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Philadelphia Freedom Anchored at the Monaco

December 15, 2015

Independence Hall

Independence Hall

Wow. Our first visit to the Monaco was so fantastic that it even eclipsed it’s big sister the Palomar. Well done Monaco! Thanks to GM James Adamson for queueing things up perfectly (and Steph Vogel for the intro).

We were in town to see our old friend (and famous philosopher) Dave Chalmers chat on stage with our very favorite playwright of all time Tom Stoppard. The chat was fantastic. Tom wrote a play based on Dave’s catchy “Hard Problem” phrase. Two astounding minds interacting live.

Tom Stoppard and Dave Chalmers Talk Consciousness

Tom Stoppard and Dave Chalmers Talk Consciousness

But it got better. After the chat, a bunch of us in Dave’s cadre retired to Charlie Was a Sinner for some delicious cocktails, vegan (?!) eats, and some conversation. About which more in a minute.

Charlie Was a Sinner is a great bar.  NO TV!  Real cocktails. Great eats.

Charlie Was a Sinner is a great bar. NO TV! Real cocktails. Great eats.

Philly was dressed for the holidays.

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Perhaps our Republican politicians should read this.  Can they read?

Perhaps our Republican politicians should read this. Can they read?

When we arrived in the convertible (with the top down in December) we were greeted in classic Kimpton way with great style and extra brushes (?!).

Monaco Philly has a Flying Glowing Boat

Monaco Philly has a Flying Glowing Boat

Would You Like a Brush with That?

Would You Like a Brush with That?

We checked into gorgeous suite 316 after passing a flying pig.

When Pigs Fly (you go Pink)

When Pigs Fly (you go Pink)

316 Sitting Room looks out over Independence Hall

316 Sitting Room looks out over Independence Hall

316 Couch

316 Couch

The Bedroom in 316

The Bedroom in 316

Of course regular NPS readers know we immediately went to see the shower storage area, er bathroom, which we are happy to report has a shower so big that it has a soaking tub IN it.

Great Shower.  NPS Approved.

Great Shower. NPS Approved.

Now back to Charlie Was a Sinner. Boy were they accommodating to the group of philosophers, psychologists, computer scientists, cognitive scientists and theater people we gathered. The highlight of the evening? Tom Stoppard stopped in too.

Talking about why Searle's Chinese Room thought experiment is wrong with Tom Stoppard

Talking about why Searle’s Chinese Room thought experiment is wrong with Tom Stoppard

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My companion’s favorite drink was an invention by master barman (and baseball legend) Mathias Bable. The Say What:
5-6 basil leaves (spanked then muddled)
2 oz gin (beefeaters)
.75 simple syrup
.75 cranberry shrub (equal parts demerara, apple cider vinegar, fresh cranberry)
.25 lime
Stir down. Serve in a collins over rocks.

Say What? by Mathias Bable

Say What? by Mathias Bable

Sparkling water, a midnight snack and some notes.

Sparkling water, a midnight snack and some personal notes.

Breakfast came a bit early, we must admit. But it was off to Green Eggs Cafe for a massive breakfast. Lunch was elided for obvious reasons.

Still wagging our tails over this incredible visit to Philadelphia. Five showerheads and some absolution for Charlie for the Philly Monaco. How will we ever top this visit??

“We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.”
― Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

One Response to “Philadelphia Freedom Anchored at the Monaco”


  1. […] The two got together for a public chat to the sold out audience of over 200 at the WILMA in Philadelphia. Fantastic. (The whole Philly trip was superb.) […]


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