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And here we are again, another wonderful trade show! Actually, I LOVE Philadelphia. I love the people, the food (I am looking at you Reading Terminal Market), and the gritty nature of it all. Yes, I still can't understand the lingo too well, but honestly, everything there is so utterly livable. It is, by my NYC standards, an affordable place to have a studio, and really be a part of their burgeoning arts scene. There are great shops, opened by 20 somethings, and old timers running pizza parlors and shoe shine shops. Seriously, what is not to like? Here are some of my favorite things in the rough gem of a city:

1. Pretzels, made with butter, made in front of you by the nice Mennonite ladies.

2. Apple Dumplings made by the nice Amish people.

3. Murals galore.

4. Mosaics galore.

5. How about that Mutter Museum? (Not for the squeamish!) World renown for the intense ick factor.

6. Nicest people in the world-just do not discuss politics or teams and you won't need pepper spray.

7. Reading Terminal Market. Do not diet, just give in to temptation.

8. The fact that by just looking a certain direction at a certain statue at the top of city hall, it looks kind of well, just go look.

Here is some weird and wonderful lingo that I will translate:

1. wooter/water

2. spigot/faucet

3. Cawfee/coffee

4. Crowns/crayons

5. Shtreet/street

6. Mac Machine/Atm

7. Hoogie/ Sub aka Hero aka Grinder

8. Yooz, as in all a yooz/plural designation


No, I am not fond of Cheesesteaks, nor am I a sports fan, but I am and will always be grateful for this wonderful crazy city that enabled me to grow my business and raise my kids. It is truly the city of brotherly love.

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