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I tried.  I failed.  I can live with that.

Three weeks ago I was going nowhere, stuck in a dead end with no apparent way out.  Then...

A light!  Everything aligned!  My landlord inexplicably put me on a month-to-month lease, after 4 years of 12-month leases, and I said, I said...

"Oh shit, I'd better call them and get myself on another one-year lease so I don't get kicked out.  After all, the hipsters have discovered my SE Portland neighborhood so I'd better lock myself in while I can!"

But then after a second, I says to myself, I says...

...hey now, wait a minute.

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Some people love New York, some people love heaven, some people love Disneyland, some people love Singapore, some people love Paris.


I love Philadelphia.  

More than I can ever put into words.  And always have, since I was a little boy over three decades ago and from the first minute I learned to even pronounce the word.


What a beautiful word.  Call me whatever you want, but there's really no other place in the world I'd ever rather be.  And the City takes my heart away every time I see it.

So wait, wait... could I could I could I???

Could I maybe end this failed experiment out here in Portland, where, okay it's a cool city, but ummm... I've only had like four good months out of the 60-something I've been here?

Yeah, okay.  I tried.  I failed.  I can live with that.  Time to move on.

There's an apartment available in Kensington, Philadelphia, and oh wait oh wait oh wait...

I want it!  I got it!

Holy shit, I'm moving to Philadelphia in four weeks!!!


Something finally went right in my life for once, I'm gonna be a Philadelphian soon!!!!!!!!!!


I'm gonna hit the Reading Terminal Market in a few weeks, and when I leave I'm not gonna say, "I'll be back in a month or a year or two years."


Because this time, I'm gonna say - "The Market - Frankford El is gonna take me home in 15 minutes, and I can be back tomorrow or any other fucking day of my life because I live in Philadelphia! Whoo!!!!!!"


Music, please!

I'll never live in Jersey again, but ah shit I feel I'm coming home...

I still dig The Spinners!

Even though I'm from North Jersey, Philly's what I think about when I think of home.  But hey, whatever.  I understand...


I'll be home soon!

Welcome to Kensington, indeed.  34 days!!!  :-D

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