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 Glam...lol.
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.