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!
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.
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.
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.
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!