Not Much Happening in Philly

Trip Start Apr 02, 2011
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Trip End Sep 29, 2011


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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Going to blog about three days here in one blog trying not to bore you. Did absolutely nothing interesting on Tuesday morning, May 3 unless you call getting an oil change interesting. I've already traveled more than 2300 miles on this trip. Time for an oil change. Good thing too...found out my 3rd brake light was out and they fixed my rear windshield wiper...we're having some fun now!

Went to the airport to pick up Sandy. I'd like to tell you she missed me soooo much that she had to come out to meet me in Philly to see me. I'd like to tell you that, but that's probably not the whole truth and nothing but the truth. She actually was here to see Miss Laura...and maybe a little bit me. I brought a suitcase for her on the trip so she wouldn't have to check any luggage. Worked well. She was right on time.

Back to the hotel and to Ruby Tuesday's next door (did I say it was Chili's? Whatever.) Terrible service. Had an appetizer and back to the hotel. To bed early...are we old or what????

Up and at 'em on Wednesday, May 4. Raining. Headed for Brandywine. Brandywine was the site of the Revolutionary War battle between Washington and Howe in what was the battle for Philadelphia in September of 1777. Unfortunately, Washington was outflanked and outmaneuvered by Howe and lost this battle. However, it showed that the Americans could stand toe-to-toe with the British and hold their own while inflicting heavy casualties. And some say it stopped Howe from attacking Washington at Valley Forge later that year.

We picked up Laura at her apartment in Philly and walked to one of her favorite restaurants about three blocks from her apartment. I saw a beer that I just had to have...it was called a "Dirty B-----d!" Never heard of the beer, but it's what a friend and fellow employee of mine Dick Malcom called me shortly after I announced my retirement. I told him I'd been called worse...and not so long ago too!!! Anyway lunch was good.

I then dropped Sandy and Laura off to do their thing, and headed to the house of Betsy Ross. Remember her? She was a Philadelphia upholsterer who was "sanctioned" to make the first American Flag. Interesting life. Born to a Quaker family...married three times...husbands all died before her. And she helped design, not just sew the first American Flag...originally the founding fathers wanted 6-point stars...she talked them into the 5-point stars we know today. She and her last husband are buried there.

And speaking of being buried, I also walked a few blocks to Benjamin Franklin's grave. It's in a cemetery, but they actually knocked down part of the wall in front of his grave so sightseers could see it. Seems people like to throw coins...pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters on his grave some reason. Of course, I threw a couple myself.

Back to the hotel and decided to have Chinese in downtown Philly. Great restaurant in Chinatown...great food.
Home and to bedlam.

On Thursday, the girls went shopping...Philly beware!!! I went to visit historic sites. I went Edgar Alllan Poe's house here in Philly. He lived here 6 years and wrote some of his stories here. Interesting, I didn't realize he only lived to be 40 years old...what a waste. Tough life.

Then I headed up to Princeton (45 miles North) where Washington won a battle with the British shortly after his surprise attack in Trenton (crossing the Delaware...remember?) on December 26, 1776. Great monument to his victory in Princeton. You State Farm folks will be interested to know I also visited Morven...the house where the then Governor of New Jersey, Mr. Richard Stockton resided...you know, Stockton, like Steve Stockton, former State Farmer and current mayor of Bloomington...how many of you knew Richard Stockton was a signer of the Declaration of Independence?

Anyway, very cool place.

Then the Cinqo de Mayo fun began. The girls and I headed for a Mexican restaurant I found. One hour wait. The one across the street was available, but it was a BYOB...are you kidding me? I want a margarita!!! Then Laura found out she had a dinner that she forgot about, so we dropped her and tried to find a different Mexican restaurant in Philadelphia. All had one hour waits or more. Do you believe Sandy and I ended up at the original BYOB Mexican Restaurant (which was quite good), despite the lack of margaritas!!!

When we got back to the hotel , I walked to Ruby Tuesday's to quench my margarita taste. Back to the hotel and to bed.

Golf and baseball tomorrow!!! I can hardly wait!
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