The Springer Brothers’ Reunion Tour (Part 2)

Philadelphia

I’m at that sweet spot in life where I’m retired and young enough to do all the things I’ve dreamed about trying but seemingly didn’t have time for before. One of those plans was to spend time with each brother across the United States. That might not seem that difficult until I mention that all four Springer brothers are in a different time zone. (New Jersey, Minnesota, Colorado, and California.) Next time I’ll be writing about my brothers, but I had one more blogger that I especially wanted to meet before I linked up with them.

Those of you who follow Jim Borden at Borden’s Blather https://jborden.com/ already know what an entertaining blog Jim has. I would describe him as a bit of an eclectic blogger. He writes about a whole range of thought-provoking topics. One of the things I love about his blog is the incredible diversity and unpredictability. Jim calls it blather, but it’s like getting together with a buddy over a drink and talking about whatever is on your mind. In a short span, he wrote about the movies that made him cry, life’s most embarrassing moments, the Toy Hall of Fame, and the procrastination of his students. (Jim is an accounting professor at Villanova University near Philadelphia.) Each day is something completely different, and I find that refreshing.

Professor Jim Borden

I immediately liked him with his self-deprecating humor, unusual topics, obsession with Word Press stats, and his kind and courteous manner, always respecting his fellow bloggers. After a week of following him three years ago, I became one of his daily readers. I had probably known Jim for six months when I teased him one day and asked him if he was trying to become the Cal Ripken of blogging. I made my comment because Jim NEVER took a day off. Ripken was a professional baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles, and I later learned, Jim’s favorite player. He is in the Baseball Hall of Fame for being a star player, but what he is most famous for was never taking a day off, earning him the moniker “The Iron Man.” He holds the record of playing in 2,632 games in a row, blowing away the previous streak of 2,130 consecutive games by Lou Gehrig. There has only been one ballplayer since 1995 that has played 1,000 games in a row, so Ripken’s record is considered unbreakable.

Cal Ripken—Jim’s Favorite Baseball Player

Little did I know when I made that quip that Jim had already set a goal of breaking Cal Ripken’s record by blogging for more than 2,632 days in a row. As someone who writes a blog post on average every 7-10 days, it was unfathomable that someone could blog every day for more than seven years. What about when you travel? No problem. What if you’re sick? It didn’t stop Jim. How can you find something to write about every single day? He admits that was sometimes a challenge, but it did not deter him.

As Jim closed in on Ripken’s record during his last year of blogging, another impediment should have stopped him. He had an accident and fell and broke both of his wrists. With the help of his loving wife, Mary, Jim carried on. On March 17, 2022, Jim broke Ripken’s record of 2,632 days in a row! I knew that somebody with that kind of commitment was someone I had to meet.  

Knowing it might be some time before I might get this opportunity again, I reached out to Jim and told him I would be in his neck of the woods and wondered if we could meet. He quickly said yes, but I also got way more than I had hoped for. I had a five-hour drive from Massachusetts, having just completed a fantastic experience in preschool teacher Jennie Fitzkee’s class. (See Part 1 of The Great Springer Brother Reunion Tour.) https://petespringerauthor.wordpress.com/2022/05/20/the-springer-brothers-reunion-tour-part-1/

Jennie’s husband, Steve, had given me some travel tips about which route would get me to King of Prussia (a suburb of Philadelphia) most efficiently. Steve’s inside knowledge was better than Google Maps.

I checked online and learned that Villanova was in the middle of finals week when I showed up. I didn’t want to inconvenience Jim, and I would have been grateful to shake his hand and meet him briefly. Instead, I got the royal treatment. Jim said he had finished grading his finals and could spend the day with me. What? I wasn’t expecting that. He knew I had wanted to go into neighboring Philadelphia and wondered if I wanted to explore alone or have him come along. A friendly guide, inside knowledge, and a pleasant manner? It was a no-brainer.

Downtown Philadephia

Not only did Jim navigate the city like a pro, but he also took me to many of the sites I had wanted to see. The entire time I was thinking, I’m enjoying myself so much more this way. What a nice guy to give up his day and show me around the city!

We spent a good part of the day visiting historical places in the city. We first went to Liberty Bell Center to see the Liberty Bell, an iconic symbol of freedom. Next, Jim took me to nearby Independence Hall, where we learned about the signing of The Declaration of Independence in 1776 when the colonies officially declared their independence from England. We attended a presentation and learned about when the representatives from 12 states gathered at the State House to create the Constitution in 1787. We even visited the courtroom where lawyers from opposing sides hashed out an agreeable document.

Photo in Front of the Famed Liberty Bell
Declaration of Independence
The Constitution
Guide Discussing the History of Independence Hall
Courtroom in Independence Hall

Room Where the Representatives from the Twelve States Argued About the Constitution
Another View of Independence Hall

A School Field Trip Near Independence Hall

Jim drove me around the city, where I could observe old buildings juxtaposed with the more modern parts of the city. Soon it was lunchtime, and Jim asked me if I wanted to try an official Philly cheesesteak sandwich. Are you kidding? Pat’s and Geno’s are two of the better-known places to get a Philly cheesesteak. Jim taught me that there was a specific way to order the sandwich correctly. “A cheesesteak wit” meant a cheesesteak with onions. “A cheesesteak witout” signified a cheesesteak without onions. Part of the drill included saying what kind of cheese you wanted, but a customer was never to ask for rare, medium rare, or medium because all cheesesteaks were well done. Knowing how to order the sandwich was one of the rules. If one doesn’t do it correctly, they might have to go to the back of the line. Jim and I are both fans of the TV show Seinfeld, and immediately the episode with “The Soup Nazi” came to mind. Jim usually follows a strict vegan diet, so I was surprised when he ordered a cheesesteak sandwich. I was so busy enjoying my sandwich I neglected to take a picture of the food.

Philadelphia is a Combination of Historic and Newer Buildings. The Figure on Top of the Building is William Penn.
Instructions on How to Order a Philly Cheesesteak at Pat’s (Photo Credit to Pinterest)

After lunch, Jim drove me around to see more of Philadelphia. That included a stop at the famous Rocky statue. I got so involved in taking pictures of the city I didn’t get enough pictures of Jim. This photo is one of the few I got with the two of us getting ready to rumble. What was left to do? Sprint the famed steps as Rocky did in the movie. Here I am “running” the steps as Jim films me.

Pete and Jim Ready to Rumble
Posing in Front of the Rocky Statue
Pete “Rocky” Springer “Racing” up the Famed Steps from the Rocky Movie.

After spending a good part of the day in Philadelphia, I expected Jim to take me back to my hotel. It was generous of him to have already spent so much time with me. Instead, he took me on a tour of Villanova, a beautiful campus. On one of our stops, he introduced me to one of his sons, Pat, who was working in the college bookstore. Having gotten to know Jim through our blogs, I wasn’t surprised that he was friendly toward many people he encountered on campus. Jim has always expressed his appreciation for Villanova on his blog, and the pride he had for his school was evident.

A Class Inside the Business Department

Villanova Has Won Three National Championships in College Basketball. This is President Reagan Recognizing Coach Rollie Massimino and the Villanova Wildcats in 1985.

Jim Knows That Our Son is a Football Coach and Thought I Might Enjoy Seeing the Field.

We wrapped up the day with dinner at a busy restaurant in King of Prussia. Jim’s delightful wife, Mary, and their youngest son, Pat, joined us. What a great time! Mary is a preschool teacher, which provided another connection since my wife was also a preschool teacher and then director. I had such a great time with them that I neglected to get a picture.

Jim describes himself as introverted, but I sure didn’t see that side of him. We talked throughout the day, shared several laughs, and he was the perfect host. Philadelphia lived up to its reputation as “The City of Brotherly Love.” If he and his family ever make it out to California, I hope to return his act of generosity.

Interestingly, since Jim broke Cal Ripken’s record, he’s been taking time away from his blog. After 7+ years, I’d say he’s earned it.

135 thoughts on “The Springer Brothers’ Reunion Tour (Part 2)

  1. Glad you had a great visit with Jim. He and I met once for lunch when I was in the area a few years ago and found we had a lot in common.

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    1. petespringerauthor May 27, 2022 — 8:28 pm

      I like how down-to-earth he is for such an intelligent guy. I spent enough time with him to know he is a good man.

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  2. Wow. What a great day in Philly! Jim sounds like a fantastic guy. Glad you are enjoying your trip.

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    1. petespringerauthor May 27, 2022 — 8:31 pm

      It was great, Rosi. I’m already home but a bit behind in writing about it. One good thing I did was live in the moment and concentrate on having fun with the people in front of me.

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  3. Wow a day with Jim. What a wonderful and generous guide he was for you. I admire him and his determination. But yes, he does deserve a break and to take some time to enjoy life.

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    1. petespringerauthor May 27, 2022 — 8:33 pm

      I would have navigated my way around as best I could, but I was so relaxed being with someone familiar with the city. It was my first visit to Philadelphia.

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  4. Good for Jim for showing you around. Way better when someone who knows a place does that, rather than having to figure out how to do it yourself. I love that you were having too much fun to take pictures!

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    1. petespringerauthor May 27, 2022 — 8:59 pm

      I would have muddled through, but I know I saw a lot more because he knew his way around. Two bloggers and two great experiences—it doesn’t get any better than that.

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  5. 2632 days, 2632 blogs – howwww?!??!? Wow. Literally wow. Kudos to Jim! And it’s great that he’s a taking that well deserved break. I post 2 times a week and find maintaining that schedule so difficult some times.
    Have you seen the Nicholas Cage movie – ‘National Treasure’? It was one of my favourite movies when I was in school. It revolves around him finding a hidden treasure map on the back of the Declaration of Independence. Your Philadelphia trip makes me want to re-watch that movie.
    It’s amazing to read about your journey and getting to meet your blogger friends. I hope I get to meet a few of mine some day in the near future. ☺️

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    1. Interestingly my children loved that film so much we holidayed in Philly Washington and New York so we could follow the treasure. Being British and ignorant we didn’t realise how hot New York was in July!. The kids didn’t care but the parents nearly expired!

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      1. petespringerauthor May 28, 2022 — 9:07 am

        Funny how our tolerance for those kinds of things lessens over the years. I recall playing in the snow for hours as a kid, and I’m positive I’ve softened over the years and would stay indoors more now. It can be pretty humid in New York at that time of the year.

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      2. It was utterly appalling except by the water. The canyons between the blocks were like open topped greenhouses. Still it was pretty memorable and the delight of going indoors and being battered by aircon!

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    2. petespringerauthor May 28, 2022 — 7:17 am

      Yes, I remember that movie. It was excellent. Both Jennie and Jim were exactly as genuine and fun as they appear on their blogs. It was also a perfect season to travel to Philadelphia because it wasn’t too warm, and there were fewer people because school was still in session.

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  6. How wonderful to meet another blogger! I would love to visit Philidelphia. So much history and ambience. Your trip was a huge success! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. petespringerauthor May 28, 2022 — 7:21 am

      So much rich history, and it was fun to experience a city I had only read about in history books. Enjoying something together with a friend only added to the ambiance.

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  7. Good to ‘meet’ up with Jim now his on his blogging break.

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    1. petespringerauthor May 28, 2022 — 7:23 am

      He’s been away from the blogs for more than a month now. Maybe his last post was one of those drops the mic moments. He’s hoping to teach abroad as he winds down his career.

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  8. Love meeting other bloggers. Sounds perfect.

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    1. petespringerauthor May 28, 2022 — 7:24 am

      It was great. Jim could not have been a more gracious host.

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  9. It sounds like more than a good time was had by all…How fabulous that Jim took the time to show you around, Pete I hope you have a great weekend…its so lovely when you hear of someone enjoying their retirement to the full 🙂 x

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    1. petespringerauthor May 28, 2022 — 7:27 am

      I feel like I’ve been given a second opportunity as my health was not great at the end of my career. I’m embracing that feeling and running with it. Exercise and eating right is a big part of that change.

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      1. Thats great to hear, Pete exercise and eating right definitely improves our health as you know.. Enjoy your second wind… 😎x

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  10. I’m so glad it worked out for both of you, sounds like Jim was a great host, and I can imagine you two hit it off right away. what a fun combo you two must have been, and I’m glad you had a chance to get the inside track on the school and the city. Jim is such a fun blogger and I miss his daily blather, but good to know he’s out there, living his best life.

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    1. petespringerauthor May 28, 2022 — 7:32 am

      I enjoyed his company. I think that he describes himself as introverted was one of the biggest surprises for me. It was also cool to see the pride he felt for his school and t watch him interact with people as we walked around campus.

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  11. I would have a hard time expressing my fondness and admiration for Jim, not only as a blogger/writer, but as a person. When I first started writing my blog, Jim was always there with support and positivity. I read his blog daily and loved it for all the same reasons you have mentioned. His dedication to blogging everyday led to my own desire to be more dedicated to my own writing. However, his record will likely remain safe from me. I am glad you guys had a chance to meet and spend time together. I am sure you are both quite the pair. Thanks for sharing this part of your adventure with us. Have a great holiday, my friend!

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    1. petespringerauthor May 28, 2022 — 7:37 am

      I consider myself a good judge of character, and I knew even before hanging out with Jim that he was a person I’d enjoy spending time with. It’s beautiful when we find inspiration in others’ actions. That’s the way life should work. Unsurprisingly, his wife was also a great lady. I know you follow Pat’s blog, and it was fun to meet him too.

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  12. I was impressed how you ran up those steps. Rocky has nothing on you! Glad you and Jim enjoyed your time together.

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    1. petespringerauthor May 28, 2022 — 7:39 am

      Not quite the same speed, but I was taking two at a time. As I was jogging, I was thinking, “This would not be a good time to do a face plant with the camera on me.” 🤣

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      1. Ha Ha – That would not be fun at all.

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  13. Another special day! There’s nothing like having a ‘native’ take you on a sightseeing tour!

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    1. petespringerauthor May 28, 2022 — 7:41 am

      I sometimes like exploring independently, but a big city can be intimidating. Not only did I feel safer and more relaxed, I enjoyed the company.

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  14. How amazing that you were able to spend a day with Jim, and what a generous host he is! You know that next time you are up north you need to hop across the border for a visit 😊

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    1. petespringerauthor May 28, 2022 — 7:43 am

      That would be amazing, Margie. It’s been a few decades since I’ve been in Canada. I would love to see that tricked-out van of yours. I still remember when you and Tony took us on a tour of the inside.

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  15. I don’t know where to start with this post, Pete. World record blogging, fascinating blogger I haven’t heard of, Declaration of Independence, How to Order a Philly Cheesesteak, Famed Steps from the Rocky Movie–what a great road trip, Pete!

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    1. petespringerauthor May 28, 2022 — 7:45 am

      Making memories the entire time. It was indeed a memorable trip.

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  16. What a great day with one of my favourite bloggers! Jim is everything I imagined he would be, from reading his blog posts, and the two of you are a good fit for friendship. His blog streak is a remarkable achievement, and I agree that he deserves a break (not wrists) after all of that. Like you, I miss his daily thoughts, though.

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    1. petespringerauthor May 28, 2022 — 8:08 am

      I realize I never really asked him if this was a break or sayonara for blogging. I’m sure there was a certain pressure he must have felt trying to come up with something meaningful to write about each day. He has a knack for choosing obscure yet interesting material to write about.

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      1. I expect you’re right in that this is a release for him from the pressure he built up around himself. As he has dropped in on my blog a couple of times I get the impression it isn’t forever – I hope not, as his posts were always interesting and entertaining. Well, almost always 🤣

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  17. Thanks for the enjoyable read, Pete! One nice guy-meeting another nice guy and the world suddenly is a better place.

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    1. petespringerauthor May 28, 2022 — 8:11 am

      As I was walking the campus with him I kept thinking, “This is a guy who knows how to enjoy life—a genuinely good man.” It’s a reminder to me with all of the violence in the world that the beauty outweighs the ugly.

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  18. Such a wonderful trip, all the way around!

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    1. petespringerauthor May 28, 2022 — 8:12 am

      The perfect trip is enjoying the company of friends or loved ones while learning something new. I accomplished both of those things.

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  19. I had fun just reading about how much fun you had with Jim. What a wonderful day you had! I know just what you mean about enjoying yourself so much you forgot to take pictures. There are times when it’s best not to let the camera between you and the people you’re engaging with.

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    1. petespringerauthor May 28, 2022 — 9:01 am

      Most definitely. When we’re trying to get the perfect shot, we should concentrate on the present. I get the importance of visual evidence, though, as I have to admit the memories get a little foggier inside my head over time.

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      1. I know all about the foggy memory!

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  20. Hi Pete, what a smashing day and so nice to meet Jim and his family. I also followed his blog but he has disappeared for a while now. I wonder if he’ll come back or if that phase of his life is over?

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    1. PS, that video of you running up the stairs was great. You just needed some music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSav51fVlKU

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      1. petespringerauthor May 29, 2022 — 3:16 pm

        Funny, you should post that video, Robbie. One of the better skits that I wrote with my students involves a student running to The Chariots of Fire in slow motion. I wish I had footage because he was a big ham who relished being in the spotlight.

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      2. That sounds like great fun, Pete. I love this video.

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    2. petespringerauthor May 28, 2022 — 11:39 pm

      I heard from him today. He says he probably will be back soon, but not every day.

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  21. I’d trip and land on my face if I tried to run up stairs like that, lol. Looks like you had a great time and saw the Liberty Bell, too! I’d take my cheesesteak ‘wit’, by the way 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor May 28, 2022 — 11:41 pm

      That’s the way I got mine. Delicious! An all-around great day with a nice guy.

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  22. My heart is full reading about your blog-buddy adventure – going the extra mile seems to be part of what that type of relationship encompasses as a matter of course.
    BTW: good on you for not sounding out of breath on those Rocky steps…I’m impressed!
    🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor May 28, 2022 — 11:46 pm

      I do know how to pick my blogging buddies. My trip was an adventure—one I won’t soon forget. It might not have seemed like much, but I would have been huffing and puffing if I ran those steps right after I retired. I work hard on my fitness now because I’ve got too many things I still want to do.

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  23. Super post, Pete. I’m so glad you had a good time in Philly. I always loved it there. Jim has quite a record. I went eight years posting every day and only recently dropped back to 6 days a week.

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    1. petespringerauthor May 28, 2022 — 11:47 pm

      Then I think you nosed him out, John. I think the biggest challenge would be coming up with something to write each day.

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      1. I have a set pattern for each day so it is like a lesson plan.

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  24. Fabulous stopover! Now I have a new blog to check out. Thanks, Pete!

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    1. petespringerauthor May 28, 2022 — 11:49 pm

      I was glad to learn today that he plans to return, though on a more limited basis.

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  25. Oh my goodness! Pete! No fair no fair no fair! Tell Jim that, now that he’s broken the record, he can get back on and only read what he wants. 🙂 We all miss him.

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    1. petespringerauthor May 28, 2022 — 11:52 pm

      I looked forward to his posts each day. He’s been off the grid, but I got a text today saying he plans to return. Wait till Cal Ripken hears he’s back for more.

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      1. I wonder what his new goal will be?

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      2. petespringerauthor May 29, 2022 — 3:10 pm

        I know he has talked about writing novels when he retires. He has the type of personality not to do anything halfway. I remember a while back, he told me that he does planks every day and times himself. Well, not when he had broken wrists.

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      3. You can plank on your elbows.

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  26. Your reunion trip has been a blast. You got to meet great bloggers including Quincy himself and you can’t beat that personal tour of historic Philly complete with a cheesesteak! I can’t wait for stories from the brothers’ reunion. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. petespringerauthor May 29, 2022 — 3:18 pm

      Funny you should mention Quincy, John. I asked him about his experience as Quincy the Clown, and he had a couple of good stories about that.

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  27. I lived in downtown Philly at one point. Your photos took me back to that time, when I was much younger. I have a sudden urge to re-visit the city, see the sites. I’m not familiar with Jim, but kind of him to show you around. And you say he’s only been blogging for 7 years? A mere babe in the blogging woods!

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    1. petespringerauthor May 29, 2022 — 3:22 pm

      I think he may have blogged sporadically before starting his streak, but I’m not sure. You must have seen a lot of people come and go, Ally. I’m not sure how long I’ll keep going. Perhaps a while if I pace myself with a once-a-week post. I remember a post where you outlined your blogging tips. One of them was to keep your posts short. I’m afraid I’ve been violating that guideline lately.

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  28. I’ve never seen Jim’s blog but I will certainly become a new reader now! You always find the most interesting bloggers and best reads! I can’t wait to hear about your trip with your brothers.

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    1. petespringerauthor May 29, 2022 — 3:25 pm

      I opt to follow bloggers like you, LaShelle, who mix it with diverse and interesting topics. You can be serious and silly, and I enjoy that variety.

      I’m guessing you’ve been occupied with other things lately or gave yourself a bit of a break too. I have to admit taking those couple of weeks off when I was traveling reenergized my batteries.

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      1. Actually I injured myself lol!! I’m posting about it later this week but I physically have been unable to write anything 😖

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      2. petespringerauthor May 29, 2022 — 3:57 pm

        Hope you’re feeling better. I’ll look forward to your forthcoming post. I tore a knee ligament once painting my house. That sounded completely ridiculous. If I’m going to get hurt, at least it should be while doing something fun.😊

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      3. Oh it was definitely doing something fun LOL 🙈 lots of physical therapy to go!

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  29. bravo! am still smiling after seeing your great run up the steps 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor May 29, 2022 — 3:44 pm

      Not bad for an old man. 🤣🤣🤣 I have to imagine hundreds of people run up those steps every day.

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  30. What a fun part II, Pete. I’m so glad you got to meet up with another blogger and you got a wonderful tour of Philly out of it too! Amazing that Jim finished his blogging marathon with two broken wrists. His wife must be an angel. Lol. And I loved your “Rocky” run. You didn’t even break a sweat! Thanks for sharing your wonderful break with us. 😀

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    1. petespringerauthor May 29, 2022 — 8:24 pm

      I actually like the story even better that she helped him get to the finish line because she knew it was important to Jim. While I didn’t get to spend time with her other than dinner, I think she’s got the exact demeanor needed to be a preschool teacher.

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      1. I like that part of the story too. So loving.

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  31. Pete, I have read this post so many times, because it’s that good and I didn’t want to miss anything. What a treat to hook up with Jim! I have been a fan of his blog, too. I was ‘there’, at least watching television, when Cal Ripken hit that record. It was the longest applause from the stands I have ever heard. I want to give Jim the same applause for beating Cal’s record! What a wonderful day for both of you in Philly! I love how to order a Philly Cheesesteak, William Penn on top of the monument, and of course you running up the stairs being Rocky. Thank you for sharing so many ‘moments’. Best to you, my friend.

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    1. petespringerauthor May 29, 2022 — 8:32 pm

      I can’t help but appreciate two bloggers I’ve always respected. You and Jim set the table for the main course with the Springer brothers. Jim was as classy as I imagined he would be. It did my heart good to see students on campus addressing Jim with friendly greetings as we walked around. It demonstrated their fondness for their teacher, which one doesn’t always see with young adults.

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      1. “Set the table for the main course.” I love that! Thank you, Pete. I can absolutely picture Jim just as you describe. I can see students greeting him. Just think, a former Aqua Roomer will be a freshman in the fall, and Jim has reached out to say Hello. How wonderful is that?

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  32. Another fabulous post Pete and so pleased you met up with Jim… what a great day and wonderful photographs.. thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. petespringerauthor May 30, 2022 — 7:05 am

      I would have driven or taken the train into the city, but this way, I saw a lot more and got to do it while hanging out with a great guy.

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      1. Wonderful and you are the envy of the blogging community meeting both Jim and Jennie… xxx

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  33. Jane Sturgeon May 30, 2022 — 1:47 am

    How wonderful that you and Jim spent the day together. This is a great post, Pete and I am so glad you all had a special time. I too follow Jim’s blog and am glad he is taking a well-earned break. Your video coming up the Rocky steps is full of joy. Much love to you all. ❤

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    1. petespringerauthor May 30, 2022 — 7:07 am

      You can’t take the little boy out of me. I think that’s probably why I get along with kids so much because I like doing things that help me remain feeling youthful.

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      1. Jane Sturgeon May 30, 2022 — 7:08 am

        ❤ May you long continue to be that way, Pete. Xx

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  34. Wow! What a fantastic time you guys had, and wonderful photos. I particularly loved the sign how to order a cheesesteak lol, hilarious! Good to see Jim here with you. I’ve noticed he hasn’t blogged in some time after his Cal Ripken record breaking. 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor May 30, 2022 — 5:06 pm

      Yes, I think he probably needed the break, and then he got involved in other things. I know you understand that things are always better when we get to share them with friends. I’m reminded of the new friends you made on your trip this year.

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  35. What a great way to see Philadelphia- with your own personal guide! Jim sounds like quite the guy, and so creative to blog for more consecutive days than Cal Ripken played games (and I thought my consecutive Wordle streak of 72 days was impressive). You looked great running up those steps. I would have had to warm up for a half hour before attempting such a feat and still probably would have tripped and gone down.

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    1. petespringerauthor May 30, 2022 — 6:11 pm

      Now if I was on TikTok, I could have created a skit. “Cut me, Mick, Cut me!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8Zx0JJjM_0 I’ll have to send you a couple of videos one of my old students has made that are extremely funny. Every time I watch one of his videos, I think, “I hope I’m not the one who helped create this nonsense.”🤣

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  36. Another awesome stop on your tour, Pete! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. petespringerauthor May 31, 2022 — 3:33 pm

      It was an amazing experience with a great guy. Part 3 (Time with my brothers will be coming up in the next week or so.) Best wishes to you, Bette.

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  37. What an amazing experience! Jim sounds like such a wonderful man. You are having such an extraordinary trip. Toni x

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    1. petespringerauthor May 31, 2022 — 10:18 pm

      I am behind in my reporting, Toni. I’ve been home for a while. The next stop on my tour was to spend time with each of my brothers. It was one of my more memorable trips.

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  38. Awesome! I had a feeling that Jim would be the other blogger. Soo cool! 😊
    Sounds like a fantastic day and I am not surprised at all by how you described Jim in being the perfect host. Love the photo of you guys at the Rocky statue! A day to remember, for sure! But wait don’t tell me that he didn’t take you to Wawa and get you a soft pretzel?
    Envious that you got to meet him, miss his posts but you are right, he does deserve a break! Thanks for sharing your day with us.

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    1. petespringerauthor June 1, 2022 — 7:57 pm

      I know—no Wawa. I can’t believe I didn’t follow through on that after hearing about it for so long. I guess there are more than a few bloggers from that area of the country. Jim mentioned Brad, and you are from that neck of the woods. Jim is a genuinely nice guy. There was a moment when he addressed one of the parking lot attendants by name that I knew this was a guy who was not full of himself at all.

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      1. You will just have to go back. 🙂
        Ob, no wonder my ears were itching, my name was mentioned. LOL!
        Yes, I grew up in a suburb, Malvern, not that far from Philly. Grew up on Wawa and Phillies baseball.
        We really don’t live that far away now,. One of these days we will have to pay Jim a visit too. 🙂
        Knowing the parking lot attendent’s name, yes, he sounds genuine indeed.

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  39. Omg it’s Jim! It’s great to see you having so much fun, and it’s pretty surreal to see you hanging out with what I’d consider my WordPress friends at this point. It’s cool as heck to see people like Jim and you in the flesh (well, in the flesh in pics), and to realise that it’s way beyond just words and comment boxes. Sounds like an awesome time indeed, so thanks for sharing, Pete!

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    1. petespringerauthor June 1, 2022 — 8:00 pm

      It was cool to see him in his element—big man on campus. I could tell just by the way some of his students talked to him that he is well-respected not only by those of us in the blogging community but by the students at Villanova.

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      1. Which begs the question, is education your theme for these blogger meet-ups?

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      2. petespringerauthor June 2, 2022 — 7:48 am

        Having devoted many years to something I was passionate about, I’ve always been drawn to educators. I look at a great teacher the way others look at an artist and appreciate that each one connects with students differently.

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  40. A good time was had by all–certainly an understatement here!
    I definitely relate to Philly, having grown up about 100 miles west of the city. My aunt took us on the train to the zoo when we were little tots. We took school trips there and after college graduation I began studies at Temple University, which you may have read about in my memoir.

    You are a great storyteller and photographer. Thanks for the armchair tour! 😀

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  41. I grew up in southern NJ, so I got to know “Philly” well as a child and teenager. The city has had many ups and downs, but the history has always been stellar. What a wonderful man, that Jim is. I missed his blog posts – darn, how’d I do that? I’ll follow and hope he starts up again soon. I can’t imagine writing a blog a day. I wrote one a week for almost seven years, and I’ve recently cut down to a post every other week. It takes two weeks to read everyone’s blogs, ferheaven’s sake. But, oh how we bloggers teach each other and reach out with our lives, our wisdom, our poetry and prose and friendship. Like Philadelphia – the City of Brotherly (and sisterly, if I might add) Love.

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    1. petespringerauthor June 2, 2022 — 7:54 am

      That is an iconic nickname. Sometimes meeting a new person can be awkward as you look for common ground and things to talk about. There was none of that with Jim. It was like hanging out with an old friend.

      I hope those grandchildren of yours are doing well. Our son and his fiancee are coming out west for a visit next week.

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      1. Yay – I know how much you’re looking forward to that visit. My grandkiddies are great – 13-year-old won a trophy for her ballet/acrobatic routine. 🙂 And a CA grandboy coming to visit us for 10 days later in June. Ahhh, summer!

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  42. Pete, you never fail to have a longer blog than most with details up the wazoo. Sounds like you made a good friend here in Jim Borden. Worked out like that for my trip to Ireland with a driver everyday telling us all and the “local” giving us a one-hour history of Ireland in the Derry Guild Hall (like city hall) based on the faux stain glass windows in the auditorium meeting venue.

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    1. petespringerauthor June 2, 2022 — 7:23 pm

      I’ve been trying to make a more conscious effort to keep my posts shorter lately, but there was too much to tell this time. Isn’t it great to have that inside information? Wow! Ireland! Sounds like a great time, John!

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  43. Aw! What an amazing day! Looks like you were blessed with splendid weather! The video of you racing up the steps put a smile on my face! You look so happy! You’re surely living a retirement dream- traveling amazing cities, dining on yummy foods and spending quality time with great friends! 🙂

    P.S. My goodness I would have had much anxiety and overthought the cheesesteak order LOL I could see myself practicing in line and just getting it wrong every time! LOL

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    1. petespringerauthor June 2, 2022 — 9:00 pm

      “Racing” is a relative term. It was pretty much a dream trip. The main course was spending quality time with my brothers, but Jennie and Jim were precisely as I imagined. May was also the right time to make that trip because it wasn’t too hot, and there weren’t too many people since school was still in session. Who knew that ordering food could be so stressful?😎

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    1. petespringerauthor June 5, 2022 — 9:18 am

      I’m happy to introduce Jim to those who may not already know what a great guy he is on The Smorgasbord. Though I’m not positive that I met Jim through your blog, Sally, I know I’ve met many fabulous people because of you.

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  44. What a wonderful tour of Philadelphia, Pete. Looks like a great place. And what fun to meet up with Jim. Your description of the steakhouse ordering system is certainly reminiscent of the Soup Nazi – what a funny episode (but then they all were). Your mention of Jim reminded me that I hadn’t read anything by him for a while and thought that my notification settings must have changed again. I was relieved when you said he was taking a break.
    I look forward to hearing about the rest of your adventures. I know I’ve missed some already, but I’ll try to catch up when I can.

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    1. petespringerauthor June 5, 2022 — 9:14 am

      Thanks for checking in, Norah. I understand that life gets hectic, and we can’t always keep up with all the people blogging. I never thought I would ever meet any bloggers in person when I started this grand experiment over three years ago, but it’s been a remarkable run, getting to know people worldwide. It reminds me that humans have way more in common than differences, despite our cultural and geographic differences.

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      1. There is so much truth in your final statement, Pete, and I love that we can share perspectives with so many others from around the world. What an amazing tour you’ve had.

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  45. What a trip, Pete! You met with Jim. He’s a great guy and funny also! It was ambitious to post every day. Sometimes he would ask his wife what he should post! I told him there were a couple of years I posted two or three times a day. And now, probably a few times a month. I’m glad you had a wonderful trip!

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    1. petespringerauthor June 5, 2022 — 10:29 pm

      I prefer the occasional post, though I know many write something every day. That feels too much like a job to me.

      It was fun to also meet Jim’s wife and Jennie’s husband. Not surprisingly, they were both nice people too. Jim’s son, Patrick, also occasionally blogs.

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      1. I have so many hobbies. It’s hard to keep up doing what I like to do. Sometimes I feel guilty for not keeping up with my blog. I want so much to comment on all the blogs I follow but just don’t have enough time. I do keep up with the ones who are wonderful support of me like yourself.
        As I mentioned, I’ll be getting together with some bloggers in September. Will tell some more by then.

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      2. petespringerauthor June 6, 2022 — 1:29 pm

        That’s great, Miriam. It will be fun for me to guess who that might be. (The same thing people were doing with me when I said that I was getting in touch with a couple of bloggers.)

        I’ve maintained since the start that blogging should be fun. Having a well-rounded life with many other hobbies is healthy. I’ve told my wife from the beginning that if blogging ever stops being fun, I’ll find something else to replace it. If it becomes too time-consuming, then it becomes like work, and I know I don’t want that. The only people I know that are unhappy in retirement are those who don’t have other things to keep them occupied. In retrospect, I think I retired at the right time. I’m healthier and happier than I was, even though I loved my career.

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      3. I know, Pete! It’s almost four months away, things may change, even though this has been planning for a few months.

        I know a few people who don’t have any hobbies. I can’t imagine sitting at home doing nothing after retirement. Some of those people don’t even exercise. No work and no fun to keep them busy. I doubt they have a happy retirement.

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  46. It’s taken me a while to get to this post, but it was worth the wait. What a terrific story, Jim is sounds such a great guy and I was staggered to read how he carried on his blogging goal despite breaking both of his wrists!

    And incidentally, I also visited those same Rocky steps myself back in 1987 and watching your video was a lovely reminder of it. However, my visit was a Sunday morning, the steps were full of people and I felt too self-conscious to run up, so I sauntered up instead…definitely not the same!

    Hope you’re still having a great trip.

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    1. petespringerauthor June 6, 2022 — 1:36 pm

      Jim is the type of guy I like hanging out with—interesting, well-rounded, funny, and humble. It was a pleasure to meet him, and I consider him a friend.

      One of the stories I didn’t share was that a homeless guy was the one taking our pictures there in front of the statue. He asked for twenty dollars to take a few photos. I couldn’t help but laugh, realizing he was making way more than I ever made an hour in any job. Oh well, he probably needed the money way more than me.

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      1. Well many would have said no, so credit to you. It helped you and the homeless guy I guess. You may well not be the only one he asked! Great story.

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  47. It sounds like a great time, Pete! How wonderful that you got to meet Jim, whom you had developed a friendship with over blogging, and even got in a Philly cheese steak! It was great to hear about your time away and finally get the answer to “Who did you meet from blog-land?” 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor June 8, 2022 — 7:28 pm

      It was fun keeping that secret. Several people guessed who they thought I might be meeting, and some got it right. Having my own personal tour guide made visiting Philadelphia a great time.

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