Exploring Philly

Last week I had the incredible honor of being invited to give a TEDx talk on the potential for pro-bono impact in big business. The talk was sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, a company I really respect. Better yet, the talk was in Philly - I city I've never explored!

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I knew that time would be tight because the schedule for talks and rehearsals were quite intense, so I wanted to make the most of what time alone I had to see new things (and eat good food).

After arriving from a red eye flight at 6am EST, I stumbled into my driver's car. He was a great man, and was very proud to show me around his hometown. In just minutes we were at the hotel, and I quickly ran up to my room to pass out for 4 hours.

After my nap, I had one thing on my mind: LOVE park. Being a lifelong skateboarder, I knew that I wanted to see this world-famous skate-spot. Being a bit delusional from lack of sleep, I decided that the best way to get there would be on foot. 

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I had a blast watching the skaters, and got a bit nostalgic at the same time. I saw a familiar scene in the far distance, and asked one of the skaters what it was. "Rocky steps!" they yelled. I knew I had to run up those. Rocky is one of my favorite movies.

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I made it!

I made it!

After the long trek to the steps, I ran up them. Although tempted to jog in one place with both arms high above my head, I realized that would be a bit of an overkill. I never felt more deserving of a Philly Cheesesteak, so that became the next destination on my radar. 

Official Philly Cheese Steak!

Official Philly Cheese Steak!

Next up was my dress rehearsal for the big event. It went great!

Of course you can't be in a celebratory mood on the east coast and not get Shake Shack and watch Robocop... well, at least that is what I do.

What a fun experience. Can't wait to go back!