Saturday Adventures and Roger Waters with Brian (6 August 2022)

On Saturday I decided to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art, for a day of self care. While I was there, I saw a guy wearing a Rammstein shirt with the lyrics to “Du Hast” written out. We got talking and that talking turned into an hour and a half chatting about music, Beavis and Butthead, life experiences, that we realized we had some things in common. I thought it was awesome that he was seeing Roger Waters, he had an extra ticket and Brian invited me to see Roger Waters with him.

We decided to grab a late lunch, early dinner and before we did, we took a walk around the art museum and took photos of the Center City skyline. He did agree to a selfie with me.

We went to Rotten Ralph’s for a late lunch/early dinner. They had gluten-free options, so I had shrimp tacos and he had a Reuben, which is one of my favourites too. This was both of our first times at Rotten Ralph’s. We enjoyed it. It felt great to share conversation about topics we were both interested in. He let me talk and I let him talk.

Brian is also a freelance photographer, and he does work full-time for a company (not photography). We walked around Old City, I gave him a little tour, and we had fun taking photos. Brian and I shared a lot of laughter during this time, and even met a nice woman who saw we were hot and parched, who offered us water. Brian decided not to go to the piercing place and I would meet him back at Red Owl Tavern.

I got pierced and had my friend pierce me. I was telling him about everything and I said, “I’m on a break with my boyfriend. He’s single and he said he wants to be single. I’m free to do whatever I want.” Zach nodded his head in agreement and said, “have fun with the new guy! Sounds really nice and sounds like you’ll have a kick ass time!”

Brian knew Tommy pulled away and I told him that he says he wants to be single. Anyway, I texted Brian and let him know I was on my way back. When I got back, he was lounging and asked me how the piercing went. I showed him. Brian thought it looked awesome.

About 30 minutes later, he ordered Lyft and we headed to the Wells Fargo Center. Since he bought us dinner, I bought us some drinks. That was the agreement. The show started at 8:30 and it was amazing. Brian and I have the same favourite Pink Floyd songs and we sang to each other. It felt so good to be able to go to a concert and sing with the person I went with. We both smiled at each other as we sang, and I won’t lie, my heart fluttered.

he show ended at 11:30 and we took the subway back to Center City. The bars were crowded, so I ordered a Lyft back to where he was saying and we had a drink at my favourite restaurant, Red Owl, which is part of the hotel he was staying in. I ordered a Spayside and he had a shot of Jim Bean. We toasted to a great evening and wonderful memories.

Brian and I hugged. He wanted me to check in when I got home, to make sure I made it safely. We agreed to keep in touch and we’ve been in touch.

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One thought on “Saturday Adventures and Roger Waters with Brian (6 August 2022)”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    Good to see you smiling, dear friend. Looks like this week finds you in better spirits. I’m delighted that you decided to have fun on your own, out and about, visiting one of your favorite places, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, practicing self care and ultimately meeting a new friend. I have several Rammstein songs in my personal collection including their 1997 hit “Du Hast.” Neat that you met freelance photog Brian who was sporting a shirt with the lyrics of “Du Hast.” Also fortuitous that you and he engaged in a lengthy conversation, discovered that you have common interests and strolled around the art museum, Center City and Old City. I love the pretty pictures of those historic buildings. Best of all, Brian invited you to join him for late lunch/early din-din and a live show by Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters. I never heard of Rotten Ralph’s. I looked it up just now and see that there is one near me in Bradenton, FL. Customer reviews rave about their seafood. I’ll have to give the place a try. If they aren’t already doing so, they should use the ad slogan, “With a name like Rotten Ralph’s, it HAS to be good!” I’m happy that you had a nice experiencing at the piercing parlor and met up with Brian at the Red Owl. Based on the video clips, the Waters show was a wonderful experience. I’m glad you and Brian share favorite Pink Floyd songs. Looks like you made another solid friend, and I am very happy for you.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend JM!


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