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Monday, June 29, 2015

Tall Ships Festival 2015

Yesterday mom and I went to the Tall Ships Festival in Philadelphia and on the waterfront in Camden, NJ. When mom and I arrived in Philadelphia, we ate at a place called the Continental. I ordered a dish called the Healthy Elvis, which was a whole wheat bread sandwich with bananas, peanut butter, and nutella. We also ordered a potato casserole. Both were REALLY good! It was also relatively inexpensive: for the two of us, it was $20.

We then walked the 10 minutes to Penn's Landing for the Tall Ships. We heard Mama Duck didn't inflate and would not sail again. However, Baby Duck was inflated and we took pictures of Baby Duck and mom took one of me with Baby Duck. He was cute.

We didn't get a chance to ride the Tall Ships. Saturday was a washout and the ticketholders from Saturday were being honored yesterday. The lines were very long and mobbed. I did love hearing the bands and seeing the puppeteers, though. The pirate puppeteer was the best!

Since the lines were so long, the water taxi line to go over to Camden was a three hour wait. Mom and I took the el to 8th Street and took Patco to Camden. Patco was really neat and I liked using it. Once we were in Camden, we saw a sock monkey puppeteer, more ships, and had some cheese curds. The Philadelphia side had more going on.

Selfie in front of the RCA Victor sign! I didn't realize RCA had operations in Camden back in the day.

Leaving Camden to go back to Philadelphia.

It was a nice day out, though my face did indeed get sunburned.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Article: In Saudi Arabia, An Uphill Fight To Out-Shout The Extremists

I will admit that I also like listening to NPR. I try to read multiple news sources. Yesterday when I was on NPR, I saw this article: In Saudi Arabia, An Uphill Fight To Out-Shout The Extremists. Although I'm not familiar with al-Maeena, he sounds like someone I would support. I agree with his positions:

"I am talking about liberal in accepting other people's religion," Maeena says. "To each his own."
"Unfortunately, our religion has been hijacked by these self-appointed guardians of religion," he says. "And they also think they can hold sway over people, and I think that is wrong."

I think these positions are needed to help fight groups like ISIS. I don't think it's wrong for any faith to accept other religions, especially in the case of Islam. Christians and Jews are "People of the Book" as well and I think terror groups ignore this. I hope people listen to al-Maeena and use these tactics to stop terrorism.

I guess this will be an entry that I'll follow up on once an answer becomes clearer.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Rush R40 Tour 6/25/2015

On Thursday after work at the Senior Center, I took the P & W (or Norristown High Speed Line) to the city. I stopped off at 30th Street Station first because I needed to go to the Post Office. I sent 50 letters from the Senior Center and then sent a birthday card to my pen pal in China. I then went to 15th Street to go to the bank and get my free drink at Starbucks. While I was there, I asked these two women about a hair salon that is local and can get into with an appointment. I had an hour and a half to kill before I had to meet mom, Jason, and Josh (my two cousins). The women suggested Ulta.

So, I went to Ulta on 16th and Chestnut. They were a bit pricey ($45), but Kim did a really nice job with my hair. I also connected with her and really liked her. I will be going back again on August 29 for my next trim. I was just happy with the job she did. As I was walking to the 15th Street Station to catch the Broad Street Line, I saw a violinist play. I put a $1 in his bucket and asked for a photograph. He let me take his picture.

My hair cut.

After fifteen minutes on the Broad Street Line, I was at the AT & T Station. Rush was playing at the Wells Fargo Center, which was a two minute walk. I arrived at the Wells Fargo Center before mom, Jason, and Josh. I saved them seats at a table in the Cure Club. They came 15 minutes later. We ate dinner, then went into the arena for the concert.

The concert was amazing. We were all deaf by the time we left at 10:30. But, the show was amazing. Even the light shows!

Jason, Josh (center), and I waiting.

Mom and I waiting.

I'm waiting.

South Park as Lil Rush began the 2nd Half of the Show. I didn't get a video of South Park (sadly), but I found it on YouTube. Then I'll cut into my taping of Tom Sawyer.

South Park just makes me smile.