It’s no secret how much I love Philadelphia.
It’s been 18 months since I’ve moved, but I still identify with it and, from time to time, still have moments when I forget that I no longer live there.
I’ve done all of the touristy things and I’ve done most of the local things. But I’ve never celebrated the Mummers Parade in person. I never went to the clothespin and watched the different brigades and I never went to Two Street to party afterwards. It’s weird to think of all things I did, that was the one that I missed, especially when considering how important and ingrained it is, including all of its ugliness, to the city.
Of course, it was always on TV, especially when I was growing up, so it’s not like I’m unaware of it. I just never went in person. And now, since I no longer see it at all, it’s like I missed my chance. There’s always time, of course, but at this point its almost seems like it’s best to keep the streak alive.
One last short week, but here’s my output:
“Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer.”
– Walter Scott
Happy New Year!
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