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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

So Guess Who's In Pittsburgh?

When I get around to writing that September essay about "What I Did On My Summer Vacation," I can write that I went to Pittsburgh and Detroit with my daughters.

How many of you can say that?

On Wednesday, Anne and I left Dion and Howard in charge of That Old House, and took off for Pittsburgh, where Alida has been spending the last few weeks in study at Pitt.

While we were slogging through central Pennsylvania -- which is a very long state -- we encountered this:

Fun times, fun times.

But 7 hours after leaving New Jersey, including a one-hour stop at a Cracker Barrel for lunch and to pick up a couple of cheesy books-on-CD for the ride -- we picked Alida up in Shadyside, and headed for a Holiday Inn.

It has free wi-fi. Well, free is a relative term; it's not free if you are not paying for a room.

On Thursday we plan on scaring height-phobic Annie with a ride on the Duquesne Incline, and I plan to revisit some old familiar places. Howard and I lived in Pittsburgh way back, B. C. (Before Children), when he was news director at KDKA radio. I have fond memories of this great and quirky city.

Then on Friday, it's on to Detroit. Well, actually we are headed to a hotel in Livonia, Michigan, to rendezvous with a whole mess o'relatives for my niece Maggie's baby shower. She and her husband Garret are expecting twin boys. Soon.

I'll be back home on Tuesday, after bringing Alida back to Pittsburgh to finish her study gig. I hope we do not encounter any more of this nonsense:

Hey! Am I nuts, or does that cloud, above, look like a face in profile? A face with a really big pompadour!
Have a good week -- Cass


  1. Yikes! I see a snout - there in the lower right.
    Have a grand time on your grand tour with your daughters - what fun!

  2. Yea, you're nuts.


    I drove from south/central OH to Pittsburgh airport to pick up my niece a couple of weeks ago. The 3.4-4 hr drive turned into more than five, thanks to someone that turned me around when I stopped to confirm directions. Wasn't a fun day with close to 10 hrs on the road.

  3. That just got scarier and scarier. I see a pigs snout sticking out the bottom right.

  4. How nice to spend time with your daughters! Enjoy your trip.

    And yes, like Kansas Pennsylvania is a long state!

  5. Oh good golly---what a site to encounter on a trip out of town, sounds like you are having fun though. Don't scare you daughter too much!
    Have a safe and fun rest of your trip.


  6. Hi Cass....your trip sounded wonderful regardless of the wet weather....those clouds look so scarry!

    Last time we were in Pitt to visit cousins they took my husband and brother up on the Duquesne Incline - wasn't for sister in-law and I stayed in the We were too chicken.

    Hugs, Karen

  7. I don't know about a face in profile, but way over on the right hand side I see a definite PIG SNOUT!

    We've driven into, under, and through storms like this while traveling - - - scary stuff!

  8. We'll be heading back out there soon. Chickie will be at Pitt.
    Another thing we have in common!

  9. Those clouds are nasty.
    Hope you have seen the last of these and just have a wonderful time together.

    Becky K.

  10. Enjoy!! Have a great trip. Love & blessings from NC!

  11. Have a great trip. Drive safe! Those clouds are scary.....


  12. Didn't see the face, but those are incredible images. Wow!

  13. Well yes I can see what you are seeing. Trish


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