Last week, from Wednesday evening to Sunday evening, was pretty damned awesome, if I do say so myself. Allow me to recount it.
Pat (aka SonnyeBoy) came up Wednesday afternoon - that's enough to make a weekend great. I ditched work at four o'clock and the three of us made our way to Center City Philadelphia to see Eddie Izzard at the Kimmel Center.
The show was amazing. He covered evolution, the Big Bang Theory, the existence of God, the five extinction events, the origin of language, the Nazis, the six wives of Henry VIII, William the Conqueror and how he exploded, vaping, board games, Krav Maga, the building of Notre Dame, the emergence of Homo Sapiens, and more. And that was just the first half! In the second half, he covered his childhood and family, his marathons, his sea swimming, and much much more. As an encore, he told us his Theory of the Universe - it's Wunderbar!
Thursday we piled into Pat's car and he drove us to his home in Baltimore. We had a very nice dinner at Nepenthe, a great brewpub in the Hampden neighborhood, and then we walked up The Avenue to the Charmery, home of wonderful ice cream.
On Friday, we got dressed up and proceeded to downtown Baltimore. Pat dropped us off at the Hippodrome Theater, where he would receive his official hood as a newly minted Juris Doctor. The Dean of the law school opened the ceremony - I couldn't help but wonder if he would break into song as the assembled professors danced around him.
Pat has worked hard for over four years toward this goal, starting when he decided to go to law school. He took it one step at a time, beginning with signing up for the LSAT exam. Then he applied to law schools. He selected the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law. He packed up his life in Ocean City, moved to Baltimore, got a job, and went to school in the evening.
We are immensely proud of him.
We took him and the four friends he invited to the ceremony to lunch at Bo Brooks, where we laughed and swapped stories and had a great time. Even the weather cooperated!
On Saturday, we took the train to Philadelphia and cabbed it home. Man, the train is the way to go. No stress, comfy seats, and only an hour - a far cry from sweating out I-95 for two hours. Expensive? Well, yeah, but worth every cent.
Sunday? Day of rest.