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Leisure

What Happened with the 80s?

I was thinking about the incredible boom happening in the craft liquor and spirits and beer industries. Gin producers are now foraging the herbs and roots that flavor their products.  The hippening of unique brandy flavors is on the horizon. The “high-end premium” market is propelling overall growth. The once standard clear glass bottle is […]

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Exercise

A Bike Route in Pittsburgh

I am looking to get a bike-friendly path from the neighborhood of Morningside over to Oakland. Riding on Negley, Center, or Baum are off the table for me – they are too busy, fast, and aggressive. I would like a calmer route. Here are a few options I have come up with: Via Highland Ave […]

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Social

The Mansion “Pic-Nic”, An Old Pittsburgh Mansion, and Mary Schenley

Mary Schenley, of Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park and my very own Schenley High School fame, was married away at age 14 to a 47 year old sea captain! Today I got a tweet from the District 7 Council Seat of Pittsburgh: Some research for a constituent led to this nostalgic piece about the old Schenley Mansion […]

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Social

Spring in Pittsburgh

I love the spring in Pittsburgh. The farmers markets open up, the flower shows are in full bloom (ha ha), and live, free music seems to be playing from every plaza and park throughout the city. It’s a great evening to visit; May Market continues until 7 tonight, and Phipps is open until 10. Stop […]

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Family

Our Dog Ray

We spent the morning in the backyard, playing with water from the hose. Later, he had a big meal of freshly cooked chicken breast & white rice and chased his peanut butter kong down the run between mine and the neighbor’s houses. He rolled in and crushed several of my flower beds, jumped at a […]

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Pittsburgh Social Vacation

Pittsburgh is the new Portland?

Pittsburgh is the new Portland. That is the news out of the Washington Post this week.  It is pretty exciting to make it onto the “in” list of what’s cool.  It appears, though, that Pittsburghers are taking the acclaim in stride. One of the things that make it a cool place to live is that […]