Allentown | Day 2 | 11 September 2022

I had the best sleep at that Air BNB in Wescosville. I slept like a baby and this had to be the most restful sleep I had in an Air BNB ever. Their area in Wescosville was quiet and since I had my own living quarters, that is probably why.

I got up at 7am to the sound of pouring rain. I knew my friend couldn’t take me all the way home to King of Prussia, so I wanted to be ready for the bus. I lazed to the living room and instead of scrapbooking (I brought my scrapbook supplies), I read some messages. I packed and did some meditating.

My friend picked me up at 9:20am, to get me to the bus by 10am.

When he picked me up on Sunday morning, it was pouring rain in Wescosville. He texted me to say that he was 3 minutes out, so I decided to wait for him outside. I said goodbye to my Air BNB hosts and it’s funny that they thought he was my boyfriend. They asked if he was picking me up. I said, “Yes. He’s going to take me to the bus to go back to King of Prussia. I enjoyed my stay and I was very comfortable.” They both smiled.

Anyway, when he picked me up, I was soaked. Yet, his truck was warm and he had music playing. As we were cruising around Allentown, this song came on:

I’m a big fan of Jelly Roll and I could hear him right away. I asked him, “is this Jelly Roll?” He checked his phone and it was, along with Brantley Gilbert. We both liked Sons of the Dirty South and we rocked out. 

It’s hard to believe that I started listening to JellyRoll 9 years ago and I have to thank Twiztid for that. On their first album on an independent label, JellyRoll appeared in one of the songs (as did Caskey, who I also really like) and I liked his style. I really liked his style when he did a collaboration with Young Wicked and I had to explore JellyRoll some more. I was amazed.

It’s really neat and shows his talent that he has gone from rap to Southern rock, and combines both. From underground rappers to Top 40 artists, he can collaborate with them. I admire that.

Anyway, my friend got me to the bus on time and I made it back to Philadelphia safely. Once back, I decided to stop at China Town and have a Vietnamese lunch at Pho Cali.

Lunch was so good. I made it home at 2pm, did my wash, and as I relaxed as the rain fell down, I wrote about my Allentown memories.

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One thought on “Allentown | Day 2 | 11 September 2022”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    That’s what I’m talkin’ about, dear friend! You are elevating self-caring to an art form. I am a true believer that we need to take good care of ourselves first. Then and only then are we well equipped to help and serve others. I’m so happy to know that you slept so well and enjoyed peace and quiet at the Air BNB. You remained flexible in your plans and even engaged in some meditation. I’m delighted to learn that your hosts were friendly and made sure you got off AOK on a rainy day.

    The southern rap sound of “Son Of The Dirty South” is hella good! This is the first time I’ve heard it. Cool that you had it blasting on your friend’s truck radio. Thanks for sharing that you have been a fan of JellyRoll for nearly a decade now. I’m happy to know you made the bus and got home safe and sound, even stopped for a Vietnamese lunch at Pho Cali. The food look delicious!

    On a very sad note, I’m sure you read by now about the mother who drowned her three children at one of your favorite spots, Coney Island Beach. This, in the wake of a shooting death on that very same boardwalk the same day you were up there a couple of weeks ago.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend JM!


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