I only have a couple more days left in Philadelphia, and I’ve been reminiscing a bit on the last 2.5 years. If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to share a quick “Top 10″ list from my time here…
10. Urban Outfitters
What started out as a really difficult (and hard-to-adjust-to) job, became a really fun and rewarding experience towards the end. Credit goes to all the great people I got to work with.
9. Camp Naked Terror
Rob was nice enough to invite me to my very first party in Philadelphia. Not only that, I think it was the first costume party (not counting those at Halloween) that I’d ever been to. The following year, I dressed up as George Jetson.
8. New Friends
One of the reasons I want to move is the chance to meet, and become friends with, a whole bunch of new people. Not because my current friends aren’t good enough. But because it’s been so fantastic with all of them that I can’t wait to experience it again.
7. Badminton at Liz’s Parents’ House
Playing badminton at Liz’s parents’ house (Memorial Day weekend?) was, perhaps, the first time I really felt like I was “home” in Philly. I was comfortable with my life, and just enjoying everything that was happening.
6. Tiffany and Kristen
Prior to moving to Philadephia, I hadn’t dated much the past couple of years. Shortly after moving, I had my first date in the city with Tiffany. Some time later, I met Kristen and we dated for a bit. Neither one worked out, but it was nice to feel attractive again.
Absolutely THE most fun and rewarding experience I’ve had at a job to date.
4. Summer Leary
My crazy, neurotic, weirdo new best friend. You and I will definitely be seeing each other again!
3. Tranny Hookers
Around 11pm (or later) on Friday & Saturday nights, you’ll find tranny hookers on either end of the block where I live. The spectacle of them on the corners will forever make me smile.
2. Losing 70lbs
Part of the reason I moved to Philly was to make a drastic change in my life. Getting rid of my car and walking to work (and around the city) helped me lose 70lbs in 2.5 years. I weighed 275 before I left Maryland. Now I weight 203.
1. City Living
I sincerely wish I had lived in a city sooner. It’s so fantastic being close to such amazing and wonderful things, spectacles, art, restaurants, shops, weirdos, etc, etc. I can’t imagine living in a suburb ever again.