Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Philadelphia Tomorrow

This time tomorrow I will be on my way to Philadelphia for a week's stay visiting my longtime friend Don Mc. The video above is from the last time we visited Philadelphia this past spring. I was walking Pat to the bus station early in the morning on June 9th for his 24 hour trip back to his home in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Don lives in a co-operative in center city Philly (21st and Chestnut Streets).  They have a guest suite that I rent at a very reasonable price. 

Twice a year I visit Philadelphia, my former home and place of employment in my previous life. For many years I worked with Don at Girard Bank, then Mellon and finally First Fidelity Bank. 

I visit Philly in the spring and winter.  

My Travel Buddy Pat takes an overnight bus from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada tonight. 

My ride will pick me up here at my home tomorrow morning in Milton Delaware for the two and a half hour drive to Philadelphia. 

Of course my biggest decision now is what to wear. I always take too many clothes and end up wearing the same outfit for my whole stay.  Pat travels light, wearing only one change. I've tried to do that but still end up taking too much. 

For our stay in Philly this time we will visit our favorite restaurants and try a few new ones. We're also going to take a day trip to Hershey, PA to visit the antique car museum. Pat loves those old classic cars. On the way to Hershey I plan to stop in my hometown of Downingtown, which is a suburb  thirty-seven miles went of Philadelphia.  I plan to visit my younger brother Isaac.  I have his old school pictures that I had accidentally scooped up when I absconded with all of my Mother's old photos when we shipped her off to our other brother's home in South Carolina lo these many years ago. I also plan to visit my former boss Dave S. who I have named as executor of my estate.  Dave will  be responsible for distributing the millions of dollars of my estate to my twenty-four nieces and nephews (at last count, they're reproducing like rabbits lately, even my grand-nieces have children now).

As I always do on these quarterly trips I will take many photos and videos. Lately I haven't been sharing them as much on this blog as I have in the past. I don't know why, maybe I'm just too lazy. I actually take them for myself because I like to relieve those moments. I'll try to share more in the future, especially those short movie videos that I like to put together. 

What I love most about my trips is being with Pat and our always interesting adventures, which I record for posterity.  Wonder where those pictures and videos will end up after I'm long gone?  Something to ponder. Oh well, this blog will live on long after I am gone.  Maybe I'll have some grand-grand-grand niece or nephew who will find them of interest. 

Next blog post, Philadelphia!

Pat talking to Don at Don's apartment this past June during our last visit


Anonymous said...

Travel safe...Have a great time with Pat and Don...Stay upright...Check the weather...30's for the rest of this week...Starting next week it will be in the mid-'40s to the low '50s...Bring a warm hat, gloves, and a COAT...I don't want to hear your bitching that you were cold...Dress in layers so that when/if you get warm you can take away a layer...Three pairs of pants and shirts for every day there...That's it...And comfortable shoes besides sneakers...A light trail/hiking boot would do the trick...Stay out of jail...No pole or box dancing...Your disco days are over...We watch and judge...Eat well...Bring something back for Bill...And most of all HAVE FUN...

Ron said...

VRC-Do You!,
Thanks for the warning about the cold weather. Pat is on the bus now from Toronto on his way for his overnight trip to Philly. I didn't realize how cold it was going to be in Philly. I added a scarf and more warm clothes. On recent trips I haven't didn't bring enough warm clothes. I will this time! And yes, I plan to have fun. I always do when Pat and I get together.

Practical Parsimony said...

I like photos and videos you post.

Anonymous said...

I cannot imagine many things worse than an overnight bus trip. He is braver than me.

Anonymous said...

Love Philadelphia! Next Friday I'll be returning for the holiday lunch that one of my clients (and friends) hosts every year in Center City. This time I'm bringing my husband and we'll stay overnight. Looking forward to some art, history and delicious food. Have a wonderful time with Pat and Don!

Friend in NoVA

Ur-spo said...

Safe journey to you !

Ron said...

Practical Parsimony,
Thank you for the encouragement! I love to post my photos and videos too. One of the best aspects of my trips and my daily life. Always has been since I received my first camera as a Christmas preset when I was eleven years old. My only regret is that I didn't take more photos when I was younger. There are long stretches of my life where I took no photos. I wish I could do that over again.

Ron said...

Dr. Spo,
Thank you as always for your kind wishes.

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