November 25, 2009

Tip Our Hats: Out-of-towners

In my 10+ years of living in Philadelphia, I like to think I’ve discovered some pretty neat places tucked away in weird little corners that not every run-of-the-mill resident is aware of. Of course, I’m usually wrong. I’ll think I have some ace up my sleeve to impress a girl that’s only been here for a year and a half, but when we get there, it’s always, “Oh, yeah! I know this place!” And just like that, I suddenly feel way less impressive.

But fret not, my ego, as there is help on the way: The out-of-towner. I love being able to bring you anywhere in town, knowing you’ve never been there. I’ll spend all afternoon regaling you with useless facts about everything we pass. I know deep down that you really don’t care about any of these things I’m telling you, but that you’re playing along and smiling at me when I make a bad joke about City Hall makes it all worthwhile. Even more than that, it all makes for a great excuse to keep walking and talking and not go home just yet.

And if that weren’t enough, when you realize we’re trying out some activity that even I haven’t done, your face lights up like an orphan on Christmas morning in the 3rd act of some happy-ending-type movie. The fact that there are still things here that I don’t know, and you get to do them with me for the first time; I know, that's pretty exciting.

So girls from other places that come to Philadelphia to go on a date with me, I tip my hat to you. Thanks for making me feel like I’ve got something to bring to the table here.


Michaelangelo said...

hear hear

Laura said...

Don't forget recent transplants. We're just as impressed by guys who understand this foreign city we've found ourselves in :D

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