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!!!!!

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11 thoughts on “Traveling with My Dear,Old DAD”

  1. Thanks for the tour of Philly, which I’ve never been to and you pointed out all the highlights. I marveled that the line was longer at Geno’s Steaks than at the Liberty Bell! Nice to see a picture of you … and your Dad as well. The menu was cute as to how to place an order. It reminded me of my college days, when I worked at a diner while in school. We’d call our orders in “with” and that meant for a hamburger “with onions” and for eggs “with” meant with American fries. We never said “without”, just “with” … glad you had fun. You needed a fun getaway and more miles on those new shoes – good for you. Get you and Dad a pedometer!

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      1. I still can’t believe the crowds were bigger than for the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the steps that Rocky Balboa went up – all the things you hear about Philly … those sandwiches are worth it I’m sure!

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  2. You and I have severa things in common. We both have multiple sclerosis that comes with the dizziness and cognitive challenges. But the best part is that I was raised just north of Philadelphia and my Dad was born in South Philly. I am so happy that you got to experience the city of brotherly love. It’s been many years since my Dad passed away but you’ve brought up some really happy memories. My Father loved the city he was born in and we only lived a half hour away so we made many trips downtown. Philly cheesesteaks and soft pretzels just cannot be duplicated. I’m glad you were able to enjoy my neck of the woods.

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    1. I love hearing from you Mary! I’m sorry to hear you have MS but I would guess you embrace it and accept the challenges with a positive spirit. What else can we do?

      As for Philadelphia— so fun!! I was bummed out that I didn’t get to fully experience the Art Museum. I would have loved to walk through the zoo with my dad too! I’ve heard about several other treasures there too like the Barnes Foundation, Reading Terminal Market, Efreth’s Alley and the Observation Deck to name a few. I really want to go back to experience more. So fun and with my dad along for the ride it was a AWESOME 😎 WEEKEND!!

      If I ever make it back to your neck of the woods I’ll let you know I’m coming. Perhaps you could give me your suggestions on places to eat. Maybe we could even meet and share some time.

      Nice to meet you Mary!!!
      Thanks for reaching out. You really made my day😉!!!

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  3. Thank you for sharing your adventures with your father and the lovely photos… glad you were able to spend some quality time with him and no doubt shared some memories and made new ones… 🙂

    “Life gives us brief moments with another, but sometimes in those brief moments we get memories that last a lifetime, So live that your memories will be part of your happiness.”

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