Two fellows walked out of the coffee shop in a very animated discussion. They took seats nearby as I got the camera ready. The topic was professional basketball, especially the Cleveland Cavaliers and LaBron James. The tone sounded argumentative, but they were actually agreeing about some things. Not being a big roundball fan, I summoned up as much faux interest as possible and approached them.
Rob and David were pleasant, and happy to oblige me. The real topic of conversation was the firing of Chicago Bulls coach, Tom Thibodeau, even though he had won almost 2/3 of the games over the past five years. They think that the bulls' owner is crazy.
Both work for Inlanta Mortgage Co. Their business has been very brisk lately. They were impressed that I read a newspaper article saying that over 50% of home sales in our area are for cash. But even with a minority being financed, Rob and David are doing well. They are both from Philadelphia, and they KNEW each other in Philadelphia.
“You two have known each other that long and you're still friends?”
David, laughing, “Yeah. Amazing isn't it? (Eyes rolling)”
Maybe Philadelphia really is the 'City of Brotherly Love.”