Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Rain, Rain Go Away



  Hey folks, I'm back! After spending a rain soaked week in Philadelphia, PA, I'm back home here in southern Delaware and it is STILL raining.  OMG! We've had enough rain already!

The banner photo at the top of this blog is of Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I took it this past Sunday, Mother's Day, one of the rare days that we had a splash of sunshine during our weeklong stay in Philly.  The short video at the beginning of this post was taken about a half an hour ago from our garage door.  Yep, it's still raining. Nice to take a nap but come on folks, we do need a little shine just like we need a little Christmas.


Pat and his mixed berry smoothie at The Marathon Grill at 19th and Spruce Streets


So how was our (me and Pat) stay in Philly?  Fabulous or as Donald Trump (he of the limited vocabulary) says:  "Fantastic!"  Yes folks, in spite of the rain, walking down narrow rain soaked streets catching our umbrellas on low hanging branches and trying to avoid getting major splashes from passing center city vehicles, Pat and I had an AMAZING time.


Me and my gigantic veggie quiche and salad at the Marathon Grill on 19th and Spruce Streets, Center City Philly - I had this meal three maybe four time while I was in Philly - FANTASTIC! We ate well folks during out week in Philly

Pat took the bus down from Toronto to Philly last week then rented a car to drive to Casa Tipton-Kelly for a three day stay.  During our stay we had our annual Old Time Photo taken with my friend Lar.  



Go "straight then make a left"? Are you kidding me? 

Then last Monday we drove to Philly for a five day stay at my friend Don McK.'s co-operative, which has a guest suite.  We've been at this guest suite before and it is very conducive and CHEAP for a center city stay in Philly.


Pat napping in our suite during one of those rainy days in Philly during our stay - rain is good for napping

I love Philly as does Pat.  We didn't have anything special planned for our stay, just to enjoy the vibrancy of center city Philadelphia.  


Pat soaking up the modern furniture decor at Libery Place while I checked out a condo for sale (which I would have purchased on the spot if I had $734,000 - fantastic views of the city!)

Pat likes to visit Old City and the modern furniture stores, which we did.  We also like to visit some of our favorite restaurants like Hip City Veg, Mama's Veg and try out new restaurants, which we did and I will write about later.  


Pat getting ready to enjoy a sumptuous vegan repast at Mama's Veg in center city Philly last week - those brown "things" are falafels - yes, Philly has falafels!

Pat also likes to check out the center city housing situation which, you guess it, we did.  We went deep into formerly No Man's Land, which was the boundary past South Street.  Folks, that area, which was Danger Territory when Bill and I lived in Philly (we lived at 24th and Naudain St, one block away from South Street) is now very expensive Millennial Heaven.  I'm still having a hard time wrapping my head around taking a stroll down Fitzwater Street without the fear of being mugged and never seen again except on a morgue slab.  Yes folks, it was THAT BAD when I lived in Center City Philly (the 70's).  One just DID NOT GO past South Street if one valued one's life.  Forget about the police protecting you, they were too busy harassing gays cir circling the Merry-Go-Round at Delancey and Spruce.  My apologies to my blog readers who don't recognized there references but my Philly readers sure do, don't you?


Pat checking out a now expensive ($400,000 plus) gentrified house in the formerly low income section (i.e. "black") section of Philly

So anyway, I'm back folks and in fine fettle.  Next trip up is to another world renown city famous for it's vibrant downtown, Toronto, Canada; Pat's home town.  I take the big bird up there at the end of August and return the day after Labor Day.  

Yet more adventure folks!

I'm back!!

13 comments:

  1. Ron,

    You had rain again? We got a day off from the down pours, but not from the clouds. Overcast all day. I did manage to get outside and mow the yard before the snakes got too cozy in the high grass. I think we're suppose to be back to rain tomorrow. It rained the whole time Lo and I were in Rehoboth after dropping you off on Monday, but we enjoyed it anyway, although Lo really had a tough time walking. We didn't stay long after lunch.

    Lar

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    1. Lar,
      Yes, it rained a LOT. We now have a lake at the front of our driveway. So much rain. So over it.
      I'm glad you and Lois had a good time in Rehoboth. At least you didn't have the crowds. More rain forecast for tomorrow.
      Ron

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  2. So glad that you're back, and I'm delighted that you had a fantastic time. I love the photos (& videos). The food looks tempting and I REALLY want that berry smoothie!!
    It's been raining here for a week with no end in sight. Perhaps we should do a Sun Dance??

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    1. Thank you Jon. My apologies for not keeping up with your blog and my other favorite bloggers. I'm just now catching up with my bill paying, Scrabble boards, and yard work.Tomorrow I have a dental appointment then work. I have a colonoscopy coming up. Always something. I hope to get caught up on my favorite bloggers this weekend.
      By the way, that smoothie, Mixed Berry, was soon good. I ordered one each time we ate at the Marathon. It had a nice smooth raspberry taste. I could go for one now.
      Ron

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  3. Hey Ron - boy I could tell in that last day video I was slowing down a bit. We expend a lot of energy always on these trips - which is great because we take so much in. Of course, for me, it starts with that all nite bus trip from Toronto on which I always hope to sleep - but seemingly never can. Nonetheless - we always enjoy the city and all it has to offer - neighbourhoods, restaurants, shops, great people we run into - and of course that amazing right in the city location accommodation. All is good. Now, however, I'm catching up on rest and dealing a bit with hay fever. I read this is going to be quite a bad spring for pollen. Looking forward to our next trip. Boy we sure have a lot of fun on these outings.

    Pat

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    1. Pat,
      You're right, I couldn't take one of those 12 hour bus trips. You have a lot more stamina and patience than I do. Again, I want to thank you for taking these travel trips with me. All my life I've always wanted a good Travel Buddy and you're perfect.
      Ron

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  4. Randy in NEB.1:34 AM

    Ron, I'm so glad you and Pat had a great time in the city center. I've never been to Philly except for one time at PHL to change planes going some where else. It's raining here too in Eastern Nebraska, the past 3 days I got about 5 inches(13mm).Also after about a six month dry spell I fired up the ol' blog again, just the same-o happening here in the middle of no where!

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    1. Randy,
      Pat and I always have a great time on our "adventures." Pat is the perfect companion for these trips. We have so much in common and he's so easy going. I am very lucky to have him as a friend and a traveling companion.
      Ron

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  5. You ate FOUR of those veggie quiches??? !!! (or it took you four attempts to finish one?)

    I'll bet you're a 'regular' guy now...lol!

    :-)

    -Andy

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    1. Andy,
      As a matter of fact, after all those veggie quiches I am very "regular" right now. I just got off of FaceTime with Pat and mentioned that very fact to Pat. I made a veggie quiche when I got home and got more ingredients today to make more. I just can't eat big slabs of meat anymore. Veggie quiches satisfy the palate of this old man now (smile).
      Ron

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  6. Ron,
    I am so glad that you and Pat had another fantastic trip/adventure. You are a lucky man to have two wonderful men in your life you care about. Yes, the weather here in NJ is has been dreary and today we are expecting more rain/thunderstorms. Keep healthy and as always I wish you the best in life. I so enjoy reading your blogs.

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  7. You are heartily welcome to send any rain my way.

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  8. Roger5:25 PM

    Another enjoyable adventure ......

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