Philadelphia Archives

June 29, 2008

Philadelphia Freedom


I have stopped in the City of Brotherly Love for a couple hours to break up the drive home. Always good to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, especially after a week in Thomas Jefferson's stomping grounds.

June 20, 2009

The Blue Dot On My iPhone


Since my new iPhone has a GPS chip inside, it's easy to get mesmerized watching the pulsing blue dot move across the Maps app as the train heads south!

August 22, 2009

Arriving In Philadelphia


I really like traveling by Amtrak or Acela in the Northeast Corridor. So many of the hassles of air travel are avoided and I have time to read or get some work done.

I boarded the train late this morning for the journey to Philadelphia. I am seeing a play here tonight and the theater is just a few blocks from 30th Street Station, so the train was a no-brainer. Good to be back in the City of Brotherly Love.

Henry IV, Part I


The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre staged a bare bones production of Henry IV, Part I, meaning the theater was a black box set-up, with no sets to speak of and minimal costumes. The actors were part of the PST's youth company (in their early 20s, I'd say) and did a creditable job with the material. This is, of course, the play in which Falstaff is introduced and the depiction of Sir Jack was pulled off fairly well.

August 24, 2009

Back In Philly

Just a day and a half later, I am back in Philadelphia, but only to make a connection in the airport. I don't remember being in this particular airport before, but it's pretty nice.

October 28, 2009

The Last Comedy


Tonight's performance of Love's Labour's Lost was a touring production staged by the company from London's Shakespeare's Globe Theatre--a venue I have enjoyed numerous times in recent years. This play represents the only one of Shakespeare's comedies I hadn't yet seen. I already completed all the tragedies in the canon, so I have only a handful of rarely-performed histories to go, plus a couple of quasi-canonical works (Two Noble Kinsman and Edward III).

After tonight's show, I connected with a Choate alum from the Class of 2009, who gave me a quick tour of the Penn campus and took me to a Halloween party in frat house for a brief visit before I had to catch my middle-of-the-night train back to New Haven.

March 14, 2010

Airline Seats

Comparing my seats on two segments on USAirways today with my situation on Virgin Atlantic yesterday, I can vouch that airline seating is MUCH better on the American carrier than on the British, where I felt squeezed into my seat for some seven hours.

April 14, 2010

Early Start

Up well before dawn this morning for a 5:43 flight out of Richmond. Fortunately, I stayed just outside the airport and there were no lines to deal with checking in and clearing security. I am now in Philadelphia for my connection to Bradley. I should be back at school by around 9:30 this morning. I was paranoid I would oversleep and miss my flight, which would have been a disaster, as I am slated to drive my team up to Northfield Mt. Hermon School for a match this afternoon. Or that the weather would wreak havoc with my travel plans by delaying my return. But it's a beautiful day and I am on my way.

April 24, 2010

Neoclassical America


I visited the National Constitution Center, within sight of Independence Hall here in Philly, to see the "Rome & America" exhibition. I got interested in this topic when I was a Coe Fellow in the Stanford history department a couple of summers back. And it turns out the professor who ran the workshop that year (and whose book The Culture of Classicism I enjoyed) was one of the curatorial consultants for this exhibition (and she was prominently featured in the short film played in the museum). Here she is in a short video clip.

I Am Picky About My Notebooks


I realized I forgot to pack one of my notebooks for use tomorrow in the One Day University program in New York. So I walked across Center City to the Barnes & Noble on Rittenhouse Square to find the right Moleskine (5"x8.25", ruled--the orange label!). Just as well I had to get a new one, as the last one is almost filled.

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