July 24, 2014

We all love Ben...


At least here in Philly we do.  Benjamin Franklin to those who are on a more formal basis with him.  Ben to us.  He's ubiquitous.  Omnipresent. Everrrrrrrywhere.  Public institutions he helped found, museums, neighborhoods and streets bearing his name, businesses who use his likeness...and a bridge.





A big BLUE suspension bridge.






That spans the Delaware River and links Philly...




...to Camden, New Jersey.  Much easier, and less dramatic,  than crossing the Delaware using the George Washington method.




Completed in 1926, it gives us plenty of options on how to navigate that river.  Borrowing from ol' Paul Revere...one if by car.  Two if by high speed rail...




And three if by foot...








or bike...




or to not cross at all, and opt to stake a corner for the afternoon...




Two tall towers, connected by tapering cables...








It's a great place to catch a breeze, and a few photos,  on a hot summer afternoon.









Printer, inventor, philosopher, politician, firefighter, ambassador, delegate, family man, shop keeper, Mason, electrician, kite flyer, humorist...

"We are all born ignorant,
but must work hard to remain stupid."

"Life's great tragedy is that we get old too soon,
and wise too late."

"She laughs at everything you say. Why?
Because she has fine teeth."

"I didn't fail the test,
I just found one hundred ways to do it wrong."

and my favorite...

"In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom,
in water there is bacteria"

-Benjamin (Ben) Franklin

Philadelphian at heart, soul and humor.  I'm pretty sure he also said..."If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?"






Here's where I "link up" today.

Song-ography is on vacay til August 5th...and we're moving to Tuesdays!
Until then, get ready for "Hot Fun in the Summertime" by Sly and the Family Stone