|Where I met Bill, the Westbury Bar, Philadelphia PA 1964|
One fine day July 3rd, 1964
"One fine day".
This July 3rd will mark the date 49 years ago that I met my
We met at the Westbury Bar in Philadelphia. The Westbury Bar was located at the corner of 15th and Spruce Streets in Center City Philadelphia.
|The Westbury - 2009 (on corner at 15th and Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA)|
I've already recounted the circumstances of our meeting in several previous blogs postings so I won't tell that story again. However, what I will tell now that as I come up on this date of our meeting almost a half a century ago I am again reminded of how very lucky I am to have met such a man.
|Bill with "Sparky" - 1969 - Philadelphia, PA|
I am not a religious person ("man made religion") but I do consider myself a spiritual person who believes that every one of us is here for a reason and a purpose. I feel as if I was preordained to meet this person called "Bill."
Perhaps others may have a more dramatic and glamorous calling in life that is extolled by millions of followers and fans. However, I am convinced that my "calling", however humble was and is just as dramatic and glamorous. One thing I do know for sure. The past forty nine years of my life have been one glorious ride. Of course there have been a few "bumps" along the way but this is my life. I think we all are presented with challenges and how we deal with those challenges.
|Westbury Bar - bartenders - 1980 - the last year I went to this bar|
Perhaps next month we will formalize our "partnership"with a marriage and thus have the respect, dignity and legal protections our society provides for married folks. I say "perhaps", because Bill still continues to have issues but we will work through these "issues" as we have so many times in the past.
Last night I found this website site about Philadelphia gay neighborhoods. The pictures posted on this blog of the Westbury Bar
|Westbury Bar from Spruce Street (with awning) - 1950 - I stood on this corner many a Saturday night|