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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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Location: Out of Philly, Pennsylvania, United States

"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Grizzly Report: Working Undercover for the US Department of State.

Skye, Troll and Grizzly Mama at 'reception'.

It's an unlikely pairing, you have to admit. Time for an analogy. Conservatism : State Department :: Oil : Water. I am just now free to discuss our role in the so-called 'networking' so-called 'reception'. Troll and I were working under the alias Mr. and Mrs. Smith. It was a diabolical scheme and I am sure that our cover wasn't blown while the operation was taking place although the young man from Mosul had his doubts about our identity.

Troll and I were invited to attend a reception by Skye, an exceedingly well spoken Philadelphia blogger. The International Visitors Council is an organization that believes 'face to face is better than fax to fax.' They work in partnership with the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development. They put people together, foreigners distinguished guests from abroad are invited to the reception every month to engage in dialogue with Americans in various fields of expertise. I am positive that they do much more than just that but you really must visit their website to get the entire picture. It's quite complex. Interesting but complex.

Our assignment? Have a good time with Skye and attempt to engage in conversation with the foreigners distinguished guests from abroad. After having WAY too good of a time with Skye conversing together, myself sipping on a gin and tonic (and I am quite sure that the bartender forgot to add the tonic), we frightened a new member off by our talk of conservative values while making fun of 'good neighbor leftist'. (Oops - sorry!) Time to sober the old Grizzly Mama up with a cup of coffee. It worked and we circulated. Troll had an interesting conversation with a Navy Admiral, then on to a man who has been living in the Netherlands for many years and is thinking of relocating to Philadelphia. We pointed Troll in his direction with the instructions to 'get him.' 'YO! TIM!', Troll yelled out and the hapless man was in our clutches. Hey. We just wanted to give him some information about the various education options for his kids in the state of Pennslyvania. How were we to know that he would have some crazy, preconceived notion about homeschoolers just like everyone else???!!

We were all interested in speaking with the Palestinian 'militant' and the Israeli student who are working together toward a solution to their troubles. I believe Skye was able to corner one of them, but they were very popular and constantly had people vying for their attention. Same with the retired Iraqi General - who was in the Iraqi Military before the coup in 1958 (I believe it was).

The absolute 2nd to best highlight (the 1st best being sitting and drinking with Skye!) was our encounter with Mohammed from Mosul and that strapping man in the Army Uniform who had recently returned from duty in Iraq. Mohammed was a good sport with a great sense of humor. Our Army Guy was just as friendly and engaging as could be. We thanked him for his service and told him that he's doing a beautiful job.

We ended the evening driving in circles around City Hall trying to get to - - Broad Street - - I think it was. We encountered the Admiral again and hollered to him. Now that man is a Philadelphia native judging by the way he can yell across a street!

Thank you Skye. We had a great time. Although our politics may not quite mesh with those of the Department of State - nobody got hurt. Being different is the American Way.


Blogger Mike's America said...

You were hollering out the car window at an Admiral? Sounds like you had fun.

08 October, 2006 02:06  
Blogger atheling2 said...

Awww, you guys had a GREAT time!!! I miss Philadelphia!!!

08 October, 2006 02:56  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

They promised me a good time! (^_^)

08 October, 2006 04:17  
Blogger tshsmom said...

"foreigners distinguished guests"
Too bad you couldn't have a word with the Palestinian.

08 October, 2006 10:06  
Blogger City Troll said...

where's the distinguished picture of ME striking a pose???????

08 October, 2006 12:19  
Blogger dcat said...

Next time invite me and I will get on a plane with atheling2!

Wow pretty neat! Special too!

08 October, 2006 13:44  
Blogger Indigo Red said...

That all sounds very interesting and fun. Next time extend an invite to Osama. I think he might like to attend. I hear he doesn't get around much anymore. It would be nice chance get out and meet some new people. Not to mention a good chance to BLOW HIS ASS TO HELL!

08 October, 2006 17:29  
Blogger Skye said...


It was such a great pleasure to meet both you and "Mr. Smith"! We must do this again! Oh think about Fox News Dayside, Okay?

I met up with Tim after he encountered Troll, I noticed as he introduced himself that he seemed a bit dazed. I subsequently informed him the bar was behind him on the left hand side.

As Monica had stated, I did manage to crash into a conversation with one of the palestinian terr..opps..militants and had my picture taken with the fool. I checked that he had no backpack near him before I stood next to him for the picture. The guy really wanted to talk to me, oh gods why me? He kept apologizing to me explaining that his jaw was swollen and could not speak clearly. I suspected he was hiding his C4 there, but I politely kept that thought to myself.

Monica, did Mohammed from Mosul remark that he hated America before he ventured over to our shores? Or was it NYC? I should email him, and see what he is up to.

Dcat, Atheling2, Mike, and Word you are cordially invited to the next IVC meet and greet.

Monica and Troll - Next Assignment:
Philly Webbloggers Meetup
The Ten Stone Bar
2063 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Saturday, Oct 21, 2006, 3:00 PM

08 October, 2006 20:29  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Mike - it's what a person does in Philly. He hollered back like a true pro.

Atheling - if you come to visit let us know and we'll get together with Skye.

Word - C'mon down! We'll get that picture in front of Geno's for you. We can do a taste-off between Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's. (I like Pat's steaks better but like Geno's politics and support him monetarily when possible!)

tshsmom - Skye actually spoke to the Palestinian - who was somehow from both the West Bank AND the Gaza Strip! His jaw was swollen but he was quite taken with Skye!

Troll - it was so huge! lol! It would have taken up the whole page.

Dcat - do come to visit. Philadelphia really isn't such an awful place. There is no city that can compare.

Indigo - I would happily bring Osama in dead.

Skye - I got the impression that Mohammed was having a great time and was enjoying his stay in America. I will start to arrange for childcare on the 21st! It's a PhillyFuture thing so most bloggers will be insane leftists. We ought to see if ALA and her husband can come too - - reinforcements! We had a great time, Skye and I hope that Troll and I didn't embarras you!

09 October, 2006 12:02  
Blogger Skye said...

I haven't had such a good time at this little gathering since.....forever!

I love you guys!!!

Oh, let's see if we can bring Ala into this meetup.

09 October, 2006 18:15  
Blogger atheling2 said...

Ahhh, Monica! I'd love to go for a visit! I have family in the Philly area.

I miss cheesesteaks and hoagies!!!

10 October, 2006 03:48  
Blogger Gayle said...

LOL! I've never been in Philadelphia in my life. I'm just a wee bit out of the loop here; but it was a fun read!

Glad you enjoyed yourself.

Usually it's the gyn the bartenders leave out! :)

10 October, 2006 16:41  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Awwwwww. We love you too, Skye.

Atheling - we would love to meet you next time you're out here!

Gayle - there are really a lot of cool places in Philly. You would love it here!

10 October, 2006 23:54  
Blogger DirtCrashr said...

I liked Pat's a bit better than Geno's, too. Sounds like you-all had a fun time, good!

11 October, 2006 12:27  
Blogger MonicaR said...

So you've done the taste-off, eh DC?

There is just nothing like the Italian Market. Several years ago they cleaned it up and improved it - new sidewalks and stuff - but it still has the same flavor. They were going to try to outlaw those fires in the big trashcans but I think everyone raised hell about it and they're still doing it. We go down there to get the good provolone cheese. There are some good meat markets down there too.

12 October, 2006 00:23  
Blogger Kate said...

What fun! Glad you all had a great experience. And that picture of you and your man (and Skye) is awesome!

14 October, 2006 00:22  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thank you Kate. Good neighbor leftist Alan said Troll looked hideous! lol!

14 October, 2006 11:04  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Monica: There's a noxious commercial for a country western red neck bar down here and a guy from Philly is asking directions... At one point, he says "Hey, I'm from Philly, we're great guessers."

I didn't know you folks were great shouters too.

All that and great Cheesesteaks! I just saw a show on tv about the $100 cheesesteak made with Kobe Beef and Lobster.

14 October, 2006 15:34  
Blogger MonicaR said...

They yell a lot here in Philly. In fact it's the way that many native Philadelphians just naturally communicate.

If it had all that stuff in it then it really isn't a Philly Cheesesteak. The beef, the onions and the cheesewhiz - THAT'S a cheesesteak! lol! What you describe almost sounds like a bastardized lobster roll. A good lobster roll is heaven - don't get those crappy ones that they sell at McDonalds!

14 October, 2006 18:02  
Blogger Alison said...

Sounds like a fun and fascinating evening. GREAT to see a pic of you and Troll btw! Hope the music practise is coming along. Oh and get well soon...

18 October, 2006 13:18  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thanks Ali. I have been very bad with practicing my flute - but the girls have been doing great!

18 October, 2006 23:30  

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