This is Ellis whom I met in Cambridge Ohio. I thought he was selling eggs. Cambridge, OH on Interstate 70 is halfway between Pittsburgh and Columbus.
I’d pulled into a Cracker Barrel to buy a giant set of checkers and use the rest room.
We got to talking, he told me about the price range for the various brands of balls but I didn’t need any golf balls.
Turns out he was from my neck of the woods. West Mifflin, McKeesport, Duquesne- all in the Pittsburgh vicinity.
He will attend a niece’s wedding and unfortunately that’s the same day as his 60th reunion from high school. Hope I got that all correct, sir. Thank you.
To give you a better perspective on his location- above is a crop of the photo below.
Not sure what number of the photographic series but Saturday morning I was in Oakland,(Pittsburgh) shopping at Top Notch Art Store for the 40% off sale on the Prismacolor Pencils-
and all of a sudden the driver of a USPS truck is waving at me.
I looked through the door to the silhouette and and recognized him.
He pulled around to the curb and it was fun! I’d never seen him at work. I learned about the
OD green boxes on the corners. Working all day Saturdays.
Thanks for letting me photograph you, Greg. You are always nice to me about my photography!
I received a text this afternoon, asking if I’d partner with a friend at cooking class tonight.
Something about March Madness and a sick friend – they couldn’t attend. I was happy to fill in, third string.
Sure, I said. I’ll go. She picked me up around 5:45 and off we went.
My friend Barb took her own canvas bag of supplies including a bottle of dishwashing liquid- heavy duty oven gloves. She even brought a garbage bowl.
We were all set, slicing and dicing and preparing the recipes just as Executive Sous Chef Stephen V instructed us.
There were tables throughout the high school culinary class, each filled with two teams of two.
Here is our instructor for the class. Chef Stephen also is an adjunct instructor at the Art Institute- Pittsburgh.
Chef Stephen Varela
Executive Sous Chef
Fox Chapel Golf Club
(I asked if it would be okay to take a few photographs and Chef Stephen consented. Thank you)
Barbara cut the pears for the salad. She added some Hearts of Palm as well.
Charred red pepper for the Pita Bread Individual Pizzas with Pesto or Hummus and a drizzle of Balsamic Glaze
The side salad
Mixed Spring Greens with diced pear, artichokes, and oven toasted croutons with a poppy seed dressing. I was able to bring some home in a contaner (yes, my friend was prepared with empty containers) for school lunch tomrrow.
Thanks for a fun evening Barb -on the right. Me in the Zagreb,Croatia apron.
And on the way out we peeked in next door to see the Crochet Class. At first I thought it was knitting. Everyone was so nice.
For the people at work series.
This is Beth of M and B Designs. On their site it says you can get a design made, ready for pickup in 120 minutes.
She was customizing t-shirt designs for the young dancers in a dance competition at our high school, using the airbrush and it was fascinating to watch her work. She does all sorts of gymnastics, sports and name designs.
I misplaced her card.
Sorry Beth. Thanks for being part of my “people at work” series.
One of the first images I captured with the new mirrorless camera when I was out in Ohio with the family for Christmas.
Granddaughter Anna with the reflected light from an iPad, no other light.
Today at 8 AM, Dan and his SIL Todd, came to install my new furnace. Their day ended about 12 hours later. Well done!
It is great to have efficient heat and not worry about carbon monoxide emissions from the old furnace. Come summer there will be AC, too. And it was great you knew I needed more amps of electricity first and a new box so all is safe.
This old house hasn’t been this toasty since I moved in here in ’91.
Thanks Dan, for letting me photograph you in my old school basement.
And thanks Mar and Erika for recommending Uncle Dan. He did a super job, just as you said he would.
Makes me think of a crowd and my blog theme- ” place with a trace of humanity”