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People at Work

80 Pounds of Fresh Linguine in a Day

No, not eaten.  Made!

I can tell you that it is delicious. Today I was buying walnuts and Amish butter and fresh eggs to make biscotti.

On Tuesday they make ravioli.  Mushroom, Imported cheese, artichoke, and many other varieties

Here is Carol in the Groceria Italiana (established 1958) in Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

She is of Irish German descent but is married to an Italian, she told me. Very hospitable and didn’t mind my questions at all.

There is a lovely photograph of Gloria who has passed but who made fresh pasta for years and years using these same machines.

One machine is 27 years old.

Thanks for letting me photograph the process with my iPhone.  I will return with my good camera one of these days.

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Another machine rolling the dough into strips.

 

 

 

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Preparing the strips for the machine.

 

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Here the pasta strips are being cut.

 

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Carol can make 80 pounds of fresh linguine in a day!

 

pasta cutterYou can see the different widths on the pasta cutter machine. Gloria’s photo is above the machine. Carol said her spirit is with them still.


The Village of Rockton Illinois Afternoon

Another Spring Break post-

Mary and I drove from Durand, Illinois (our mother’s hometown and the town where our parents were married in 1939)

to Rockton, Illinois in Winnebago County.

We browsed in Main Street Antiques Mall and Mary bought a couple of handkerchiefs.  There were two vintage jukeboxes playing records as we enjoyed looking at all the vintage items.

Main Street Antiques

 

 

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We had these exact bookends in the house when I was growing up.  I think they are at Mark and Erika’s house now

 

 

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Had just been in San Antonio for a wedding a couple of weeks ago.

 

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Truman was president when I was born!

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Then we went into the library.

 

 

Rockton IL library

What a beautiful library!  The Talcott Free Library is celebrating 125 years this year.

 

 

 


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Inside the library-

 

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A close up of one of the ships in a glass case at the library.

 

 

Bring a puzzle, take a puzzle.  A jigsaw puzzle library.

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Wedding Cake Ice Cream was the recommended flavor at the Dairyhäus, according to a guidebook Mary had read in NYC.

The Dairyhäus was located right next to the library and opened at 3 PM.

I sampled several flavors but decided on the Peter Rabbit which was a carrot cake flavor. Mary had the Toffee Fudge.  Ice Cream season had just started.  One employee who has worked NINE seasons at the Dairyhäus created the counted cross stitch Care Bears sampler.

 

Care Bears Cross Stitch

 

 

The Dairy Haus

 

 

 

Brent MurrayOwner Brent Murray shows off an ice cream cake his wife had just put together in the back.  Brent really enjoys his work!  He said mother had purchased the ice cream store in 1994 and he has been there ever since. He’s enthusiastic about his product and with good reason.

 


Cotton Candy Man

This was taken at PNC Park last August at a Pirates Game.   People at Work is an ongoing project for me and this is one from the archives.

The WordPress Weekly Challenge didn’t appear in my email today so am thinking of a word to go with this image.  Any suggestions?

Not that one should consume any of this cotton candy confection, but I liked the photograph.

Wonder how heavy it is to carry that palette of cotton candy, so high in the air.

Found an article from Chicago- Behind-the Scenes Ballpark Jobs by Debra Auerbach which discusses food vendors and concessions. And Cotton Candy originated “at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair” says Kitchen Daily Blog where there’s a recipe.

Cotton Candy Man


Zamboni at Ice Castle

Castle Shannon ,PA.

Castle Shannon Boulevard.

Ice Castle Arena.   I’d driven around in the dark in unfamiliar territory, spending a few minutes on Castle Road, a reidential neighborhood  NOT the right castle.

 

Here is Zamboni on Ice after the second period.

One of my students plays on the Carrick team and invited me to come and watch and bring my camera.  I sent his mom the photos I took of him but am posting this one of the Zamboni driver, grooming the ice for the third period.

Or resurfacing as they say in the biz.

Zamboni biz.  Kudos to Frank Zamboni (1901-1988) who invented this mighty machine.

Click here  for his photo and the Zamboni story.

 

Zamboni on IceOne for my People at Work Series


Senior Picture Halloween Costume Via Laura

If you follow the blog through FB,  you probably already saw Laura’s Halloween Costume for her party at work.

I thought it was creative and would make a fun post.  She is a “Senior Picture”

Here’s she is-   as photographed by a coworker (Lori, she thinks)    Not a terrific photo credit but that can be rectified tomorrow.

Laura sports her supervisor’s actual High School Senior Photograph, held by paper clips and ribbon.

The look-alike sweater from JC Penney.

(didn’t want to post on the blog until her supervisor said she didn’t mind  :-)  I think she’s a good sport for allowing it)

Laura as a senior photo


What the Kids Saw When They Got Home From the Pool

Grandkids

 

Jack, Anna, Maura and Michael got out of the van after swimming practice.

 

 

Cutting Down Tree

 

The sound of a chain saw goes right through me.  The sound that is…..

 

 

Twenty Year Old Tree

 

Shot with the iPhone camera-  the kids counted twenty rings

The men are coming back to grind up the trunk.   Mark and Erika are thinking of planting a Dogwood Tree.

 

 

Firewood

 

The firewood shot with the iPhone camera.

 

and the before photo of the Ash Tree in the front yard

 

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Mark and Erika said the tree had been hit by lightning.

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My dad used to play The Ash Grove on the piano.


Painting the Bike Lane on Bleecker Street and Bicycles in the City

iPhone shot of the bike lane on Bleecker Street being painted

and all over the city you see brand new blue Citi bikes (bike sharing program)are parked, waiting to be rented.

Bleecker Street Bike Lane

 

Crew painting the blke lane along Bleecker Street- butter mint green?

 

 

Before Painting

 

The Bike Lane before painting.

 

 

Bleecker Street Bike Lane

 

You can see the bike lane before it is painted green

 

 

 

Blue citibikes

 

Man riding a blue Citibike at Union Square

 

 

 

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Lower East Side Bicyclist

 

 

Battery Park

 

Bicyclist watching the man do a flip in Battery Park

 

 

 

Coney Island Bike Rental

 

Coney Island Bike Rental

 

 

 

Delivery Bicycle

 

Bicycle delivery

 

 

Hudson River Bicycle

 

Along the Hudson River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man on cell phone on bike

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Bicycles parked along sidewalk

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Vacuuming the Sewers in New York City at Night

What is a Vactor truck?,   I had to ask.

Another man on the sidewalk said, “Haven’t you ever seen a vacuum cleaner before?”

(Not exactly an ElectroLux), Mary said to me.

It was night in the West Village near Bleecker and West 10th.  What a nice guy. I can’t tell you his name which is too bad. He said, “sure you can take my picture.” when I asked.

He explained how the other truck had a camera they could look down into the pipes drains and sewer.

Vactor Truck Worker

 

 

 

 

 

The Vactor Truck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vactor Truck


Bob Rumba- Ventriloquist, Comedian, Balloon Artist and All Around Funny Guy

His card states COMIC GENIUS*

and the asterisk below statement says *Genius Available by Appointment Only.  

When Steve and I were downtown at the Gallery Crawl a couple of weeks ago, we were walking  in front of the new Arcade Comedy Theater.   Kristy was out front distributing info and invited us in. I told her my daughter Laura was taking an improv class in Columbus.

Free beer!  Hmmm.  Steve thought that sounded good.  There was improv going on in the theatre.  Lots of good energy in the place.

We promised to return another time when we didn’t have to be somewhere.

We were on our way home but with the free beer and the man in the window motioning for us to come in, too, what else could we do?Just a few minutes.

Turns out it was Bob Rumba, All Around Funny Guy.   

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Bob Rumba

 

 

Women outside the Arcade Comedy Theater

Gallery Crawl


Divertido – If you Need Russian, Chinese, Hebrew, French or Greek Building Blocks

Divertido means fun in Spanish.

Saturday afternoon I drove down to the Lawrenceville neighborhood to photograph this fun shop on Butler Street.  I’d met the owner, Mary Ellen, when she attended the Christopher Jones house concert at my home last October so this had been on my “to do” list for a time.  I knew visiting the store, photographing it and blogging it, would be a good project.  Six months can fly by before you know it, though.    I needed a college graduation card, too, so what better time to go shopping and blogging?   The greeting cards are definitely out of the ordinary and this was a special one for my friend’s daughter.

Hebrew and Greek Wooden Building Blocks

I loved the Uncle Goose wooden building blocks with the different languages- French, Russian, Chinese, Hebrew and Greek were some of the languages represented.

Everything about the store is fun!  The front windows with the swim noodles and inflatable swim rings as well as the trophies in aqua displaying the jewelry in a case are designed by Sean L. Miller.

The turquoise trophies  took on a life of their own, like an installation art piece.

I took the window designer’s business card from the counter  which has the words imprinted -Think Outside the Box.  He definitely does and gets you thinking that way, too. The eye catching colors and design were so inviting.

Front Window by Sean L. MillerTurquoise Trophy Case

Mary Ellen wasn’t sure she wanted her photograph taken but she graciously consented.  Here she is in front of the counter with a cool, antique door on the front.

Thanks Mary Ellen.  Another shot for my People at Work series.

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You might have visited the store when it was down the street but Mary Ellen has been in business for nine years.  And if you live out of town, no worries, she has online shopping at her website and you can LIKE her on the DIVERTIDO page on Facebook, too.

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3609 Butler Street


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