Thursday, June 12, 2014

Rainy Day In Philadelphia

Started a humid, gloomy morning with two Backyardigans episodes while we got ready to walk to Collingswood. Two of my favorite episodes are both hilarious movie spoofs. Uniqua has "Blazing Paddles" when she has to go up against Ping Pong Bandit Pablo to win all the other kids' paddles back. "Garbage Trek" takes Uniqua, Tasha, and Austin on an out-of-this-world trip to round up all the universe's trash. Klingons Pablo and Tyrone are after the trash as well to power their ship!

We headed out as soon as "Garbage Trek" ended. Thankfully, the rain held off as we hiked across the White Horse Pike and past Newton Lake Park to Haddon Avenue in Collingswood. Lauren loves Tortilla Press, the Mexican restaurant on the corner of Lincoln and Haddon Avenue, and I'm a fan of them, too. We were there so early, we were the first customers. We got a table right next to one of the open windows; the breeze cooled us as we enjoyed our chicken avocado wraps, sweet potato fries, and iced tea.

We were waiting for the train at the PATCO Station when the rain started. It was just a light shower in Collingswood, but it picked up when the fairly full train arrived in Philly. We only got turned around a little before we made it to the big FYE near City Hall on the Avenue of the Arts. We explored there for about an hour or so. Unlike my trip to Philly a few days after New Year's, I stuck to buying things from FYE's buy two used, get one for a dollar sale. I ended up with the second season of Happy Days for $9.99 (cheaper than the $12 they had it listed for), the Disney anthology The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad for $8.99, and the musical 1776 for the dollar. Lauren bought three seasons each of Family Matters and The A-Team. She loved Kirby's Dream Collection so much, she wanted her own copy as well.

The rain was going harder as we headed for Macy's. We had no luck there. The only clothes I really need now are a new pair of sport sandals that are waterproof. The sandals I have now are comfortable enough, but they aren't waterproof, and walking in bad weather has ruined them. Nothing useful - Macy's mainly had fancy high-heeled or wedge heeled sandals. We went to the third floor to use the bathroom, but otherwise did nothing there.

A wet walk to a busy Washington Square didn't go much better. My favorite book store in Washington Square, Russakoff's Used Books, seemed to have vanished into thin air. Ironically, it was replaced by the other store I'd planned on going to, Rustic Music, a used and vintage music and musical instruments store. Disappointingly, they had only a fraction of the room and the selection of their 13th Street location. We walked out with nothing and just took a jammed-full 3:30 bus back to Collingswood.

Since we got in earlier than planned and the rain was slowing down, we lingered in Collingswood for a bit longer. We explored Frugli Vintage and Consignment, then went across the street to the Pop Shop. It was almost 4:30, a good time to be having a snack there. There were only a few families and students having early dinner or treats. Lauren had a chocolate soda. I had a Key Lime Pie Milkshake in an adorable little mason jar, with lots of whipped cream on top. It was really, really good! Tasted just like the key lime pies I used to get when I visited Dad-Bruce in Florida. The little mason jar also meant it wasn't too much to drink in one sitting, like most milkshakes tend to be.

The rain ended as we finally made it home. We spent the next couple of hours playing more Kirby before having honey-glazed carrots and Crock-Pot ham for dinner. Now, we're running Bowery Boys movies (currently Angels In Disguise) as we chat. Tomorrow, we'll hit the County Library System Book Sale in Voorhees and the Voorhees Town Center.

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