Wednesday, June 5, 2013

One Continuous Fulfillment

Reference Blogs: Update 2012 Continuous Goals; Farewell 2012: The Year In Review; 2013-One Shots and Continuous; Checking In On The One Shots

I know it has been a while since I've done a full update.  Normally, I would take the time today, but my time is limited due to preparation for Operation Full

One of the continuous goals I have in place (since 2012) is to meet new people.  In 2012, I struck out, but as you read in the blog, it wasn't for lack of trying.

However, this year, about a week back, I struck gold.  I was able to meet someone who's writing I have a great amount of respect for, a little after Memorial Day.

No, it's not the first time I've been to Philly.  I have been a couple of times before but it was years ago, and each experience wasn't exactly favorable ones.  So I did admit to being a bit skeptical.  Plus, it had been years since I've met anyone new.  That also made me feel a bit cautious.

However, once he and I met, all of the nervousness slowly started to dissipate.  I realize the only thing I can do is be myself and recognize that being myself may not be everyone's cup of tea.

The weather was slightly against us because it was raining.  Luckily I had my umbrella and it didn't rain too hard.  He was a very good host and showed me a number of sights.  It was like going on tour but without the boredom.

I got some great shots of the Liberty Bell without having to wait almost an hour to go in for the tour.

I had to get a shot of the First Amendment.

I was also fascinated by this statue.

In addition, there were some pretty murals I couldn't help but to capture.

I also was able to engage in some wonderful treats, like a Philly cheesesteak at Iskabibble's as well as a delightful dinner at Maggiano's Little Italy.

I also was able to enjoy the tastiest butter pecan ice cream cone ever at The Franklin Fountain and was brought back to my childhood by savoring a tall glass bottle of Coca Cola.  In addition, I had some chocolate from Shane Confectioners that I wish I would have gotten more of.  I smiled at the old fashioned cash registers and was very impressed they actually worked.  Both The Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectioners had them.

I found this interaction very refreshing, and it helped that he and I have so much in common outside of the writing--although writing is definitely important.  

I will definitely be coming to Philly again.  However, this time I will take the bus to Trenton Train Station instead of parking my car in the parking lot.  The reason I say that is because I came back to bumfoolery happening to my car, which I covered in Decline of Decency.

Update:  As of this date, no information as to who vandalized my car, but I did get my window fixed this past Saturday.


1 comment:

ABoyd378 said...

I am SOOO Happy to hear that you had a Wonderful time! I hope that you have even more fun the next time that you come back to Philly!