LIBERTY BELL CITY – PHILADELPHIA , PENNSYLVANIA . A PHILADELPHIA STATE OF MIND .

Your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  has  brought  you  and  your  wife  back  home  to  Philadelphia .

You  brought  along  your  10  year  old  twin  boys .

This  is  their  first  time  back  East .

You  remind  the  boys ,  proudly ,  that  at  one  time ,  Philadelphia  was  the  capital  of  the  United  States .

One  of  them  asks ,  ”  Why  isn’t  it  now ? ”

You  reply  that  you  really  don’t  know  because  you  don’t  have  time  to  give  the  kids  a  history  lesson .

But  truthfully ,  the  Philadelphia  guy  in  you  really  wants  to  say  that  it’s  because ,  ”  People  don’t  like  Philadelphia . ”

You  and  your  wife  can’t  wait  to  show  the  boys  the  places  where  the  two  of  you  would  go  when  you  were  their  age .

The  first  stop  on  any  trip  to  Philadelphia  is  of  course ,  the  Liberty  Bell .

After  that ,  it’s  Independence  Hall .

The  four  of  you  are  standing  in  one  of  the  places  that  you  saw  on  all  those  class  trips .

You  know ,  the  ones  you  found  boring  as  hell .

Your  parents  always  told  you  that  one  day  you  would  appreciate  Philadelphia .

You  just  didn’t  think  it  would  be  when  you  were  grown  up ,  married  with  children  and  living  in  Bismarck ,  North  Dakota .

”  That’s  not  the  real  Liberty  Bell ,  right ? ” ,  one  of  the  twins  asks

Your  wife  shows  them  the  crack  in  the  bell  to  prove  that  it’s  the  real  thing .

The  twins  don’t  seem  to  be  impressed  except  to  say ,  ”  that  thing  is  mad  huge .  ”

The  four  of  you  head  over  to  Independence  Hall  right  behind  the  building  where  the  Liberty  Bell  is  kept .

The  statue  of  President  James  Madison  in  front  of  the  building  looks  very  determined ,  as  though  he’s  standing  guard  or  something .

The  twins  aren’t  impressed  with  the  statue  or  when  you  took  them  into  Independence  Hall  and  they  saw  the  statues  of  all  the  signers  of  the  Declaration  of  Independence .

They  were  too  busy  looking  at  the  cobblestone  streets .

They’ve  never  seen  streets  like  this  before  and  you  and  your  wife  can’t  even  describe  them .

The  twins  just  know  that  they  don’t  like  walking  on  whatever  these  streets  are  made  of .

You  walk  over  to  the  Independence Hall  Visitors  Center  to  get  some  other  ideas .

You’re  going  to  see  some  historical  things  since  that’s  what  Philadelphia  is  famous  for .

The  twins  have  already  told  you  that  they  don’t  want  to  go  to  the  Betsey  Ross  House  because  they  don’t  want  to  see  some  lady  sitting  in  a  rocking  chair  sewing  a  flag .

They  definitely  want  to  go  to  the  basketball  and  football  game ,  but  as for  that  historical  stuff  – .

They  could  have  stayed  in  North  Dakota  to  get  a  history  lesson .

One  of  the  twins  says  that  “all  this  historical  crap  is boring  him  and  when  is  the  real  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  gonna  start ? !  ”

They  tell  you  and  your  wife  that  they  want  to  see  the  ”  real  important  stuff  like  Al Capone ‘  s  jail  cell  at  the   Eastern  Penitentiary  . ”

They  even  want  to  go  to  the  Philadelphia  Museum  of  Art ,  not to  see  some  ugly  old  paintings ,  though .

They want  to  run  up  and  down  the  stairs  just  like  Rocky  did  in  the  movie .

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