Feeling the love…

I just this morning returned from a short, but very fun trip to Philadelphia – the City of Brotherly Love – and yes, sir…I felt the love.  I have much to share about my trip (to include an outing with the irrepressible Philly Kim), but a good night’s sleep is required before I can provide you with all the details of that escapade (and many a photo).   Today I offer a small snippet of my Philly trip.

One the eve of my arrival (Wednesday) at my hotel (The Ritz-Carlton in Philly proper), I ordered room service and met a very nice fellow named Dan (who is a member of their in-room wait staff). Dan and I had a conversation about a number of things – mostly things about Philadelphia, but a few other things as well – and it was lovely. Of course, I felt a tad guilty after awhile as he was working and me, well you know me, I am visiting with folks in perpetuity.

Last night when I returned to my room from my final conference session this yummy plate of chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate Liberty Bell were waiting for me along with a very sweet note card from Dan. Well, needless to say, Dan quickly moved to the top of my favorite person list…what a thoughtful gesture.

After I discovered this delightful surprise in my room I went downstairs and asked the concierge (who coincidentally is also a Dan) if he could hunt up my favorite Dan for me so I could thank him.  Dan’s thoughtfulness made my day.  The photo below of me and Dan was taken last night in the Ritz-Carlton’s lobby before my colleague Dustin and I headed out to dinner.

So, I was definitely feeling the love in Philly and I think there is little doubt about where I will stay when next I visit…wherever Dan is working (gee…I hope he stays in the hotel business or this could get tricky).  If you are headed to Philly and are staying at the Ritz-Carlton please do make an effort to say hello to Dan, my newest Philly friend…I am sure you will like him as much as I do. ;-)

Day three hundred and ninety-seven of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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One Response to Feeling the love…

  1. Dan Burns says:

    Hey Ms. Cwiak! Your blog is awesome! It was wonderful getting to know you…even though our time together was brief. I look forward to the next time you come to Philly, I will definitely take you up on the offer and have a drink with you. You seem like a very fun-loving, laid-back person, which is a fantastic look for forty-year-olds nowadays.
    A little bit about myself… I am an undergraduate student at Temple, studying Psychology, part-time student, full-time Ritz-Carlton employee. I enjoy long walks on beaches and candlelit dinners…. just kidding. Anyway, contact me next time your in the area, and I’d love to have a drink and talk about life with you.
    -Dan Burns
    (pureamazement@gmail.com)

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