Nice surprises in the City of Brotherly Love

Welcome to Philadelphia sign
Welcome at airport.


Philly soft pretzel
As we were waiting at the Alamo exit gate, we were offered complimentary soft pretzels and bottled water.


Philly clothespin
This is famous but without Googling it, i don’t recall why.


Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Home for the next two nights.


Four Diamond Hotel Philly
A long run of four-diamond excellence.


Nice surprises in the City of Brotherly Love:

  • Free car upgrade to a V8 engine
  • Pretzels and water before leaving Alamo lot
  • A Hotel famous for excellence
  • A center city location
  • A nice walk to dinner at Ocean Prime and back
  • iPhone X on its way from China

None of this was anything we made a big deal over – but put it all together and it was very nice.

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From a mistake, an amazing opportunity

Live like you mean it
Known each other since 1977, freshman year at West Chester State College (now WCU). Glacier National Park, Summer 2016 (Lake Josephine).


From a mistake, an amazing opportunity; will get to that in a minute.

Booked last week’s trip to Glacier National Park as a last resort for a Summer trip because it was the only available reservation out of all the Glacier National Park Lodges – apparently, booking four months in advance isn’t even close to being enough. In a panic, i took the last week of August (the only thing available for the entire Summer).

i knew it would be a bad idea to take our son out of school for a week on the third week of the new school year.

Desperate, i booked the only option.

Each week i went back to the Glacier National Park reservations site and a month later, a miracle – an opening for an entire week at Rising Sun the first week of August (and no school conflict)..

Kept the August reservations – there were two. Four nights at Rising Sun, two nights at Apgar.

Later, a college buddy accepted the invite to travel that final August week.


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Surprisingly joyful, out of nowhere

West Orange County trail system under construction
West Orange County trail system under construction near Disney’s Magic Kingdom.


Disney University lobby floor icon
i always stop for a drink of water here when running through Walt Disney World property.


Long-time Disney Cast Members
Left to right: me (30 yrs) Bob (44 yrs), Dale (35 yrs), Inez (42 yrs).


Walt Disney World opening Day Cast Member name tag
Bob was there on opening day, October 1, 1971, which means he was hired before WDW opened.


Map My Run screen shot


Surprisingly joyful, out of nowhere. That’s what happens sometimes. In miles five and six above, you’ll notice the pace slowed to a crawl while i talked with not only three Cast Members i worked with in the 1980’s, but also three Disney Institute Cast Members i worked with last year.

My three Contemporary colleagues have 44, 42, and 35 years respective service at Walt Disney World. Then there’s me, a pup, with only 30.




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Real life in real time yesterday

34th annual Fraternity reunion
Maggie was the center of attention, She found my “Jack the Bear”.


34th annual Fraternity reunion
L-R: Chuck (alseep?) Jack the Bear, and Cort (not a morning person).


34th annual Fraternity reunion
The guys slowly roll in from their cabins and have breakfast before golf.


34th annual Fraternity reunion
The caravan is about to leave for a 9am tee time.


34th annual Fraternity reunion
One quick selfie group shot of half the guys.


34th annual Fraternity reunion
Watch the transition as the selfies keep rolling.


34th annual Fraternity reunion
Maybe Cort (right) just needs a little nudge to enjoy the morning.


Slept in until 6am yesterday. Why mention it? Because being intentional about our health means we over manage certain things we used to under manage or ignore.

Sleep is one of them.

While sleeping in didn’t get me to eight hours, it did provide one more hour than waking up at 5am, which would have been better for getting my writing done.

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