Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Thursday, August 03, 2006


I wanted to apologize to you all my friends as I have been non-existent here on this blog. I got back from Philadelphia just last night and have been trying to regroup, catch-up, and cool down. Temperatures in Philly were over 90 degrees everyday and even at night, and reached 115 with the heat index on Wednesday. On top of that, on Monday, I had the Philly Cheesesteak in Philly, pictured here. The Cheesesteak made me sick the rest of Monday and most of Tuesday; I guess that happens when you eat at a place called Rotten Ralph’s.
I saw some of Philly and mostly the historical sites which were not all the impressive; when you live in DC it is hard for other US cities to compete. But, the people and especially the police were extremely friendly, and it was a fun place. I actually learned a lot about the city and a lot about what there is to do in the city which appears to mostly be bars and eating, which I still managed to do a lot of even with the heat and the stomach pains from the Monday. But, between the heat and the Cheesesteak that made me sick, the trip could have been better.

But, I am back now and ready to go.


Blogger quakerdave said...

You mean you didn't get a steak from the guy who won't serve those who can't/won't order in English?

Maybe that's why you got sick! ;)

Wish I'd known you were going to be in my neck of the woods!

Hope you're feeling better. It HAS been hotter'n heck here of late, with little relief in sight.

Thu Aug 03, 10:39:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Oh believe me, I wanted to go to Pat’s (I think it is Pat’s), and in fact he came recommended by a lot of people. But, we were staying there on Chestnut, and we went to Rotten Ralph’s Sunday night for a few drinks and made the mistake of going back Monday for breakfast/lunch. I will recommend the $3 glasses of wine during happy hour at the Philadelphia Fish Company (?) which is right next to Rotten Ralph’s; I also had the Lobster Roll there which wasn’t bad.
I really wanted to try the Irish Ice at Auntie Anne’s, but it was just too hot to get down there to it. But, now I do understand how someone can be a Quaker and from Philly, it seems like everything is Quaker there even if the people are not. Did you notice the Delta Convention there? It was a convention for a Historically Black Sorority, there were 12,000 of their 300,000 members in Philly and they had booked a lot of the hotels, so hotel prices were through the roof. We stayed there at the Best Western on Chestnut and then switched to the Omni which was a lot nicer.

Thu Aug 03, 10:57:00 PM  
Blogger Wadical said...

Maybe it wasn't steak!

Thu Aug 03, 11:42:00 PM  
Blogger BLieberman said...

No, 'Pat's' was the place to go. Narrow-minded-Joe's isn't Pat's... by a long shot!

Fri Aug 04, 11:06:00 AM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

Yes, the local business community seems to love to glom on to that "Quaker" moniker, not realizing, of course, that real Quakers wouldn't have anything to do with much of what they do.

There are no "Quakers" involved in that whole "Quaker Oats" thing, for example.

Fri Aug 04, 12:09:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Blierberman, I wanted to go to the place where the guy requests people order in English. If some roach coach Cheesesteak stand in Philly can make the news to where I know about it in DC, than I want to go.
And QD, if Quaker Oats isn’t Quaker, than who is the guy on the cover of the box?

Fri Aug 04, 09:55:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

He's some Madison Avenue person's sterotypical idea of a Quaker. That frilly thing around his neck and the bright blue he's wearing would not have been approved of as "plain dress" back in the day.

No frills, no lace (for sure), and black. Trust me.

Sat Aug 05, 06:34:00 PM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

Is this the same Publius that used to bring the greasiest sandwiches 've ever seen or tasted in my life into work? You didn't start eating healthy did you? I can't believe it! I WON'T believe it. Long live Littlejohn's!

Mon Aug 07, 12:26:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Rogue, don’t get me wrong, I still eat very poorly, but I have begun to enjoy a more Mediterranean-style of cooking with fresh vegetables and herbs. I think this was just a bad sandwich. Or it might have been the 3 bottles of wine I drank that night, one or the other. But I am going to go with the sandwich.

Mon Aug 07, 03:28:00 PM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

Okay, see, you didn't give us the rest of the story Paul Harvey. 3 bottles of wine...we're lucky we weren't treated to a Mel Gibson-like video featuring Publius and Philadelphia's finest. The illegal immigration rant would have been classic!

Tue Aug 08, 11:19:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Rogue how dare you blame the alcohol on me being sick. Alcohol is good for you. If you drink 17 beers in one sitting it is healthy. And red wine is good for your heart.
I will say that I did have a discussion with the police in Philly about illegal immigration. But it was the cop who started it. He told me not to go to a certain part of Philly at night because there was a lot of crime there and mostly from what he called illegals. So instead of me ranting about illegal immigration, the cop ranted to me.

Tue Aug 08, 10:16:00 PM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

If I drink 17 beers in one sitting, I'll be in a coma. Coma = Not healthy. My wife is from the philly area, so I can just picture the cop on his tirade...I think we'll have to make a trip up there soon. I'll test Rotten Ralphs, and see if I have the same result, minus the 3 bottles of grape juice.

Wed Aug 09, 05:31:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Well, I knew there was something not quite right with the sandwich while I was eating it. I have had a Philly before, but I figured it was maybe some kind of Philly flavor when it might have just been bad meat. And 17 American beers in one sitting is not so hard to do.

Wed Aug 09, 11:11:00 PM  

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