Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. Whfft!
Now we descend into the Christmas season.
Well folks, this weekend I'm gearing up for my Big Philly Trip. That's right, my Canadian Travel Buddy is taking the overnight bus from Toronto and will meet me in Philadelphia, PA this Sunday.
Again this year we have rented the guest suite at my friend Don McKenzie's co-op in center city Philly. Twice a year Pat and I visit Don, once in the spring and once in the fall.
Usually Pat and I just bounce around in Philly, exploring different restaurants, vintage furniture places and occasionally an apartment open houses.
Those of you who have followed my blog for these past seventeen years will know that I used to work and live in Philadelphia from 1966 through 1980. Those were the Glory Years for me. I always wanted to live in center city Philly so I could walk to work and to the gay bars. And folks, that is what I just did. This was before the AIDS epidemic, which just started to take hold in 1980 when Bill and I moved out to the country in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. I didn't move because of AIDS, I moved because I grew tired of living in the city and the Constant Hunt for Mr. Right in the gay bars. Good timing huh?
These days I like to go back to Philly and visit my old haunts, many of which are almost unrecognizable. But I still get that warm feeling of good times of my glorious past. Plus, Pat and I always have a good time together, wherever we go.
For the visit this year I've actually made plans. Next Thursday we're going the Kimmel Center to hear the Philadelphia Orchestra play Mozart. We have good seats!
The next day (Friday) we're going out to Downingtown to attend a Christmas dinner with some of my former high school classmates. Also while I'm in Downingtown I'm going to visit an old friend (everyone I know is OLD) and my former boss who I named executor of my will. I haven't seen him in years. I'm looking forward to introducing Pat to my former classmates, friends and former boss. Photos will be taken of course.
The adventure continues!