|Me and Tom at the Marathon Grill April 1, 1994 - my last day at my job in Philly|
Still here folks! I just got back from a three day visit to Philly yesterday. And yes, I had a fabulous time. I love Philly.
So much to talk about but short of time this morning folks. So I'll just post about my reuniting with my former co-worker and friend Tom J.
Twenty-two years ago today, April 1, 1994; I quit my job at the First Fidelity Bank in center city Philadelphia. Tom took me to lunch at the Marathon Grill on South 16th Street in Philadelphia.
This past Tuesday I was eating breakfast at the Marathon. I was seated at my favorite table by the window watching the lemming workers going to work. Something seemed very familiar about sitting next to that wall of glass watching all the activity outside on 16th Street and then it hit me. Almost exactly to the date, twenty-two years ago I was seated at this very same location (different table) with my co-worker and friend Tom J. I asked the waitress to take a photo of me at this table.
|Me seated at the "window" table at the Marathon Grill by S. 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA|
|Me and Tom at a booth at the Marathon Grill (all the window seats were taken during lunch hour this day) March 29, 2016|
|Tom J. and Jim O., both former co-workers at the bank (Jim still works there!)|
I made the decision to leave my job (I didn't have another job) at the bank and Philly because I just had enough of city living. I wanted a more interesting life other than just "working for The Man." And man oh man, have I ever had an interesting life since I left that job and working in center city Philly.
Of course we all make our own decisions according to what we believe will enhance the quality of our life. Tom retired early at 48 years of age. Tom he made a lot of money after he left his job several years later by going into business for himself and then selling that business to Boston Scientific. Me? I began an odyssey that continues to this day. Do I have any regrets about quitting my job? Oh no. OH NO! Do I have other life regrets? Oh sure. OH SURE.
These days I like to visit Philly. Philly has changed a lot. It's actually a happening city now. No longer are the streets deserted when the office workers leave at 5 PM. Now there is a thriving and vibrant pulse of activity in center city Philly. Philly is fun.
Next month I return. Travel Buddy Pat is coming down from Toronto. More adventure awaits. And yes, I'll ask Tom to join us for lunch at the Marathon.
|Don, me and Pat at the Marathon Grill December 3, 2015 Philadelphia, PA|