Last weekend, we went to Philadelphia to visit some of my friends from college and pick up my regalia for graduation. Happily, I was able to coincide that errand with my friend Emily’s birthday on May 31st. We had dinner and Buca di Beppo and then headed to Dave and Buster’s.

Buca di Beppo’s was pretty cool. It’s a family-style Italian restaurant, where the entrees serve about four people. The food was really good, although I would have liked some more pasta. We had a stuffed pasta assortment and veal and eggplant parmigiana (one of my friends is a vegetarian). I actually only ate the eggplant and a couple pieces of pasta. By that point, I was too full for anything else. We also tried some of the orangecello, since they were out of the lemoncello due to exportation (or was it importation) problems. Man, that stuff is strong. You have to swallow fast or you taste that grain alcohol way too much. Our waiter was pretty cool, although I think you have to pass some kind of extroversion test to work there. He was really really friendly.

Dave and Buster’s was pretty typical. Played some video games, skee ball, and some gambling games. I ended up with a shot glass for my trouble. 😉

While I was in the area, I also had the chance to have brunch with my friend Yoni, probably the first person I really connected with at Drexel.

It felt like old times, which makes me more than a little nostalgic for college. Some of my friends I haven’t seen since fall term, when I was last at Drexel, and some for even longer than that, so it was quite a get together. I didn’t really have friends like this before college, and it reminded me of what I’m missing. It’s not the same up here in Boston. However, I was really happy to get the chance to visit, and hopefully there will be more opportunities in the future to keep in touch.

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