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Always fun to return to Benjamin's town!

So a fun weekend got clipped by an early snow storm.  Originally scheduled to arrive yesterday, the plan was for my buddy Mark to pick me up and push on the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, to catch a performance by the Reverend Horton Heat.  Out of nowhere a winter flurry blew in and they actually canceled my flight the night before!

I was permitted to rebook at no charge, but of course it had to be within two days for the original itinerary.  Well, rather than swallow the exorbitant change fee I just chose to fly in today and cut the trip short by 24 hours.  The itinerary for tonight was not impacted because I arrived at the Philadelphia Airport and we were off to catch a pair of local musicians in town.

Hemming performing at the Boot and Saddle Sunday night.
  Reserved a hotel room but when Mark picked me up around 1PM it was too early to check in, so we cruised South Street (a funky Philly neighborhood we frequented in our youth to buy vinyl records and devour cheesesteak sandwiches).

We stopped at Jim’s, our old standby for best Philly Cheesesteak, but the line was well out the door at 2PM!  There is huge competition around who is “best” in this landmark Philadelphia offering, and though disappointed to dodge the long wait it was good to know a lot of folks shared our opinion.  We backtracked a few blocks to a Greek joint and enjoyed a pleasant late lunch of gyros.

After eating we checked in.  I had selected a hotel within walking distance of the bar we would be headed to this evening and our room was on the 19th floor, affording an interesting glimpse of downtown Philly.  We could even glimpse the famous statue of William Penn topping City Hall, which would impact tomorrow’s agenda.  By now it was 4PM, but due to the chill in the air we opted to grab coffee in the lobby and just gabbed until 6PM.  Then we set out towards the Boot & Saddle, where Mark had will-call tickets waiting for us to catch Hemming and Strand of Oaks tonight.

We popped into the pub, but their menu was not particularly appealing (performances did not begin until 8:30PM).  Returning outdoors to seek an alternative, we discovered the Broad Street Diner immediately across the street.  Always enjoy a classic diner and we enjoyed a good meal before the show.  The remainder of the evening was beers and music at an intimate venue.  An excellent return, even if Old Man Winter cut it short.

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