Freedom of the Body, Freedom of the Mind: IFS New Years 2010


“Let every man or woman here, if you never hear me again, remember this, that if you wish to be great at all, you must begin where you are and with what you are.  He who would be great anywhere must be first be great in his own Philadelphia.” – Russel H. Conwell (Founder, and first president of Temple University)


Ministers and Rabbi,
In an attempt to solidify yet another glorious year in I.F.S. history, I have taken it upon myself with a little help from my old man (who loves I.F.S. as much as I do) to book 3 rooms at the Westin Philadelphia checking in on December 30, 2009 and checking out on January 1, 2010 to ring in the new year.  From there, I am anticipating another train ride from Philly to Hershey on the 1st and spending a couple of nights in good old Chocolatetown.  I’m sure my family and friends will be there waiting with open arms, beds, and copious amounts of heat to make our stay memorable.  I’m making this post so early for several reasons..  1.  I’m giving timely notice so funds and travels can be accommodated.  2.  I’m hoping we can plan return travels in a more orderly fashion so we don’t need excessive trips from Hershey to the Philadelphia airport for departing flights leaving at various times.  If everyone could get a flight out of Philly back to California on the same date, that would be ideal.  3.  I want everyone to look forward to this for 4+ months before we make 2010 one for the I.F.S. history books.

Here’s what I do know:
024770A.jpgWe will be staying at the Westin in Center City Philadelphia, right in the thick of where we want to be.  Regardless of the rain, snow, cold, or whatever we may be dealing with, we will be close to bars, restaurants, etc.  A few of my friends from pharm school, including my girlfriend will be coming and as long as we get an accurate headcount, I’m opening this up to IFS members first, and IFS guests if numbers don’t reach ridiculousness. 

What I don’t know yet:
I’m not sure what the Hershey Bears (minor league hockey) or 76ers schedules look like.  I will do my best to get us to a sporting event, but I know that the Flyers and Eagles are on the road during this time.  I also don’t know which bar we will be attending for new years.  I am in contact with my best friends from high school and we will find an all inclusive bar that we can drink all we want for somewhere around 125 or much less depending on if we want lounge or pub.  Also depending on sports schedules, work schedules, and personal preferences, we will come up with one departure date out of Philly so we can try and get everyone to the airport at once.  For those of you who were in attendance of the last philly trip, my dad rented a huge van for us to get around in and that may be in order depending on numbers.

So there you have it fellas.  Let’s do this!  Total cost will be airfare to and from Philadelphia (under 350 if you book soon), money for food and whatever bar we go to for new years, train fare from Philly to Hershey on new years day ($19), and money for whatever sporting event we may attend.  Other than that, hotel is on me for two nights in philly and obviously you are all welcome to my house for the days that follow.  Once we hit Hershey, my family will be able to provide enough heat and food for all to enjoy.  It will be a very affordable trip, especially if we get things together now and book soon.  Let me know your thoughts on how long you guys could get off work and what you would like to do so this can be another great I.F.S. experience. 

God bless you all and God bless I.F.S.


P.S.  Bring dat Mike’s Haaaad Cran 

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rousing
    Sep 04, 2009 @ 09:45:12

    Thanks for all of the prep work on this Health…I think we all know how badass a Philly trip can be, those of us who made it to the first one will never forget it. Here are my thoughts on a second Philly trip – as fun as it sounds, I have a tough time getting over the fact that we’d be going back to the same spot…though it is an amazing one. These massive trips that we go on give us the opportunity to cause mayhem in new and extreme locales (Vegas, Chico, SD, Vegas, and of course, Philly). Why don’t we use this next trip to see someplace new, someplace that has yet to hear of IFS?
    My mind jumps to Durham. The Rebbi has touched down and is already well rooted. If we give him the green light, we all know that he would put together a limit-pushing itinerary…a culinary, booze-fueled odyssey that would end up at some baddass, obscure concert venue, with the host himself passed-out at the bar. I just checked Expedia and tickets to Durham go for just over $300, for a late Dec. departure and early Jan. return.
    We have an Anniversary coming up in November. We have some big decisions to make. I’m for a youuuge end of the year excursion – to a place that our entire Society decides on – whether we decide with an online vote, or wait til November. One way or the other, we need to get moving on this…jam.

  2. Health
    Aug 21, 2009 @ 12:31:24

    What’s up Monks. I was just wondering about New Years again. We are shooting for Jan. 30-1st in Philly and take the train on the 1st back to Hershey. A nice big family breakfast on the 1st and then I want to take you all to the Hershey Bears game on January 2nd. Tickets for the Bears go on sale next month, so I need to come up with some sort of count of who’s going to be in on this trip so I can get enough tickets for everyone that wants to go. For those of you who don’t know, the Hershey Bears are a minor league hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL), which is just one notch below the big boys. I grew up going to these games and our family has had season tix for as long as I can remember. I’d love to take you guys to to a game if you can make the trip. Please let me know by the end of the month if you think you are in on this trip so I can tell my dad how many tickets to buy. Thanks!

  3. Rousing
    Jul 17, 2009 @ 14:20:44


  4. history
    Jul 17, 2009 @ 13:55:49

    Sounds Cool – if i’m not in Indochina smelling sawdust, i’ll be in philly drinking hornsbys!

  5. M+T
    Jul 17, 2009 @ 13:33:27


  6. M+T
    Jul 16, 2009 @ 12:15:31

    Count me as 75% in. My other 25% is scared of the unknown.

  7. Rousing
    Jul 16, 2009 @ 11:36:05

    Cheesesteaks, Strombolis, suprisingly understanding Hotel security…there are many things that I miss about your town Jordache. If this doesn’t conflict with a family trip to China, I’m in.
    Yeah, that’s right, we’re finally taking the advice that some drunk guy at a gas station gave my Mom, brother and me when I was 9 years old; “Why don’t you go back to CHINA?!?!” Good idea brother.

  8. MOM
    Jul 16, 2009 @ 10:34:39

    Sounds pretty fun, My cholesterol levels have returned to normal after the last 5 day PA trip where my diet consisted of nothing but Cheesesteaks, Stomboli, meatballs, wings and Hornsbys. We gotta turn that right around. I’d say if we can get a cricital mass of monekys to sign on it’d be really fun. Thirst for Whiz, bring it.

  9. Revelry & Spirits
    Jul 16, 2009 @ 09:10:52

    Sounds like a great fucking trip! I’ll check my fucking school sched and see how long I can mingle with the philly Pringles you know what I mean? Make sure the fridge is stacked with Ice Cold Zima’s and I’m fucking BIG KEVY STYLE, all in!