Traveling with My Dear,Old DAD

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Papa and I took a long weekend excursion to the City of Brotherly LOVE (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) for a conference.  We left Friday morning from Kansas City International Airport.  My sweet husband booked my dad and I a first class ticket 🎫 ✈️ so we had plenty of leg room, snacks, drinks and attention.

When we arrived our hotel 🏨 room was a 2 bedroom/2 bath with a living room and kitchen.  Again, we were very comfortably content.  Since my memory/dizziness are a issue and my dad recently had a eye surgery we opted out of a rental car. Luckily, the hotel was gracious about calling a taxi 🚕 service to move us around the city.

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Initially as we waited for a 🚖 TAXI we were watching for a traditional numbered yellow taxi perhaps even with black and white checker board print on the vehicle.  Instead what we got was a very new, shiny, black Cadillac.  The driver immediately stepped out, introduced himself as “CJ” and began opening doors for us to get into the car and loading our luggage. 💼 💼

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Over the weekend we traveled to many local hot spots as well as our conference.  Each and every time we contacted CJ he would answer the phone in his Guam accent “HELLO JENNIFER”.  Minutes later he would happily be at our location opening doors and driving us to the next destination.  CJ was a very hard working, positive, kind, trustworthy, good soul.

We all talked about many things during our travels but my favorite times were when we shared stories.

I think my favorite story CJ told was about a client that invested in him.  This particular client bought bad debt and invested the earned income into new business.  As she got to know CJ via travels around the city she learned he was saving to start his own business with his brother, Effron.   On her last day in Philadelphia she paid for her ride, offered a tip and a check for $10,000.  CJ and Effron both said they still keep in contact with her.

Papa and I also explored South Philadelphia where Rocky lived in a row house in the first Rocky movie.  We ate at a Food Network TV 📺 acclaimed walk-up-window called Pat’s KING of Steaks (Cheesesteaks that is), crossed the narrow 🏍 motorcycle filled street to try the local competition (Geno,s).  Shockingly I liked the cheesesteak wit wiz from PAT’S the best!  😳 😜  😝

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Pat’s King of Steaks

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When ordering a cheesesteak, the idea is to clarify as concisely as possible the requested type of cheese and whether or not to add onions.

Locals have become so adept at this practice that they basically have it down to three words: saying “one whiz wit” to the person behind the counter means that one cheesesteak [denoted by the “one”] with Cheez Whiz [denoted by the “whiz”] and fried onions [denoted by the “wit”].

Similarly, saying “one provy wit’out” means a single cheesesteak [one] made with provolone cheese [provy] and without fried onions [wit’out].

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We saw the Liberty Bell, the first White House and the Independence Museum.

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Enjoyed the statue of The Thinker outside the Philadelphia Art Museum.  And saw the famous steps that the character Rocky Balboa run up in the first Rocky movie.

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The long weekend in Philadelphia melted away quickly but I really enjoyed having my dad to myself.  Papa and I had some nice walks and talks, attended a fabulous conference together, met some wonderful people, ate some good food and thoroughly enjoyed our time together!!! Everybody should get a long weekend with just their dad!!! I will cherish my weekend with my dear, old dad for forever.

Lucky 🍀 Me!!!!!

🧘🏻‍♂️🚙 MINDFUL🧘🏽‍♀️ 🚘 DRIVING Meditation

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In an effort to spend more time in a day being MINDFUL of my emotions and stress levels I found the  idea of Meditative Driving interesting.

Source: Solan McClean is a driving meditation practitioner, teacher, and the author of “Learning to Drive into the Now: PRND,”  www.solanmcclean.com.

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When I first started developing my driving practice I noticed that as soon as I sat in the driver’s seat, right in front of my face was a great tool to remind me of my practice and the important keys to staying on track. It is PRND. This usually stands for park, reverse, neutral, and drive, and is found on your dashboard, steering column, or perhaps on your center console gearshift.

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I use it to remind myself of the some of the keys to action of my practice, and refer to it several times a trip—sometimes more! Here is my breakdown:

P is for PRACTICE

When I first sit down in the driver’s seat, I make it a point to look at the PRND on my dash. I focus on “P” for a moment and move my attention to awareness of my intention to practice mindful driving. In this way, I set my intention for the trip. I know from experience that I will have to reset this intention several times (if not more) on my drive.

R is for RELAX

After my intention is mentally set, I then move onto the next reminder on the dash console.”R” for relax. I scan my body for any tension points, and consciously release them. I take a deep breath and rescan until I am pretty sure I am as relaxed as I can get at the moment.

N is for NOW

Once I have focused my intention and relaxed my body, I bring my attention into the now. I observe my surroundings visually without mentally narrating what I see. I feel my hands on the steering wheel, and I hear the starting of the engine as I feel the turn of the key. I smell the air and feel its temperature on my nostrils. I do all of this while remaining relaxed, and keeping my focus on the unfolding moment.

D is for Drive

Everything we have done up to this point has been leading up to this moment—the moment when we put the car and our practice into drive. As your vehicle moves through space in the present moment, so do you. This is your time to focus all of your attention on the experience of driving and experiencing all of the sights, sounds, tactile sensations, smells, movements, stillness, and freedom of driving in the now.

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Now, simply exists in the moment, like you are riding a wave. Don’t try to hang onto the space you’re in. Just surrender to the moment and drive. If thoughts arise, notice them and then bring your attention back to the present moment, and let the thoughts fade. Keep your attention in the now. It is this process of noticing distractions and letting them go, then returning to the present moment that is your practice.

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If you start and restart, and restart again, you are developing a present moment mindfulness driving practice! Stick with it and you will see the results.