Street musicians outside the Reading Terminal
Philadelphia, March 8, 2011
Every year now I take at least one trip to Philadelphia on the Old People's Bus (aka 'Adult +" - give me a break) out of Georgetown, Delaware.
|Me and Ted on our way to Philly from Georgetown, DE|
(can you tell I took the picture myself?)
I just love visiting my old hometown, the place where I lived during the peak of my gay life, from 1969 to 1980. I lived in Center City. I walked to work. I walked to the bars. I loved it! I was so lucky because the time period that I came out was also the peak of Gay Life in the Big City. And I enjoyed it all, believe you me! Ironically, I grew tired of the scene just as the AIDS crises was coming to
|Me back in my bar-hopping days in Phila (yes, I smoked too)|
Once a year (and sometimes twice) I take the trip to Philly and have lunch with my old (really OLD) friend Don McK. Don and I worked together for about fifty years at Girard Bank then Fidelity Bank right in center city Philadelphia. We endured (and survived) the Merger Disaster of Mellon Bank and subsequent banks (too many to list in this little bitty blog) once we ensconced ourselves at Fidelity Bank, just up the street from where we were 'right-sized' out of our long time jobs at Mellon Bank. By the way, our old bank is now the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. I visited there on this trip and was mightily impressed with the transformation from Major Bank in Center City Philadelphia to Major Hotel in Center City Philadelphia. I'll write about our visit to that beauty spot right next to city hall in my next blog.
|Ritz-Carlton Hotel, formerly Girard Bank|
In this blog I'm posting a few pictures of my friends who came up with me from Lower Slower. We had lunch at Woody's Restaurant, one of the few surviving gay bars and restaurants in center city Philadelphia from the Gay Golden Era of the Seventies. Oh the times I used to have there.
|Me and my friends outside of Woody's|
I made a change to my blog. You will notice that my music doesn't start up as soon as you bring up my blog. I get complaints from some of my blog readers that the music annoys them. It interferes with them reading my blog. This is from the 'can't walk and chew gum at the same time' crowd. However, when I take the music off then I receive comments from some of my other regular blog readers that they miss the music. So I think I've taken the middle ground here. I've changed the music application so that now the music doesn't start up automatically. However, if you want to listen to it, just to down the side bar until you see the music application and press the middle button and viola! The music begins. I've also put it on shuffle to provide variety in the sequence of music played. Let's see how this works.
|A picture is worth a 1,000 words|
I'm off to work again tonight then I have a few days off in which to catch up on my life here in retirement. The latest? I have to schedule a colonoscopy appointment. Boy did that five years ever go by fast!