Archive for June, 2008

Pittsburgh 250 through the stomach

The official snack of Pittsburgh 250I’m still at camp, and happened to stop at a local gas station up here on the mountain, and as I wandered back to the cooler to grab some iced tea I was distracted by something shiny. And while this is not a new occurrence, I was startled for a bit. I was looking at what is apparently the official snack of Pittsburgh 250.

And since I didn’t have my camera with me, nor could I find a picture of it anywhere in cyberspace, I went back and bought a bag for research purposes…yeah research.

Sadly though, they cost $2.59, nine cents over the anniversary year, but I guess we can’t have it all. Anyway though, it’s fun to see how far the celebration spreads, even up here to a mountain, where I’m about three miles from the next state.

When I get back from camp, I’m really excited to join in the festivities as the city ramps up for the celebration, we’ll have to see what other products join in as well, and of course, what else makes its way up here.

Waiting at the finish line…



Waiting at the finish line…

Originally uploaded by gophotogo

Waiting for the bike tour to arrive



Waiting for the bike tour to arrive

Originally uploaded by gophotogo

Photographers and spectators are waiting for the tour of pa to come across the hot metal bridge.

From Chicago: the PayStation

Just got back from Chicago and the annual meeting of the American Medical Association; we did our usual round of complaining, but we also sent 400 medical students out into the streets (well, the stadiums) to advocate for the uninsured, and we passed some damn good policy in a number of areas. While there, I encountered an amazing urban innovation: the PayStation (warning, 3MB PDF). It’s a blue-box vending machine, scattered around the city, at which you can pay your parking tickets, city fees, and taxes.

I’m not sure whether this is a stroke of genius or idiocy. I suppose it has the potential to allow elimination of some patronage jobs in City Hall (good luck, given that Chicago’s Democratic politics put us to shame), and it’s nice to be able to pay by credit card without a “convenience fee”, but do people really fail to pay parking tickets simply because there wasn’t a little ATM thingy in their neighborhood? I, at least, generally fail to pay parking tickets because I’m in traffic court explaining to the judge why said ticket is unfair. (3 for 3 thus far, and kudos to the poor judge who sits there all day and listens to sob stories like mine.)

You tell me: would you want to see these things come to Pittsburgh? Me, I’d rather have more Council to Go.

Sculpture on the shore



Sculpture on the shore

Originally uploaded by gophotogo

I came across this while walking on the shore of lake Erie near Fredonia, NY.

Arts Festival by Video

PopCity Media has a nice little video about the arts festival I thought it was worth sharing here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DpSFD6fTVQ[/youtube]

3 Websites – Remodeling, Outdoors and Maps

Here are 3 websites that have looked at today that I think are worth sharing:

  • Bless This DIY Mess is a blog about a couple that has moved to Pittsburgh and is documenting their experience remodeling an older home in Highland Park. I really like this post about the history of their piano and the piano doctor.
  • Venture Outdoors has launched a new website – you can now sign up for any of their many awesome activities online. Is is easier to search for things to do too. A much welcomed improvement for a great organization. If you aren’t familiar with Venture Outdoors you should be – they make it very very easy for anyone to participate in outdoor activities – never tried hiking, biking, skating, kayaking? They have a beginner session for you. They bring the gear, maps, saftey info – you just have to show up.
  • Null Space is a blog that I have been keeping an eye on for a while. A friend just sent me the link again today and reminded me of all of the great info that is provided here.Chris Briem works in at Pitt for the Program in Urban and Regional Analysis.  His blog offers some great insight into local issues and some great maps to illustrate his blog posts.  Check out this post on congressional redistricting and why Tim Murphy wont endorse McCain.  He also includes some great photos – I like this one from Flag Day 1941.

First report from the field; overheard at Subway

I’m posting from Farmington, on assignment for the summer, so posts will be fewer and further between for me (internet access is sometimes hard to come by).  And on a quick side note, I do have another Village Voice in the works for New Stanton, I’m still working on getting the picture I need for it though, hopefully it’s a feature I can keep going.

 

Anyway, on my way here for the summer, I stopped at a Subway on 119 for dinner near Connellsville.  While enjoying my tuna sub, I overheard a strange conversation, and of course realized, that I’ve probably had conversations just as strange, and things really don’t change as much as I think as I get further away from home, they just pull things into perspective.

 

So I was sitting there, and I overheard the statement: “ men are like pizzas, you can put cheese and pepperoni on them.”  Now I really don’t understand that statement, nor do I think (or hope) that it is supporting a cannibalistic lifestyle.  However, I was at a loss, so I quickly finished my sub and headed down the road, through construction of course, letting the statement replay in my head.

Today is World Wide Knit in Public Day



Today is World Wide Knit in Public Day

Originally uploaded by gophotogo

I joined a group of about 10 other knitters for some public knitting at the tent in Schenley Park.

Many of the knitters found out about this event from the new online community for knitters Ravelry.com. I am a member of ravelry and I must say it is one of the best well constructed social communities on the web.

Look out Starbucks…



Look out Starbucks…

Originally uploaded by gophotogo

Market Square dunkin donuts opens June 30.

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