Friday, July 16, 2010

Philadelphia bound

Thursday was my last day in the Boston area for a few days, and by the time you read this, I'll be in PHILADELPHIAAAA. I will have been out of my bed like a shot at 3:30 a.m. to catch my flight and already likely situated in PHILADELPHIAAAA. I'm going down for work, so there will be little to no sleep involved for the next five days but I barely care because I'll be in PHILADELPHIAAAAAA. Oh and also? PHILADELPHIAAAAAAA.

I wrote my parents an email to let them know what I knew of my schedule regarding flights and events. It's 20in24 weekend, ya'll!!!1! And amid all the running and not sleeping and working and running and running and also the not sleeping, I'm trying to fit in as much time as possible with my parental units. I have a couple hours to kill in between the last Back on My Feet responsibility I have and my flight back to Boston, so I suggested to my parents that we grab lunch in the city and maybe take a walk through one of my favorite neighborhoods. Like Rittenhouse. Or University City. Or Fairmount. Or South Philly. Or Penn's Landing. Or Center City. Or or OR OROROROR when suddenly I became so overwhelmed thinking about all of these places -- some of my favorite places in the world -- that I burst into tears. And once that dam came down, the tears just kept on coming. I was sobbing. SOBBING. And all I could do was sit there at my desk, drying my tears and missing my home so much my stomach hurt and I thought I might vom.

And now I could tell you all about how I luuurve urban environments, but Boston ... sigh. Boston is so ... it's just ... I just can't warm up to it. I've found the city of Boston to be segregated and elitist and totally lacking in that scrappy, artistic vibe that is the lifeblood in Philadelphia because people here are too busy popping their collars and talking about their boarding school days. I recently heard someone refer to their "mummy" and I wanted to punch them in the face. But I won't go there.

I miss the flannel. And the dive bars. I miss the funky street festivals and the beards and the approachable art and the character of Philadelphia. Boston doesn't have the quirky, scrappy soul I love so much. The starving artists who transform cities. What culture Boston has is very ... expensive.

Go ahead, Boston, you can send me your hate mail now. Or better yet, send me proof that Boston does have soul. That it has funk. Tell me about the best dive bar in town and I promise to meet you there. And I mean true dive bar that has some of the best music and best bartenders in town, but you'd certainly be afraid to use the bathroom there. Where is the mixing of cultures and meshing of ideas? I promise I'll take you up on everything and maybe even we'll document it here. But until then, Imma jus' go on hatin'.

Anyway. I'm pretty excited to get down there and if I know myself -- which I think I do -- I have a feeling that come Tuesday afternoon, I might be holed up in my parents' attic hugging my knees and singing the "Fly Eagles Fly" song. So you won't be hearing from me much until then.

But in the mean time, if you're in the Philly area and you want to see me "holy shit I'm so happy to be in Philadelphia" face this weekend, then come down to the Schuylkill River and participate in, cheer runners on at, or volunteer for Back on My Feet's 20in24! WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS! Just like last year, it's gonna be a great time. So see ya there orrrr see ya at another time.


Caitlin said...

think maybe you're not going to the right parts of boston, darlin. anyway, my bro's friends are running the race this weekend ("Superheroes in Training") so look out for them and give them a kiss for me. see you in phillay in september?

Becky Mochaface said...

One of my favorite bars in Boston is Sweetwater. It's in an alley next to Emerson College across the street from the Boston Common. Sigh. I miss that bar.

MOJO said...

i can sooo picture you hugging your knees and rocking back and forth singing the Eagles song....with a crazy look on your face and drool running down your chin.

rory said...

Love, love Philly, cheesesteaks and sketchy and cool.
Where's the street food, dude?
Instead it's all like-Mumsie, can you hand me my racket? And maybe a bottled water? Mumsie?
I'll pop a cap in your ass.

CourtneyLyn said...

Here are a few winners. Super dives - silhouette, the model, Charlie's kitchen. No so divey - Deep ellum, trina's starlight lounge, the public house. I tend to stay away from the super dive except for my love of Charlie's waffle fries and cheap booze. Also I hate using the bathroom there is always smells like homeless urine. Enjoy!

Bridget said...

@CourtneyLyn Well I love waffle fries, cheap booze, AND homeless urine. This is going to be AWESOME!

Kait said...

Okay, so here's the thing. I used to think Philly was the worst city ever. I lived in the general area for four years and I thought it was super lame. But reading your blog, it sounds awesome! And I wish I had someone there to be like "NO GO TO (Insert place here) PHILLY IS GREAT."

So I'm going to make a list of awesome places in Boston to go. You're definitely not in the right part of Boston. I'm actually wondering where the hell you ARE hanging out, cause that doesn't match my idea of Boston at all, and I've been here for a while.

I'll send over a list of awesome places for you to go. And, you know, you might not love Boston (I don't really love it, and I grew up here--though that might have to do more with the fact that I fucking hate the weather here and I don't even particularly care for cities), and you probably won't ever love it as much as Philadelphia--it would be hard to compete with a place you grew up and have all your friends and know inside out--but hopefully you'll like it a little bit more!

Bridget said...

Kait, your cousin's store in Scituate sells these evil eye bracelets that are all the rave right now. the ladies are obsessed.

Anonymous said...

Boston isn't the best but Central Square is prettay cool

Anonymous said...

Common Ground, Great Scott, Silhouette Lounge, The Middle East, The Otherside Cafe, The Enormous Room,Zu Zu, Our House, Phoenix Landing


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