Hey Bloggy Friends.
I hope all is well with you. Things are going great here. We had a fabulous weekend. The weather has improved somewhat. We've been getting a lot of rain so far this season, but most days it only comes in spurts before the sun comes out to light us up!
Friday night we walked all the way over to West Philadelphia (born and raised) to see "Up" at the Bridge theater. It was so good. This was the first animated film I've seen in 3D. I was amazed by it. I felt like a child, looking up with a silly grin on my face the whole time. Once, when I was doing a show in Lexington called "Fortinbras," one of my fellow actors told me that I should read children's books and watch children's movies to improve my craft. I wasn't sure what he meant, but I think it has something to do with staying creative and keeping the magic within yourself. Maybe I'll make it a point to see more 3D Pixar films.
It poured during the early part of Saturday, but by mid-afternoon it had all dried up. At that point we got out and about to look at some houses, and pick up some things we needed at home. Later that night we drove to Wilmington to have dinner with Kelly and Ed. We had salmon, garlic and olive mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli and salad. It was delicious. We love spending time with Kelly and Ed. Thanks guys!
Later that night I went to a random karaoke bar in Northeast Philadelphia with my friend Tim. It was a private, members only bar located in the basement of a Veterans Legion Hall. We had to ring a door bell, and prove that we had a connection inside before the gruff man at the door let us in. The regulars seemed a little intimidating at first, but as the evening progressed everyone warmed up to one another as we sang the night away. I had a really good time.
Sunday was a fun day. It was one of those days that just flowed nicely. Do you know what I'm talking about? We started the day by getting our grocery shopping out of the way. After that was finished we looked at an open house on Fawn Street in Washington Square West, strolled through the lively Odunde festival and walked south to investigate a new neighborhood on our radar - Passyunk Square. This is a neighborhood that extends from 6th street to Broad, and Washington avenue to Tasker street. Our realtor told us that it's rumored to be the next "up and coming" neighborhood in Philadelphia. We really like what we saw of it. It's an eclectic neighborhood that has recently started to see the build up of new, local businesses and the movement of a young, hip crowd within its borders. We were told that several gay couples specifically have started to buy properties here. We all know that's a good sign!
We'd definitely get A LOT more for our money in Passyunk Square, but it's a little further south than we're comfortable with. We're not going to completely rule it out, however, until we've had the chance to actually see some of the homes there. One of the major highlights about the neighborhood for me was dinner at a restaurant called Izumi. We read in City Paper that it offered the freshest sushi in town, and they weren't lying. It was by far the best sushi we've had in Philadelphia. I'd even be willing to go as far as to say it closely rivals what we used to get in San Francisco. If you're stopping by my page because you googled "best sushi in Philadelphia," then you should totally check this place out. A+!
Well, this is starting to get a little long. I know interest starts to wane after a few paragraphs, so I'll end it here. I hope you all have a great afternoon. I posted some pictures below of the weekend. Be sure to check out Doris' new haircut. Who knew that cute little puppy was hiding under all that stringy hair!
Talk to ya soon!
Alan and Kelly chatting before dinner.
Doris peeping over the couch.
Doris falling asleep in Alan's arms.