August 7, 2022

A Visit To Philadelphia


A Visit To Philadelphia

Todd Swank's Diary Entry for August 7, 2022

I was in Philadelphia from Sunday through Wednesday.  I've been in the area before, but this was the first time I'd spent time in the city.  I found it to be a nice place.  As with any big city I did get a little nervous walking around at night by myself so I kept that activity to a minimum.

I was in town for the Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) User Event.  It was interesting joining a bunch of Oracle customers to hear about the latest breakthroughs in logistics and supply chain software.  With all the craziness happening in the world these past couple of years, there were a bunch of things being discussed that were very topical.

It was exciting being able to attend a conference in person again.  The opening reception was very festive.  Let's break out the band and get this party started!

I was very excited to be in Philly, but had no idea I was actually going to see Rocky Balboa.  Crazy thing is he looked about the same age as he was when his first movie came out in 1976.

I gotta get me an outfit like this one.

I had the opportunity to experience a bunch of fun restaurants including Alpen Rose.  It was a cozy little space that reminded me a lot of a speakeasy.  The food was great and our bartender, Miranda, was a master creator of some pretty delicious cocktails.

On our last night in town, I connected with some other conference attendees and went to see some tourist spots including the Liberty Bell.  It was pretty nice, but you'd think with such hype around the thing, they'd get it fixed some time.  We didn't even get to hear it play any bell songs.

Since we had hung out with Rocky, we thought we should go see the place where he exercises.  I was pretty impressed by these stairs, but not enough to actually climb them.  That seems like it would be a lot of work.

Yo, Adrian.  We did it!

Back home, we had the opportunity to hook up with some good friends.  Kray Kory was in town on Thursday night and we always have a good time with him.

On Friday night, we joined Tom & Kellie Wolf for dinner at the Crooked Pint.  Our conversations were very enlightening.

On Saturday, I met my buddy, Orlando Mazzolini, for one of our adventures.  He's a big fan of the Godfather so this is usually one of our regular stops.

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