Every so often we all need to get a bracing dose of city life, so on Sunday we headed into Philadelphia to see a matinee of "The Importance of Being Earnest" at the Walnut Street Theater. The play was fun, the actress who played the imperious Lady Bracknell (Mary Martello) was very funny, and the sets were beautiful -- the garden in the second half of the play looked like a prize-winning display from the Philadelphia Flower Show.
But oh, the traffic! Usually weekends are calmer in the city, but not this time. First an unfortunate Subaru broke down on the Schuylkill Expressway near the Girard Avenue exit, causing a long backup. And in Center City we couldn't go more than a quarter-block without having to stop for absolute masses of pedestrians, busses, a horse-drawn carriage, an ambulance, police vehicles and even a trailer carrying Penn's sculls, on their way to Boathouse Row. I don't think we made two consecutive green lights. Unbelievably, and with great relief, we got to our seats 10 minutes before curtain time.