Friday was reentry day.
I got the blog out and then did a series of errands.

Dry cleaners  to drop-off @ 730 and
Auto repair to drop off the car @ 8.00am.

And then the train into downtown to buy a Bell and Evans duck and chicken – chicken for tonight; duck for tomorrow.

Be eating left overs for days to come.
I also bought a disposable razor to tide me over until I make it to Costco to replenish my razor supply.

When I got home I brushed a slurry of baking powder, black pepper, and water over the chicken to dehydrate the skin, making it crispier and browner. Then I put the chicken in for 28 minutes/pound @ 200*.
See the Roast Chicken recipe on the website.

Later in the day I’ll do another set of errands and then finish cooking the chicken for supper.

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Today is Saturday, September 29, 2018.
This is my 172nd consecutive daily posting.

Time is 4.35am,
Boston’s temperature is  72* under sunny skies.

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Staying in touch:

So many well-wishers sent ‘welcome-backs.’
Thank you all for your kind thoughts and comments.

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Got a call from Broadway Sunoco where my friends there, Frank, Abe, and Elias, who have done all my car maintenance for the last fifteen years, tell me to replace the battery and the regulator for now.

The car issue may be the alternator but my friends have been testing it for 45 minutes and it’s working fine.
And at a cost of $700.00 it’s not wise to replace it on a ‘perhaps.’

Additionally, I had them run the car through its annual inspection and change the oil.
They replenished the fluids and checked the tires for wear and pressure.
All done.

Ana, who has been cleaning my apartment once a week for the last fifteen years, is due to come over today for her regular cleaning which includes my laundry.
Not too much since I found a laundry in ?Dallas? that washed and folded my clothes for me halfway through the trip.

I found both Broadway Sunoco and Ana the year I moved into Somerville and I’ve hung on ever since.

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I discovered that Old Philly, Revolutionary War Philly, is quite an industry.
I took some random shots that I share with you now but Old Philly is definitely worth a dedicated day.
I propose to my daughter Kat, who’s in school at nearby Swarthmore, that we spend a day touring there.
She’s amenable.
On one of my visits.

Here are some tastes of the two hours I spent there.
The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall are paid attractions.
Not knowing how terrifically the area had been organized I didn’t have the time.
Going back will not be difficult for me.

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So, in the three weeks plus two days how far did I travel?
I added it up.

6807 miles.  That’s a lot of driving.   A lot of the drive was enjoyable.  Especially when going to a great place.   But when the next destination is not a great place, a ‘stopover’ only, the drive can be deadening.   Because after hours and hours on the road, there’s nothing to look forward to but another mid-western town built around Popeye’s, Subways, McDonald’s, etc. with an inexpensive room for sleep in. Those moments not fun.      Love you all.      Dom

6807 miles.
That’s a lot of driving.

A lot of the drive was enjoyable.
Especially when going to a great place.

But when the next destination is not a great place, a ‘stopover’ only, the drive can be deadening.

Because after hours and hours on the road, there’s nothing to look forward to but another mid-western town built around Popeye’s, Subways, McDonald’s, etc. with an inexpensive room for sleep in.
Those moments not fun.



Love you all.


Dom