Pittsburgh in the distance as we make our descent.
welcome signop Duquesne Incline aPPGDowntown alley view from the bus
Cathedral of Learning University of PittsburghCentral Catholic rooftop silhouette as I wait for Steve to come pick me up at the bus stop
not my house but isn’t the light lovely on the brick?
Home sweet home. Grateful for safe travels.
Apple parked downtown. Found on Penn Avenue at 13th Street, around the corner from the Heinz History Center.
The other day I took a bus downtown (Senior Citizen perk= free bus pass) and went to S.W, Randall Toys Store on Smithfield Street. I climbed to the the doll floor on three, looking for a fresh doll outfit for a 14 year old doll when I came upon a two sided display of a variety of paper dolls.
I remember cutting out paper dolls when I was young. So careful not to ruin them and cut off the little white tabs you needed to fold over to hold the clothes onto the doll. Sometimes tape was involved.
A looooong time ago. I had no idea all these different paper dolls were available in 20I asked the sales clerk if I could photograph them and she said sure but now I’m wishing I opened them up and peeked inside and photographed the dolls and clothes. Going to have to plan a return trip downtown.
I considered buying a book of them- many choices. Wondered who is playing with paperdolls nowadays.
Do kids even know about paper dolls? I talked with a friend today and she said she cut out magazine fashion and made up clothes out of the magazines. I relied on the printed and dotted lines to cut around. I can picture a little doll with a full white slip on- waiting to be dressed. Modest!
When you turn 65 in Pittsburgh you can apply for a free PAT bus pass.
Monday morning I went downtown on the 71 B. I am going to familiarize myself with schedules and routes but having a smart phone is a big help
You can pick the stop where you’re waiting it tells you how many minutes until a bus arrives. My plan is to visit all of the 88 neighborhoods in the city of Pittsburgh.
Here’s Day One of my Free Bus Pass Photography Adventure.Me waiting at Highland and Bryant for the 71 B to go downtown.
Meet Kevin M. who accepted my medicare card until I get the pass.
His portrait will be wonderful in the People at Work show next July.
taken as I exited the bus, with his gracious permission.
The Port Authority where you fill out your application to get your bus pass.
I went to the City County Building where I was greeted by a sign and a bronze statue of Mayor Caligiuri
Mayor Caligiuri by Robert Berks 1990
Cathedral of Learning University of Pittsburgh
I rejoined the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland
Crabcake and Slaw lunch at the Union Grill
St. Paul Cathedral as I went to the next Bus Stop to get to Shadyside where they were setting up a Vintage Car Show on Walnut Street
Cars arriving in trailers I caught the next bus on Highland Avenue and guess who my driver was? Yep you guessed. Turns out Kevin went to the same high school as my sons but he was a class ahead of Mark.
Steve and I took a ride up to Shadyside later to see the vintage cars but it was raining
Meet John. He restores metal downtown. Lots of metal.
I spoke with him when I was downtown for lunch on jury duty selection day.
John used to teach shop but it was difficult to land a full time teaching position.
Here’s the BEFORE. Check out left top corner
I have to return to photograph some elevator doors he has restored. I should have asked him if he redtored the ones in the City County Building?Bronze elevator doors post, my guess? yes.
Pittsburgh is Picklesburgh this weekend. It starts Friday.
There will be a pickle juice drinking contest. Mmmmm. Maybe I can get down there and photograph some of the festivities. Heinz Pickles production
When I saw Picklesburgh listed in the news on the computer tonight, I got in the car (about 10:15) drove downtown and put the flashers on. You couldn’t go on the main part of the bridge itself said the nice security man but I walked along the walkway and took a few photos of the giant pickle balloon at night. I just thought there it would be some “fresh content” and a new topic. I hear there will be pickle cookies to eat. All kinds of pickly treat to sample.
We can discuss dill, spears, sandwich slices, chips, bread and butter or sweet pickles another time.
I like pickle relish in tuna salad. Dill spears.
One summer I made pickles when I visited my brother David in Okanogan WA and they were delicious.
My grandmother’s handwritten pickle recipe is in a wooden box in my kitchen.
Two days of Picklesburgh and celebrating all things pickled.
The city at night is always magical to me.
Ninth Street Bridge.
Security on patrol.