Wouldn’t it be awesome to have board game pieces that you could never, ever possibly lose? Philly has just the place for you.
Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:
Every year since 1999 my wife Anne and I have taken a trip to a different part of the United States and visited attractions, wonders, and events we didn’t have back home in Indianapolis. From 1999 to 2003 we did so as best friends; from 2004 to the present, as husband and wife. Normally we’ll choose one major locale as our primary objective, drive that-a-way, and concentrate on exploring the vicinity for a few days before retreating.
We crafted this year’s itinerary with a different approach. Instead of choosing one city as a hub, we focused on one of the motifs that’s recurred through several of our trips: grave sites of Presidents of the United States of America. Our 2018 road trip would effectively have the format and feel of a video game side quest — collecting nine American Presidents across ten presidencies, four states, seven days, and 2000 miles…
By the time we were released from dinner, some of the attractions on our Philadelphia to-do list were already closed. We weren’t happy, but we still had options. Exhibit A: a 1996 multi-item art installation called Your Move. The work of artists Daniel Martinez, Renee Petropoulis, and Roger White, it’s more commonly known among roadside attraction fans as the “Board Game Art Park”. On one block of downtown Philly are several super-sized pieces from a variety of well-known board games — some trademarked, some classic — most likely intended as social commentary (e.g., government/politics/life can be just one big confusing game with too many rules to follow and too many boards to juggle at once), but it’s entertaining to see up close for simple nostalgia.
To be continued!
* * * * *
[Link enclosed here to handy checklist for other chapters and for our complete road trip history to date. Follow us on Facebook or via email sign-up for new-entry alerts, or over on Twitter if you want to track my TV live-tweeting and other signs of life between entries. Thanks for reading!]