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

FB_IMG_1501323724703FB_IMG_1501323617857FB_IMG_1501323728870FB_IMG_1501323716021FB_IMG_1501323607656FB_IMG_1501323635008FB_IMG_1501324004596FB_IMG_1501324023443Your  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 .

 

LIBERTY BELL CITY – PHILADELPHIA , PENNSYLVANIA . GOING BACK TO PHILADELPHIA .

FB_IMG_1501324740340FB_IMG_1501324744751FB_IMG_1501324757884FB_IMG_1501324820264FB_IMG_1501324865614FB_IMG_1501324754785It’s  been  ages  since  you  and  your  wife  went  back  to  your  hometown  of  Philadelphia ,  Pennsylvania .

Your  10  year  old  twin  boys  have  never  been  to  the  town  that  you  and  your  wife  were  born  and  raised  in .

This  doesn’t  mean  that  you  can’t  show  them  what  it  means  to  be  all  about  Philadelphia ,  though .

It’s  too  late  for  baseball  season ,  so  you  all  can’t  go  to  Citizens Bank  Park  for  a  Phillies  baseball  game .

The twins  are going  to  miss  seeing  in  person  one  of  the  best  mascots  in the  league ,  the  Phillie  Phanatic .

Speaking  of  phanatic ,  you  mean ,  fanatic ,  that’s  what  you  and  your  wife  are  when  it  comes  to  two  of  the  teams  in  your  city .

You  know ,  you  can  take  the  boys  and  girls  out  of  Philadelphia ,  but  you  can’t  take  the  Philadelphia  out  of  the  boys  and  girls .

You  didn’t ,  however ,  tell  the  twins  about  the  time  their  mild  mannered  mother  dumped  her  beer  over  some  Dallas  Cowboys  fan  who  had  the  NERVE  to  talk  about  your  Philadelphia  Eagles  football  team  at  a  game  in  PHILADELPHIA ,  no  less .

The  twins  are  going  to  break  out  the  Charles  Barkley  and  Allen  Iverson  Philadelphia  76ers  basketball  jerseys  for  the  basketball  game  that  you  all  are  going  to .

The  twins  are  going  ”  new school   ”  and  wearing  jerseys  from  one  of  the  current  members  of  the  team .

You  both  want  the  boys  to  have  a  real  Philadelphia  Cheesesteak  just  like  you  and  your  wife  did .

You  aren’t  going  to  take  them  to  Genos or  Pat’  s  –  King  of  the  Cheesesteaks  for  a  Cheesesteak .

Tourists  all  go  there ,  because  that’s  where  the  guidebooks  tell  them  to  go .

You  want  the  boys  to  do  the  Philadelphia  things  that  you  and  your  wife  did  as  kids ,  like  hanging  out  around  Penn’  s  Landing .

They’re  going  to  have  Philadelphia  Chicken  Cheesesteak .

The  kids  didn’t  know  that  there  was  such  a  sandwich .

Being  the  good  Philadelphia  kids  that  you  and  your  wife  are ,  you’ve  got  to  educate  them  on  all  things  Philadelphia .

You’re  definitely  doing  a  Philadelphia  Eagles  football  game ,  also .

As  none  of  you  are  interested  in  hockey ,  there’s  going  to  be  no  orange  and  black  Philadelphia  Flyers  hockey  stuff on  your  trip .

 

You  want  the  boys  to  see  Lincoln  Financial  Field ,  home  of  the  Eagles  and  the  Wells  Fargo  Center ,  home of  the  76ers .

They’ll  get  to  see  Citizens  Bank  Park ,  even  if  baseball  season  is  over .

It’s  right  across  the  street  from  the  other  two  arenas .

The  boys  will  be  taking  their  first  subway  ride  in  Philadelphia .

You  and  your  wife  can’t  wait  to  see  their  reaction .

You’ve  answered  the  first  question  of  where  are  we  going  to  go  on  our  30  Plus  Teams  Tour ,  but  your  coworkers  had  another  question  that  you  didn’t  really  know  how  to  answer  without  sounding  really  rude .

”  You’re  going  to  Philadelphia  for  WHAT  reason  again ? !  “