Philadelphia – The Early Years from an Early Riser

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Greetings from the city of brotherly love! It’s my first time in the great Philadelphia and I couldn’t be more excited. Unfortunately I’m still waiting on my friends and city tour guides to wake up! In the mean time, I’m getting a head start on my Philly facts and history.

Did you know the city of Philadelphia is coming up on its 331st birthday this month? In the year 1682, on October 27 (just a day before my own birthday *hint*) William Penn founded the city after being given a fairly large chunk of American land in repayment of a debt the king owed William’s father, Admiral Sir William Penn. Today that land is Pennsylvania (get it?)…and part of Delaware.
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I often wonder what I would name the kingdom I was born to run, but something about Weissenbergersylvania just doesn’t have a great ring to it. Lianeville seems far too provincial. I’m open to suggestions from the crowd–an indication of my fair, just, and humble leadership style.

For a student of history, Philadelphia rivals Washington D.C. for it’s prominence in the American story. In fact, I think it’s clear that when it comes to Team USA, Philly made the team far sooner. Let’s not forget that Philadelphia’s Carpenters’ Hall housed the First Continental Congress in September 1774. It was in the Pennsylvania State House that they met again in May 1775, and ultimately in July 1776 to write and sign their official FU to England, the Declaration of Independence.

While the Nation’s capital was being built down south along the Potomac, Philly kept the seat warm by serving as a temporary capital for 10 years between 1790-1800. Congress hung out in (suitably) Congress Hall, formerly the Philadelphia County Courthouse, while the Supreme Court took residence at City Hall. The executive branch, the big GW, lived at 6th & Market Street in the donated home of Robert Morris (who is more or less the economic mastermind of the US financial system). His home was renamed President’s House-again, super creative times for naming things. I guess we can’t all have the artistic expertise to choose titles like “White House.”

A note on Robert Morris: This dude was the first guy to officially use the dollar sign. Now that’s bada$$!

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Keep checking in for history from the field!

“Philadelphia is my greatest inspiration. — filmmaker David Lynch

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An Outing

In my last post I vaguely and somewhat distractedly recounted the beginning of my adventure in Foggy Bottom. Here is a continuation of that outing.

Foggy Bottom, as I said before, is the area of DC where GW is located. It is a beautiful part of the city as well as one of the most historic.

Click here for a wikihistory of the area.

(Including where the name Foggy Bottom came from)

One of my favorite things about  DC is the architecture. The houses are built up against each other but each one has such a distinct personality. You can almost imagine what the people who live in the house are like based upon their house. I mean there is definitely not an MMA fighter living in that pink house on the right. The pale grey house with the black trim and red detailing is striking, I imagine that whoever lives there is extremely stylish and artistic, a perfectionist with an eye for details. The teal house on the left is more likely to house a person who wants to stand out but can never quite muster the courage, he/she/they are no fuss and easygoing, maybe even a little reckless. Do you see what I mean? What do you think?

Washington DC is a classy city. People are (almost) always put together and refined. They edit themselves, sometimes to the point of boring, but let’s reserve judgement. A perfect example of the kind of city DC is? This 7-11. Is this not the classiest 7-11 you’ve ever seen? It’s borderline ridiculous.

This is a bust of George Washington, a reluctant first President of these United States. If you haven’t seen the John Adams HBO Series, you should. GDub is a baller, but not as much as Thomas Jefferson. John Adams is a whiny jerk & Ben Franklin is a manwhore.

This is the Media & Public Affairs building at GW. In case you didn’t know, I am studying to get my Masters in Media and Public Affairs. I’ll write an extended post on that at some point.

 

 

In the window of the Media and Public Affairs building, I saw this statue. I thought it was pretty interesting. It reminds me of the statues throughout Berlin of the Berlin bear. (see Notebook of a Nomad for a post with dozens of pictures of me next to these statues) I’m not sure how I want to interpret this one though.

I’ll let you vote (this is just an excuse for me to play around with all the little extras):

This is the Trustees Gate at GW. I included it just because I think it is pretty and I’m dying to study in that courtyard. Doesn’t it look inviting?

A Toast, “To George Washington: the man, the myth, the legend”

One of my favorite quotes, and something I strive to live by, despite what this blog may lend you to believe:

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”
~George Washington