Cobblestone, cream cheese, a broken bell and the Rocky stairs.
Yes, dandies. Your's truly (and my traveling companion and lover, Bryce) visited freedom's birthplace, the city of Philadelphia last weekend. Wow. Was I not impressed.
Walking those historic streets, one hand clutching the free map I nonetheless stole from the tourism board's kiosk, the other my purse as wave after wave of absolutely insane hobo berated us for handouts, I imagined what life must have been like for our early fathers... if only they lived in a 1980's mall staffed with homeless people and wearing very expensive flip-flops which twisted their cankles when perilously prancing across cobblestone. Ah, memories of Philly.
Please do not allow my disenchanted diatribe to persuade you of the notion that upon our arrival I didn't immediately partake of the city's vast historical offerings.
We quickly went to the what was self-named the birthplace of the cheese steak. So hungry was I that my gullet threatened to devour itself, emitting audible groans. I anticipated this cheese steak as bloated, third world orphans anticipate dry rice and dirt.
My cheese steak was less than (third) world changing. In fact, it was a fairly run of the mill ... well ... (for lack of a better term) cheese steak.
On a side note: I watched the "Bad Girl's Road trip" last night and reminisced as the angriest of them, a native Philadelphian, returned to the city of her nez. The Bad Girls dined upon cheese steaks (and french fries! We didn't get french fries) at Geno's. Our greasy meat and cheese and onion and soggy bread monstrosity was grilled at Capo's. I cursed a hand full of "swear-os" that I hadn't gone with the more (obviously) famous of the two historic eateries.
Following our lunch, Bryce and I strolled into the historic district to take a gander at the many attractions this quaint area had to offer. I was remiss to discover no thrill rides, no reenactments (being from The South I do soooooo enjoy historical reenactments. It's part of my heritage that we change the endings, however), no one dressed as a slave or Alexander Hamilton. There were just cobblestone streets which, mentioned earlier, sorely hurt my dainty cankles as I strolled upon them and row after row of tiny brownstones. Yes they may hold historic significance, but would be far too small for the extravagant housing needs of this dandy, thank you very much.
Oh. We think we saw the "Sixth Sense" house, but a surprise twist revealed it was merely an ice cream truck. Twist!
And the gays of Philadelphia leave so much to be desired. Caveat: much of my first impressions were colored by failed attempts on Manhunt to secure a fun filled (and educational) hotel room orgy/reenactment upon our arrival. These queens have some serious sexual hang ups it they're not into Alexander Hamilton role play. But these first impressions were further confirmed as my non-Manhunt interactions with Philly's phaggiest turned downright devastating.
Bryce made me go to an utterly depressing piano bar. An ominous figure in a black robe and scythe took our drink orders. That was clue enough to leave.
Then we went to the Bike Shop, or Bike Rack, or Bike Pit or something meant to color one's senses with Tom o' Finland. This was a multi level "leather" establishment with a "code" room in the basement. Drunk on a Yaeger shot, I actually asked a local if it was kosher for me to wear flip flops as I descended into the darkness. He rolled his eyes at me!
And not an Alexander Hamilton hanky among the entire bunch. I thought this was a "code" bar. Hmph! Ms. Lohan would have found four! But thankfully she wasn't invited to Philly.
The following day, we shuffled through the shuttered streets of downtown Philadelphia seeking a suitable oasis for our, again, churning stomachs. Who could have imagined in a city with so many Phaggots finding brunch would have been so difficult. Finally with the assistance of a young lady who didn't really help (she had no clue where she was either!) we came across a suitable brunch locale.
A disgusting egg white omelette later, we happily said goodbye to America's birthplace. May this Dandy visit again, but with an orgy on standby and a suitable brunch reservation made well in advance.