What brought Philadelphia up now? I was speaking with my bus driver yesterday, coming home from work. He grew up in South Philadelphia and had just been back there. He was bemoaning the success, (or lack thereof) of the Philadelphia sports teams. I asked him what he missed. He said, “Family and food.” Of course I had to ask the ubiquitous Philadelphia question, Pat’s or Geno’s? His answer was Pat’s.
There is my good friend Tereza Eliasz-Solomon who is from Philadelphia.
I don’t know Philadelphia as well as my home town of New York City, but have spent a lot of time there. When I felt like being silly I would tell my Dad, Marvin Charton, “Dad, I’m going down to Philly for the day.” “Why,” he would ask incredulously. I told him I felt I needed a day in the country. Of course he looked at me as though I had three heads, all of them empty. (I get that look a lot).
I went down there for Toastmasters events a lot. I’ve been to the Art Museum and Franklin Institute, as well as Eagles and Phillies games. I am a major fan of Benjamin Franklin. It is an interesting place, if you’ve never been.