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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thankful Thursday 2/23/2017

Here is something that happened last Thursday before the Mayhem meet and greet. I wanted to share it today because I am still grateful:

Last month as I was walking to Cedars for dinner before meeting up with Danielle and Lee to see her father perform, a poster hanging on Crash Bang Boom's window caught my eye. It was a poster advertising a meet and greet on February 16. The meet and greet were for Mayhem, a black metal band from Norway that I loved as a teenager. Mayhem was going to be in Philadelphia and at a shop called the Vinyl Altar. It was January 21st when I walked by, and I had a month to plan the logistics of going to this meet and greet. It had always been my dream to meet Mayhem, and I was going to make it a reality! I was daydreaming about meeting the wicked men during dinner, as well as throughout the funk performance I went to see with Danielle and Lee (don't worry, I did pay attention to Danielle's father's performance).

I took off from the library to make it happen. As soon as I requested off from the library, I saw that Mayhem was going to be performing at the Theatre of the Living Arts (TLA) and I was happy there were a few tickets left. I requested a sick day the Friday after the concert, and I was granted the sick time. I could now enjoy the show and bask in all of its glory. I left work early that day to get to the Vinyl Altar early and plus I wanted to see their records. Vinyl Altar is a record shop that specializes in heavy metal.

Unfortunately, there was a change of plans. On my way down to South Street, I had to use the bathroom. Someone pointed out a bagel shop that had a public restroom, but I had never heard of it before. I went in, and I left the bag holding my Mayhem CD and the ticket on one of the tables near the bathroom. I noticed I was running a bit late and totally forgot the bag as I walked out of the store. I didn't realize this error until I was on South Street. It dawned on me when I passed Repo Records.

I saw a police officer sitting in his SUV and inquired about a bagel shop on Sixth and Walnut. He wasn't sure, but he did Google it and called. The bagel shop didn't answer right away, I thanked him and was about to go to the place in a cab until the police officer came back over telling me he was on the phone with the bagel shop and they had my things. The kind officer took me back to the bagel shop and then back to the TLA. I was incredibly grateful, and it was nice chatting with him throughout the ride. We had conversations about traveling, music, and I was telling him about the show I was seeing. Surprisingly, he didn't seem bothered by the fact I saw a black metal band perform and the fact I had seen Twiztid at the TLA two years prior. He chuckled and said the TLA has some great artists. It dawned on me after he dropped me off that although I want to move out of Philadelphia, some awesomely kind people live in the city. There are kind people everywhere, just as there are bad people everywhere too, these facts will not change when I change my zip code. I thanked him again once he dropped me off.

I'm also thankful for the nice weather we have had this week, although I do miss the winter temperatures. I'm grateful for the walks I have been able to take.

From yesterday.

From Saturday.

I'm also grateful for the sign the library posted this week. I am glad I work for an inclusive place that wants to include all.

What are you thankful for this week?


  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    What an a inspiring story! That cop was both friendly and helpful. He went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure you got your stuff back and got to your destination. I am a great believer that if you give people a chance they will show you their best side. You seem to have a knack for bringing out the best in the strangers you meet.

    We haven't had much of a winter here in Florida. I don't think the temp has reached the freezing point in our region yet and we are running out of time for that to happen before the heat returns.

    I hope your week is turning around, dear friend JM!

    1. Hi, Shady,

      I am in agreement with you. I often believe kindness towards others brings out the kindness in them. I've always been a big believer in the Golden Rule. :)

      I am hoping we have a winter. Yesterday we had a rain storm and it's cooled things down, but I hope the temperatures won't climb again. It is concerning.

      My week did turn around. :) Though, my shoulder hurts. :( Enjoy the rest of your weekend, dear friend!