Time To Keep It Simple serves as a record of my life as a traveler, writer, genealogist, photographer, target sports enthusiast, Rotarian, Mason, Jew, PR professional, and many other (mostly positive) things. In addition to this daily blog I am also the man behind the curtain (not named Oz) at gettingyourphil.blogspot.com and I previously blogged at fromgoytooleh.blogspot.com.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Welcome To The Philly DMZ!
The Nutter out front should have told ya.
Pope is in Philadelphia this weekend and we are staying as far away from the
city as possible. While we did venture out today driving down to the main line,
that is as close as we were going to get to the urban militarized zone.
However, even though we remained a good distance from the commotion, the impact
of the Papal visit reached far beyond the boundaries of the city. While this
could have seriously impacted and frustrated our travels, thankfully we took
notice of the warning that has been flashing across the television and social
media all week and made sure to avoid the major arteries.
is rather astounding when you really stop to think about the whole situation.
While I understand the importance that this man hold in his faith and in the
world in general, the fact still remains that his presence put a complete halt
to everyday life within and outside of the city. Not only were those who live
within the concrete boundaries forced to change their weekend routine, accommodate
the masses, or get the heck out but those of us that live on the other side of
the horizon from the skyscrapers had to adjust to the new rules that were in
place throughout the greater Philadelphia area.
has been interesting watching the constant coverage streaming across all major
networks since he first set foot in the United States. It has been even more
intriguing hearing his statements on various issues and his opinions on some
aspects of our society. Of course, that is nothing new for this Pope who has
been quite outspoken since the day he dawned the vestments and took his place
as an idol of the Catholic faithful. Personally, while I appreciate his honesty
on various matters, there are times when I get tired of his lectures.
the news coverage continued throughout the day and I watched as throngs of
people were herded from place to place across the city packing the streets
usually filled with cars, I kept on thinking about the businesses that were
forced to close for the event and the people who left their homes for the
weekend ceding the city to those now filling every inch of grass, asphalt, and
concrete. While the boost in tourism will certainly be promoted, it seems as
though the people of the city are the ones who will be forgotten when all is
said and done. The people who made this the place the Pope wanted to visit are
the ones that have been marginalized during his time in the city and forced to
accept the quarantine like atmosphere.
is great that the faithful had the chance to see their idol but it is a shame
that the people and businesses of Philadelphia were forced to put up with the
limitations, inconveniences, and limitations on their personal freedom and way
of life. I agree that this Papal visit is, in many ways, something that needed
to happen but it could have been handled in a completely different, less
restrictive and militarized way. Faith and freedom should go hand in hand
rather than presented in an either/or fashion.
So you say you live over there... sorry, still can't let you in.