Day 33: Punxsutawney Philly

Hey there adoring fans (Drew Humphrey)!

In honor of Groundhog’s day (the movie…not the actual day) I’ve decided to repeat a day over in order to mark another item off of my bucket list before the world ends (this blog originally started 66 days before the end of the world, December 21st….silly Mayans…and was about getting everything I’ve always wanted to do done before we were taken over by space zombies).  I have decided to go back in time (I did not go back in time) and repeat November 15th 2012 (not really) to do a quite amazing thing that I’ve never been able to do before…


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I got a free soup at Hale and Hearty by using my frequent customer punch card thing!

This may not seem like a big deal to some of you highly organized (you don’t lose these punch cards when you have say 8 of the 10 punches punched out) or super wealthy (you can afford 11 full priced soups) people out there, but it is to me.  I’ve been dreaming of the day that I could walk up to this stoic (and slightly annoyed) soup lady and say, “I’ve filled my punch card!  May I please have my free soup!  Hold on.  I think I have enough punches.  Wait.  Just let me find it.  I know it’s here somewhere.  I left it right next to my Regal Cinema’s rewards card.  You can get free candy on Tuesdays with it.  Whoops.  No.  That was a subway card…the restaurant…not the mode of transportation that is highly inefficient on weekends and holidays…and Mondays-Fridays after 9pm…and when you’re running really late to work and all that’s running are stupid express trains….Oh crap, my subway card is expired.  Do your punch cards expire here?  They do?  Dang.  I hope mine isn’t expired.  Give me just a second.  Nicole, would you hold this?  No it’s just an empty case.  There’s no gum in there.  Remind me to get some gum on the way home.  No, spearmint starts to taste like an old stale gin and tonic after a while.  I like the sweet mint, yeah it’s kind of like you’re chewing on some mint chocolate chip ice cream.  Yeah, I’m still off dairy.  No, I don’t miss it too much.  I fart less.  Ahhh!  Here it is Miss.  One free soup!  Thank you so much for your patience.  I really mean it from the bottom of my Hearty!  Get it?  Because you work at Hale and Hearty?  It’s a play on words.  Ok, yes I’ll keep moving.  Jeez, you really should get a sense of humor.  Nope, there’s not a snowball’s chance in Hale that you are going to find me amusing, huh?  Have a nice day.”

It was great day spent with a medium sized (now that I think of it, I’m an idiot.  Who doesn’t get the large size soup when it’s FREE?!  Stupid Sarah) 3 lentil chili soup, and my awesome friend Nicole Mangi!  Nicole recently moved with her husband out to LA and was in town for a visit before she headed to New Orleans for the big Power Ball game tomorrow (where her husband is the set designer for ESPN…I think)  Nicole and I have known each other since Gypsy on Broadway (did I mention I was on Broadway?  Oh, I did?  Quite a few times?  It’s getting old?  It sounds like I’m bragging? I played on a softball league with Patti LuPone’s son.  Ok, I’ll stop).


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Yes, we started the trend of teenie-tiny hats.

We had an amazing conversation about life, the business of show (a fancy way of saying ‘showbiz’ if you didn’t catch that.  If you didn’t catch that you should probably go and hang out at Hale and Hearty on 55th and 8th.  You’ve got a friend behind the counter) and life after 30.   It’s really comforting to know that you’re not crazy and that other people are facing challenges with moving onto different avenues of life.   And also really comforting that someone else has my same affinity for soup on a cold day…

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Even though this post was meant to happen before the end of the world (which didn’t happen….clearly….or else it did and I’m in a weird Truman Show sociological experiment…I’ll know for sure if I run into that guy that played Biff in the Back to the Future movies today….cause he was in the Truman Show… which is a movie…starring Jim Carrey….rent it…I digress…again), I had another great day of pointing my life in the right direction by hanging out with an amazing friend…who promised she would become a subscriber to my blog.  You guys out there should probably subscribe too.  Or else you may miss one of my life changing events here.  Like earning a free soup.

Big shout out to Nicole Mangi, the soup lady, and the Baltimore Ravens.  Let’s kick some Wild Cat ASS tomorrow!!  What’s that?  They’re not playing the Wild Cats?  Who are the Wild Cats anyway?  Oh, they’re from High School Musical aren’t they.  Oh well.  Let’s give it up for Zac Efron…

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