July 19, 2008

Look Out Pittsburgh.

Earl and I are in from our evening on the town on Pittsburgh. We went back to Station Square (“Anything but Square”) where we enjoyed a nice dinner at Buca di Beppo. It’s a hodge podge of rooms on multiple floors where you enjoy Italian food family style. The server’s name was Connie. She was very friendly and I enjoyed her demeanor very much. She looked like a Connie though. Big hands. A hearty woman. Perhaps she enjoys what she serves.

There is a body-building convention going on. At first I thought there was some sort of transexual convention going because I saw a guys dressed up as women but lo and behold, they are body building women. They could wipe the deck with me in about two seconds. Huge guns. Huge legs. And not a feminine trait to be found. If they didn’t have thick layers of makeup on I wouldn’t have known they were women. I guess it’s whatever supplements they use to enhance their body building performance. I don’t get it, but hey, to each their own.

After dinner we went down to the main square where we enjoyed a performance of the dancing fountains. We had done the same thing five years ago, it was fun to see it again.

Here’s a quick video I made while we were walking around.


After the dancing fountains we walked up and down this “strip” a couple of times, where we stumbled across Karaoke Night at the bar in front of the comedy club. There were quite a few people in there doing their thing. We stopped by to hear some of the performances. A couple of beers later, I was on the stage performing “It’s A Miracle” by Barry Manilow.


No one threw anything at the stage and I had some applause so I guess I didn’t do too badly. I didn’t show Earl how to use the Flip Camera on purpose, so there’s no video, but behind door Number 2 Anitra Ford is pleased to show you the complete eight minutes of the dancing fountain performance we watched. It won’t hurt my feelings if you don’t watch the whole thing.


Pittsburgh, Pa.


This morning Earl and I awoke in suburban Cleveland, Ohio and took a look at the weather forecast. There was a chance of showers if we headed north, but if we headed south it looked like clear sailing. We were originally going to head to Indianapolis, Indiana, but the drive home tomorrow would have been about 11 hours, plus we wouldn’t have arrived in Indy until mid afternoon.

We opted for Pittsburgh instead.

I’ve been to Pittsburgh a couple of times over the years. Back in 2003 we meandered through Pennsylvania on a ride and ended up here for the fourth of July. I distinctly remember the trip because I got a little tipsy at dinner and was enthralled with the fountains on Station Square as they danced to “Love Hangover” by Diana Ross. The fireworks in the background made me misty. The fountains are still there. This afternoon they danced to some heavier rock stuff. I remained sober.

We’ve been scouting around the city doing the tourist thing. We rode up the Duquesne Incline, walked around Mt. Washington a little bit and then rode back down on the Monongahela Incline. I think I like the first one better for the simple fact that it has open air cars in the summer and it is wicked hot here today.

We also milled about the festival atmosphere of Station Square and did some walking around downtown. We are taking a brief respite from the heat before heading out tonight for a night out on the town. I’m looking forward to the experience.

There’s a few random pictures in my shiny new MobileMe gallery. You can find that by clicking here.

Oh, I’ve also been getting tips from folks on Twitter as I update our location from time to time. This is why I love technology.