So I did it. On the week that it was revealed that Gannett’s laying off 10% of its newspaper division by the first week of December I took a vacation day to go to the Phillies parade. Call me fatalistic.
The rest of my sphere of influence is much more responsible than I am, so they’re working and I’m going this alone. Look for me. I’ll be in red.
I managed to get one of the hard-to-get tickets to the end-of-parade festivities in Citizen’s Bank Park, too. It wasn’t hard. It was a download and I got mine 15 minutes after the time window opened. So the whiners you hear on 610-WIP are just that. Whiners.
Here’s the plan:
1 ) Bundle up.
2 ) Head to WaWa (every road trip starts at WaWa) for ATM, coffee, snacks & camera batteries.
3 ) Head to Kayla’s Flower stand to get some goofball Phillies paraphenalia. Beads, boas, etc.
4 ) Take the speedline to the end of the line in Philly, transfer to a local train on SEPTA Broad Street line
5 ) Get off at Broad & Oregon.
6 ) Stake out spot for parade. Apparently I’m already very late, but the sleeping in ’til 8:30 was delicious.
7 ) Watch parade
8 ) Join the swarm and walk to Citizen’s Bank Park That’s about 3/4 mile, by my rotten calculations.
9 ) Get into the Stadium and watch the festivities.
If things look horrible at Broad & Oregon (or if I get on the Sports Express subway by accident that’ll take me directly to the ballpark) I’ll forgo the street part of the parade and get my seat for the finale.
Okay, team. Let’s mobilize.
See you on the other side, Ray.
Edited to add: I’ll be Twittering today, so follow me there if you’d like.