I am in Philly. Last time, I went away for a conference was for CPAC. It was when I was just starting to get back into my “journalist” mindset and needed to remind myself of all the excitement that came with covering such high energy political events.
CPAC served its purpose. This trip is helping me air out my brain a little … I needed to get away from NY and I get to do some work by going to the conference tomorrow. After I jumped around on my hotel bed (I always do that after checking in) and admiring the view of City Hall from my room, I decided to go for a walk.
This is not my first time in Philly and I always do a lap around the City Hall. As I rounded City Hall, I came upon Occupy Philadelphia.
Tents at Occupy Philadelphia in front of Philly City Hall.
It was kind of interesting to walk around their protest after having visited the one in New York. New York’s protest is a little intense. There is always a lot of noise. Philadelphia’s, on another hand, seemed really quiet and calm. Few people sat outside their tents and lectured, but otherwise it seemed really serene.
Public Sector Collective Bargaining plaque at the edge of Occupy Philadelphia.
After I walked my lap, I went to grab dinner as I originally planned and eavesdropped on local conversations about Occupy Philadelphia. I was the only person eating/drinking by myself and my poor underage waitress was a little caught off guard by that. I wanted to say, “It’s ok, little one. I like being alone with my thoughts.”
Anyways, I got back into my hotel room and started to check off some things from my to do list while watching Conan.
Conan mentioned Occupy Wall Street as well as Quidditch World Cup to which he referred to as Occupy Virginity. I went to Quidditch World Cup, and while yes it is uber nerdy, these kids are very athletic. I am not so sure about the virginity part of the equation.
I will leave you tonight with this photo of people running around with brooms between their legs.
High school teams face off at Quidditch World Cup.