More Philadelphia blognic photos

This is the best part about traveling… meeting wonderful people.

I very much appreciate that some of the folks who came had to come from quite a distance.

Here are a few more shots.

Since these are people into blogs, and all that, the modern ritual of the fancy phones had to take place right away.

Collecting and ordering drinks.

Some people like cameras better than others!  Gotta love this one!

I made my way between the groups formed at the two ends and in the center.  Here is one of the end groups.

It was a great time, truly.  Too bad about the Phillies, but the blognic was a winner.

After, however, I was pretty hungry.  One of the blognikers and I went to the Capital Grill near the courthouse, beautifully illuminated.

I suspected that it might be a nice place when I saw that famous Philadelphians such as as Patty LaBelle had a personal wine locker there. 

A dry aged sirlion in lots of cracked pepper with creamed spinach, and a big jammy Zin.  The zin was like drinking a glass of raspberry preserves with a hint of tobacco.  It paired well.

Pretty much a perfect evening.

Thanks especially to WT who helped get the blognic together and who took me to supper.

Thanks Philadelphia!

And now its off to Kansas City.

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  1. Paul says:

    Great photos Father, glad the blognic went well, the bar looks wondeful, decor even reminds me of a proper English pub. That sirloin steak looks absolutely delicious, just beats my dinner last night – a jacket potato filled with baked beans!

  2. Craig says:

    I hope I get a chance to speak with you while you are here in KC Father.

  3. Terry says:


    Any chance you’ll be making your way to Clear Creek from KC?

  4. Barbara says:

    Goodbye Father. I’m glad you had a good time while visting us.
    Have a safe trip and may God bless you.

  5. jaykay says:

    “…the modern ritual of the fancy phones”.

    Of course, they had due regard to the red and the black in following this ritual ;)

    Oooohhh, that picture of the steak. And it’s Friday today… I am averting my eyes, or at least imagining that it’s a lovely Dover sole

  6. Jon says:

    Folks, I should let you know that I told Father last night I was going to ruin his reputation as a gourmand. Are you ready? He does eat french fries – dipped in, yes, ketchup.

    There. The secret’s out.

  7. jon: Ketchup us a material proof that God loves us.

  8. S. from NC says:

    I love to read about your meetings and such. Are laymen welcome at these blognics? Even if we arent blogmasters?

    Magnificent looking steak btw!!!!

  9. Kradcliffe says:

    Ketchup as proof that God loves us? Huh. I’ll have to remember that. Until now, I’ve always taken it as proof that my husband is dissatisfied with his dinner.

  10. Kradcliffe– Ha! Sometimes I think that my cooking is just a way for my wife to eat ketchup.

  11. Eric says:

    One of my life goals is to get a locker at the Capital Grille here in DC. I do hope you tried the lobster mac and cheese.

  12. Jon says:


    Indeed, right you are. I believe Aquinas addresses the matter in Summa Theologiae 1,q.6, “God’s Goodness.”

    …I know it’s in there somewhere…

  13. Maureen says:

    Of course it’s in Aquinas. Italian guy.

    OTOH, it’s clear that Jesus preferred mustard. :)

  14. Father, great meeting you and everyone else last night! Too bad your presence did nothing for the Phillies, but the evening was great nonetheless.

  15. Coletta says:

    I like barbeque sauce for my fries. I have an economy phone. In future may I blognic too?

  16. Kind of looks like an AARP meeting.

  17. Animadversor says:

    Kind of looks like an AARP meeting.

    Actually, Mr. Hessel, it does not.

  18. evangelical_catholic says:

    Actually, Father, the illuminated building in your one picture is City Hall, not the courthouse. (Maybe some court cases are heard there, I’m not sure anymore.) A statue of William Penn graces the top of the tower, distinctive landmark (think “12 Monkeys” for example), used during the video intros of most local newscasts. Our local Philly sports curse legend says our recent run of bad luck was when they built the first skyscraper taller than Billy Penn’s hat (breaking an unwritten taboo). City fathers have resisted putting a giant Phillies hat on Billy during this 2008 World Series, as they did in 1993.

  19. John Enright says:

    I wanted to attend, but it wasn’t to be. Anyhow, that’s not the “courthouse.” It’s City Hall, which is the largest freestanding masonry building in the world. It is also widely considered the best example of French Second Empire architecture in the Americas. I used to work for the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, and my office was in City Hall!

  20. Fr Z,

    Good to see that you were in my ole stomping grounds. And ’tis a beautiful picture of City Hall and good ole Willie Penn. I used to work adjacent to it at Centre Square at 16th and Market. Wish I could have been there with you. I missed your last visit to New Jersey by one week in August. And I miss our association at Praying to the Good God and our Blessed Mother that you will continue to serve in His blessings.

    Deacon Mike

  21. I’ve posted a couple other pictures of Father from the blognic on my own blog, here, in case any of you are interested…


  22. Josiah Ross says:

    Your’s truly can be seen trying to slink out of the fifth photo.
    No photos, but I did blog about it:
    It was great fun going! Come back some other time in the future,maybe on a Saturday or Sunday.

  23. dymphna says:

    I interviewed for a job at AARP once. This doesn’t look like an AARP meeting. Did the pub have it’s own Benjamin Franklin impersonator? I see someone in the pics who looks just like him.

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