight against the Duck Tours is completely called for.

This inspires all of us at Shut the Duck UP! to fight even harder. Don't worry Daniel, change is coming soon!

Phil Glass

WARM day at Kinko's!

Today has tobe a short entry…there’s a lot to do! I’m sure you remember a long long time ago I wrote about a very rainy day at Kinko’s…. Well today was a very WARM day at Kinko’s(I can’t believe it’s seventy degrees outside.) Anyway I copied off hundreds of Shut the Duck UP! flyers. Tomorrow we take them to the streets across Philadelphia! I’m planning to have Shut the Duck UP! flyers posted in every store window and on every lamp post their is in this city!

As I said, This blog entry is going to be short, because i have to get in touch with supporters to help out with the big publicity drive tomorrow! But if you’re really HUNGRY for more Shut the Duck UP! news, check out some articles recently written about us:

Geekadelphia

The Poke Show

And Google video of the day!

Thanks to everyone who wrote those articles and posted the Shut the Duck UP! video. They’re awesome!!! Okay, back to work and be ready for a full re-count tomorrow of the flyering drive!

Sincerely,
Walt

2/4/08

Philly Cheese Steak

Philly Cheese Steak

What better Philadelphia gathering spot is there then somewhere where you can get a great Philadelphia cheese steak! I woke up Saturday morning hungry for a cheese steak so I decided Id protest and eat all at the same time. I have to say that this was one of the funner protests I’ve gotten to do since each protesting spot was awarded with a tastey cheeses steak!

I took a few Shut the Duck UP! campaigners with me first to Pats and Genos, around 11:30 am so that we could hit the crowd who headed there for lunch. Posted with signs and flyers we shouted all sorts of things about the terrible loud, annoying, obnoxious, ducks.

Thanks to the long lines outside of these two Cheese Steak stores, we had tons of time to stand and chat with the hungry people about Shut the Duck UP! By the time they were ordering their cheese steaks they were serious Shut the Duck UP! supporters. After some hard work, me and the rest of the Shut the Duck UP! campaigners sat down to share and enjoy one cheese steak from Pats AND another one from Geno’s(My pick for best cheese steak to come at the end of this entry!)

Next up was Jim’s cheese steaks. Of course, south Street was an important place to get our point across, and Jim’s luckily has one of the longest lines I’ve ever seen outside of a cheese Steak shop! We took a lot of time just to walk along the line of people and discuss Shut the Duck UP! with them. We handed each a flyer and asked them to take it home with them.

We also did a quacker crushing demunstration at the corner just for the crowds enjoyment! One person was so impressed by Shut the Duck UP! that they bought us a Jim’s cheese steak. I shared with my supporters while Jenny(one of our most supportive campaigners) drove us on to our next location.

It was around 2:30 pm when we finally reached Tony Luke's. This sandwich store probably is being as popular as it gets, we stood at the door and handed flyers out to everyone going inside. Once again the long lines allowed us to talk with people about Shut the Duck UP! and tell them about how horrible those ducks really were. We finally got in line and waited for a cheese steak ourself, sat at one of the tables inside, and ate and relaxed after a hard days work.

really quickly I will say in this order Shut the Duck UP!’s favorite cheese steaks:

1:Tony Luke’s(it was amazing!)
2:Pat’s
3:Geno’s
4:Jims(stunk!)

Saturday was a big day of protesting! It isn’t easy to shout and campaign when you’re stomach is stuffed with cheese steak! I’m glad to say though that we fough through the pain and gained a load of supporters who will help to Shut the Duck UP! soon!

more to come,
Walt